VIDEO: Soil and Pimp Sessions at the Jazz Festival

2010-04-03 13:32

Soil and Pimp Sessions are a six-piece Japanese jazz band that blew

audiences away at the Greenmarket Square concert on Thursday night.

With a rather peculiar dress sense and high energy performance,

they have taken over the Tokyo club scene and through the legendary Nu Jazz DJ,

record collector and record label owner, Giles Peterson, have received

international acclaim.

We met up with the band members, Shacho (agitator, spirit), Tabu

Zombie (trumpet), Motoharu (sax), Josei (piano), Akita Goldman (bass) and

Midoryn (drums), a day before their performance at the Cape Town International

Jazz Festival.


did you go for the name Soil and Pimp Sessions. I’m pretty sure

everyone wants to know that?

‘Soil’ refers to the earth and is a symbol of warm things. ‘Pimp’

is very human and also metallic. So the two words have an opposite meaning which

is a very important thing for us to play with two elements in one song, like

hard and soft, gentle and violent. That is what makes our music.

Is jazz popular in


Yes. It is difficult to say which is jazz and what isn’t because

all music has jazz elements. You can even walk into a sweet shop and jazz would

be playing or even in a noodle shop, everywhere.

Your music has been

described as ‘death jazz’, what is that?

We listen to a lot of traditional jazz, a lot of legendary artists.

But we wanted to create something new and stretch the barriers of the music.

Music categories don’t mean much to us. We just want to produce new music and

not just jazz.

Giles Peterson is a

big name in the industry and well respected for his ear for good music. What was

it like working with a man like him?

Jazz breaks down a lot of walls like race. Giles played some jazz,

danceable jazz, in a club in LA where there’s a club for white people and a club

for black people and one for Korean people but Giles broke that separation. So

it’s just great that he chose our music, it’s wonderful and we appreciate it.

What can new

audiences expect from your performance?

We want to enjoy together with the audience. We make the show with

not just us in mind. The audience is important to us, they give us energy. Many

elements go into making music, like draft beer, domestic draft beer. Our live

shows are different each time so we enjoy it too. Each performance is very

special, it will never come again.

After your last

performance, what do you think of South African audiences?

The audiences here are very great and you guys have a lot of energy

which is very beautiful.


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