Music Monday: Degurutieni

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Degurutieni is a musician, make no mistake. But to better understand his dark, gothic aesthetic you may want to learn about where he’s from: the Nishinari district in Osaka, which holds the inglorious title of Japan’s biggest slum. Degurutieni describes his childhood as “Neverland,” a world where he was free to explore and observe his city with little to no parental guidance. He’d often stay out all night among the riots and red lights, an experience that would go on to inspire his raucous sound and haunting lyrics.

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At 13 he began visiting a local record shop and at 16 he started making music using what he calls “junk.” His instruments were altered kids toys and a beat-up tape recorder.

Now on his 7th tour, Degurutieni has not parted with his roots. He’s still based in Osaka and still uses “junk” to make music. But he’s also grown up, adding a sax, electric guitar and percussion to his ghastly sound. As evidenced by their videos, Degurutieni puts on quite a show. He’s going to be touring in Europe this summer so check out their Facebook page for dates.

Like what you hear? You can find more of their music on Soundcloud. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook. And be sure to check out our other Music Monday picks. Thanks to Adrienne for turning us on to Degurutieni.

1 Comment

  1. I’ve lived in Japan for 16 years now and explored the music scene in depth, and this is my all-time favorite band here. Though ever so slightly jazzy, their sound is sinister and chaotic and only enhanced by Degurutieni’s drawn out, spooky vocals.

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