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Wednesday, March 21

DeeperSoul Interview - Studio Apartment

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Martino
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The Studio Apartment core duo, dj/producer Masanori Morita (Masa) and keyboard player Noboru Abe (Abe), are masters in the combination of Jazz, Soul, Latin, Afro and Brazilian grooves with Electronic Music. The single "Fantasma", from their debut album "Paraiso Terrestre", got a well-deserved attention by Gilles Peterson, which have launched them to the world. “Flight”, from the 2nd album, got a memorable remix by Frankie Feliciano and was a house anthem. In 2005 they have released their 3rd album called "People To People” and definitely got a general acclamation.


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PART I
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Could you tell us how you got into producing and about your early career?
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(Masa) I was a vocalist in a rock band and later I started djing when I was at the university. I started to produce music naturally, as a logical progression.
(Abe) I used to play the guitar and piano in a band. Later on, when I discovered Hip Hop, I started to produce some tracks. In early days, it wasn't common to produce tracks using computers, so I recorded instruments sounds with MPC2000 and synchronized keyboard.
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What’s your music background? Which artists have influenced you the most?
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(Abe) My music background starts from Punk, Blues, Soul and Jazz and goes to House music. The most influential artist is Stevie Wonder… I was impressed by his songs and his greatness.
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In your music we can find an amalgamation of genres, from Latin jazz to soul, not to mention the Brazilian grooves. Do you actually think in combining various genres or it just happens naturally?
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Basically, it just came naturally. However, we had rough ideas or images before recording.
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You have already 3 albums on your belt and many tracks/songs resulted from collaborations with session musicians and an impressive list of vocalists, including Stephanie Cooke, Joi Cardwell, Terrance Downs, Monique Bingham, Kenny Bobien, among others. How grateful are these experiences for you?
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We've never expected to be able to collaborate with so great artists a couple years ago, but now we are having fun to work with them. These collaborations made Studio Apartment's tracks change, mixing with each artist's colour. We think it was inspiring to get ideas that we didn't have.
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Recently, you have worked with two house music legends, Josh Milan & Kevin Hedge (Blaze). Can you tell us how was the producing process of “The Rising Sun”?
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Firstly, we had made the rhythm on the track and when Blaze came to Japan for their gigs, we worked together in studio. Josh and Kevin recorded some vocals and keyboards and we put some sounds and arrangements on it.
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Nowadays, we see Electro and 80's sound influencing many House productions. Do you think that, in order to move on in house music, producers have to always look back?
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We think it is one of the ways to produce House music. Looking to the past sometimes inspires and gives us new ideas. We hope this is a way to improve our music production.
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We see many talented people and high-quality music coming from Japan, from nu-jazz to house. How is the music scene there? What’s the “secret” behind it?
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We think that dance music is being established in Japan as itself and each genre of dance music like club jazz; people recognized these original sounds. The last years we have had many chances to collaborate with international artists and bring various sounds from oversees in Japan, expanding our music repertory. This situation was sufficient to expand the number of productions of talented artists and high-quality music in Japan.
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What can we expect to hear more from you in the near future?
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We are going to release our new album in 2 years. It will be released on June and includes collaborations with Blaze, Kimara Lovelace, Monique Bingham and much more! Regarding the Apt. label, we've got new artists and releases this year. Additionally, we will release our next mixed CD and a compilation album. As a DJ [Masa], I'm going to tour in Japan and other countries…
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PART II
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What is your own favourite track/song, the one that you are most proud of?
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(Abe) I like 'Flight' which gave us a big step to the world.
(Masa) "Found Him", that is a brand-new track included in our forthcoming album.
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If you had the opportunity, with whom would you like to work with?
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(Abe) This is one of my dreams - I'll be happy if we could work with Steive Wonder and Raul Midon.
(Masa) There are too many artists to mention...
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Your favourite tracks of the moment?
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Dennis Ferrer’s "Touch The Sky".
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Your favourite artists?
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Louie Vega
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If we look into your cd player right now, what kind of music/artists we would see?
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Studio Apartment's new Album!
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Listen here some of their work:
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sample1 / sample2 > Wonderful Tonight (feat. Kimara Lovelace)
sample1 / sample2 > The Rising Sun (feat. Blaze)
sample1 / sample2 > Drawn 2 U (Studio Apartment rmx - feat. Yukimi Nagano)
sample1 / sample2 > We Are Lonely (feat. Terrance Downs)
sample1 / sample2 > Flight (feat. Monique Bingham)
sample1 / sample2 > Barulhos

5 Comments:

  • At 1:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i loved "flight" ever since my best friend played it for me 3 years ago and have been searching for it ever since, so i finally used my google~fu and founf out you guys (studio apt.) were the porducers behind the song that has been haunting me for years.

    you are my new favorite house producers and i will be buying everything you release from here on out.

    thanks deepersoul blog for this interview and making my search a little easier.

     
  • At 2:19 pm, Blogger QudoGuy said…

    Flight is crazy,the vocals by the artist give me the jiggles,these guys have been around for sometime,enjoying the Kawasaki stuff so in all,Gr8 work they're brinig out.

     
  • At 4:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi there,

    This is a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at deepersoul.blogspot.com.

    May I use some of the information from your blog post above if I give a backlink back to this site?

    Thanks,
    Peter

     
  • At 6:56 pm, Blogger cakesfactory said…

    Sure, Peter.

     
  • At 8:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi - I am definitely delighted to find this. great job!

     

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