[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] Talking with Japanese hip hop group Gagle of Jazzy Sport


@TokyoTwilighter EXCLUSIVE Interview with Gagle

Getting a behind the scenes look at music making brilliance

Last year I was blessed to have the opportunity to interview Japanese hip hop group Gagle.  We talked music, influences, family and appealing to the overseas audience.

Made up of brothers, MC Hunger, producer DJ Mitsu the Beats and long-time friend DJ Mu-r, the group has been together since 1996 making great music as part of independent label Jazzy Sport’s impressive catalog of Japanese artists.

Having been together since birth for the brothers and as a group since ’96, my first question was ‘Do you ever fight?’  To which the laid back trio was quick to reply, ‘Nope!’  Although younger brother Hunger did admit to being terrorized by older brother Mitsu as a child, sometimes when sleeping Mitsu would pour milk over his sibling to wake him up!

The onomatopoeic group name ‘Gagle’ comes from the word meaning a harsh or cacophonous sound which in the hip hop group’s earlier day’s accurately described their sound, especially Hunger’s distinct vocals, although they said over the years the music has chilled out quite a bit.

Beatmaker DJ Mitsu the Beats has gained international acclaim, with many of his videos on youtube gaining plus 100,000 hits and positive comments from fans even outside of Japan.  Mitsu’s music preferences tend towards old records, especially the 70s with his birth year being his favorite time period to sample from.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear the group’s music yet, make sure to check out their music on iTunes and YouTube.

Thanks to Magik.jp it was all capture on film and put together with some amazing show footage.

Finally MC Hunger was kind enough to do a short freestyle for me and add my name!


#np ‘Summer Symphony’ #jMusic reflecting the #jLife

Below is version 2 with the kickass hip hop group PSG

It suddenly got FREEZING cold in Tokyo and with my heater only slightly functioning I turned to some summer jams to warm me up (half of everything is mental right?)

I appreciate how beautiful composed the music is, and the featuring of PSG on the second version gracefully complements the subtleties of this chilled out tune.  However for me the best part of this PV (PV = promotional video, known as music video in American English) is the fact that I see familiar scenes of Japanese life in the videos.

For example, seeing clothing hanging haphazardly in version 2 might be a bachelor’s lifestyle of dealing with space constraints in a small Japanese apartment.  However, another possible could be that since we dry our clothes on the porch on sunny days most homes don’t have dryers.  Although when time passes quickly and laundry piles up we definitely find ourselves hanging articles of clothing indoors to dry as well.

At the end of version 2 we see members of PSG get together with the singer for the original version Keiichi Sokabe.  They meet in a typical Japanese izakaya (drinking place) for drinks at the end of a long musical collaboration.

It is always nice to see quality music paired with sensitive videos that capture the original culture and mood of the music.

#np S.L.A.C.K. – NEXT (Produced by BUDAMUNKY)