Marika Takeuchi is a composer, multi instrumentalist and producer based in Boston USA. She explores a balance of classical and electronic music and writes for Film and TV on the side. In conversation with Marika we discuss her album Melding, studio setup and much more.
Could you tell us more about yourself as an artist please.
I’m a composer, pianist and producer, originally from Japan and currently based in Boston, USA. I’ve released 5 albums including Melding so far, and I also write music for films, TV and other media.
What is your musical background?
I started playing classical piano at the age of three and have played violin, French horn and Japanese drum (Taiko) as well in my early age. I studied composition at a music college in Tokyo and then Berklee College of Music in Boston. I’m classically trained but I was also into electron music when I was a teenager.
What instruments do you play?
My principle instrument is piano, and I play violin and guitar as well.
What was the process like for creating your album Melding? – which we love by the way.
Creating Melding was like finding my new sounds and revisiting my old passions. I did lots of experiments using acoustic instruments in interesting ways while incorporating synthesizer and electronic productions. It was so much fun.
What is the meaning of Melding for you?
I named the album Melding because this is a mixture of classical and electronic music, eastern and western influences I have in my background, weaknesses and strengths, and everything else that contrasts but co-exist. Our lives are mixtures of many different things and we don’t have to be labeled. It ultimately means to accept ourselves as who we are.
Do you have a favourite track? If so, why?
Do you have a studio setup where you work?
If you don’t mind, could you describe this to us please.
I have two computers with DAWs, sample libraries and plug-ins, which I use for writing, producing and mixing. And speakers, headphones, a MIDI keyboard and drum pad. I also have an acoustic piano, guitar, violin, ukulele, accordion in my studio, and I record them there when I need.
Are you working towards any new projects at the moment?
I’m writing music for another artist’s album as well as writing music for a video game and short film.
Do you have any gigs coming up?
I just played a show in London on Sep 19th, which was hosted by my lable Bigo & Twigetti. I have more performances coming up next year in U.S.and London, but the dates are TBD.
Finally, what does music mean to you?
Music is my best friend and my home.