Side Note Section
What was the first gig you ever played? – both as solo and as MONO.
My first gig was in high school. MONO’s first was January of 2000 at a venue in Tokyo.
Where did you record Hymn to the Immortal Wind?
Steve Albini’s “Electrical Audio” studio in Chicago. We recorded two times – June and November of 2008.
Where did the name MONO come from?
It’s just a name that stuck for many reasons – it was simple, like Mono Stereo. But it’s also a root word meaning “one” “single”. In a sense it symbolizes unity.
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done or said to you?
“You guys are fucking LOUD.”
What was it like to work with Katsuhiko Maeda on the collaborative album Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain?
We are good friends and I am a fan of his music. It’s nice to collaborate someone we are close to and can relate to creatively. We knew we are pretty similar and I think we have a mutual respect for each other so the process was really smooth and fun. I’m definitely satisfied with the outcome.
Are there any contemporary bands that impress you? If so, who?
All of our good friends never cease to impress us with their hard work, dedication, and good vibes – Explosions in the Sky and Envy.
If there were one thing you could change in the world what would it be?
Maybe people would laugh more, fight less.
5 Tops Fives
Top 5 favorite albums
I don’t really have any specifics. It’s pretty much the same as my Top 5 influences. It’s so hard to choose because there are too many.
Top 5 favorite things to do
1) Hang out with all of our friends around the world
2) Imagining and Creating things
4) Watching good films
5) Reading good books
Top 5 best shows you’ve been to
I cannot choose because we have so many good memories of bands we’ve met on tour, even in small venues with tiny crowds.
Last time you felt inspired
By Heeya So, who wrote the story “Hymn to the Immortal Wind”
Last time something/someone changed your life
2008 was an entire year of change. It was MONO’s first time to take a break for an entire year to make a new album. I guess it gave us the freedom to really concentrate on it. So 2008 was really fresh for us. It was a change in pace and daily life. We just hope that people who like MONO can wait without forgetting us.
Last memorable moment
Each moment that I spent writing the songs for Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Last book you read
A Ryu Murakami book (there is no English title)
Last time you said “Wow”
When we recorded with the big orchestra – Basically when I wrote the score, it was really complicated and I was not sure how it would sound live with a real orchestra. But the most rewarding moment was when we heard the final result. Everything synchronized just as we’d imagined and the emotion of the live players was beautiful.