"when i started djing i thought i had to make a kind of "dancefloor friendly music".
but if you make music naturally for a long time you feel not comfortable with doing only dance music.
i wanted to express my experiences in the past ten years including the non-musical ones. that's why my new album is like a journal of my life and i added an open-minded diversity to it that shows my musical growth.
" whistle-blows the producer and dj sunao gonno. since more than a decade he is an integral part of the house and techno scene in his home country japan.
his musical productions have not only appeared on esteemed local labels like w.c. recordings or nitelist music, they have also been released on many abroad imprints like re-active or perc trax from london, beyond recordings from detroit, international feel recordings from ibiza, merkur schallplatten from berlin and tim sweeney's new york based beats in space records.
furthermore his special twisted house and techno arrangements been frequently played by djs like laurent garnier, james holden, francois kevorkian and todd terje and gonno already made some splash with remixes for legends like jeff mills, too.
as a dj the man from tokyo's suburbs look back on a long lasting career. "my first time as a dj was almost 20 years ago at a club named firecracker in the ebisu district of tokyo. at that time i played mainly new york style house and some techno like old mike ink and josh wink stuff.
till today i like to play a hybrid style when i dj" he reveals. behind the decks or as a live performer he travelled the globe as well and showed his audience with his records and machines the lost art of storytelling.
for his new album "remember the life is beautiful" he reclaimed the almost forgotten poetic art of a musical journey and produced ten tracks that unite ambient, techno, house and other breezes of styles into a mesmerising sonic trip. even tough his second album comes around as a multi-coloured musical trip that sometimes lifts you up while guiding you into an ambient galaxy just a minute later, gonno managed to inject a story arc into his album that reflects somehow all kinds of circumstances of life he gone through in the past decade.
in opposite to many of his colleagues, he is not a man of sampling. instead all new tracks are made by himself with the help of machines like his first synth korg triton, the moog little phatty, korg volca keys, a roland tr-8, an mc-202, acidlab bassline, some cheap casio keyboard and other borrowed but never turned back equipment like a fender stratocaster or an acoustic guitar.
additional to the sound of his gear his tracks been layered with recordings of his handclaps, his voice, soft treated shakers and other unusual sound recordings. what all tracks unite is the right touch for expansive space and a signature of a warm natural atmosphere in which gentle arpeggios, charming chords and sweet indicated melodies float freely.
"i think people can call my music whatever. i hate to assign it to a specific genre. i have many musical idols and they all told me "kill your idol". that's why i don't have a sense in belonging to something. it would mean less freedom. and my music should be always as free as possible" he declares.
a claim that all tracks on "remember the life is beautiful" honour with unconventional inventiveness. on a string they sound like an endless flight through techno, house, new age, ambient and beyond to which listeners should surrender if they like to feel each emotional dimension gonno have on offer. (added: 2015-07-29 10:02:24 )