Firstable, could you please introduce yourself to VerdamMnis readers ?
Yukio Murata : Hi, I’m Yukio Murata. I play the guitar and sing in My Way My Love. I was born in Amagasaki City, Hyogo, Japan back in 1969. I grew up there, but moved to Tokyo as soon as I was 18. I didn’t stay there long though – when I was 20 I moved to California to play music and study. Ever since, I’ve been wandering between Japan, the US and Europe.
What and who inspired you in the first place ?
Yukio Murata : Watching Bob Dylan on TV – I was fifteen. I just thought he was really cool, the way he strummed his guitar and his voice sounded like an alien. That’s what got me into playing guitar in the first place.
Who or what do you most admire the most today ?
Yukio Murata : There are so many artists that I’d want to mention but Bob Dylan definitely comes first. I also love Arto Lindsay, Thurston Moore and Andy Partridge among others.
You are currently working in studio. Can you tell us more about your current project ?
Yukio Murata : I’m recording some new stuff for My Way My Love at the moment. That’ll come out as an album on File 13 Records in April. I’m playing the guitar in few other bands too as well as producing some rock artists.
In the studio, what kind of person are you? How do you work most efficiently ?
Yukio Murata : I’m pretty much always in a recording studio and I work at a hell of a speed. I carry on until I switch off – from noon til midnight, even beyond sometimes. I don’t like to compromise in any way with my music, so when I have ideas, whatever they might be, I will explore their possibilities to their full depths. I guess that’s my style of ‘efficiency’.
You have a crazy tight schedule. What is your booster to keep going ?
Yukio Murata : My booster is a mixture of coffee, booze and taking time for myself. When those three things are reunited and I am alright, the machine can go on.
How would you describe your sound ?
Yukio Murata : As for my compositions, I guess there’s a certain amount of heat. I would describe my tone as an icy discordance.
Is there anything you keep in mind when you are making music ?
Yukio Murata : I always try to get out of my comfort zone, and go beyond the boundaries. I like challenging myself.
What is your most memorable musical experience ?
Yukio Murata : As a musician, I have the opportunity to visit many countries and towns. I have striking memories of meetings and parties with friends and promoters in these places… Not to mention the audience that came, and still come, to our shows. I always feel really sad when I go to the airport after a US or European tour even though I know I’ll see the people again one day.
What project has been the most challenging to you and why ?
Have you learned anything about yourself when it was finally completed ?
Yukio Murata : Getting out of my own country, and bringing my band overseas about 10 years ago was one of the most challenging experiences. It brought a lot of pleasure as well as manay challenges. I learned heaps of things, not only about music, but also about working contracts, visas and so on.
Yup, travelling is one of the best teachers.
From your young-self to the man you are today, what remained ?
Yukio Murata : My love for music hasn’t changed a bit. Music is to die for.
Has anything changed ?
Yukio Murata : I guess, my writing skills are better today, aren’t they ?
What’s the latest album you bought that completely blew your mind ?
Yukio Murata : « Skeleton Tree » from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
How would you describe the year 2016 ? Any 2017 resolutions ?
Yukio Murata : I’ve been busy with making the new album of my own band, My Way My Love, I’ve also been busy with the producing and the music writing for others this year. My new album will be out in April 2017 and I wanna go to many different towns to play it.
Where would you like to be in 10 years ?
Yukio Murata : Having good drinks with people I love.
Thank you, Yukio, for your time. Any last words for the overseas music-lovers ?
Yukio Murata : Come see me when I’ll be around your town. I couldn’t be happier! Thank you.