Tokyo-based Yuki Abe AKA producer & DJ Boys Get Hurt makes rather nice music that makes you want to dance all night. More specifically, he expertly crafts bouncy disco-house music with sprinklings of electronica, indie, ambient, hip-hop and R&B, but within each track there’s a strong sense of emotion inspired by the melancholic feelings which the changing of seasons inevitably bring about.
Check out our interview with Abe below. But first, we think you’ll want to press the play button below to set the scene with his latest mixtape called Heliotrope.
1. WHAT QUALITIES MAKE AN AMAZING SONG?
I think it’s depend on how much you really want to tell something to the other person.
2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?
Chillin’ With music, Drinking Coffee.
3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?
4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TOKYO?
Always trying new things with a traditional twist.
5. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES TOKYO?
Denki Groove – ‘Shangri-La’.
6. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?
Asakusa. Asakusa is on the north-east fringe of central Tokyo, at the eastern end of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line subway.
7. FAVOURITE BEVERAGE?
8. WHAT IS THE WORST TASTING THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?
Grilled mutton dish in Hokkaido. Basically every food of Hokkaido is amazing but…
9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?
YES. Because you can read so many things on first contact, especially if you really focus on knowing.
10. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
CHVRCHES – ‘Leave A Trace(Four Tet Remix)’.
11. ALL TIME FAVOURITE ALBUM?
Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Transatlanticism’.
12. FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?
Hawaii,London,Paris,Taipei,Korea. These are only cities I’ve ever visited. I hope i could visit more in future.
13. WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO IF IT WAS YOUR LAST JOURNEY EVER?
Hawaii is a special place for me. I used to visit every year in my childhood.
14. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?
Yes. I like to read horror stories and almost of them are fiction. But sometimes true stories can be more terrifying. So this is very rare, but you can find true madness in humans.
15. ARE YOU MORE OF A RULE KEEPER OR RULE BREAKER?
Basically I’m rule breaker. I hate to do things that someone else tells me to do. I never want to do things like anyone else. Music is the one best way to make my own way. I really respect people who find their own way. Only these people make history.
16. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Keep positive. No excuse for own music and activities. Do what I like whatever the situation. Treat people with kindness, especially woman and kids. Never have cigarettes and drugs. Drink coffee everyday.
17. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
My new song will be on ‘Poolside’ compilation by Toolroom again. I’m working on remix for ‘Patawawa’. Make more music to prove new Japanese sensitivities in music.
Listen to other mixes from Boys Get Hurt via Soundcloud.