Funky Gong | Hard Rock Café Bali – Friday & Saturday 14 Dec – 5 Jan | The Beat Magazine

Funky Gong | Hard Rock Café Bali – Friday & Saturday 14 Dec – 5 Jan | The Beat Magazine.

Japanese musician Funky Gong has been playing guitar in bands since 1980. He tuned into the decks during the 90s and has been combining an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock and dance beats ever since. He’s back in town for a month long stint at Hard Rock Cafe Bali and the beat had the chance to pose some questions last week before his opening gig.



1. What would you call the kind of music you play? This time I prepared a very special and new style Funky Gong rock set influenced by the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s classic rock and I play mash up electro style. Everything mixed up together! I use pioneer FX for looping, beat krush and delay filters etc… Sometimes I will play electric guitar to give a more live emotional feeling!
2. Has your music been evolving lately, morphing into some new foreign territory? Yes! I am brushing up a new Joujouka album while I am in Bali. Our sound is very new and we are planning to go on tour 2013. I am getting inspiration in Bali to work for my upcoming solo album with more tribal, bass, many rock styles, tech house, African beats and maybe 70s funk like “mixture techno”. My DJ sets include many more styles now like techno and progressive beats. I love 80s punk, new wave, metal, hip hop very much and rock n roll of course. Jeff Beck’s “What Mama Said” or Mick Jagger’s “Think” I like very much. At the moment my heavy rotation play is a techno track “Phunk  Investigation / Say Goodbye (Tomcraft Remix) / Tiger Records”.
3. You’ve played a number of times in Bali before, what were the highlights on those occasions? 66 Club with Joujouka for New Years Eve 2007 I think and a Boat Trip to the Gillis for Love Movida 2005 with 5000 Watts Sound System and F Lounge for New Years Eve and very fun underground Party 2006 with Suicide Glam organized by Mammasitta, my Manager (Massivevibrations). Oh and big Madskippers party together with Rinko, Tsuyoshi and Theo , Gibran from Jakarta and Alex Joy. Very much fun with all my friends together. One time I also played at Home Café.
4. You were playing in bands during the 80s. Then joined DJ Tsuyoshi Suzuki to form JOUJOUKA, breaking new ground in the rock/dance music world. What do you like best about the live guitar and dance beats mix you guys have come up with? We want to make images for the techno, house, electro, and trance party DJs imagining Jimi Hendrix among us! I want to give the experience! I think it’s a very very exciting situation to combine rock with dance music. I’m not Jimi Hendrix but I play Jimi Hendrix tracks sometimes to create a live atmosphere like in the old days.
5. You are going to be playing at Hard Rock Cafe for a whole month of weekends until January 5. Are you playing with the DJ or with the band? What’s it all about? I’m invited to play as a DJ this time but will play electric guitar tracks with my original music from my last album “blow”. Hope I can come back with our live five piece band Joujouka another time. Tsuyoshi misses Bali so much.
6. Can the Hard Rock crowd expect anything different from you this time around?  I have a totally new DJ style! Never been heard before. I collected so many good rock tracks from the 50s until now. Just wait and rock on with me Bali! Bali is such a good inspiration for me because it’s a very spiritual land. I meditate every day and there’s a good energy for the gigs. I am very thankful for coming to Indonesia many times.

 You can catch Fungky Gong Friday and Saturday nights for the next few weeks live at Hard Rock Café Bali.

Funky Gong


‘Samurai Guitarist’ Makes His Indonesian Debut | The Jakarta Globe

‘Samurai Guitarist’ Makes His Indonesian Debut | The Jakarta Globe.

One man and his guitar: Sometimes, that’s all it takes to turn a crowd of concertgoers from enthusiastic observers into ecstatic participants.

This was the case on Wednesday night when Japanese guitarist Miyavi performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Jakarta as part of its 20th anniversary, delivering his biggest hits like “What’s My Name?” and “Are You Ready to Rock?”

Miyavi, who began his music career as a visual kei artist at the age of 17 when he joined the band Due le Quartz as a guitarist, has undergone a remarkable transformation and has become a successful solo artist. Gone are the days of his androgynous appearance: nowadays, Miyavi has toned down his makeup and shrill fashion style. The visual kei artist has morphed into a samurai guitarist. The 31-year-old looks like your typical rock star, while at the same time exuding a special charm. Wearing leather pants and a white tank top that revealed enough skin to show off his many tattoos, Miyavi displayed a mastery of different facial expressions, ranging from provocative, challenging and arrogant to charmed, liberated and deeply touched.

One mustn’t be fooled by his slender stature: when Miyavi starts to sing, he can sound as powerful as any rock crooner and own the stage with his dynamism.

Paired with exceptional skills on the guitar and accompanied only by a drummer on stage, this would probably be enough for an energetic, exuberant show.

But Miyavi did more than just deliver an inspired performance: he connected with the crowd on an emotional level, making him more approachable than many artists, who tend to stay aloof during their shows. He recorded a video of his fans on his phone, opened up presents that had been thrown onto the stage and got intimate with crowd members by clasping their hands.

And while it is common among musicians to utter a couple of words in Indonesian, Miyavi surprised everyone when he expressed in Indonesian slang how happy he was to be here. His every move was accompanied by applause and screams, and at times, he had to command silence from his fans when he wanted to say something. Miyavi’s main message is one of peace, love and mutual respect.

“It doesn’t matter where we come from, what race or religion we [are],” he said before performing the last song of the show. “We are all together here tonight, we can be one — through music.”

Prior to the concert, Miyavi sat down with the Jakarta Globe for a short interview, revealing a more vulnerable side that isn’t apparent when he is standing on stage.

This is the first time you have come to Indonesia. What took you so long?

I always wanted to come here because I knew that many fans were waiting for me. Every time I announced new dates for my world tour, people from Indonesia were saying, ‘why don’t you come over to our country?’ But we can’t do this without the support from promoters and venues. So I’m really happy that I could make it happen this time. And I was really impressed when I saw my fans waiting for me at the airport and the hotel.

Throughout your career, you have transformed from a visual kei artist into a rock star. What does visual kei mean to you at this stage of your career?

Actually, my attitude towards creation has not changed at all. I like entertaining on stage, putting makeup on and also doing some modeling for photo shoots. But [the] category ‘visual kei’ doesn’t mean anything to me, it is just a term for a small music scene in Japan. It was kind of tough to be stuck with the same image because my inspiration and my creativity was more than just that category. I don’t criticize visual kei as a [scene] — I have been part of it myself — but I want to look beyond genres and styles.

You have been a member of the bands Due le Quartz and, later on, SKIN. Do you ever miss being part of a group?

I was influenced by SKIN a lot and I still respect [the other members Yoshiki, Gackt and Sugizo] as artists. But in a band there needs to be chemistry, and sometimes, things happen beyond your expectations. Sometimes things go a way you don’t want them to. As a solo artist, you have more responsibility. Everything you do reflects toward yourself. But at the same time, you have more freedom.

But speaking as a guitarist, just playing the guitar and having a great vocalist can be very comfortable. So if there is a good singer, I would love to collaborate. Of course, I am still open to that possibility.

You are often referred to as the ‘samurai guitarist.’ Where did this moniker come from?

While I was on tour some of my fans started to call me that. And after a while, I was beginning to like it, because ‘samurai’ is such a symbolic word. Samurai means being straightforward, passionate and strong. And I thought that my image as Miyavi shows a similarity to that. Only instead of a sword, I have my guitar.

How old were you when you got your first tattoo?

I was 19. It was when I was in my first band and I wanted to die. I was thinking about committing suicide. When you have to do something which is so completely different from what you actually want to do, that’s torture. To make your dreams come true, people have to get over the hard times. But once you can’t see the light toward the future anymore you start to loose motivation and vitality. I was like that, doing what I didn’t want to do. I wasn’t confident, I wasn’t satisfied. I felt like everything was a waste of time. I couldn’t make music anymore, I couldn’t even talk to people — during an interview like this, nothing came up, no words. I thought that if I said something, it would be a lie. [But I recovered] and that’s when I was first inked on my right arm. It’s the word for chakra,’ from [Buddhist ideology]. My definition of that term is that I have to be myself, to keep my passion towards life. You have to love and respect yourself before you can do anything else.

You are the father of two daughters. How did that change you as a person and as a musician?

It changed me a lot. You start to think more about the future. Your children are not you — they have their own personalities, dreams and motivations. But it feels like your life gets extended. And of course I want to make the world a better place for my children with my music. So, [having children] was a very huge and important experience for me, even as an artist, because it means even more responsibility.

What is your take on K-pop?

I am half Korean myself. I even have my Korean name tattooed on my back. I think it’s cool. I’m happy to hear, as an Asian, that we are being recognized for our creativity in the music industry. [The K-pop artists] create some good tracks, and the people seem to like it. I have a lot of respect for the K-pop musicians and all their efforts.

What is next for Miyavi?

My new album, ‘Samurai Sessions Vol. 1,’ for which I have collaborated with a bunch of very talented artists, will come out on Nov. 13. I already started working on tracks for a new album which will probably be released next year.

MIYAVI | Hard Rock Cafe | FRIDAY 12 OCT | The Beat Magazine

MIYAVI | Hard Rock Cafe | FRIDAY 12 OCT | The Beat Magazine.

Though a man of few words, Takamasa Ishihara, AKA Miyavi, is one of the hottest Japanese visual kei rockers on planet earth. His shows cover pop, rock, hip hop and metal as well as showing off some absolutely fabulous costumes that display fierce androgyny that the visual kei genre is known for. Catch him at the Hard Rock with Funky Gong.

Q : Hi Mr. Miyavi, how are you doing today?
A : Cool as always, just got done with mixing my new album Samurai Sessions Vol.1 tonight!

Q : Can you please describe your music in a way that resembles a recipe from a cookbook?
A : No appetizers, salads, carbs or desserts, only meat. And it’s well done.

Q : People can be categorized and generalized into specific subcultures (emo, hipster, goth, etc), if you had categorize yourself, what subculture would you fall into?
A : Samurai (just slapping the six strings).

Q : If you could kill one musician and wipe out said musicians’ very existence from the face of the planet and all living memory, who would it be?
A : I kill no one.

Q : Other than performing at the Hard Rock, any big plans for Bali?
A : Nice massage

Q : On a scale from 1-11, how hard will your show be?
A : 1.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000001

Q : Craziest thing you’ve seen on stage?
A : A drummer who wears swim shorts.

Q : You were once credited under the Miyabi moniker when you joined Due le Quartz, have you ever met the other Miyabi?
A : Sorry, I don’t know who you are talking about.

Q : You’re looking at these questions on a screen of some sort, what is directly on the left of the screen?
A : My kids’ faces on the desktop.

Q : How do you feel about the escalating territorial dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands?
A : All bulls**t. I dont get why we have to fight each other as Asians over an island that nobody lives in… No more hate.


19th Anniversary @ Hard Rock Cafe Bali w/ MIYAVI LIVE & DJ Funky Gong

Hard Rock Cafe Bali 19th Anniversary featuring MIYAVI LIVE !

MIYAVI‘s official web site

MIIYAVI’s record label’s web site

and DJ Funky Gong from

Friday, 12 October 2012

Tickets a re on sale now at Hard Rock Cafe Bali

Tel: 62 361 755661


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Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia


Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia.

Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia Written by Wardhana, 18 September 2012 Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia Ekspansi musik asal negeri Sakura kian merambah Indonesia, setelah Galaxy 7, TOE dan Laruku, kali ini giliran Miyavi dan Funky Gong yang akan melakukan pementasannya di Indonesia yang direncanakan tanggal 12 Oktober di Hard Rock Cafe Bali. Namun Miyavi juga akan melakukan penampilannya di Jakarta juga pada tanggal 10 Oktober mendatang. Miyavi yang memiliki nama asli Takamasa Ishihara ini dikenal sebagai musisi solo berbakat yang memiliki keahlian bermain gitar berbeda dengan musisi lain, dengan gayanya yang unconventional dimana saat pentas menggunakan gitar elektronik (listrik) ia terbiasa untuk tidak menggunakan pick melainkan hanya dengan tangannya dan original slap style yang membuat ia sangat diperhitungkan dalam japanese music scene. Funky Gong sendiri adalah DJ dengan genre electro yang akan memeriahkan juga acara yang sekaligus menjadi anniversary party Hard Rock Cafe Bali ke-19 ini. Funky Gong dan Miyavi sendiri sebenarnya sangat senior di scene musik Jepang, Funky Gong yang aslinya bernama Minoro Tsunoda ini sudah aktif dari tahun 80an, sementara Miyavi di tahun 1999 sudah ikut dalam band alternative rock bernama Due le Quartz.