Katsuo

Meet 22-year-old musician Katsuo (find out what, exactly, his name means below).

When not making music, Katsuo is rather partial to the odd freerun (‘you know, climbing up walls and jumping off something’).

He also used to be a practicer of the martial arts – ’til I discovered music and girls…’ – and is 100% teetotal. Find out  more below!

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m an electrorock/popstep musician & producer from Yorkshire, but I think the modern music industry leaves no room for specialisation anymore; I also dabble in filmmaking, blogging, writing and graphic & web design. I’m 22 and I’m offensively tall – like, a couple more inches and I’d be into ‘freak’ territory. The name ‘Katsuo’ is a Japanese name meaning victory, but it’s also a kind of fish! I love video games and people with passion and charisma – I also love people who dress funny, because I dress funny, too. I blame the video games.

I have a degree in Music Production, but if there’s anything I would tell someone looking to go into education it’s that you shouldn’t rely on your course to teach you what you need to know. I have my degree, but I can produce to the standard I can produce because of hours upon hours of work figuring it out myself, my course didn’t REALLY teach me how to produce the way I do.

What are your inspirations?

Musically, I love pop & electronic music – in the past few years, I’ve really gotten into some dubstep & dance stuff too. I’m a Rihanna fan, a Pixie Lott fan and you can often catch me listening to American alt rock groups like Chiodos and Taking Back Sunday. Prince, Michael Jackson & Skrillex are probably my biggest influences, though.

Visually & conceptually, I take a lot of influence from adventure games like Zelda, Fable, Fallout & Skyrim. I’m also a fan of the boldness of Anime & Manga – the film Akira has inspired part of my image as Katsuo. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, too.

What’s your favourite piece of work you produced?

I think the best thing I’ve done is my video for the title track from my EP, Silver Tongue – you can find that on the splash page of www.theycallmekatsuo.com. The concept was basically to film a ‘day in the life of a cyborg’ – I think the POV camera idea is very modern and very versatile. I’m really pleased with the way I was able to incorporate some more visually interesting ideas, like the roof jump & the HUD scanner.

I also really like the cover of I Love Rock N Roll that I’ve just finished, featuring upcoming artist Blu Sparrow – I’ve been working with her for a while and she has the most incredible, squeezy sound to her voice that I can’t get enough of.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

What Prince has accomplished in his lifetime is nothing short of incredible, if only because of the sheer amount of works he’s released. Michael Jackson will always have an untouchable place in the music industry – his songs are totally unique and impeccable, I don’t think they can be improved upon, really. And Skrillex? I think he’s one of the few artists around right now who are really pushing music forwards, and people are really listening!

Visit Katsuo’s website and blog; watch his videos here and Tweet him: @callmekatsuo.

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