2015 Through My Eyes: Manabu Hiramoto [Shinkiro]


“Cycle Of Rebirth” was one of my favourite albums that has been released last year. Here’s our end-of-the-year interview with its creator, Shinkiro mastermind Manabu Hiramoto.

Tell us your way for a succesful or happy life. Do you think that man is able to live free from religion? What do you think is the meaning of our existence?

Most Japanese believe in both Buddhism and Shintoism, not monotheism. At the same time most of them are also atheist. Japan’s lack of religious piety makes us less nationalistic and have open-mindness to foreign countries and cultures. As you know, our country is under the control of US and has no right to carry on war. So that we can spend our lives safely, but on the other hand we’ve lost our roots. Although extreme it may sound, I think that each person in the world or each creature in the universe has no reason to exist. However to become aware of what to do is important for a happy life. It is no need becoming a rock star or a rich person. Just do what you want.

How would you sum up your musical activity in 2015?

2015 year was very special to me. There are 3 records released; “Cycle Of Rebirth” CD on SSSM, “O.A.O” vinyl reissue on La Esencia and “Inner and Outer Space” CD on Zhelezobeton. Our partnership with Bardoseneticcube produced a special track “Afterglow”, which is one of my favorites. 2 live performances in Tokyo and Nagoya were wonderful experiments as well. I got to know some new good friends there.

How are you going to spend the upcoming holiday season?

I spent on listening to music and recordings of next projects.

Is there any film / book / theatrical play / exhibition / computer game which made a particular impression on you in 2015?

I had no inputs in 2015.

Did this year change you in any way, changed your perception of the world, perhaps opened your eyes on something?

MEDIA CONTROL. In Japan media control badly sucks. Although over 50% people are against the restarting of nuclear power plants and alternative energy sources are already available, the government has never stop. The media has never broadcasted or written about the terrible circumstances in Fukushima. I heard that  the number of deformed children or the ones with down syndrome has remarkably increased. It is too sad that the human urge for ego has caused natural disasters, war and terror. I became sad whenever I hear such terrible news. We have to judge what is right and what is true.

Any moment of 2015 you’ll remember on your death bed?

It is 10 years since my debut CD “Deep Blue”. A release of “Cycle Of Rebirth” is one of the events which mark the stage of my music life. It’s my next step.

Your predictions for the world (in the political and cultural context) for 2016?

I can’t expect the good things.

Your personal plans, hopes, expectations for 2016?

Many plans to finish. CD with Eraldo Bernocchi, 3rd CD with Bardoseneticcube and some collaboration projects. I’d like to go to Europe. Offers of gigs are always welcome!!

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