Savannah Stopover headliner Kishi Bashi is one of those musical geniuses who can fly by your radar like a comet. If you have never seen him live, you may turn to the person next to you and say: “Whoa! Who’s that?!”
He is a founding member of Jupiter One as well as a member of the wildly popular band of montreal. To say he is a talented musician would be an understatement. Bashi can be on stage one minute putting a spell on his audience with his violin and on the next, he might start beat-boxing. Following is a conversation with the unique artist:
Do: Let me start by saying I’m a fan. As a writer and photographer my work can be a bit of both extremes — isolated yet filled with moments of extreme interaction. My suspicions are that you, too, go through this. Moments of solitude while composing and creating, then comes the extreme chaos as you tour. Do you prefer those two ends of the spectrum rather than working with a band while composing and creating material?
Kishi Bashi: I love both ends of the spectrum and bouncing between them is like my high tide and low tide, both wonderful in their extremes.
Do: Are you enjoying the process now that you’re in complete control of the content?
KB: Absolutely. At times, I miss the collaborative atmosphere, but I’m such a control freak and have such strong opinions about music and sound, that I find it difficult to compromise with other people. If I am at an impasse, I will bounce ideas off of friends, though.
Do: Do you still live in Georgia? How’s life here in the South?
KB: I still live in Athens, yes, but it’s a pleasant bubble, because it’s a college town.
Do: Is the political climate inspiring you with new art as you’re traveling?
KB: Trump is inspiring me to study the Japanese internment, because I feel afraid to be a minority for the first time in my life.
Do: Can we talk about the last album? Where did you find inspiration?
KB: It comes from a very personal spot that consumed my soul for a good part of the year.
Do: What comes first? Melody or lyrics?
KB: Music is almost always first. The lyrics are created later to serve a story or emotion.
Do: Which songs out of “Sonderlust” were the most trying or difficult for you?
KB: “Can’t Let Go, Juno” and “Say Yeah” are particularly difficult ones for me because they evoke some very strong emotions for me.
Do: What can we expect at Stopover?
KB: We are battle-tested and ready to rock!
8 p.m. March 9
Ships of the Sea North Garden, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd.