Kishi Bashi on Turning Hard History Into Memorable Music — Smithsonian Magazine

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— by Jackie Mansky: Since he was 13, Kaoru Ishibashi has been known among his friends as K. Ishibashi. That’s how he came up with his stage name, Kishi Bashi, which, if you sound it out, is just a combination of his first initial and last name. Lately, though, the experimental indie pop star—now 43—has been rethinking things. “Kaoru is my real name,” he says. “It’s kind of hard to pronounce. You’ve got these two vowels next to each other. But I think it’s the kind of thing we should be able to start pronouncing.” …

Image courtesy of Kishi Bashi

May 1, 2019


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