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Honda came to New York City from Japan in the mid 1980's. She
has worked with many bands and musicians in the New York underground
music scene. She has jammed with Dave Douglas of Masada to develop
a feel for avant garde jazz. Yuka played hip hop with Sha Key,
jammed with John Zorn, and played acid jazz with the Brooklyn
Funk Essential. She developed her style and musical skills on
keyboards and then created more advanced musical ideas using the
sampler. Yuka is searching for something new, and she is always
open minded to experimenting with different musical styles. Through
use of conceptual sampling, Yuka has created her own interpretation
of music that blends her diverse musical background into a sound
she can call her own.
is responsible for most of the musical composition of the songs
that Cibo Matto writes and/or arranges. Using the keyboards and
sampler, she works on a song for weeks to bring together a variety
of ideas on melody, beat, and movement. Yuka blends the ideas
of a melody that she performs on keyboards and tinkers with various
changes and passages. Along with Miho's input, Yuka builds a musical
idea over time into a song. As the idea becomes more defined,
she reduces her reliance on the technology of the sampler and
turns the concept into a more pure performance piece. Yuka prefers
to not use a sequencer in developing her music, and plays the
sampler more like a live instrument. She views sampling as an
art and uses an unwritten code of ethics in her selection of borrowed
own code of ethics and beliefs about the use of sampling in Cibo
Mattos music can be seen in comments like, "People
are mistaken if they think sampling is just patching together
someone elses cool old music," Yuka explained. "I
am not interested in replaying someone elses music."
is a talented musician that can play a wide variety of musical
instruments, as well being an accomplished vocalist. She is a
master of electronic effects and a respected studio producer.
Some of the musical instruments that Yuka has mastered include
Organ, Piano, Synth, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Vocoder, Sampler
& Sequencer, Farfisa, and Guitar. She is obsessive in her development
of Cibo Matto's musical ideas, and is always reaching to extend
the scope of her musical abilities.
produced most of Cibo Matto's second release on Warner Brother
records (the mini CD titled, "Super Relax"). With the
release of "Stereotype A", Yuka emerges as a serious
producer that is truly setting her own standards for modern music.
She continues her upstream battle against record industry stereotypes
of women and explains, "There are people who think women
cant operate studio equipment." Yuka Honda demonstrates
that those types of attitudes are in need of change.
recently Yuka has launched her solo career. She has released a
new jazzy cd and is working with more hard rock music as well.
Yuka is trying to develop several different musical combinations
at one time. In her spare time she works with various people in
the studio and enjoys jamming with her friends.
Honda played bass with Buffalo Daughter
in Tokyo, Japan on August
at Shinjuku Liquid Room
The Buffalo Daughter
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