Based in: Wrocław, Poland
Gaijin Blues love Japanese pop culture, anime and old school role playing games. Their unique sound and vibrant live performances turn heads of not only those who grew up on a diet of Super Nintendo and PS One.
The band was formed in 2018 by Paweł Klimczak (aka Naphta) and Michał Szczepaniec (aka Playstation Yoga Music), who previously recorded and performed together in a jazz ensemble Naphta & The Shamans. Teaming up again—as Gaijin Blues—they weave samples with live instrumentation, blurring the lines between Japanese and Western sounds to create an organic soundtrack to their own narratives. The Wrocław duo channels their inspiration through a mixture of modern electronic music genres, from Balearic house through dubstep to footwork.
The duo’s debut EP and album were heavily supported across a variety of platforms, including NTS Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music, Worldwide FM, KEXP, Bandcamp Daily and Weekly, Hype Machine, Kiblind, Twistedsoul and Music Is My Sanctuary. Their live show shook the foundation of the legendary Jazz Cafe during Romare’s summer residency, and Islington Assembly Hall while supporting Anchorsong.
After the success of “Gaijin Blues II” released by the British label Shapes Of Rhythm, Polish duet comes back with their second LP album titled “Gaijin Blues III”. The leitmotif of the album is a fusion of extraneous elements with domesticated phenomenons; electronic and organic components. “Gaijin Blues III” is also a specific record of the pandemic times. Moments of isolation and restrictions in movement directed the artist’s attention to spaces that have not been explored before by them. The results of these research can be noticed in the much more unbridled and open character of the album as well as a bolder and uncompromising sounds including aggressive techno, heavy metal, anime soundtracks and jazz fusion.
Gaijin Blues perform live using MPCs, drum machines, synths, loopers, live flutes and percussion. They have extensively toured Poland and performed a number of times in London opening for Romare, Amon Tobin and Actress.
Paweł Klimczak is a DJ, writer and radio host. He is a graduate of Red Bull Music Academy, class of 2011. Michał Szczepaniec is also known as a touring member of EABS, performing the music of Krzysztof Komeda.
t: +48 725 733 058
08.07.2021 koncert na Tamce / Wrocław, Poland
19.06.2021 Klawo, Gaijin Blues, Kadabra Dyskety Kusaje / Gdynia, Poland
29.04.2021 Gaijin Blues + D I D / online
27.08.2020 Lado w Mieście vol. 7 / Warszawa, Poland
21.08.2020 Gaijin Blues na Kanale / Wrocław, Poland
18.06.2020 Gaijin Blues na Tamce / Wrocław, Poland