Interview with

Yamantaka Eye of The Boredoms

Yamantaka Eye is best known as the founder and leader of acid punk band and shape-shifting ensemble, The Boredoms. EYE has guided the band into compositions which feature dynamic arrangements which range between- but never limited to- 5, 9, 10, 14, 77, 88 or 111 drummers and percussionists. The band ‘s music is usually referred to as noise rock or sometimes Japanoise, though their more recent records have been largel y based around repetitive minimalism, ambient music, and tribal drumming. The band has a vast and sometimes confusing discography. Many band members have rotated through the group over the years, often using a number of various stage names. Singer Yamantaka Eye is the closest the band has to a frontman; his style includes a range of baffling screams, babbling, electronic effects, and very heavy post-production. Drummer/keyboard player/vocalist Yoshimi P-We is featured on most Boredoms recordings.

Facts

1:  EYE.

2:  BOREDOMS.

3:  ETC.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Galactic Super Market by The Cosmic Jokers.

How and when did you get into making music?
n/a. Sorry about questions 2 and 3.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
n/a.

What do you associate with Berlin?
I imagine it’s a really nice place to live for artists.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
Miwa Shrine.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would do drawing and art like that.

What was the last record you bought?
A compilation, Red Spot (Various Artists).
[Subterranean Records, 1981]  Link to discogs.com

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
n/a.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
77 BOADRUM

How important is technology to your creative process?
I would say about 30 to 50%.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I think they are very normal. Recently they’ve been good and so kind to me.

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Links: Facebook  |  boredoms.jp |  wmg.jp/boredoms/

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