Interview – Watasino

Watasino is a Japanese musician and producer who makes music with quite a unique sound and feel to it – I reviewed his latest EP, Mellow Mood, recently. Find out more about Watasino and the EP below and make sure you check Mellow Mood out if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new EP titled Mellow Mood. What can you tell us about the EP and where can it be purchased?

The EP is available on major subscription services such as Spotify and Apple Music, as well as on Bandcamp.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album anytime soon?

I don’t have any specific plans, but I hope to release at least one album in 2022. To make an album, you need a certain direction. I’m in the process of trying out various ideas, and I think I’ll be able to figure out what I need to do as I gradually accumulate results.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

First of all, I often decide on a chord progression on the guitar. I make adjustments as I record the phrases I play, so I compose, record, and mix at the same time. I use an MPC for sketches, and Ableton Live for full-scale production. I recently got a microphone, which makes it easier to incorporate different sounds. I sample my own voice and make percussion sounds with small objects on my desk.

I heard quite a few different musical styles within your music, including disco and hip-hop. Are you influenced by a lot of different genres?

Yes, I was into J-ROCK when I was a teenager, but gradually I became less and less into a particular genre. When I write songs, I try to make the music relaxing and comfortable.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

On December 11, 2021, we will release a single called Trivial Day. It’s a song that uses samples from vinyl records, giving it a slightly different feel than our previous songs. Please give it a listen!

You’re from Tokyo. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

The major scene is not in good shape, although there are some interesting acts like Kenshi Yonezu and King Gnu. However, there are a lot of talented people in the more minor and underground scenes. Tokyo is a city of all kinds of music, without any particular genre. It’s very difficult to make a name for yourself in this environment, but I think it’s exciting.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

The biggest influence in my music is definitely DJ KRUSH. I believe that his music should be appreciated once again in the world. The music I listened to the most on Spotify this year was the theme song for an anime called ODDTAXI. Other than that, lately I’ve been listening to a lot of UK artists like Tom Misch and Puma Blue.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I didn’t do enough work to affect it, so it wasn’t a problem.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I don’t have any plans. I’m not really interested in performing in front of people.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks for always listening to my music! I’ll be releasing more songs in 2022 than in 2021, so I hope you’ll check them out. Lots of love.