Kishi lines up Glasgow show

KISHI Bashi is perhaps someone most ­people reading this may not be familiar with.

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Kaoru Ishibashi is  to perform in  Glasgow next month
Kaoru Ishibashi is to perform in Glasgow next month

But the solo project of violinist, songwriter and producer Kaoru Ishibashi is one of the biggest names in orchestral pop.

The Japanese-Amercian first found fame as a founding member of indie favourites One Jupiter.

The Seattle, Washington, native would later join of Montreal and Regina Spektor as touring band member before deciding in 2011 to start recording and performing on his own, under the name Kishi Bashi.

After receiving some funding through Kick-starter, the 38-year-old in 2012 released his debut album 151a to universal acclaim.

This was followed up with the release of Lighght released in May of this year.

Over the years, Ishibashi has toured constantly and will be hitting the road once again when he embarks on a major European tour in October.

The violinist will be making a stop in Glasgow as he is set to play Broadcast on October 14.

The gig in Glasgow will be the first time Ishibashi has played in the city since he started his solo project.

Ishibashi revealed he can't wait to come back to the city after playing a number of memorable Glasgow dates in the past.

He said: "Yes, I love single malt Scotch so naturally I'm excited to come and drink and play. I played here with of Montreal before and it was the wildest weekday nights I had played in recent memory, I remember people throwing pint glasses for fun.

"I've never played my solo project in front of a Scottish crowd before, but I'm hoping you guys won't be throwing pints at me, but rather handing them to me."

He claims Glaswegians coming to the gig will be in for something special.

His second album Lighght has become a global hit, reaching the top 50 and 60 of the Japanese and US Billboard charts respectively.

He said he was under pressure to try and produce another album which everyone could enjoy.

Ishibashi said: "The "sophomore slump" was something that I was fully aware of.

"On one hand, I have a lot of fans who will already buy it and love it, but there's also a lot of people for whom this will be an introduction to your music.

"I wanted to impress everyone, so I worked twice as hard."

He said his favourite song from Lighght is Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her.

He said: "I like performing it because it's a fully formed idea about a creation myth I made up about the world as a relationship between lovers."

When coming up with ideas for new songs, he said he tries to get as bored as possible, which helps him brainstorm better.

Ishibashi also claimed he takes ideas and influences from across a number of different artists and genres.

He said: "I love pop and how it makes you feel happy to be alive.

"I love everything from Paul McCartney through everything contemporary like modern EDM.

"I feel that whatever magic is in the music that wants to make people want to dance or fall in love is universal and transcends generations."

Ishibashi revealed he struggles to trust other people helping him with his project, but is not against the idea of working with someone in the future.

He said: "I got in the habit of producing myself initially to save money.

"I could make albums at a fraction of the cost by selectively going into a studio.

"I do hire professional engineers to mix with and record with now, but I am a bit of a control freak, so I still haven't found someone who I respect enough to entrust with my "children".

"I would like to work with someone in the future, to stir things up."

Once the tour is complete, he plans to start work on his next album immediately and hopes to perform with a full orchestra at a number of different shows next year.

After spending years working in the shadows of other very talented artists, Ishibashi has stepped out to become a household name in the US and Asia.

With plans of a new album and bigger shows in place, Ishibashi looks set to keep going until his Kishi Bashi project becomes a global sensation.

l Tickets for the Kishi Bashi gig at Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street on October 14 cost £8.

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