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Detroit 7 Vital Stats
Nabana Nabana - Vocals, Guitar

Yamaguchi Kotajima - Bass

Yamaguchi Yamaguchi - Drums

In the Sunshine song sample

2008 Japan Nite Movie


2008 Japan Nite Movie 2


DISCOGRAPHY

detroit 7 (2009)
1. In the Sunshine
2. Watering!
3. Fatman Blues
4. Mr. Kato on the Road
5. Louie Louie
6. 24 Hours
7. Down Beat
8. Torch Song
9. Zelda
10. Lovers Fight

detroit BABYLON Live Album (2009)
1. MR. KATO ON THE ROAD
2. STOOGES
3. COLD HEAT
4. 24 HOURS
5. WHY?

Third Star From The Earth (2008)
1. IN THE SUNSHINE
2. microphone drives
3. FATMAN BLUES
4. Cry for the moon
5. Watering!

GREAT Romantic (2006)
1. Raise High!
2. This Love Sucks
3. Akai Hana
4. Mahotsukai Sally
5. Hello, ELVIS
6. Ibitsu na Hana
7. Riverside Waltz
8. Yume no Hazamade
9. Who's makin' HOT TUB?
10. Kono Itoshiki Sekai
11. Owari wa Hajimari
12. Hitori Gochiru
13. Beautiful Song

detroit7 EP Vol.2 (2005)
1. GRACIAS
2. KISS THE MOON
3. Merry go round
4. To be Free
5. BUZZ OFF

detroit7 EP Vol.1 (2005)
CD
1. LOVE & CONFUSED
2. Rakurui
3. Beautiful Song
4. Baby in Galaxy
5. Taiyo wo Tokashita Umi
DVD
1. LOVE & CONFUSED -LIVE-
2. Ibitsu na Hana -VIDEO CLIP-

1 LOVE (2005)
1. Inside
2. HOWL
3. 2:27 am
4. This side of paradise
5. 1 LOVE
6. Ibitsu na Hana
7. Raymond
8. Ordinary Madness
9. SHOT MY RIGHT TEMPLE
10. Burn American Flags
11. Golden Globe
12. COME ON
13. SHOT MY RIGHT TEMPLE

COME ON (2004)
1. COME ON
2. BUZZ OFF
3. SHOT MY RIGHT TEMPLE
4. Ordinary Madness

VERTIGO (2003)
1. Owari wa Hajimari
2. Adam
3. Ordinary Madness
4. Oh, my marmalade
5. Awa no Hikari
6. Beautiful Song
7. Owari wa Hajimari
8. Beautiful Song


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Detroit 7 Interview

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size If it's hard rocking garage band style music you're looking for, then detroit 7 might just fit the bill. With Nabana on vocals and guitar, Kotajima on bass and Yamaguchi banging the drums, these three Japanese musicians bring a lot of heart and soul to their high energy brand of music.

With their March 10th, 2009 release of the self-titled "detroit 7" album from the new Daruma Label and upcoming shows at South by Southwest, there could be no better time to take a look at this fiery Japanese group with the very American name.

On March 6, 2009 the members of detroit 7 were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of detroit 7.


Let's start with some exciting news for your overseas fans. Domo Music Group's new Daruma Label will be releasing the self-titled album "detroit 7" on March 10th, 2009. Can you tell us how you got hooked up with them?

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size We just signed with a new Japanese record label called "Getting Better". They have an eye for the global market and their suggestion made up our mind.

What kind of songs can fans expect on the CD?

Sexy & Glamorous & Dirty.

The band will play at this year's SXSW and do a 7 city tour of the US. What are you looking forward to the most?

We're looking forward to seeing American audiences again with their crazy and happy reactions.

Can you tell us some of your favorite memories from your previous North American tour? What about the US did you find most surprising?

Nabana: Favorite memory: I was happy that I could smoke more than I was expecting.
Surprising memory: How crazy the audience acted!

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size Let's learn about the group's background. Where was everyone born and raised?

Nabana: Middle of the mountains in Nagano.

Yamaguchi: In Chinatown in Yokohama.

Kotajima: In snowy Niigata.

What kind of kids were you?

Nabana: Outgoing. I used to drown in the river.

How did you first get into music?

Nabana: I used to watch rock bands performing on Japanese TV shows.

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size You've said you chose the band's name by picking a place and number that sounded good to you. Did you consider any other names at the time?

Nabana: Namste 400

How would you describe the group's musical style when you first started out?

Nabana: There were no lyrics... just screaming. It had more of a garage band taste.

Were there ever times you doubted you'd succeed? What kept you motivated?

Nabana: I haven't experienced a big success. Thus I am continuing.

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size How do you write music? Do you have a process you go through?

Nabana: I make songs while we jam.

What type of things inspires your music?

Nabana: Films and books. Jim Jarmusch, Jerome David Salinger.

What was it like opening for Tamio Okuda back in 2003?

Nabana: He is Japan's treasure.

You've also toured with Shonen Knife. What was that like?

Nabana: I was happy to hear about their stories when they did opening acts for Nirvana and Sonic Youth.

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size Your original drummer, Masashi Tabei, left the band in 2005. Yamaguchi, can you tell us how you were asked to join?

Yamaguchi: My musician friend recommended.

Had you always been a drummer?

Yamaguchi: YES.

Can you tell us about recording music at Ardent Studios in Memphis?

Nabana: It was jaw dropping to see John Humpton's technique.

Tell us about your 2008 release of "Third Star From The Earth". How do the newer songs compare with your earlier music?

Nabana: It's all dance tunes.

Photo courtesy of detroit 7 - click for full size You sing some of your music in English. How difficult is it expressing yourself musically in a different language?

Nabana: It's not difficult. We are using English because the sound fits our music. Music is the universal language!!!!

Can you tell us about some of the more memorable performances you've done over the years?

Nabana: One was under the scorching sun at "FXFY". We felt a lack of oxygen when we played the first song. FXFY is always on the Saturday of SXSW (that means that this year FXFY is happening on Saturday, March 21st). It starts around noon and finishes when we get done.

What advice would you give to a new group or artist just getting started?

Nabana: What one likes, one will do best.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

GO to our WEB !!!!

Do you have a final message to all your fans?

Detroit 7 = Show!!!! See you at the concert!


For more info checkout detroit 7's official site and MySpace page as well as Domo Music Group's new Daruma Label and MySpace page. Leave your comments about this interview and read what others had to say at the following link: Interview Comments