Influences: Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead)


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?

     Not exactly a spark… I was just doing it.

  What three records have had the greatest impact on you and why?

Broadcast - Tender Buttons

Broadcast – Tender Buttons, made me realize how much I love Trish’s voice.

Tame Impala - Inner Speaker
   Tame Impala – Inner Speaker, made me realize how much I love guitars.
Colleen - Everyone Alive Wants Answers
 Colleen – Everyone Alive Wants Answers, made me realize that I may love electronic music.
What was your first concert?
       A classical concert  I went to with my father.

 What was the first album you ever owned?

Exile on Main st by The Rolling Stones

 Exile on Main St by The Rolling Stones.

Did you teach yourself how to play guitar? What the first song you played?

       My bandmate tried to teach me but I still can’t play.
1 song I played was one of our early songs called “Symphony of Treble”

 What does it feel like to be onstage?

      It always feels special… it’s hard to describe. a bit like the calm before the storm. I often feel quiet even though you are about to explode.

  What is your favorite music video, movie, or documentary?

        ‘Eclipse/Blue’ by Nosaj Thing
       ‘Le Mepris’ by Jean Luc Godard
       ‘Little Otik’  strangest Czech film

   Who are your style icons?

Jane Mayle

      Jane Mayle
Isabel Marant
      Isabel Marant
Anna Selezneva
      Anna Selezneva
Romy Schneider
      Romy Schneider
 What are your favorite love songs?
    “Alter Ego” by Tame Impala
    “I Went to the Hospital” by Cass McCombs
    “Im Bann” by Pantha du Prince

 What is your favorite book?

Ada or Ardor by Nabokov

   Ada or Ardor by Nabokov

What’s your next project? Do you guys already prepare for the 9th album?

   Yes! We have started our 9th album!

  What’s your advice for girls wanting to start bands?

    Just start and figure it out later. Don’t censor yourself.

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