Jun Kamoda Interview

Jun Kamoda is one of the many dedicated and versatile producers in Japan that have been making waves across the dance music world in the past few years. Although he’s been recording and releasing music for nearly 20 years, the past two years have been especially busy for him, seeing EPs released from the likes of New York based, Mister Saturday Night Records, Bristol based, Black Acre and most recently, Mall Grab’s Steel City Dance Discs label, as well as a few compilation contributions with Dirt Crew Recordings. In addition to all of the productions he’s done solo, he’s been involved with and fronted the groups, Baleine 3000 and (((sssurrounddd))). Cosmic Incantations were lucky enough to catch up with him about his childhood, creative process, and Pokemon Go, check it out below!

Aerial view of Osaka, Japan

Aerial view of Osaka, Japan

Cosmic Incantations: I would like to begin by talking about your upbringing, I read most often that you were born in Tokyo, is this true?

Jun Kamoda: Hi Cosmic Incantations. Thank you for inviting me on your blog. No, I was born in Osaka. But I have resided in Tokyo for ten years. Recently I live in Nagano.

CI: Did you or any of your family members play musical instruments?

JK: My father could play a guitar. When I was child, he played me The Ventures songs, but he is not a good guitarist...

CI: How did you first get introduced to hip-hop or dance music?

JK: Gabber was my first experience of dance music. When I was seventeen years old, I bought a Gabber music CD* and I was obsessed with drum machine music.

CI: You’ve been making and releasing music since as early as 2000, what still makes it fun and exciting to do after such a long time?

JK: Making music always brings me new friends and new places, this happening is still surprising to me.

CI: You recently toured Europe with hip-hop collective, Baleine 3000, how do you like touring?

JK: That was very fun, making tracks in other places, because I was changed by other languages and other views, different voltage, and of course by other food. I really like to be inspired by other circumstances.

Tangela, a  rare  catch in the game

Tangela, a rare catch in the game

CI: What city is most fun to play Pokemon Go in?

JK: When I was playing at Meakusma Festival in Brussels, I played Pokemon Go on the stage because Tangela was there.

CI: Which do you like more? Performing live or DJing?

JK: I prefer performing live. I confess I’m not a DJ type. I’m a kind of guy who enjoys listening to long dance tracks from start to finish.

CI: In an article with the Ransom Note, you talked about great underground Japanese electronic music, do you have any recommendations for Japanese hip hop?

JK: I would love to recommend this album to you, EFX-DUB by RIOW ARAI, because this album is very sick!  

A comic by Jun Kamoda

A comic by Jun Kamoda

CI: In addition to all of the music production and DJing you do, you have been making art for quite a long time, is it hard to decide which medium to use sometimes? You’re so good at it all!

JK: Drawing and painting is a diversion to me. I draw an illustration while listening to music. So I think drawing is for enjoying music or expressing music.

CI: You also work for the Japanese independent magazine Usca, are comics your favorite art to make?

JK: Thinking of a story is pretty embarrassing to me, but I prefer to illustrate a scene. When I illustrate a comic, I persuade myself that I'm ok even though I'm not a good storyteller!

CI: Can people in the United States buy them online?

JK: Maybe you can buy from here if they have Usca as stock.

CI: Wrapping up here, the way you’re able to use so many different sounds and samples in your music is very inspiring, do you prefer to look for music on the internet or in a record store?

JK: I stopped collecting records in 2011. I prefer to find new music on the Internet (Youtube and Bandcamp), recently Spotify.

The painting that inspired the Misty Funk EP    

The painting that inspired the Misty Funk EP

CI: You originally released Physical Graffiti and Blind Disco back in 2009, when did you record the songs for the Misty Funk EP?

JK: It was made last year. At first, I painted a picture, and then made three house tracks while inspiring the picture.

CI: Do you have any upcoming shows?

JK: Next month, live in Kyoto.

We’d like to thank Jun Kamoda again for his time, you can purchase the Misty Funk EP here, as well as pre-order and preview his newest EP coming later this month on Black Acre, here.  Don’t forget to follow him on all fine social media outlets, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

* = Gabber is a subgenre of hardcore techno, with beats per minute in the 150-190 range