LIVE REPORTROOKIE A GO-GO7/27 SAT
The Rookie A GOGO stage is a fan favourite at Fuji Rock fest, largely because you can catch bands and artists before they blow up. It’s that rare moment when perhaps only yourself and a handful of people know about that next big thing. And well, the 5 piece neo-funk group ‘Yazeka’ might be just that.
With most members of the group around 20 years of age, there’s no doubt that their musical prowess is still developing. That being said, despite their young age, each member of the group has a musical skill set well beyond their years.
The driving rhythm and solid backing of the group is none other than drummer Daisuke. With a tight and funky style, it’s the foundation in which the group can work within. And goto work they definitely do, Bass player Hinata adds that extra bit of structure to the drums which the rest of the band can continue to build on.
Kanta, the guitar player, certainly adds his own flavourful style and touch. From pitter-patter funk chords to groovy scales and progressions, the mid range is largely pinned from his smooth playing and ability.
Alto, makes up the keys of the group and is as comfortable backing the band as he is in the middle of a breakneck solo.
Lastly sax player Yasuo really pulls everything together and gives the group it’s voice and brassy groove.
Yazeka is exactly what ROOKIE A GOGO is all about, a group of cohesive and skilled musicians steadily finding their stride, and just remember, since the beginning you were along for the ride.