Soil & Pimp Sessions were the obvious choice for the Tokyo episode of the show. I've been a huge fan of the band for years. I remember hearing about them on DJ Giles Peterson's show back in 2005. It was around the time that Fat Freddy's Drop were blowing up in Europe. They seem to have a similar vibe as Freddy's - in terms of being a cool underground band that had built up a massive following off their live shows, while still being independent. They are, pretty much, the most successful Japanese band internationally, as not much of Japan's musical output actually makes it out of Japan.
But to give you an idea of things, here's Soil and Pimp performing on Jools Holland's show. If you're familiar at all with Jools Holland, you'll know that you have to be at a certain level in your career to even get a request from him to perform.As you can see from this video - even if you're not a fan of jazz music, you can't help but be swept up by the energy of their live shows. They have even managed to create a new sub-genre in the process, which they have dubbed 'Death Jazz'. I guess it's like jazz music with the intensity of a heavy metal show. And what really sets Soil & Pimp apart is the role of Shacho – 'The Agitator'. He's the hype-man of the band and is more often than not running around the stage - with his megaphone - whipping the crowd into a frenzy. He's such a charismatic guy, and I've got to say - I just love his outfits.
Since 2004 they have released six albums. So they've definitely been proactive. Constant touring has earned them a massive fan base around the world. We managed to fluke it and catch them, for the one week that they were back in Japan - in between touring. Luckily for us, they knew the original Kiwi song we offered them very well and loved the energy of it. So they happily agreed to do the cover.
The studio that we shot the video in, was the studio of their label - 'JVC Victor'. Seriously, it was one of the flashiest studios I've ever seen. Aside from having your usual chain-smoking engineer and young-happy tracking guy, I swear, there was a team of people for everything that day - including a girl, whose sole job was to keep the lolly jar full- and a guy - who trimmed the bonsai plant in the corner.