Could you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Rei.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
There is beauty and art in everything. I feed off of passing gusts of inspiration, whether it’s an encounter with someone that day, or hearing a peculiar sound outside.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
I don't know that I stand apart in the industry and I’m not too worried about it either. I try to focus more on just being myself.
How would you describe your music style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
I grew up watching a lot of movies and I bought a video camera with money I saved up in the fourth grade. I don’t think I’ve ever differentiated visual art and music and in some ways I think my music has always had a cinematic element to it.
How do you feel your environment has shaped who you are as a creative individual? Mind telling us about some of your favorite elements you surround yourself with?
Growing up in Japan has had a really big impact on who I am both personally and artistically. My childhood was saturated with hyper romanticized western aesthetics being appropriated in everything from music to tv commercials as well as the bubble economy leaving traces of unsustainable luxury everywhere. Even though these were physical manifestations of irony, I think it permeates all aspects of Japan and has influenced me a lot.
I really enjoy having plants and a cat.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
I don’t know if I’m in much of a position to give advice but I think that working hard and being yourself is the most rewarding whether you succeed or not.
If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?
It’s hard to pick a single piece of work but I guess it would be Thomas Newman’s soundtrack for Less Than Zero. I can’t quite put it into words but it's just oddly familiar like a forgotten memory.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I actually like to jump into things right away and keep that momentum going throughout the day.
What’s a typical day for you?
I wake up and try to make stuff the whole day. I’ll take a break to eat or take a walk sometimes but that’s pretty much it for me. It’s seems somewhat religious thinking about it now...
Coffee or tea?
Hōjicha with my grandma.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Create more and release more.
What makes you happy?
Food. Especially rice.
Any closing comments?
Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this. :)
Photo credits to BRTHR Films