Artist Feature 017: Mystica Tribe
Aug. 17. 2016
Mystica Tribe is the musical alias of Tokyo-based producer, Taka Noda. Drawing on a wide range of influences – from dub, soul, and bass music, to rhythm and blues – Mystica Tribe has been developing a very distinctive sound that exists in a weird, freaked-out zone between dub and techno. Noda is especially interested in deep, psychedelic music, and this is reflected in his productions, which are equally suited for late night listening sessions or bent, broken-in dance floors. His first full album “Island Oasis” will be released on Silent Season this Fall 2016.
Island Oasis features 8 dubbed out tracks that reverberate throughout the forest. The cover photo symbolizes Taka’s visit to Canada in Summer 2016 (this past weekend). The Bonsai Fir Tree is symbol of resilience, strength and determination. It is a shared connection between our two worlds of Tokyo and Vancouver Island.
When did you start making music? What kind of music did you start with and what inspired you?
I started when I was in University. I was playing bass guitar in a cover band playing R&B, Soul, Blues, and 60’s. Back then I was interested in making 70’s Soul inspired tunes with strong vocals.
Are there any specific artists who inspired you to shape your current style of music?
The music I listen to is very diverse, so Mystica Tribe is inspired by all kinds of genres. But some of the biggest influences are: Garage Classics and King Tubby – so called the “roots of Dub”, Zion Train – UK Dub, Israel Vibration – Reggae, Door – Psychedelic Rock, Francois K- Deep Space.
The Presence of ethnic sounds is very prominent in your music. Do you put emphasis on anything particular through your artistic expression?
I try to stay away from conscious effort and express without constraints. Without keeping a specific genre or style in mind I create music with the flow. In that process, things that are true to my roots: Japanese folk music, Asian inspired music comes up. So I just let those sounds into my creative process.
Did you have any specific audience in mind when writing your music?
Not really. I believe DJs will put my music to the right use.
Okay. Let me ask you about the specifics of beat making. Do you have any memories of your first production equipment?
My very first instrument was a cheap Japanese electric guitar. I remember seeing one in a magazine where a Sex Pistols advertisement stated “anyone can play”, and finding out that I couldn’t play at all came as a shock. For recording, my very first device one was a 4 channel cassette MTR mixer. I was very disappointed when I found out that I needed so much gear to be able to get good sounds.
What is your current equipment? Any favourites?
Cubase、Melodica、Synthesizers like Bass Station II. I don’t really have a favourite.
Can you tell us about your production process?
It depends on which song I’m working on, but generally I start with the intro, and listen to fragments of songs. I play the bass, guitar, or melodica, and come up with the rest.
What kind of gear do you use for live performance?
Laptop, Melodica, Siren Machine, Effector, etc.
During your live performance, do you have anything you put emphasis on in terms of how your audience can enjoy your music?
Just relax and enjoy the music.
Lastly, what are some ambitions and future goals for your label?
Mystica Tribe Records is a platform for free musical expression. I would like to start collaborating with my favourite artists and expand my network.