Interview With Yusuke Yabui From Japan

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Yusuke Yabui is one of Japan’s most sought-after performer, while he performs dressed like a traditional “Samurai”, which is cooler than ever.

Interview With The 2022 LIT Talent Awards Winner – Yusuke Yabui

1Please provide us with a brief bio of yourself and your background.

I'm YUSUKE YABUI, 5D touch keyboard & AR musical instrument performer (cutting-edge electronic musical instrumentalist) / Composer / Arranger / Songwriter / Singer.

I won the grand prize in YAMAHA All Japan Electone (Japanese double deck electronic organ) Concour at the age of 18.

In 2017 I began to perform and compose on several cutting-edge electronic musical instruments (5D touch keyboard, musical gadget, double deck electronic organ, and AR musical instrument and more) with both hands, both feet, right knee at one time.

My playing style is unlike any other in the world. From subtle piano solo song to magnificent orchestra sound, my ‘One man orchestra performance’ with whole body can be just One and Only in the world.

Moreover I've created Japanese-soul music of my own called ‘WAKON Music’, which grafts Japanese traditional music timbre & rhythms on various kinds of music in the world. Sound of ethnic musical instruments such as: shakuhachi bamboo flute, sho flute, and percussion instruments tsuzumi etc. make my music more subtle and more mysterious.

In 2018 I was selected as a finalist at piano section of “Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition” known as a gate to success for young musicians from all over the world.

The award song was just “Michael Jackson’s Songs Medley” which I arranged in a Japanese-soul style of my own.

I play on the cutting-edge electronic instruments but I also respect traditional music and culture of my own country JAPAN.

So I perform my own cutting-edge new entertainment by wearing Kimono & Hakama (formal Japanese attire of a man) just looks like a “SAMURAI”.

2What led you to become a talent/artist/influencer/performer/current profession?

I started playing the electronic organ at the age of 4. Since my childhood, I've just loved making people happy and soothing the souls of people with my performance.

What is more, I've ever loved creating something new on the electronic musical instruments.

That is why I'm a cutting-edge electronic musical instrumentalist, composer and musical entertainer.

3Tell us more about your studio/company/academy.

We focus on unique composition, performance, and entertainment using cutting-edge electronic musical instruments, especially in concerts, we collaborate with respectable and wonderful artists of different genres, technologists, video creators, lighting designers, etc.

And we’ve often held the concerts in historical structures like Japan Heritage sites, shrines and temples, art museums, aquariums or in the middle of nature. Those concerts have captured audiences so much.

4What skills have you learned that will help you in your result and/or performance?

I've always challenged to play cutting-edge new musical instruments and make songs on them.

So, I often had to play those instruments which no one had not played for myself and through trial and error even if I got those musical instruments.

Of course, I also had to resolve the technical issues on playing the new electronic instruments. But it's pretty interesting and exciting for me to learn something new and establish my own performance as a player, composer, and entertainer. I've learnt about that.

5What is your own definition of an impressive performance/show/masterpiece?

There is a new awareness with impression and surprise there, for example, the beauty of the nature and the radiance of life etc.

You can also feel the feeling of being a child. I'm aiming to create such a new music world by performing cutting-edge electronic music instruments.

6What is your creative or ideation process like?

For example, one of the works related to this award was the theme of the Japanese Sengoku warlord.

In this case, I needed to learn about the history of Sengoku period, the warlord's circuitous story, or drawing on the warlord. I was strongly inspired by the work of a military commander painter.

I composed the theme song of the Sengoku warlord and performing it with various sound effects that expresses the sounds of swords violently crashing into each other, horses neighing, and wind blowing etc.

I perform such a song by playing several cutting-edge instruments with both hands, both feet, right knee at one time.

My own performing style like this is unlike any other in the world. I've never seen such an artist as me so far.

7What has been the best performance of your career so far?
The Super Planetarium Concerts that I and the world-renowned planetarium creator TAKAYUKI OHIRA worked together in 2019 & 2021 were the most impressive performance. I composed some tunes for these concerts and performed in the light from heaven shining down with ten million stars. The Super Planetarium Concerts were the most beautiful and emotional ones for both audience and us performers and staff.
8Describe the worst performance you have seen. What would you change about it?
The worst performances are the result of superficiality and commercial supreme principle. I believe that lots of independent talented artists will become known to the public all over the world by their excellent work through Internet and SNS.
9Congratulations! As the winner of LIT Talent Awards, what does it mean to you, or your team, to receive this honor?

This is a great honor and a great pleasure for me and my team to have won the LIT Talent Awards.

All I do next would be doing my best to create more fascinating and exciting electronic music world.

10How has winning an international awards help promote you and/or your masterpiece?
I think that this kind of awards is very important for any artist to increase the international esteem and attention of the media to his/her performance. And the caliber of artists who have won in the same season would raise the credibility of 'LIT Talent Awards'.
11What are the challenges, for your winning entry, that you faced?

One of The PLATINUM and GOLD winning song for The LIT Talent Awards, ‘Sengoku Warlord - Like the Wind - ', was the hard and exciting work that I created by playing on the most cutting-edge electronic instruments at one time.

For the past two years it was not easy to get new musical instruments from overseas because of the effects of the Coronavirus. It was also the most difficult for me to get things ready for producing new works with lots of staff members.

On the other hand, however, I was also able to focus on composing songs in such a difficult situation and got chance to enter for The LIT Talent Awards with some best works for me.

12What advise you will give to those who are in the same industry and/or are interested with your craft?

My producer always says to me : You need to learn a lot from great and popular artists.

But you also need to establish your own world with 'One and Only Performance' which any artist has not yet explored to find success.

13Who inspired you in your life, and why?

Roland Lamb

By meeting the ROLI Seaboard (the world's first 5D touch keyboard) that he developed, I became aware of the importance of connection between people and music in the more ideal way.

And his own lifestyle has encouraged me to pursued an original style in cutting-edge electronic music world.

I was given the opportunity to reinforce my passion by Roland Lamb.

14Who do you admire and what did he/she do that motivated you?


Ryuichi Sakamoto

Peter Gabriel

These three great artists heavily have influenced me and given me a great positive energy in the music life of my own.

That is something really wonderful for any musician to create his/her own unique music with the racial traits and identity. And it's also really exciting for any musician to create his/her own unique music by being inspired by every music on this planet. I've learnt from them.

15Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I love to collaborate with artists who is enthusiastic about creating new music world and also inherit the ethnic music from all over the world. I'm also interested in collaboration with lighting designers and video creators from the cutting edge technology world.
16What is the key that made you succeed? Any parting words of wisdom?

I've ever challenged myself and never given up creating something new in the electronic music day by day.

Goethe said "He who moves not forward, goes backward." This is the ‘key’ for me.

17What is your upcoming masterpiece, that you’re currently preparing, about?
I'm planning to create the new music world where my works ( the new electronic music by 5D touch keyboard and AR musical instruments and more. ) and Japanese traditional folk song merge.
18If you could change anything about the entire industry, what would it be?
I'm independent. I'm sure that lots of talented independent musicians, composers, and performers would become world-famous if I myself achieve it by such a support from the International Awards Associate.
19Do you have anything else you would like to add for the interview?

I would like to thank the International Awards Associate for the opportunity for any artist, anywhere in the world to have a chance to show off their best work and fly high around the world.

It’s really inspiring and exciting that anyone is able to have a fair chance to take one step forward to the world.

Winning Entry

◼︎ YUSUKE YABUI ◼︎5D touch keyboard & AR musical instrument performer / Multi keyboardist / composer…
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Yusuke Yabui

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