Makino performing in 2013
|Born||July 2, 1973|
Kyoto, Honshu, Japan
|Genres||Alternative rock, noise rock, indie rock, dream pop, psychedelic rock, nu-gaze, experimental rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizer|
|Labels||Smells Like, Touch & Go, 4AD|
|Associated acts||Blonde Redhead|
Kazu Makino (Japanese: カズ牧野; July 2, 1973) is a Japanese vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known for her work as vocalist and guitarist in the New York-based alternative rock band Blonde Redhead. Since forming Blonde Redhead in 1993 with twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace, Makino has released nine studio albums with the band.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Makino was born in Kyoto, Japan. Makino attended a private school, and described her upbringing as very "old-fashioned." Makino was trained on classical piano as a child and then went on to form an all-girl band in elementary school, as a singer. The band wrote their own lyrics and played what she described as blues music.
After high school, Makino moved to the United States as a foreign exchange student and enrolled in college in New York City where she studied art. She met Italian twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace in 1993 in a New York City Italian restaurant. The meeting was orchestrated by a friend who felt the group would have a good musical chemistry, which resulted in the conception of the alternative rock band Blonde Redhead in 1993. Makino has stated that she had never intended to have a career in music, and that she also has stage fright.
Makino is an avid equestrian and keeps a horse called Harry. In 2002, she had an accident while horseback riding. The song "Equus," from the 2004 album Misery is a Butterfly, refers to the accident. Makino has stated that she often gains inspiration from horses while writing music: "They are so musical in their movements and in the sounds they make. Everything they do is rhythmic. I get ideas for grooves—rhythmic ideas—just from riding.”
Discography[edit | edit source]
Albums[edit | edit source]
- Blonde Redhead
|1995||Blonde Redhead||-||-||-||Smells Like Records|
|1995||La Mia Vita Violenta||-||-||-||Smells Like Records|
|1997||Fake Can Be Just as Good||-||-||-||Touch and Go Records|
|1998||In an Expression of the Inexpressible||-||-||-||Touch and Go Records|
|2000||Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons||-||-||-||Touch and Go Records|
|2004||Misery Is a Butterfly||180||42||-||4AD|
EPs and singles[edit | edit source]
- Blonde Redhead
- 1993: Amescream / Big song – 7" Single, Oxo Records (OXO 009)
- 1994: Vague / Jet star – 7" Single, Smells Like Records (SLR007)
- 1995: 10 Feet High / Valentine – 7" Single, Smells Like Records (SLR014)
- 1995: Flying Douglas / Harmony – 7" Single, Rough Trade (45rev36)
- 1997: Symphony of Treble / Kasuality – 7" Single, Touch & Go Records (TG168)
- 1998: Limited conversation / Slogan – 7" Single, Touch & Go Records (TG188)
- 2000: Melodie Citronique – 12"/CD EP, Touch & Go Records (TG219)
- 2004: Elephant Woman – 7" Single, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (BAD2408) (UK No. 82)
- 2004: Equus – 7" Single, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (AD2415) (UK No. 84)
- 2005: The Secret Society of Butterflies – CD EP, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (BAD 2503)
- 2007: 23 – 7" Single, 4AD (AD2714)
- 2007: Silently – 7" Single, 4AD (AD2720)
References[edit | edit source]
- Murphy, Tom (2010-11-26). "Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead on Penny Sparkle, dealing stage fright and music criticism". Denver Westword. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
- "Blonde Redhead". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Blonde Redhead". John Seven Collection. 2009-06-26. Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- Brown, August (2007-08-16). "Savoring where they are now". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
- Hall, Russell (2007-08-17). "Blonde Redhead Use Gibsons to Create Pastoral Art Rock". Gibson.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
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