Daisuke Tanabe is a music producer from Chiba, Japan. The former art student who also lived and worked in London for some years is currently touring the land. He is always looking for new, experimental routes that would provoke new tingling senses throughout your nervous system. Since he was 16 years old he produces sounds ranging from ambient to glitch with jazz and folk inspirations. As reflected in his answers below, he is a man of few words and quietly spoken, because quite frankly, Daisuke Tanabe let’s his music do the talking for him. Read below for the full interview…
What was the biggest cultural dynamic you experienced between London and Tokyo? Has it impacted your music in any form?
Daisuke: London is the country that I started listening to club music. It was extreme, grimy and crazy heavy sounding. I got huge musical influence from there.
What was your original attraction to infusing folk & jazz into your work?
Daisuke: To be honest, I don’t think about using jazz or folk music elements in my musics consciously. I’m just interested in making what I want to make or things that make me happy. However, I like to put some narrative and pastoral feelings into my music, which I believe jazz and folk music has that kind of feeling.
Most music that doesn’t involve lyrics relies on the sounds to tell the story. What kind of emotions do you wish to evoke from your listeners with such melancholic edged music?
Daisuke: I’m trying to be honest with what I make. But I never expect people to feel particular emotion with it.
Aphex twin went on record saying he had ’10 or 11′ albums completed but stored away. Are you the type of producer to release music fast or leak slowly?
Daisuke: I take quite long time to make one track but i’m trying to release them as soon as they’re made.
Since crossing the 10 year mark into music making a few years ago, would you say your music is ‘less shy’ over the last few years versus the first 10 years?
Daisuke: I think my music is still shy but these days I’m hiding that well.
Your song ‘Nel’ has overtones of people talking. Being a fan of laughing, and environmental tones, are you planning on exploring songs using the natural sounds of human beings? Is it a difficult area to explore?
Daisuke: I sometimes want to input some environmental sounds, but not really. Meaning by that, I like to just put a snap photo inside of the track.
In addition to your own songs, you have been known to remix tunes of other artists as well. Is there a certain underlying pressure in manipulating other peoples’ works & sounds?
Daisuke: Remix[ing] is like a puzzle game. They give you some parts to make something you like. It’s fun.
What are some of your favorite Asian films and anime?
Daisuke: Films by Kaizo Hayashi (林 海象), animation by Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明) manga by Iou Kuroda (黒田 硫黄）and many more.
Is there a greater challenge in creating a low-tempo song then a high energy presence? Does your mood play a big part in your creative process?
Daisuke: It’s doesn’t matter if the music is low-tempo or high-energy. Both things are challenging for me, and yes, it quite depends on my mood.
Which experimental routes do you want to explore in your music but are either afraid to execute or haven’t had the chance?
Daisuke: I don’t know…my mind is always changing.
Lastly, any advice for a producer looking to express their individualism through their music?
Daisuke: Do whatever you like and keep it pushing!
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