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“We bought vintage RCA ribbon microphones and instruments to prepare ourselves for recording. It took about 2 or 3 hours to complete the song. It was really fun like a party.” – Nobumasa Takada
It may be a long way from modern Japan to the Hawaiian music of the 1920s, but there is one group, the Sweet Hollywaiians, who have somehow managed to bring to life the essence of those comforting, laidback sounds. The Sweet Hollywaiians play a nostalgic form of music they describe as “authentic Hawaiian, swing, ragtime, blues, calypso, Italian music.” Composed of Tomotaka Matsui, Nobumasa Takada, Takashi Nakayama and Kouichi Tsutsumishita, they have just released their latest album, “Ticklin’ The Strings” and are making preparations for another tour of the US.
So whip up a few Mai Tais, grab that ukulele you keep in the closet, and come take a listen to the soothing sounds of the tropics — by way of Osaka — and discover which of the Sweet Hollywaiians has mastered that ever important art of climbing a coconut tree — Hawaiian style!
On August 23, 2009 Nobumasa Takada from Sweet Hollywaiians was kind enough to give an interview to J-Pop World. Sweet Hollywaiians Interview.