Most bands are formed after a few years of playing instruments then the idea from the members that they are now good enough and should form band and play to audiences. this was not the case however with the Ankoku Kakumei kyodatai or the dark revolutionary collective which is the translated name. in 1978 Makoto kawabata, borrowed a synthizer and built his own instruments with the sole purpose of making music for himself and his friends to listen to. unlike many bands or musicians their aim was not to master their instruments and play perfectly, as long as they made sounds that they liked they were happy, so improvisation was the driving force that fuelled him. In the midst of 1995, whilst a guitarist for Mainliner, Makoto decided to explore the depths of progressive rock further, by bringing together like-minded friends, musicians, farmers, dancers and musicians, to create experimental, 70’s inspired, psych-rock freak-outs, this ‘soul collective’ became the birth of Acid Mothers Temple. The most prolific and widely known of the various Acid Mothers Temple collectives, Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is a 5-piece that plays mostly psychedelic, space-rock type music. Their pieces are often improvised, free-form or experimental, while incorporating elements of American psych rock, drone and world music. He believes that during his career his music has never changed, although the market for it has, ‘my music never changes,when i started this music in 1978 no one was interested, punk rock had been born and psychedelia was dead, now people are interested, its our time’
Makoto refers to himself as ‘a radio tuner’ he states that he hears music or as he describes it ‘aural halluciations’ sent ‘from the cosmos’ he believes that he is not so much a musician more a cosmic translator and his sole existence is to share the sounds he tunes into with the rest of the world. Makoto describes his music as being ‘copyleft’ not copyright, he believes that his music is his until it is released, after that it belongs to the people, obviously he needs to make enough money to live as we all do, so he trusts his fans or people who listen to his music not to upload it to music share sites, to some this may seem naive and not good business but he readily admits that he is not a businessman. Hie does not feel he needs to actively promote or win over an audience, he just plays his music for those who need it ‘i just play music for people who need my music. if they really need my music, then my music will reach them one day, i believe it’
His organic outlook to his music and promotion is refreshing, preferring to not sell out to the music media or rely on them for his promotion, he does not give interview to the japanese music press, no promotional items ever reach their hands and they do not receive invites to his shows, he explains this choice in the statement ‘They have never respected musicians’ he also dislikes the ‘cosy relationship’ that music journalists have with large record companies, and is much rather swayed by word of mouth than by articles or music journalists recommendations.
When asked who the most influential people he has met in his career are, he states the audiences, he likes it when they ‘enjoy the atmosphere’ and ‘not just listen’ he goes on to describe the importance of the audience within his shows ‘During our performances, especially live performances, there is certainly a sense in which we aim to arrive at a region of tranquility beyond chaos. Always uppermost in our minds is the necessity to atune ourselves to the particular vibration of that particular time, that particular space, and that particular audience’ he claims that once he has reached this sort of transcendental state sounds ‘rain down on him like a swarm of shooting stars from the cosmos’ it is not planned, not arranged, not rehearsed but each show becomes guided by the music that ‘the cosmos’ provides.
There is nothing ‘normal’ about Makoto, he is a fascinating character with a distinct air of honesty, his music is raw, organic and ‘cosmically inspired’ with makoto you cannot predict what will happen next, he doesn't even know, but you know it will have a ethereal quality to it, dreamlike principles and a tranquility fused with chaos, this is why we should be pleased the universe chose makoto to bring us music, to open our eyes, ears and minds, another reason we should be thankful that makoto is a musician is summed up in his own quote “I think that it was maybe because I had music that I never became a terrorist.” - Tanya Smiles 2014