10 Questions with Anchorsong

Japanese producer Anchorsong is headed for Bristol for a live show and signing

Anchorsong interview

Japanese-born London-based producer Masaaki Yoshida AKA Anchorsong is headed for Bristol this December for a live show and signing, following the release of his latest album Cohesion.

Anchorsong creates multi-layered tapestries of explorative, rhythmic music; gaining support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne and Elton John. His latest release draws heavy inspiration from 70s and 80s Bollywood film soundtracks and traditional Indian percussion, intertwining this with his unique take on soundscapes. 

Anchorsong creates multi-layered tapestries of explorative, rhythmic music; gaining support from the likes of Gilles Peterson

The electronic producer is known for his compelling live shows, bringing a refined stage presence to the table, having played guitar in rock bands before embarking on his solo adventure, though now using just his MPC2500 sampler and a keyboard to create a haven of sound on stage.

Anchorsong has supported the likes of Bonobo and Portico Quartet, and his live show has been described as ‘like watching a painter drawing on a white canvas’. You can pre-order his album via Rough Trade to guarantee entry to the show. 

like watching a painter drawing on a white canvas

THOSE QUESTIONS

1)       What have you learned today?
What Netflix and chill means.

2)       Favourite track of all time?
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. The best songs are always the simplest and Dreams is a perfect example of that. 

3)       It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Go Bang by Dinosaur L.

4)       Who are your top three acts right now?
Yves Tumor, Kelly Moran and Sandunes.

5)       If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
I’d be a translator. Japanese is a very complex language and I find it a challenging but rewarding job.

6)       What was the last book you read?
Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. I’m usually not into crime novels, but that book blew me away.

7)       Favourite thing on TV?
The first season of Prison Break. I wish the series ended with season 2 though, the rest just ruins its legacy.

8)       Are you afraid of anything?
I’m afraid of cockroaches. You don’t see the real nasty ones in UK and I’m very grateful for it.

9)       Tell us something people don’t know about you…
My hometown Tokushima is known for the traditional Japanese dance called Awa Odori, and I used to be called a prodigy. It’s a shame that I quickly lost interest and started playing football instead.

10)   What are you doing tomorrow?
I’m flying to Leeuwarden in the Netherlands to play Explore the North Festival. I’m collaborating with local string quartet called Risata Kwartet.

Photo by Masa Hamanoi.

11 December – Anchorsong, Rough Trade Bristol
Tickets // roughtrade.com/bristol

anchorsong.com // @Anchorsong

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