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prism at KBC

"Just as long as I can eat the Soy Milk Ramen!"
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He is Akira Wada, the leader of the band "PRISM", the first-ever fusion band in Japan. We asked why he was choosing Kick Back Cafe (KBC) time after time for his shows. The answer was the Soy Milk Ramen.
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the amazing power of noodles!
The first time PRISM played at KBC was December 26, 2004, 2 months after the inaugural grand opening.  It was through an old friend of his (Mr. M, a regular customer) that he got to know about KBC.  "I thought he said we were playing in Sendai (a city in northern Japan)!  I was panicking because we were going to have to book a hotel, and it would be a hassle to go all the way up there.  I told the band members this too."  Fortunately, he soon found out that KBC wasn't actually so far from where the members of PRISM lived.  


As for me, I was pleased about a no-smoking and non-alcohol venue . . .

After his first show at KBC was fixed, he checked out the homepage of KBC.  The impression that he got through the web site was that it was a very original cafe.  When asked of his impression of KBC after his first gig, Akira said, "I thought it was… good for your health!  The first time I played here was right after I got over a pretty severe disease.  I had just quit smoking and drinking for the time being, because of that, and for me, I was pleased about a no-smoking and non-drinking venue. 
For the KBC staff, having PRISM at the cafe was simply an amazing experience for us.  There are a lot of Jazz Fusion artists that perform at KBC now, but this was the band that started everything.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to Akira and PRISM.

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When you look at all the people that have played at Kick Back, the only performers that shake the hands of all the staff after every show are Akira and the members of PRISM.  They are people that really value relationships, and for Akira, KBC is a place where he can build relationships.  "Our music is easy to listen to, for anyone in the general public, you know.  If I have the opportunity, I would like to play at all kinds of venues, and to a wider range of people."  Akira has performed in places like Roppongi and Yokohama, both of which are cities for top performers such as PRISM.  But he met an audience like no other in Sengawa.  He played in front of babies as well as the elderly.  It was the first such experience for him.  "Kick Back was on TV, right?  I saw that!  It was about you guys having a little room called the "Mother's Room" where the moms can change the diapers of their babies and breast-feed them too, right?  I mean, I've played in front of babies before in other venues, but usually our music is so loud that they start crying, and eventually they give up and go home."  The Mother's Room at Kick Back allows moms and babies to be comfortable during the performances.  Maybe it's because of this different type of audience that he and the band are drawn to KBC.
Recently there have also been some relationships started amongst the musicians that perform at KBC.  KBC interceded between PRISM and Daisaku Kume, the original keyboardist of PRISM, and asked them to consider whether they wanted to get back together for the first time in years to do a show at KBC.  "Daisaku was the one that approached me about doing a gig together.  He knew of KBC also, and he liked the sound here, so why not?  He sent me the notes when I was on tour.  The notes were so difficult to play that I had to quit drinking for a while in order to concentrate.  Just 3 days before the show, he sent me another set of notes for 10 songs!!"  It must have been tough for him, but Akira's face shows no traces of exhaustion as he reminisces about that show.  Rather, he seems to be beaming with joy about the whole experience.  It's probably the musician blood in him that just loves challenges like that.  "Oh yeah, at the festival(Sengawa Music Fest) the other day!  I met a drummer that I used to play with back in the day.  He found out that we were playing here and stopped by."  It's been 20 years since they last met each other. 

"It's all because KBC is making its presence known in Sengawa."


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Akira has been able to enjoy new and different kinds of shows through KBC.  On November 10th, KBC is hosting PRISM and a keyboardist in the community, Akira Ishiguro.  The show will be called "PRISM and friends".  "As long as the inspiration fits the setting in KBC, I want to take on the challenge of creating many different kinds of music."
Next year will be the 30th year of his activities as a renowned guitarist and with the help of new relationships being built through KBC, his activities are increasing in energy day by day. 

"Another good thing about KBC is that the staff is very mobile."
"If you use this interview in the flier you're passing out, I'm going to be famous in Sengawa"


Akira, thanks for choosing KBC! We hope that you keep on choosing KBC, because remember, we're the only ones that make Soy Milk Ramen!

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