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.
The heat that night couldn’t keep fans from turning up at Hard Rock Café to see the Japanese guitar hero showing off his guitar slapping technique in the Bushido-like performance that hid a distinctively strong character behind a very aggressive sound that drove the crowd nuts. They all went even crazier when Miyavi closed the show with his latest single “Day 1”. Immediately after he completed the song the crowd let Miyavi know that they wanted more from him. The Japanese star was happy to oblige and launched an explosive guitar solo that served as a fitting closure to such a high energy show.
MIYAVI LIVE IN CONCERT
BY : @qamadhieta
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.
MIIYAVI’s record label’s web site http://www.emimusic.jp/miyavi/
Friday, 12 October 2012
Tel: 62 361 755661
Official Partners: Win Mild, MassiveVibrations, Johnnie Walker, San Mig Light, Rentalika, Autobagus Rent Car Official Hotel: Hard Rock Hotel Bali Official Media Partners: FHM, Trax, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock FM Surabaya, Hard Rock Radio Bali, Phoenix FM Bali, OZ FM Bali
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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.