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Music, work, and sometimes memorial services

Visiting Gomi Takehisa of LOSTAGE in Nara, Japan. What is quitting or continuing music?



Music, work, and sometimes memorial services

For the first installment of this commemorative series, we visited Takehisa Gomi, frontman of the Nara-based band LOSTAGE and owner of the independent label and used record store “THROAT RECORDS.

We asked him about the theme, “What is it to quit or continue music?” Please enjoy the conversation between the two while surrounded by a large number of records in the THROAT RECORDS store.

When I had a child, I felt that I couldn’t go on like this. That’s why we started THROAT RECORDS. (Gomi)

tami: I started doing music seriously late, in my late 20s. I think that is the time when everyone stops playing music, but I started at that time.

Gomi: Why didn’t you start playing music before then?

tami:I was in a light music band in junior high and high school, but I quit when I entered university. After that, I graduated from graduate school and started working as a researcher, but there was a gap between my work ideals and reality, and the long hours of hard work made me extremely stressed. Then, for some reason, I suddenly thought, “I want to play music!” So I started DTM. After work, I spent my days and nights just composing songs.

Forming TAMIW in 2018, they toured the U.S. for 20 shows in 19 years, were selected for the “FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ROOKIE A GO GO” in 2009, and released their third album “Fight for Innocence” in February 2011. She runs a music studio “Hidden Place” and a pet cemetery at a temple in Sakai, Osaka.

Gomi: At first you were a solo artist. Then the members grew and you became a band?

tami:That’s right. Because I formed the band late, I didn’t have any friends or allies who had been playing together for a long time, and I didn’t have many opportunities to talk deeply with people who were doing music other than the members of TAMIW. Recently, I have been thinking that I would like to hear from a variety of people, and what came to mind was the theme of the series, “Music and Work” and Mr. Gomi.

Gomi: Thank you very much.

tami:Mr. Gomi, you are currently running both your band and this store at the same time. How did you come to this point?

Gomi: I started the band to perform at a high school festival. I started the store in 2012. Before that, I was working part-time while playing in a band, but when I got married at 29 and had my first child at 33, I thought that I couldn’t continue to support my family. So I started my own label. When I was looking for an office for that label, I found this place.

Takehisa Gomi
The frontman of LOSTAGE, based in his hometown Nara, formed LOSTAGE in 2001, made their major label debut in 2007, launched their own label “THROAT RECORDS” in 2011 to celebrate their 10th anniversary, and opened a record store in 2012.

tami:So you didn’t plan to open a store from the beginning?

Gomi: Yes, it just happened. When I was looking for a place to live, a friend of mine was operating a store next to this building and told me, “There’s a store next door!” He told me about it. I came to see it, liked it, and decided to rent it, but it was a little too big to use only as an office. I thought it would be a waste of space, so I thought it would be better to sell some stuff, so I put up some CDs I had at home and sold them. From there, I gradually started to develop it into a store and started buying things outright, and that’s how it came to be where it is now.

Address: 1F Grand Terre, 14-1 Ogawa-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
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