Interview with

Masayoshi Fujita

Masayoshi Fujita aka El Fog is a vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Being influenced by classic, jazz and many other kinds of music, but not following ordinary vibraphone play style and theory of composition, Masayoshi seeks his own sound of vibraphone, and new possibility of it. He also makes unique and beautiful sounds using bows (for string instruments),  strings of beads and other objects on his vibraphone. The music he makes has very unique atmosphere and evoke images in the listener. His first acoustic album “Stories” was released on Flau in 2013.

Facts

1: Like driving, but have no car here.

2: Learned shooting film before but quitted. I’d like to do it again with my music.

3: Make wood prints sometimes.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
The land scapes and the nature I have seen.

How and when did you get into making music?
I played drums since i was kid. And it was natural for me to get interested in making own music. First I made some songs with guitar. Then, 7 or 8 years ago I met a jazz vibraphonist and saw vibraphone for the first time. I was amazed by that instrument and I started taking lessons from him. Since then, I have been making music mainly with vibraphone.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Bill evans / Portrait in jazz
A Tribe Called Quest / Beats, Rhymes and Life
Colleen / Les Ondes Silencieuses
Slicker / We All Have A Plan
UA / Ametora

What do you associate with Berlin?
Wall of old buildings, unused spaces, multi culture, many trees, tv tower, beer…

What’s your favourite place in your town?
Beach in chigasaki, my home town.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Astrophysics or live in mountain.

What was the last record you bought?
Fragrance of notes by mama!milk

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Roland Dyens

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As performer, a gig in planetarium in tokyo.
As spectator, Ryoji Ikeda at HKW.

How important is technology to your creative process?
For me, high technology is getting less important. Analogue technology is still important. Acoustic instruments are more important.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have one older brother. I hope he is proud of me…

Our Favourites: Swan and morning dews  | Story of forest |  Snow storm

Links: Soundcloud |  masayoshifujita.com