Revolt of the Apes’ interview with Bo Ningenis up now at the official Austin Psych Fest 2014 website. Read the entire interview there, and look for the complete text to show up here in the very near future. Here’s an excerpt:
Have you ever considered how your music might be different if your personal geographic evolution were altered – if, perhaps, you grew up in the U.K. and decided to move to Japan for your studies? Do you think you’re consciously aware of how your surroundings have impacted your musical development? If so, in what ways has it been most surprising to you?
Never really thought about it. But the surrounding environment such as buildings, weather etc must have huge impact on our lives thus on the music we play. It’s nice though, to think about that theme. Nick Drake or Syd Barrett would have written sunnier song in California. In that sense, every music is site specific.
What were the circumstances that led to your coming together to play music under the Bo Ningen name? Where there any experiences that you had beforehand, playing with other, unrelated groups – or, perhaps, with each other in other forms – and how did those experiences impact the formation of Bo Ningen?
We all from different part of Japan and all met in London. I (Taigen) met Kohhei (guitar) first and we made one quiet song and one free-form noise show at Art University I was studding at that time, some people throw some stuff to us because it was too noisy for some of them.Then we met Yuki (Guitar) and Mon-chan few weeks after and become “Bo Ningen.” We all do solo, and we sometimes do shuffle duo unit, such as SOBAMESHI & PORNO Kohhei&Yuki), Inu to Sanpo (Taigen&Mon-chan), Futodokimono (Taigen&Yuki), etc., which we can try something totally different from what we can do as Bo Ningen. Couple of Bo Ningen’s song’s song idea came from those solo and duo.
Revolt of the Apes is pleased, stoked and chuffed to support Austin Psych Fest 2014 through a series of interviews with many of the artists involved, answering the kind of ridiculous questions you’ve come to know and – maybe – love. Many more coming soon.