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Interview with Toshimi Watanabe's INTER PLAY

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"Jazz in life" sent by Toshimi Watanabe

-I heard that "Toshimi Watanabe's INTER PLAY" was originally a DJ-style event.

Yeah. But actually, it ’s not the first, but the compilation CD “INTER PLAY”. It's about 2000, but I was a young jazz band song like "PE'Z" or "SOIL &" PIMP "SESSIONS" It began with the selection and supervision of the music. It is the flow of developing it into a public DJ event.

The event is a style where I borrowed space from various places, played various songs while talking, and finally I spoke. Since 2005, I have been able to share music with many customers in many places and I have had the best experience. After that, the radio started in October 2016 and continues to the present day, but both the production of INTER PLAY, the event and the radio, “I want to convey the appeal of jazz to more people” That's the basics.

You know, jazz is generally “fashionable” or “high hurdles”? In particular, the hurdle is that you can't enjoy it without knowing the theory. But that's not the case. I think it's easier and more intuitive, and it's also aggressive music, healing music, and music that connects people. Such a rich I want you to touch the depth and depth. So, with the concept of “jazz in life”, the program introduces various songs from a different perspective than stereotyped images.


-Is there any response from listeners who have never touched jazz?

There are many happy voices such as “I'm cool” and “I met my favorite”. Also, “It ’s so kind” (laughs)

That said, especially for younger generations, there are still many songs that I don't know. That's why we have devised such means as posting information on SNS so that listeners can always check the name of the band and the song name when there is a song called "Oh, good". I also value the “acceptance of“ new music ””. However, even if it is a new record, it does not mean that it has come out fresh, but it means that if you haven't heard it, it will be new. In other words, the history of jazz makes it possible for listeners to touch jazz as much as possible without having a fixed concept.

Because isn't it amazing? It lasts more than half a century and still covers decades of old songs as if it were a natural musician. That's also attractive for listeners, and it's hard to find music that deepens attachment and inspiration over time. That's why I'm thinking about becoming a bridge between listeners and jazz.

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I learned from the sound of a jazz artist,

-Are there any artists that have influenced your lifestyle?

First of all, it was a long time since I first met jazz. One of TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET's approaches is hip hop, but if you follow the original material of inspired hip hop, it will lead to jazz. So I listened to it daily and went to record shops.

Among them, “Wes Montgomery” and “Chet Baker” may be mentioned.

I've been sick during recording before. The creation of the sound of TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET has continually challenged new things, but it may have worked as pressure on the contrary. I'm sick, I don't feel good ... At that time, I got great courage from their music. Furthermore, at that time, I felt that I was able to affirm my own way. So, going back to the previous story, “Jazz in life” is my real feeling, and I want to tell you how wonderful it is.


Not only for music fans, but for all people with “heart”

-It seems that the program also sends out city information. It is ... is not it.

From creative to clothing, food, and living, the focus is on interesting and lively local information.

I've always been fascinated by local towns, as I have seen from my experience of visiting various parts of the country in live performances and reconstruction support activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the past, when we moved to Tokyo from Fukushima, the only local people chased their dreams were Tokyo. I was also afraid, "Is it absolutely defeated?" But now, I'm feeling strongly that it doesn't have to be a big city. It's an era where you can get and send information wherever you are, and if you act with a heart, you can establish a new culture regardless of location.

And there is actually a soil that accepts it in rural areas. Speaking of jazz, the old jazz cafe “Basey” in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture is the same. Although it is not a place where people from all over the world can go easily, fans from all over the country gather and are loved by jazz artists all over the world. Of course, it may be the result of continuing to stick to it, but there are actually many cultures like this, not just music. Therefore, I would like to send such information and make it a program that can be used as a trigger for all people with hearts.

Also, when thinking about the region, Kanagawa Prefecture is a very attractive place. I have lived in Yokohama and Fujisawa, so this is my feeling. Every city has its own pride ... that's not easy. In the first place, I think that culture is born with such an environment that supports the desire to act.

-Finally, I heard that you are refraining from live at the Chigasaki cafe.

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MOKICHI WURST CAFÉ fans, fans of our artists, and various people gather to create new exchanges through music, alcohol and cooking. I think it will be such a live show.

I think that any big culture starts with a small number of people. There is such a sense of expectation in the upcoming live.


Date: Friday, November 17 OPEN: 18: 00 ・ START: 19: 30
Appearance: Toshimi Watanabe, Maru of Midori, UJ (Yuki Tanaka)
Fee: 5,000 yen (including live, special dinner plate and 1 drink)
Location: 7-10-7 Kagawa, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Inquiries: 0467-50-0202