Grimm Grimm is Koichi Yamanoha’s moniker. He was born in Tokyo but, since years, he lives in London. Maybe the metropolitan approach to life gave birth to the expansion of sounds that he loves to call “space folk”. It’s really reductive to enclose this artist into a genre or describing his work by an adjective. Dream pop melancholy and shoegaze expansions (in 2014 he published a 7” for Charlotte Marionneau e Kevin Shields’ Pickpocket Records) don’t bound him to a subgenre, conversely their shades celebrate a concept that concerns even the visual side of this constantly growing multi-instrumentalist’s project.
From Screaming Tea Party to Grimm Grimm, two different approaches. When did you decide to swim among galaxies?
Screaming Tea Party finished late 2010, and I started traveling around local ruins in Europe, Morocco and small islands in japan to capture a lot of field recordings. During this process, I had the idea to start the Grimm Grimm while I was in Berlin in early 2013. I guess I wanted to create some kind of intimate sounds.
Here in Europe, Japan, is considered as an utopia: a place that everyone would love to see once in his life. What are pros and cons of your country?
Since I left Tokyo I started to appreciate the good side of japan like food or culture. Their attention to the detail is pretty spectacular! On the other hand, since living away from Japan, I can now clearly see the pressures in society that I used to feel when I was there, which for ages I couldn't figure where this feeling came from.
Your project seems to be constantly expanding, what are your next steps?
My second album is almost ready, it's quite minimal and I used mainly synths and acoustic. For the next step i'm thinking to use more orchestral instruments like cellos or piano.
An artist that recently you really liked.
I've been listening to the albums of Loren Mazzacane Connors, Arthur Russel, Klein, The Caretaker, African Head Charge, On-U Sound stuff and some minimal techno music my friend gave to me.
Do you remember your night dreams? Could you tell us the strangest?
I tend to forget my dreams these days, I wake up and I forget everyday. But about few years ago I used to dream about this garden, which is always near to a widely spread tennis court. Something was very familiar and far away. When I woke up I would try to remember the details in my dream but I always failed.
Neverending tour: bring with you a book, a CD and a dream.
Probably I would bring the Early BBC Recordings, Vol. 1 by Jaque line Du Pre and On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Angelo Savaottobre, 2016