Regular readers will be familiar with Blue Tapes and its Japanese contingent of artists – Teruyuki Kurihara (aka Cherry), Hitoshi Asaumi (aka Leedian) and Cherry’s improv-techno trio Check!!!.
Now, for the first time, these artists will be playing together in the UK and XXJFG will be there too!
At a Blue Tapes special of The Outer Church in London, the XXJFG DJ team will be in full force at Power Lunches in Dalston, 5 August. Five bands – Father Murphy (Italy), Map 71 (Brighton), Leedian (Japan), Benjamin Finger (Norway) and a one-off improvisation by a Blue Tapes supergroup – for just five of your British pounds!
Then, at 7-9 August at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire, the XXJFG and Blue Tapes squads will reunite to detonate some DJ decks for Supernormal 2015, which will feature all of the previous acts, plus the UK debut of Check!!!
To celebrate the event, Blue Tapes are reissuing its previous releases by Cherry and Leedian as a split cassette/download, and we have asked Leedian and Cherry to interview each other exclusively for XXJFG.
Please bear in mind that English is neither Hitoshi or Teru’s first language – previously they have blogged for XXJFG in Japanese!
Cherry: Firstly, please introduce yourself including your music history.
Leedian: Leedian formed in 2012. I played a guitar when I was teenager then have started to compose with machine since I was 20. Please tell us about how was “check!!!” formed.
Cherry: I had a chance to perform as a solo at the club event which Tec organized. Then I found a kindred spirit in Tec so, we started to perform together and Yan who graduated same elementary school as me joined us as a Bass since we wanted to perform in a different way. Not only your music but also your art work is pretty impressive on your website. Please tell us about it, too.
Check!!! – Inner of Sea (previously unreleased)
Leedian: I liked to do collage, so I used to put some clippings from magazines and books in my room. Now, I do image processing with my pictures and other images from the internet and publish them with my music on my website. What’s the difference with performing as a solo and a part of band?
Cherry: The biggest difference is Tec and Yan give me inspiration which I would never get it if I’ll do it by myself. How do you get inspiration?
Cherry – 1969 (from blue three)
Leedian: It comes from everything. For example, I often get it when I was taking walk. How do you usually compose?
Cherry: Well, we do session with a phrase which one of us composed and share our ideas. Have you ever had hard time when you working, you feel that just wanted to stop doing this?
Check!!! – Intermood (previously unreleased)
Leedian: I always have hard time but at the same time, it also gives me energy. Do you prefer to stick with a specific types of music?
Katie Gately – Pipes (Leedian Remix) (from The Blue Tapes House Band: vol. 1)
Cherry: No, I don’t. However I have a kind of image which I want to do. I’m actually hoping to create something which no one can categorize. What is the most important thing for your creativity?
Leedian: To be honest. What influences your creativity?
Leedian – rdfdsa (from blue two)
Cherry: All impressive music, art, those creator’s words and ideas also, their lifestyle influences me a lot. Do you cosider your life separately as an artist and private?
Leedian: No, basically it’s the same because you never know where you’ll find inspiration. What was the most interesting things recently?
Cherry: I realized that I don’t know about myself the most. I found it’s pretty interesting. Could you tell us about your future plan, please?
Leedian: I’ll get new machine because mine is becoming old then we’ll release new songs. Is there anything in common with your music and drawing?
Cherry: Yes, I think they’re the same things. How do you feel about performing at Supernormal 2015?
Leedian: Thank you, David at Blue Tapes and thank you all for working on this project. Do you want to try something new near future?
Cherry: I’m not hoping to try to do completely new things because I feel it’s enough with the things which surrounding me however I would love to go deep inside of them. I think that I don’t have enough time to do them all in my life.
Banner image by Teruyuki Kurihara, other image by Hitoshi Asaumi