YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA formed in 1978 as an intended one-off project for producer and bass player Haruomi Hosono.
After Hosono hired two session musicians drummer Yukihiro Takahashi and keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto to record that debut self-titled album, the rest was history... ten bodies of work originally released by Alfa Records between 1978-1983 are being reissued as part of #YMO40. Continue Reading ›
Steve Jansen has been very busy of late over the last 12 months with projects involving both music and photography. In 2015, the one-time drummer of JAPAN published ‘Through A Quiet Window’, a book of his photos taken between 1978-1991.
He kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about the genesis of his new album ‘Corridor’ and ‘Through A Quiet Window’ while also shedding light on the perception of JAPAN as a band at the height of their artistic success. Continue Reading ›
Steve Jansen was just 18 years old when he recorded his first album as the drummer of JAPAN. Signing to Ariola Hansa, JAPAN eventually found their sound with the sophisticated art rock of their third album ‘Quiet Life’.
Jansen did not actually release his first solo album until ‘Slope’ in 2007. With his latest solo offering 'The Extinct Suite' recently released, he kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his varied career and vast catalogue of work. Continue Reading ›
When YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA formed in 1978, it was intended to be a one-off project for producer / bassist Haruomi Hosono and the two session musicians he had hired: drummer Yukihiro Takahashi and keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto. With their use of modern technology, they became standard bearers for what eventually became known in Japan as technopop.
So with their place in electronic music history assured, what twenty tracks would make up an imaginary CD compilation album to act as Beginner’s Guide to the iconic trio? The Electricity Club made the following selections for its YMO Bento box. Continue Reading ›