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“I was making music from when I was a kid on Casio keyboards,” he says. “Right now I am at my mum’s house and I have been listening to tapes I made in 1991 or so.”

Upton prefers vintage equipment that harkens back to both pre- and post-Casio days, using mostly old keyboards and a Roland sequencer. “I do it the old way, not using computers much, but I have started to use computer-based recording because it’s a lot cheaper than tape and much easier to edit.”

At live shows, though, like his upcoming gig at Maniac Love in Minami-Aoyama, he keeps it minimal. “It’s hard to transport a lot of equipment and I don’t want to damage my old synths. So I have done a lot of shows with laptops or samplers.”

Still, the latest advancements in sound technology rarely interest Upton. “New synths sound rubbish to me,” he says. The first piece of equipment he bought with his own money was a Yamaha DSR2000, a home keyboard and sequencer. And the last? “Probably a little Korg drum machine I picked up in Tokyo a few years ago. I don’t buy much equipment. Just old stuff, vintage keyboards, etc. But I haven’t got room for them in my little flat.”

Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.

Nothing like vintage tech | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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