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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cibo Matto on Returning to Music, Its Unorthodox Sound, and the Joys of Food

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For the time, your sound was pretty different too.
I think there were two elements to that. One, it was out of necessity because there were just two of us. So I had to come up with a way to make a full band with one instrument. I played samplers and I encountered this one that made interesting sounds and I created all these drum loops. So we walked into this sound. Also we were bonding over a lot music that had a very eclectic nature like [experimental Japanese band] the Boredoms. Also, in the '90s there was a lot of hip-hop. We started to mix and match a lot of music that hadn't been together in one song before. The fact that I play the sampler, it was easy for me to make a collage of sound. It was our personal choices of mixtures, we'd mix bossa nova and heavy metal and jazz and disco and pop. Everything we wanted.

When you're making these new songs are you incorporating all these genres again? Is your process working together the same?
Yeah, we never have genres in mind but we've been playing together a while even though we took the break so we know each other's tendencies. We like groovy music you'd want to move your body to.

Have you noticed this time around that there's more of a connection between food and music? Do you feel like you can take any credit for that?
[Laughs] We can take credit for it, but I just really welcome these feelings where people connect music with everything else. I think people are paying more attention to food in general, on many levels. Even junk food is getting better, and a lot of people are cooking and there are so many food blogs. I think this is a natural process, an evolution -- it's what I've been waiting for!

You live in San Francisco, right?

San Francisco is a great place to eat. My favorite Mexican restaurant is there. It's called Nopalito. It's such a good place. I love how interesting and refreshing it is; it tastes good and also make me think a little bit. I love the food there.

During the San Francisco show, will you play the new songs?
Yes, we are definitely going to try a few new songs [laughs]. We're very excited to try them though we haven't quite figured out how to play them all yet.

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