Chloe Lewis

SOUND CITY 2017: An Interview with The Japanese House

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Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, brought her unique brand of dreamy indie pop to the Baltic Stage on day 1 of Sound City – here’s what happened when we caught up with her afterwards…

Chloe: How did your set go?

It was great! It was quite weird because some of the mixing went a bit wrong, but it was alright! There were quite a lot of people there!

Jess: You were quite lucky that you weren’t outside in the wind!

I had dust in my eyes for a whole three hours! It was pretty biddly today, but it was still fun; it was just a bit of a nightmare. It was still fun, it’s always nice to see loads of people out there.

Chloe: Have you managed to see much of the festival today?

We basically nearly got denied from coming in, because they were like ‘no more vehicles coming in the festival!’, and then we got in, and I had a bunch of dust in my eyes for about five hours, but then actually, because of all the dust and because of all the weird s**t going on, there is quite a nice vibe because everyone’s just kind of like ‘for f**k’s sake!’ How are you finding the festival? Be honest!

Jess: I’ve loved the music and I’ve loved all the bands that I’ve seen, but it’s just been so dusty and windy!

It’s one of those things that it didn’t used to be on one site, did it? It used to be kind of spread around, and I think they should keep it spread around.

Chloe: What’s your favourite song to play live?

Saw You In A Dream, because it’s so f*****g hard. It’s really hard to sing, so it’s a challenge!

Jess: Are you playing any other festivals this summer?

I don’t really know! All of them, apart from Glastonbury! There’s like a long story of why we’re not doing Glastonbury, but I’m still gonna go, as my girlfriend’s guitar tech.

Chloe: What’s the best and worst thing about playing festivals?

The best thing is… I guess you just get to like have a fleeting festival day without any of the drama of like, setting up a tent and all that b******t. The worst thing, you don’t get like a soundcheck or anything like that.

Chloe: If you could tour with anyone, who would you tour with?

Marika Hackman. Her new album is great. We’re together and we live together, so I’ve already heard it!

Jess: I’m so excited for it. What I’ve heard so far I’ve really liked!

Chloe: I saw her live once and she was amazing. I’ve seen so many people live because you all support The 1975!

That’s Dirty Hit for you!

Chloe: If you were an animal, which animal would you be?


Jess: Why?

I just think they’re great creatures.

Chloe: What sort of dog?

German Shepherd!

The Japanese House’s most recent EP, ‘Saw You In A Dream’ is available to listen to here, and you can follow her on Twitter here.

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