knowone – TRY AND ERA [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

flexibility
ring a bell
Inspirational

Tell us a few things about your new album “TRY AND ERA”.

We have repeatedly challenged, and gained a lot of experiences that we never had before. As album title shows, they were discoveries and opportunities for us to release an album, and that they led to a new era sound! (Massan)
The life is a series of tries and failures, and the accumulation of those failures brings the unexpected best results. It’s the same with our studio work.(Hiroshi Nakamura)

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

All of the songs are true to myself, but I would say “Latin”.(Massan)
Tough question, but “SWAY”.(Hiroshi Nakamura)

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I started my music career as a rapper, so I still listen to rappers like MOS DEF and COMMON.
I also like Mac Miller and Anderson Park and listen to them often.(Massan)
Brian Eno. His produced YMO album when I was a kid. I’ve been listening to him ever since.His experimental stance and production work is amazing.(Hiroshi Nakamura)

What would be your dream performance venue?

For Japanese, I like Fuji Rock. Overseas, I like the masonic because the venue looks like a theater.(Massan)
I would love to attend Glastonbury.(Hiroshi Nakamura)

What advice would you give to your younger self?

The sensibility that you were afraid of losing will not disappear, but will appear more clearly, so listen a lot and sing a lot!(Massan)
Just do music all the time. And don’t die. (Hiroshi Nakamura)

One last thing we should know about you?

We had a really great team to make music that people all over the world could enjoy.
Be sure to check out the music video, “Latin”. (Massan)
I’d like you to listen to the sound of knowone from Japan, far away in the East.
I want to mingle with you on streaming.(Hiroshi Nakamura)

Thank you!

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