Imagine having a crush with Italian guy, asked him to teach you to play guitar, and the next thing you know, you’re on the band with him and his twin brother. That’s what exactly happened with Kazu Makino, 20 years ago when she’s still studying art in school. Formed in New York City, Blonde Redhead that consisted of Kazu (vocal, rhythm guitar), Simone Pace (drums/vocal) and Amedeo Pace (lead guitar), already released 8 albums since 1995 and still counting. With the initial sparks of noise rock and no-wave from their earlier records that progress to more cinematic, dreampop, shoegazy sounds on 2004 release, Misery Is a Butterfly, until today, Kazu Makino and the Pace Twins still staying strong on their first and only band any of them have ever been in. While preparing their 9th album, Kazu makes an appearance here and there with her sensible style and hypnotic vocal, including the latest collaboration with the L.A bass music producer Nosaj Thing on ethereal dance-infected song called “Eclipse/Blue”. Now, Kazu talks about some early influences that shape her music and perspective.
What first sparked your desire to make music?
What three records have had the greatest impact on you and why?
Broadcast – Tender Buttons, made me realize how much I love Trish’s voice.
Did you teach yourself how to play guitar? What the first song you played?
What does it feel like to be onstage?
What is your favorite music video, movie, or documentary?
What’s your next project? Do you guys already prepare for the 9th album?
What’s your advice for girls wanting to start bands?