Exclusive Interview with Yoshito Kiyono

Yoshito Kiyono How did you discover the bluesharp ?
~ When I was 13 years old, I loved the Japanese punk-rock band called "The Blue Hearts", and this singer Hiroto Komoto played a great harmonica on them music, and the song title is "Line wo koete"

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which bluesharp player would you invite for a jam session?
~ Mr. Carry Bell.

What is your favorite blues harp brand / type and tell us why?
~ SEYDEL 1847 Classic / Noble (They are the oldest but very creative company.)

What are the most important tips you can give to someone who wants to learn to play the bluesharp?
~ You can use more these halls of one and three and eight on inspire.

Tongue blocking or lip pursing, what do you prefer and tell us why.
~ Tongue blocking, because James Cotton did it and it sounds always great.

Give us the 3 most important albums every (beginning) blues harp player must buy.
~ Junior Wells / Come On In This House
James Cotton / Deep In The Blues
Paul Butterfield Blues Band / East West

How did you learn tom play.
~ I started alone for 4 years, and I got a teacher "Fumio Ishikawa" for six months to learn the breathe technique.

Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ There's fresh German beer and whisky, and you have a big window or good screen to see each room to play at the same time.

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves?
~ I don't get really nervous for the stage, but to clear my head, I stop my breathing about 60 second for few times. During this, I slowly move my stomach, remember the feeling of my travels around the world alone(I love to travel). It's just to be simple.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career?
~ When I got a prize with my band "Harmonica Creams" in the contest of Festival de Ortigueira ('12 in Spain), I could feel that my music finally evaluated!

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Answers given on August 2, 2017
Photos by Tofu Design and Ai Akiyama