How has Japanese culture influenced you and your work? Obviously the name of your band came around more or less by chance, but did you and the rest of the members ever consider that Japan itself might have been some sort of inspiration for the music towards the end like with Tin Drum? Do you still draw anything from Japan (the country) with any of your current output?

I wouldn’t say that Japanese culture is directly influencing my output however I do feel that I have developed an underlying bond with Japan due to the amount of years I have been visiting and working there. Perhaps in that sense it has become an intrinsic part of me, whereas 25 years ago Japanese culture was having more of a superficial influence in terms of music, popular culture and technology.

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