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Breaking it down with ... Kishi Bashi

Monday 19 December 2016

Kishi Bashi is his name and quirky-classical multi-instrumental ditties are his game. He cut his teeth as a touring violinist with the likes of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal, and now he is headed to Chevron Festival Gardens with his own brand of fantastical tunes in tow. We asked some not-so-hard-hitting questions to the man himself.

Describe your live show in one sentence:

Japanese-American looping violinist returns triumphantly to Australia with his band!

What is the greatest thing about being a musician?

The free drinks!

Who is your favourite artist right now and why?

I've been going through a lot of Leonard Cohen now, for obvious reasons. I have a new appreciation for his poetic genius.

Top three songs you love to dance to:

‘If I Ever Feel Better’ by Phoenix

‘Bangarang’ by Skrillex

‘Suit & Tie’ by Justin Timberlake

Something most people don’t know about you:

I love to snowboard with my 10 year old daughter.

What can’t you live without when on the road?

Earplugs! I usually need a power nap before the show and I can get it virtually anywhere if I've got earplugs 

What is the best thing you have heard about Australia or Perth?

I've been to Perth and it's like a tropical paradise (in fact I feel the same about most of Australia). I love how friendly everybody is :)

Program Associate: Contemporary Music

Written By Clara Iaccarino

Festival programmer, artist manager, wordsmith, wild child and more – our Contemporary Music programmer Clara Iaccarino wears a lot of hats while travelling far and wide chasing the world’s most tantalising sounds. All so she can program your summer nights at Chevron Festival Gardens.