Takeda first came to my attention as they were on the same bill as Adelaide’s Cape at B2 in Norwich on 6th January. So I then decided to check the music out which I instantly liked.
This fantastic folk three piece consist of Beth, Phil and Josh and the sound is very distictive. There was another member in this band before Phil returned and this being Ellie. Still forthcoming EP Hufsa will be coming out later this year.
Josh and Beth were kind enough to spare some time to answer the questions:
Q 01. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?
Josh: The first instrument I ever owned was a classical guitar. My parents bought it for me when I was 7.
Beth: I started playing the piano when I was about 5.
Q 02. What was your favourite gig you have headlined or supported at?
Well, Takeda has had a few line up changes over the last couple of years and we’ve played some really lovely shows with all of those line ups. But our favourite show with Takeda in its current state was at Norwich Arts Centre for the Broken Piano Show.
Q 03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
That’s quite a tricky question. It would have been pretty super to have played in some little folk club in the sixties with Davy Graham. But I’m not sure about collaborating with anyone. I’d like to play in Joanna Newsom’s live band, that’d be pretty cool!
Q 04. Favourite song to sing live and why?
We’ve spent a year experimenting with different sets and we have finally come up with one that we really enjoy playing start to finish. So this is a tricky question too. But I think Dusk Raga is probably our favourite live song.
Q 05. Favourite music venue and why?
Our favourite place to play is the Music House in Norwich. We have played there quite a few times and we really feel at home there! It’s a 1000 year old music house in the basement of a pub and there is a real tangible sense of history. It’s magical. Every Friday from 20:00!
Q 06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
So many places. Sometimes it’s inside a book. Sometimes it’s in a new instrument. We spend quite a bit of time in North Wales up in the mountains. That’s quite an amazing place to be, a lot of music seems to come out there. Just being in general I suppose.
Q 07. Describe your music in 3 words?
Ambient raga rock. :p
Q 08. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to become a singer or start a band?
Just go for it. But make sure your motivation is right; treat music like somebody you love and you should be repaid with the gift of freely flowing & beautiful sounds.
Q 09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment?
I still can’t get over Sigur Ros. But more recently I really like Alela Diane; her latest album is pretty lovely.
Q 10. Goals for the year?
An EP in the spring, hopefully March ish. And hopefully we can start recording the album in the summer. It’s all written and ready to record but we’re quite keen to spend a fair bit of time in the studio; we have something quite special planned so we want to get it right!
Hufsa is out Spring 2010 and even though the tracks on Myspace arent on the provisional tracklisting they wet your appetite for whats to come.
To hear more from Takeda and keep up to date with forthcoming gigs go to: http://www.myspace.com/takedasound
If you are a fan of folk music then Takeda is definately a band you will enjoy
At the moment the only two dates are: