|LAVA "Aile Alegria" Commentary of Tracks by LAVA
|001: Aile Alegria feat.Jeanne Bastos
Before I got into the recordings, I received a request of producing an
instrumental album, to be sold exclusively in cafes and in variety stores,
and I suffered from the first step in the makings.
"This isn't it " In the midst of many trials and errors,
this song "Aile
Alegria" suddenly fell upon me while I was on a train ride from Ikenoue
Eifukucho of the Inokashira Line---and guess what, in Portugal (I don't
know a single word in Portugal, but it felt like it was).
While the melody was softly wrapping and pleasantly swaying me, I called
many people to interrupt and start many things at once.
Sleeve design is by Mr. Noboru Koyama, a designer managing the covers of
albums such as Soul Bossa, etc. He designed using a picture of the sky dyed
in beautiful colors, as if he knew how this song came about. I feel
strength of this natural-born melody growing strong and free in nature.
||002: Vem Para Ficar feat.Wilma de Oiveira & Jeanne Bastos
Wilma and Jeanne---two female Brazilian vocalists, the core of the album
Aile Alegria. Appointing them as the voice and the chorus at once (and
feeling how extravagant it was at the same), this song was made working
fiercely on the Protools I recently bought, which just kept freezing the
|003: Ride On A Tube<To Meet Mr.Gus> feat.Mickael Harris
This track is expressing my state of mind when I went to meet Mr. Gus,
label master of ReInforced---known for---, and asking him in a high-handed
way to listen to my demo tracks, when I was in London about 2 nights ago.
I tried to express how tense I was on my way to the record label---jumping
on a subway after calling Mr. Gus on a public phone---by asking my friend
Michael Harris, a graphic designer, to call out the names of the subway
stations (he did good in thinking to express how nervous I might have been,
since he himself have never done such a thing).
The result of this high-handed presentation ended in Mr. Gus giving me
records, since what I made was different from the direction the record
But Mr. Gus was such a gentleman; I plan to go and visit him again, if
ever get a chance.
||004: Sing feat.Wilma de Oliveira
This song was composed after hearing the voice of Wilma.
When we recorded her voice, I asked her to sing with the simple piano take
that I played; the rhythm track was added afterwards.
I like how the voice "leans" on the rhythm (it was something
occurred from the method we used to record the track).
|005: Moody Journey feat.Abou Diallo
I remixed the track I made for the "cafes & variety store"
changed the way it expresses.
Trumpet is by Mr. Yoshihito Fukumoto (ex. La Orquesta De La Ruz)
I decided to use what he was playing as in practice, and not the real take.
The phrases he play are so relaxed, so comfortable.
Voice is by Abou, from Mali Republic of Western Africa.
His French always seem to pleasantly take me to the place so far away.
||006: Vem Para Ficar<f8 Spiritual remix> feat.Wilma de Oliveira
The melody line sung in "Vem Para Ficar" is originally from what
is sung in
this track; this is the remix version of Track 002, with some flavor from
the Track 002 added (I've remixed it since the melody in this track didn't
seem to match well with the 002 version---it1s all complicated, you know).
I named it "f8" because my home & studio is on the 8th floor.
I had such a hard time making and coming up with the sound, like a voice
an alien from outer space, used in the intro.
Back in my childhood, I lived in a place called Ohkurayama <Kanagawa
Prefecture>. There was a park called Ohkurayama Park, on top of
across from the train station; and there, for couple of times as I could
only remember, I played catch with my older brother. This has been
in my memory, so I decided to put it into a song.
The folk guitar appearing in a chorus is played by my brother himself---I've
sampled them from my brother's album; it's like I'm playing catch with
brother, not with a ball this time, but with a sound <he is active as
lore musician in New York>.
By the way, "706" is the street number of where the park was
||008: Aile Alegria <2001 LAVA remix> feat.Jeanne Bastos
Struggling to put together the pieces that fell right down on me, when
riding on the Inokashira Line, I hastily invited Jeanne, whom I was only
briefly acquainted at the time, and Australian pianist Sean Mackenzie,
composed a demo track together.
I was so pleased with the take, and built it into new piece by blending
new flavor that was recorded in a studio. After the recording was
Jeanne and Sean got married in Australia. They are having a baby
|009: Dance In The Wind feat.Jerome"Jerry" Preston
The first time I heard Jerry's voice was in a restaurant in Harumi, Tokyo.
I was very pleased with his voice, so I quickly called out to him <my
point> and when I realized, he was in a recording booth and singing
with his headset on.
On the first demo track, it had my voice singing a temporary line.
sounded so discouraged, but it came out like this after Jerry sang; voice
can give such a strong power to the track. There are many top professionals
whom we still are not aware of. Things we see in our eyes aren't
TK from The Flying Angel helped me with the lyrics. Thank you.
Your mind can even lose control sometimes, and can even fly into many
different directions, when one is facing his PC thinking "no, not
"no, not that."
Whole data of Beach was destroyed and disappeared, at the same time it was
completed, by me.
Fiercely scratching my head and screaming the hell out, this Beach was
created after thinking over whether I should search for the exact same
product, or should create with totally new different approach. I
Therefore, I clearly don't remember its process. All I remember is
was reconstructing Kosmas Kapitza's conga that I secretly ( ! ) recorded
couple of years back, and the words "back-up" floating all over
|The process of producing this album has taken 8 months period of time,
counting from the "café & variety store" album.
There are many things you can lose when you destroy something that is
But I was able to obtain much "confidence."
This album is supported by many talented and many beautiful, bright minds.
I'm hoping that everyone's expectation, of wanting to produce something
good, transform with sounds and rhythms to form "LAVA," and gradually
throughout the world. I deeply thank all the people who participated
helped me in producing this album.
And, let us sail on together, again.