Interview by Damian Rafferty 2004
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Approaching his latest album in the same way as always, Krush first off chooses a word or a theme to anchor the process. This time the word is ‘Wa’: the absence of conflict and alienation. But how does that work in this world as it is now? "We need some peace and calm in the world now," Krush told Fly. "I think the concept of ‘Wa’ is lost in wars and all the selfishness in the world. The music I make is basically about how much of myself Krush can be put into it. If I had to categorize it, I’d put it into Krush genre. I just want to keep making my own music, share it with people and contribute what I can". "I build the pool and fill the pool with water and let the artists swim in it". A few years ago, Krush told me: "When I make a discovery, I walk slowly along that path, wandering along or straying down various different side paths: ‘meisoing’". So I asked him if he was still ‘meisoing’. "Yes, it’s still my way. Meiso helps block out all the noises that I’m always surrounded by and bring serenity to my mind. Also, when I want to retreat myself to a quiet place, I go fishing. During the production of my previous album Message At The Depth, I went night fishing. One night, I noticed the moon shining over the calm ocean, accompanied by the "silent sounds" of nature. The scene inspired me and I found myself surrounded by something very calming. That’s a uniquely Japanese kind of peacefulness. Like a lot of young people, Krush avoided certain aspects of his own culture. A little older now, he has changed his attitude. "Traveling all over the world on tour, I wanted to make an album with traditional Japanese instruments and philosophy and rediscover the traditions of my culture. I felt a bit awkward about doing it when I was younger but I felt ready now. I found the best musicians in each field of instruments and they were kind enough to be part of the record. I communicate the concept of the album and artists come in to the studio with their own concept of "Wa". The collaboration was like, I build the pool and fill the pool with water and let the artists swim in it. I’m very pleased with the outcome". "DJing is what I do and I will keep doing it as long as I live". When working with US rappers, however, despite many years of such collaborations, Krush is unable to communicate using English, "I write in Japanese and explain the concept of the album and what I want to achieve with it and have my staff translate it. I never really thought the language barrier a problem. It may sound like a cliché but music is really universal". "I am very visual in my sound-making. Almost like making a soundtrack to a vision in my head," says Krush when asked about the relationship between his photography and his music. Additionally, he has recently won acclaim for his soundtrack to ‘Arakimentari’. Krush is quick to name exciting new local talent such as: "DJ Hide, DJ Sak, Boss The MC, etc. I appreciate and respect young artists who try to bring out their individuality with hip-hop as the source and I want to keep introducing new and upcoming artists on my records". While he confides that with all the touring, he misses cutting out for a spot of fishing, he is definitely not hanging up his Technics anytime yet though. So how long has it been since Krush was just a kid himself starting out? "It’s been almost 18 years! All I can say is that DJing is what I do and I will keep doing it as long as I live. I’m not sure how I maintain my energy but if there’s any at all, I get strength from my family. I hope that I’ll be DJing when I’m 80 years old!"


Damian Rafferty
Wednesday 3 November 2004