Shota Nakama / VGO [ l’ interview ]

J’ai eu la chance de pouvoir interviewer il y a 2 ou 3 mois Monsieur Nakama, un grand auteur, compositeur, arrangeur et musicien de la scène vidéoludique. Uniquement pour 2nd-impact, il nous livre ses secrets, ses fantasmes (venir à Japan Expo!! sisi!) et  beaucoup d’autres belles notes musicales. Amis de la clef de sol, c’est pour vous.

2i (2nd-impact): Hi Shota, thank you very much for giving us a little time… And we wish you a warm welcome to 2nd-impact. Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Shota Nakama. I am the creator of VGO. I am also the artistic director, main arranger, guitarist, and MC of the group.
2i: First, the same question of every guest… What was the last song listened to?

The last song I listened to was (?)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hbu-BcCSEI&feature=player_embedded#!

2i: Can you tell us What is VGO ?

VGO is a group that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music with an orchestra, choir, and rock band. I personally call us « Rockestra » (Rock + Orchestra) We perform some film and Anime scores sometimes, too.

2i: When did you decide to create an orchestra containing titles from the world of video games?

The idea was conceived sometime around May 2008, and I formed the group right after. We rehearsed for a month in the following month and did the first show in July 2, 2008.

2i: What were the first members/musicians to join you?

One of the first musicians to join was Alex Stoyanov, a Bulgarian flutist. He was already a friend of mine and I knew he was a ver good musician, so I just asked him. He has been in the group since then.

2i: How do you select the songs you go re-write for your orchestral?

I like to play something that my musicians and our fans both would love. The process is…. I listen to a lot of soundtracks and also play games, and figure out what songs would sound good live. Of course they have to be somewhat popular. Also we have a request thread on our Facebook group page, where a lot of our fans post what songs they would like to hear live. Occasionally I receive requests via email, too.

2i: Before VGO, Have you already made ​​other bands?

Yea. I formed many hard rock bands in Japan when I was there. Here in the US, I have been in a lot of bands, too. Pretty much all bands that I have been with are rock bands.

2i: What are your inspirations when you work on a new project ?

Inspirations…. suddenly things pop up in my head. Things that are interesting and unique. Then I just take the idea and work on it. I always act before thinking too much!

2i: Did you ever consider working on music for a video game?

Sure I did. I would love to do it especially now because I orchestrate and arrange video game music a lot. I would definitely jump on if there is an opportunity.

2i: Who are your favorite composers? American? European? Japanese? Others countries?

Okay my answer will be really long for this question because I have so many!

My favorite game composers are Koichi Sugiyama, Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masashi Hamauzu, Yoko Shimomura, Wataru Hokoyama, Gerard K. Marino, Jack Wall, Christopher Tin, Harry-Gregson Williams, and many others.

My favorite film composers are Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Mark Isham, Jo Hisaishi, and so on.

Others…. there are so many musicians I love. Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Van Halen, Yngwie, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons, Mr.Big, all the 80s hair metal bands, Rhapsody of Fire, Angra, Dream Theater, Halloween, Gamma Ray…. There are just way too many to list.


2i: For us, compared to other music groups and orchestras « of video games, » by your work you make us feel a lot more passion & imagination. The music is perfectly arranged and fully « bespoke », only for your group .. We all want to know yours plans for the future?

First of all, thank you so much for such a nice comment! Our plan for 2012 is to do a lot more shows. We are considering doing a bunch of smaller shows around the New England area with our chamber group, and of course we will perform at conventions just like we have been, too.

As for our full group shows, we are very close to announce some for the next spring. So please be a bit more patient and check our site or our twitter page often!

2i: Poor little European that we are , it is difficult for us to come and see one of your concerts … have you planned a dvd soon?

We do not have a DVD plan yet, but we would love to do it. Also we are very much interested in performing at Japan Expo and other conventions in Europe, too. Boston, where we are based in, is pretty close from Europe, so I am pretty sure we can make it happen!

2i: Shota, many thanks for answering to 2nd-impact. Have you got an exclusive or upcoming title to be published soon?

Yes, but unfortunately I cannot speak about them yet…. Sorry! Like I said, please check our site and twitter (theVGO) Twitter is probably the fastest way to get our info.

2i: We wish you all the best for the rest of 2011…. and for a long time!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkbcgjNYxTU

J’ai eu la chance de pouvoir interviewer il y a 2 ou 3 mois Monsieur Nakama, un grand auteur, compositeur, arrangeur et musicien de la scène vidéoludique. Uniquement pour 2nd-impact, il nous livre ses secrets, ses fantasmes (venir à Japan Expo!! sisi!) et  beaucoup d’autres belles notes musicales. Amis de la clef de sol, c’est pour vous.

2i (2nd-impact): Hi Shota, thank you very much for giving us a little time… And we wish you a warm welcome to 2nd-impact. Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Shota Nakama. I am the creator of VGO. I am also the artistic director, main arranger, guitarist, and MC of the group.
2i: First, the same question of every guest… What was the last song listened to?

The last song I listened to was (?)

2i: Can you tell us What is VGO ?

VGO is a group that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music with an orchestra, choir, and rock band. I personally call us « Rockestra » (Rock + Orchestra) We perform some film and Anime scores sometimes, too.

2i: When did you decide to create an orchestra containing titles from the world of video games?

The idea was conceived sometime around May 2008, and I formed the group right after. We rehearsed for a month in the following month and did the first show in July 2, 2008.

2i: What were the first members/musicians to join you?

One of the first musicians to join was Alex Stoyanov, a Bulgarian flutist. He was already a friend of mine and I knew he was a ver good musician, so I just asked him. He has been in the group since then.

2i: How do you select the songs you go re-write for your orchestral?

I like to play something that my musicians and our fans both would love. The process is…. I listen to a lot of soundtracks and also play games, and figure out what songs would sound good live. Of course they have to be somewhat popular. Also we have a request thread on our Facebook group page, where a lot of our fans post what songs they would like to hear live. Occasionally I receive requests via email, too.

2i: Before VGO, Have you already made ​​other bands?

Yea. I formed many hard rock bands in Japan when I was there. Here in the US, I have been in a lot of bands, too. Pretty much all bands that I have been with are rock bands.

2i: What are your inspirations when you work on a new project ?

Inspirations…. suddenly things pop up in my head. Things that are interesting and unique. Then I just take the idea and work on it. I always act before thinking too much!

2i: Did you ever consider working on music for a video game?

Sure I did. I would love to do it especially now because I orchestrate and arrange video game music a lot. I would definitely jump on if there is an opportunity.

2i: Who are your favorite composers? American? European? Japanese? Others countries?

Okay my answer will be really long for this question because I have so many!

My favorite game composers are Koichi Sugiyama, Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masashi Hamauzu, Yoko Shimomura, Wataru Hokoyama, Gerard K. Marino, Jack Wall, Christopher Tin, Harry-Gregson Williams, and many others.

My favorite film composers are Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Mark Isham, Jo Hisaishi, and so on.

Others…. there are so many musicians I love. Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Van Halen, Yngwie, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons, Mr.Big, all the 80s hair metal bands, Rhapsody of Fire, Angra, Dream Theater, Halloween, Gamma Ray…. There are just way too many to list.


2i: For us, compared to other music groups and orchestras « of video games, » by your work you make us feel a lot more passion & imagination. The music is perfectly arranged and fully « bespoke », only for your group .. We all want to know yours plans for the future?

First of all, thank you so much for such a nice comment! Our plan for 2012 is to do a lot more shows. We are considering doing a bunch of smaller shows around the New England area with our chamber group, and of course we will perform at conventions just like we have been, too.

As for our full group shows, we are very close to announce some for the next spring. So please be a bit more patient and check our site or our twitter page often!

2i: Poor little European that we are , it is difficult for us to come and see one of your concerts … have you planned a dvd soon?

We do not have a DVD plan yet, but we would love to do it. Also we are very much interested in performing at Japan Expo and other conventions in Europe, too. Boston, where we are based in, is pretty close from Europe, so I am pretty sure we can make it happen!

2i: Shota, many thanks for answering to 2nd-impact. Have you got an exclusive or upcoming title to be published soon?

Yes, but unfortunately I cannot speak about them yet…. Sorry! Like I said, please check our site and twitter (theVGO) Twitter is probably the fastest way to get our info.

2i: We wish you all the best for the rest of 2011…. and for a long time!

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