President (SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS) x Leo Wang Japan-Taiwan Special Dialogue [Part 1]
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This is the third time for the artist exchange project between Japan and Taiwan.
This time, the president (Agitator) from SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS, "the band most desired to collaborate in Japan"
From Taiwan, we are inviting two new generation rappers / singers, Leo Wang, who are making their debut in Japan.
SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS leads the scene with unexplained explosive jazz,
On the other hand, King Leo has a live performance with a jazz musician in the background.
I would like to expect a hot talk based on jazz.
Interview / text / Tatsuya Yuki
── Did you know Mr. Leo?
President (SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS) Yes, I knew it!
──Please tell us your impression when you first listened to it.
President I wonder if it was last year that I first saw his name?
There was an event called Synchronicity in Japan, and Mr. Leo was booked there.
It didn't happen in Corona, but ...
King Leo That's right ... I'm not sure of my memory (laughs)
It's a pity that I couldn't live in Japan at all because of Corona ...
I remembered! !! At that event, I was planning to collaborate with JABBERLOOP if it was true.
──Did you listen to the sound source even though the event was not held?
President I also organize festivals myself,
The festival called synchronicity has a really great sense of finding new talent.
Whenever the lineup is announced, I always check it and listen to all the names I don't know.
And there was Leo Wang's name in it, and I heard it for the first time there.
King Leo Thank you!
──I see, then I couldn't watch the live, but I heard the sound source. How was your impression?
President I remember that time clearly, and I hope you don't feel bad (laughs).
The voice is big! That was my first impression.
King Leo (laughs)
President At that time, I thought that the voice mix was huge for the back track, but
The backtrack is very unique and you probably have your own style.
Until I first listened to the sound on YouTube, I thought I was Japanese and started listening, and I knew for the first time that I was from Taiwan.
I was impressed by the unique tracks, not the usual hip-hop and rap.
Leo Wang I'm glad to hear that you are unique.
Because I first started music with a rock band, who was the vocalist.
I came into contact with hip-hop after that, and recently I've been incorporating elements of jazz.
To get to know my recent music trends, I would like you to watch the live video of Megaport Festival on YouTube.
President Oh, I definitely check it out!
Leo Wang --Live at Megaport Festival 2021 Great Port Opening Provided by Megaport
──Wang Leo was originally a vocalist of a rock band, but what made you expand the range of music to hip-hop and jazz?
King Leo I think that's probably because my tastes are constantly changing.
The music I listen to is different from time to time, so I wonder if that influence is clearly reflected in the work.
I've been listening to jazz and wind instrument music all these days, but I've always been particular about live music.
I think it's attractive that the live sound changes from time to time.
──I see, rather than the influence on the movement in the world, you are interested in various directions.
Leo Wang The most major music scene in Taiwan is the Mandarin (Chinese) ballad,
I myself play music called indie music in the category of subculture.
I think the origin of my music is that I listened to a lot of Western music. I listened to a lot of American music.
Also, the band drummer Takahi taught me reggae.
There aren't many reggae bands in Taiwan, so I often listen to overseas.
In Japan, I like to listen to Fishmans.
──The drummer is Brazilian, isn't it?
King Leo Yes, all the other members are Taiwanese.
The saxophone and keyboard are jazz musicians.
──Is jazz special music for Leo Wang?
King Leo The appeal of jazz to me is that no matter how many times I play it, it will not be the same.
In other genres, for example, if you play 100 times, you will get bored.
In the case of jazz, there are always new discoveries and I never get tired of it.
I think it's a unique taste of jam sessions.
──I see, what is the appeal of the sound of SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS for Leo Wang, who likes jazz like that?
Leo Wang I've watched a lot of SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS MVs on YouTube.
I like the song "Summer Goddess" the most.
SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS-"Summer Goddess"
Leo Wang SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS thinks that the warmth of the horn tone is very attractive.
Among them, the president is full of showmanship in an MC-like position,
I felt that it was a very important role to raise the air on the spot.
I think the costumes are also unique and cool!
Thank you for the president. Thank you! (Smile)
King Leo (laughs)
Actually, the first thing I saw on the SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS MV was “Suffocation”.
The president had a calm image.
SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS-"Suffocation"
King Leo I'm not particularly interested in playing something live,
Come out first to introduce members, fuel your audience,
I think the existence of the president is indispensable for SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS.
I think it's a spiritual pillar for the band.
I'm glad to see you with the president. Thank you very much.
Leo Wang Summer! !! !! Goddess! !! !! !!
This is the end of the first part.
It's hard to tell if it's a text, but the picture that King Leo talks happily with his glittering eyes like a boy,
The smile of the president staring at the figure with a gentle look like a father (excuse me) was very impressive.
In the second part, King Leo will explore the charm of SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS!
Next time we look forward to!
On the YouTube channel "SAYULOG", we will deliver two sets of special talks with videos!
Please check it by all means!
Agitator for SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS.
↓ Below, the introduction of the band ↓
In 2001, musicians who met at a club event in Tokyo gathered and formed.
With activities centered on live performances, he develops rough and entertaining, explosive jazz on the verge of burst, while giving a solid playing ability and a cool atmosphere.
The fan community site " Death Jazz Study Group " has been opened on Bitfan, and limited content for members is being updated daily.
■ King Leo
A rapper and singer who symbolizes Taiwan's Cenozoic.
In addition to melodic rap, live performances with a unique atmosphere are intense and attractive.
Originally a vocalist of an indie rock band, he is an atypical rapper.
In 2019, at the Golden Melody Awards called the Taiwan Grammy Awards, he won the first ever "best male singer" as a rapper with his 2nd solo album.
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