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Kazu Makino

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Kazu Makino
Kazu Makino Sunset Junction.jpg
Makino performing in 2013
Background information
Born (1973-07-02) July 2, 1973 (age 46)
Kyoto, Honshu, Japan[1]
GenresAlternative rock, noise rock, indie rock, dream pop, psychedelic rock, nu-gaze, experimental rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizer
LabelsSmells Like, Touch & Go, 4AD
Associated actsBlonde 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.[2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Makino was born in Kyoto, Japan. Makino attended a private school, and described her upbringing as very "old-fashioned."[1] 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.[1]

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.[3][4] Makino has stated that she had never intended to have a career in music, and that she also has stage fright.[1][5]

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.[6] 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.”[7]

Discography[edit | edit source]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Makino with Blonde Redhead at SoCo Music Festival, June 2008
Blonde Redhead
Year Album US ITA UK Label
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
2007 23 63 20 152 4AD
2010 Penny Sparkle 79 - - 4AD
2014 Barragán 180 - -

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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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.
  2. "Blonde Redhead". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  3. http://www.moron.nl/lyrics/blonde-redhead/biography.html
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Blonde Redhead". John Seven Collection. 2009-06-26. Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  6. Brown, August (2007-08-16). "Savoring where they are now". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  7. Hall, Russell (2007-08-17). "Blonde Redhead Use Gibsons to Create Pastoral Art Rock". Gibson.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.

External links[edit | edit source]

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