So, we’ve been really looking forward to this one for a while. We managed to track down Japanese edit king, Ikuzumi Kitazawa aka ‘KZA’, to answer a couple of questions about his new album, where he started his musical career and what he’s got planned for the future.
To get you in the mood, here is a rather splendid track from KZA’s first Dig and Edit album:
To the interview…
YAMB: Where, when and how did your music career begin?
KZA: I worked in a club when I was a university student. This is where I learned to DJ. I was also a rapper, but I don’t do that anymore.
YAMB: You are well known across the world for being one half of Force of Nature. Are you still making music with DJ Kent?
KZA: We are both very active in our solo careers, but also active together. We’ll release something by the end of this year.
YAMB: So, Dig and Edit 2. What can we expect?
KZA: Lots of sampling and lots of edits!
YAMB: As with the first album, this covers a broad range of sounds, from disco, to house and even a bit of acid. Can you tell us how this album has progressed from your debut solo album?
KZA: There are more synthesizers than the 1st album. Kuniyuki plays the synthesizer, as on the 1st album, and we added a lot more acid sounds.
YAMB: Le Troublant Acid (one of my favourite tracks of recent years) was released back in 2010 and features on the new album. Has the album been in progress all this time?
KZA: Since then I’ve been digging for records, DJing and making music. Somehow 4 years passed…
YAMB: What are your favourite tools in the studio?
KZA: TR-808, TB-303
YAMB: Can you tell us about some of the samples you’ve used in the latest album?
KZA: I’m sorry, I can’t tell you…
YAMB: A lot of people talk about your huge record collection. How huge are we talking?
KZA: I have about 5,000 records. Half in my house and half in the warehouse… And there are around 1,000 in my parents’ house.
YAMB: Japanese electronic music is rapidly gaining massive followings in Europe and America. What do you think is so appealing about Japanese music?
KZA: There are many talented DJs and producers in Japan. Lots of people study music, so that is probably why there is so much great talent.
YAMB: You DJ regularly across Japan and often travel overseas. Where’s your favourite place to play?
KZA: I enjoy DJing in all countries. I like London and Berlin especially.
YAMB: What track is really doing it for you right now?
KZA: “Hit It n Quit It” by Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug. This was released in vinyl only in last year. When I switch to house from disco, I play this track.
YAMB: What are your plans after the album is released? Will you be playing in Europe any time soon?
KZA: I start making music again for the next compilation and DJ at weekends. I’m going to Europe in the autumn.
YAMB: If you could banish one track to hell for eternity, what would it be?
KZA: The first 12 inch single as the rapper…
A massive thanks to KZA for taking the time to answer our questions. We’ve heard the album in its entirety and it’s an absolute must-buy. Dig and Edit 2 is available now on 2xLP and you can preview all tracks on the Juno player below. Go buy it!