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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Q&A with Jad Fair of Half Japanese

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

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click to enlarge Jad Fair "Enjoy Your Life" art exhibit - SHANNON SWEET
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  • Jad Fair "Enjoy Your Life" art exhibit

Is there any significance to the name Half Japanese?

We chose the name by chance. We had two hats with words written on slips of paper. We picked the word "Half" from the first hat and "Japan" from the second hat. We thought Half Japanese sounded better

Who or what is your biggest art and music inspiration?

For art my biggest influence is my brother David, and for music it would be The Modern Lovers and The Shaggs. I don't sound like them and don't make any attempt to, but the influence is there.

If you had to choose making art or music, which would you prefer?

Most of the musicians and artists I know need to have a second job to get by. I'm lucky that I can make some money from both.
If I had to choose I'd go with art because I can do it at home. For me to make a living off of music I would need to tour a lot. I try to keep the touring down to just 2 or 3 weeks each year.

What made you settle in Austin Texas?

My wife was living in Austin, and I moved here to be with her. It's such a fine city for art and music. I also like the weather. It's hot in the summer, but the winter is so much better than up north.

If you could collaborate with any musician dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

I'd like to record with NRBQ. NRBQ is my favorite live band. I'd love to record with them.

What’s in store for 2015?

I have a lot of things coming up. In December I'll have a new album that I did with Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), and I'll have an art exhibition in NY, NY with Daniel Smith (Danielson) at International Arts Movement. In March I'll have an exhibition in Tokyo at Hiromart Gallery. Half Japanese is working on an album. We don't have a release date yet. My brother David and I have a new album recorded which should be released in the Spring on Joyful Noise Recordings. I'm working on an album with a French band (HIFIKLUB). We haven't set a release date yet.

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