During one particularly lazy weekend summer afternoon, I felt the need to casually virtually “dig in the crates”. That day, “in a sentimental jazz mood” yet again, I found Japanese Jazztronik’s mix of jazz, disco and house with soul and Latin influences fascinating. Fronted by pianist mastermind Ryota Nozaki, this producer’s collection of tracks on Soundcloud is a treasure trove of hot dance joints and piano symphonic composition classics.
I linked with Ryota Nozaki to get a tiny glimpse into his background, inspirations and his creative process. Check out his answers, the videos and soundclips below and follow him on Facebook and Twitter !
1. When did you first learn how to play the piano?
Ryota: When i was about 3years old,i started playing piano with my mother. My mother used be a music teacher for an elementary school.
2. How did you develop a passion for jazz?
Ryota: My first experience of Jazz was Chick Correa’s “return to forever” when i was 18.The fusion of many kinds of music got me so excited.
3. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what are 5 records you would take that you couldn’t live without?
Ryota: 1. Arvo Parto / Fratres,Festina Lente,Summa,Cantus
2. Antonio Carlos jobim / Terra Brasilis
3. Chick Corea / return to forever
4. Astor piazzolla / Tango zero hour
5. Debussy’s any album.
4. Describe how the music scene in Tokyo has influenced your sound.
Ryota: It used to be in the 90’s there was good culture which influenced me a lot. Now,nothing influences me in Tokyo.
5. If you could invite your biggest musical hero to dinner, who would it be?
Ryota: Michael Jackson!
6. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Ryota: I want to see the inside of the imperial palace.
7. How different are you as a musician vs. being a producer?
Ryota: As a musician, i need to play before an audience in a live (setting). Making music for a show and producing music as a record are very different. Usually a live show is made by with some other musicians.But i think almost all producers have to make music by themselves. There is a difference between inner dialogue and a dialogue with others .For listeners there also is a difference between as a memory and as a record.
8. Who would you love to work with in the future?
Ryota: Many. I’m very sad about the passing away of George Duke. I have played a song with him at Blue Note Tokyo once.I wanted to make music together sometime in the future.
9. What would someone be surprised to know about you?
Ryota: I have very sweaty hands by nature.I usually use 5 or 6 towels just for it.Not good for playing piano.
10. What’s your favorite song you wished you’d written but didn’t?
Ryota: Moon River
11. Do you think the word “genre” is obsolete?
Ryota: Yes,I think so.
12. What are your plans for the rest of 2013?
Ryota: I’m planning to go to some countries for my vacation and I’ll work for my label “753 Records”.