Interview with Acid Mothers Temple


There is no protagonist, there are only clues to reach the sound of the cosmos.

Japan is usually a country associated with the entertainment industry, since the City Pop in the 80s, through anime, manga; among other products that define a series of archetypes. These elements are consumed by an audience that is always looking for something new.

In the face of a nation with such a massive cultural industry, Acid Mothers Temple He raised his position in an exclusive talk with Indie Rocks!.

“The so-called music industry in Japan doesn’t even know we exist, which is why we have never performed at any festivals in Japan, and we have barely been mentioned in magazines, radio, television or other media in the last 28 years.”

That being the case, what happens when you distance yourself from this music industry? Faced with what is established, they choose to follow the cosmos, without taking things personally. Kawabata Makoto (member and founding member of AMT) mentions. (We are) “Stupid music for stupid people. “Stupid doesn’t always mean something bad!” From the radical separation of the ego is how things begin to change.

Following the cosmic sonic route they have realized that it is a lonely path. When inquiring into how the changes have been over time, they responded. “We don’t really know, because we have always distanced ourselves from what we call the ‘scene’ whether in Japan or the West.”

Looking at the years he has been on this path Makoto reaffirms. “Only for himself, as it will be. In other words, guided by the sound that comes from the cosmos.”

Acid Mothers Temple returned to CDMX at Indie Rocks Forum! presenting Paralyzed Genius Brain along with a new member in its constant change of members, Shozo Sawanoon their first tour of North America.

When they talked about the expectations of the re-release Makoto got to the point. “What can you expect? You’ll know it when you hear it.”

Acid Mothers Temple They travel the cosmic path on their tour playing pieces that end up taking them to unexpected paths.

For me, music is not something that I ‘create’ (…) I receive sounds from the ‘cosmos’ and reproduce them so that others can hear them. Therefore it is not a proper expression. On the contrary, by adding my own personality, the ‘purity’ of the music is lost, so the theme is ‘How not to express my being’. The key word when you play music is ‘altruism,'” he said. Kawabata Makoto.

This trip musical does not have a human protagonist. Being at a concert by this band only leads to a decision, leaving the self behind so that the music manifests the cosmos through an intermediary. The founding member recognizes this. “Music teaches me that I should play.” Makoto He can see that this has a limit but in the end he only has one conclusion. “I want to do as much as I can, as long as I can.”


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Christopher Johnson

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