Interviews: KAJOSHIN

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Rock band KAJOSHIN from Italy. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The name came out a bit by chance: I remember that in adolescence a friend, who was a bassist for a metal band, called me like this (playing with the sound of the word Kajo which has always been my nickname since I was a child). When I set up the first line-up in 2008 that appellation came to mind and I used it to name the new project.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I have been listening to music since the age of about 9 and at home, it was my older brother who brought records and made me passionate about rock music and especially the period of classic rock of the 70s. Among my favorite bands were those that were classified as progressive rock and it was listening to King Crimson's “In the wake of Poseidon” that enlightened me. That music entered me like no other and although it is certainly not an easy genre to listen to, those compositions took me to ethereal, fantastic, dreamy worlds .. they managed to transpose me. From here on it was as if an "initiatory journey" had begun that brought me up to here. Maybe the music of kajoshin now is not the prototype of prog music but that's where I started and the way of writing and living music always starts from that base.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yes, all the members of the band, both the old and the new line-up. With the bass player, Eros Pipinato, we have always known each other because we were born in the same provincial village.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

I have already told you mine, for the bassist, I think they are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the drummer Alberto I know he loves reggae, and our vocalist Elena loves the blues.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Rock and progressive music of the 70s, but also stoner or more modern rock like Muse or Radiohead. We listen to many different genres and it's nice to get inspiration from different artists. We have included many different things in our last work trying to adapt them to a unitary and recognizable style.

6. Where was your last gig?

Very little has been playing lately, the last one dates back to the end of 2021.

7. Where would you like to act?

I would love to abroad but in any case to any place where there are curious people who love music. Here in Italy, it is really difficult to propose concerts that are not covered. I have already played abroad and it seems to me that you breathe slightly different air. I would love to have our music heard in England, the home of so many bands I love.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I'd like to collaborate with King Crimson, with the legendary Robert Fripp. Also with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.

9. Whom not?

I certainly wouldn't want to collaborate with artists I don't respect, who seem too constructed or artistically prone to the mainstream.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

I think all of us in the band have faced the first few performances with awe since we were young, but it was a physiological fear that has passed over time. Being in a band helps: if you face the difficulties together they are a little less scary.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Surely King Crimson but also Yes, Pink Floyd and many English rock bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black sabbath ...

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I was asked by a fan to be able to speak into the microphone before the concert to make a declaration of love to their woman.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I want all the good in the world and I thank them for their support. I admire them because listening to particular music like ours and like many other independent groups is not for everyone.

14. What do you think of our site?

I have known the site and your Facebook page for a short time but I appreciate the work you do and the bands you offer. We hope to end up with Kajoshin on your site too.

15. Something to add?

I thank you first of all for the space granted and I invite your readers, who follow your page, to listen to our record which will be released for Wormholedeath on 21 October 2022. Thanks again for the opportunity.

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