maandag 2 december 2019

Interview met VHSTokyo 東京

VHSTokyo 東京 is een Japanse synthwave producer die onlangs nog het fantastische ¨Just Because!¨ heeft uitgebracht op Retrowave Touch Records. Een muzikant die in alle rust aan zijn muziek wil werken. En de wereld zeker nog gaat verblijden met prachtige klanken uit het land van de rijzende zon. Bijzonder vereerd ben ik dan ook dat ik een interview heb mogen houden met één van Japans beste synthwave producers: VHSTokyo 東京. Domo arigato gozaimasu.

VHSTokyo 東京 is a Japanese synthwave producer who recently released the fantastic ¨Just Because!¨ on Retrowave Touch Records. A musician who wants to work on his music in peace. And the world will certainly rejoice with beautiful sounds from the land of the rising sun. Special honored that I was able to hold an interview with one of Japan's best synthwave producers: VHSTokyo 東京. Domo arigato gozaimasu.

VHSTokyo 東京

VHSTokyo 東京, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I'm just a guy who likes to make music from time to time. A couple of years ago I discovered synthwave on YouTube. I listened to acts like Satellite Young, Miami Night 1984, Timecop1983 and VHS Dreams. I was very surprised, because it took me back to a time I was not even yet born. It was an amazing feeling. I just didn’t even know that there was a genre inspired by the 80´s and presented today. This discovery led me to the world of synthwave and now I'm here.

Congratulations with your new album ¨Just Because!¨. How was it to work on this album?
Many thanks and also for your support and review! Well, since this album is based on the novel with the same name, I wanted to convey my mood through my dreamy vibes. And, as I am a little perfectionist, it took quite some time. I wanted everything to be as perfect as possible. So I guess it was a kind of exciting and hectic job. I hope everyone will enjoy the story I put on this album.

Can you tell us something about your (near) future projects?
Ofcourse! I want to release a couple of singles soon. And I'm desperate to start work on the next album. So now I'm looking for a new stencil to develop it into a new story. I hope that it does not take too much time, like my previous album. And I will release music in Russia in the first half of 2020.

Which music artists from Japan are important to you?
I think that artists like Yasuharu Takanash, Savano, Kajiura, Yuzo Koshiro, Hirasav and Akira Senju are the most important. Despite their music, not even close to synthwave, I have all my inspiration from their works. They are all incredible music composers.

I am very curious to the synthwave scene in Japan. What can you tell us about this?
Well, the synthwave scene is not too mainstream. I guess I don’t know much about it. There is a great future funk community with future funk parties as well. And since I do not use my network skills, it´s difficult to say anything about the scene. But if you want to explore some of the new titles, I probably recommend you check out the latest Doh_Run album called ¨AfterDark 89´¨. Their music is different than mine, but I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Next to synthwave I am also a big fan of retro games from the 80´s and 90´s. Do you like retro games and does the music from those games inspire you?
Yes! Absolutely yes! I was born in the Nineties and my first console was the SEGA Mega Drive 2. Those days were so sweet, I miss that. I played a lot of games, but my favorite is Streets of Rage. An amazing game with a great soundtrack from Yuzo Koshiro. These techno and house tunes succinctly mix with the cyberpunk mood. It was a good decision to bring these genres into the game.

What is your favorite cartoon from the 80´s and why?
I think I would choose Kimagure Orange Road. I love this anime serie because of the fascinating story and it´s soundtrack in particular! Many great musicians have been included in this title. I definitely recommend that you check it out as soon as possible. Very good music with a good feeling. You'll like it!

And finally any last words to the (Dutch) synthwave community?
Oh sure! First of all, many thanks for the interview. It was a good challenge for me, despite my anonymity. I hope that you could imagined me a little bit. Also thanks to everyone for your support and adding your tunes to the playlists. I am so happy to be able to share my feelings in my music with all of you. You guys are the best people in the world.

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