Japanese drummer Yuko Araki is a veteran of such high profile projects as Cornelius, the Plastic Ono Band, and Cibo Matto. In MI-GU she is joined by her frequent collaborator, guitarist Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu, also of Cornelius and one of their joint projects, IF BY YES. Together, the duo craft engagingly minimalist and experimental pop songs built on the interplay of Yuko’s propulsive drumming and the unique sounds generated by Shimizu’s handmade effect pedals. In this interview, Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda helps out with translation as the band discusses writing songs, building pedals, and humor in music.

Featured song: “Spider”

Yuko and Shimmy’s debut album with their new group, IF BY YES (with Petra Haden and Yuka Honda), is called Salt On Sea Glass and is available now from Sean Lennon’s record label, Chimera Music.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/QTXbiE

Official website: http://www.office-augusta.com/araki/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/mi-gu-Yuko-Araki/40060916241
Twitter: @migumusic

About BTR Live Studio:
BTR Live Studio features a mix of breaking and established musicians playing exclusive sets in our studios, then sitting down for a chat with host Maia Macdonald. Maia is a musician and DJ who’s been involved with the music scene for a number of years and has a knack for asking the questions that musicians actually enjoy answering. Watch more episodes of BTR Live Studio on our Blip page: http://blip.tv/btrlivestudio