Monday, August 2, 2010
Japanese Musicians Rule OK! (Part 1)
Godzilla has many kaiju enemies and friends, like King Ghidorah, Biollante, Mothra, etc.
I assumed the majority of Japanese musicians, especially ones involved in the techno and electronic music sphere of things, would know all about Godzilla and would have an opinion on same, like a preferred friend/foe.
I was wrong - partially.
Most of these people seem to have vague feelings but nothing solid enough to slap a ribbon on it and call it assertive.
“Sorry, I don't have enough knowledge to select a Godzilla co-star,” quips Toshiyuki Yasuda.
“I don't know much at all about Godzilla,” admits Jin Hiyama, while both DJ Wada and DJ Warp select Mothra as their champion - but for somewhat dubious reasons.
“Because he’s peaceful?” Wada wonders aloud; “Because he can fly and is really cute,” suggests Warp.
“I like King Ghidorah,” Cut Bit Motorz says, “though I’m not well-informed about Godzilla. I think I like Ghidorah because his name and appearance are so striking.”
Lili Hirakawa is more assertive, to a degree.
“I think I like King Ghidorah too - but I have a sad story about this. I accidentally got a tattoo of King Ghidorah on my left arm! I asked for the Japanese eight-headed dragon Yamata no Orochi but the tattooist gave me King Ghidorah, which has only three heads, and unfortunately it also has a foot missing... So it’s a very funny dragon. Anyway, some people talk to me when they see it and they’re like ‘Oh, hey! You like King Ghidorah, huh?’, so I’ve gotta keep saying yes every time. After 10 years, I finally started to like King Ghidorah. To tell the truth I don’t know much about it - I’ve never seen a Godzilla movie yet.”
“I’d definitely support Godzilla,” assesses technopop musician Electron Tee. “He’s much cooler—and, besides, I hate moths!”
Techno DJ/producer Shin Nishimura agrees, aside from the anathema toward common streetlight variety flying insects. “Godzilla would win by jumping and punching with that tail of his,” he pictures.
Ko Kimura, however, sees more in the machine. “Mechagodzilla is best for me because it looks really cool!”
THE REST OF THIS INTERVIEW/DISCUSSION IS NOW ONLINE @ FORCES OF GEEK. PART 2 WILL BE PUBLISHED in 2 WEEKS.