Miho Wada and The Shit Fight
Miho Wada and backing band - Tak (keys & effects), Brenny O’Kane (guitars & effects), madmat (bass), Le Gaze (drums)
Light, catchy J-Pop.Discography to date includes Like A Lady, Like A Baby, Postcards From Your Bed and In Bed During The Riot.
To say that Miho Wada had a musical upbringing would be something of an understatement. She started her musical training at the age of four on piano at the Yamaha School of Music, studied flute at the University of Canterbury, NZ and later at the Trinity College of Music, London. Her first job after leaving the college was with the National Orchestra of Malta in Valletta. Add to this a childhood that encompassed life in both Tokyo and Christchurch, and its not surprising that creative sparks were ignited.
Miho formed her own band in 2009, the latest development in a musical career which had seen her play alongside Nigel Kennedy, Iggy Pop and the Buena Vista Social Club, among several other excursions in the field of session musicianship. “It took about a year and half until the current line up was formed,” she recalls. “A few members came and went but I think when you musically get on well you start playing together and eventually become a band then have a few break ups and finally comes right! That’s exactly what happened to us. Especially because we have had a few members come and go I really value what the each player can contribute to the band. I do write all my music and parts but I love it when they add something extra unexpectedly. I always encourage everyone to play what they play the best. Even if we had to alter things a little its best to get the best out of each of us.”
And what kind of sound does the band produce? Miho labels her aesthetic as “fun and full of sunshine. I guess that is not really words to describe sound but I think you will feel it once you hear it.” Her breezy, ever-optimistic, catchy and happy brand of J-Pop stems from a number of different sources. “My biggest musical influences, without doubt, came from Japanese anime theme songs,” she explains. “I used to practice at the piano only so that I could play my favorite TV anime theme tunes. I also sung along to all the theme songs of all the TV anime I ever watched. That was probably my biggest musical training as well as influences.”
If that sounds like a very unique niche, Miho would agree: she states that she can’t think of any similar contemporaries in an industry which has granted them a fair share of high points and low points. “The proudest moment,” she remembers, “is probably when I heard that we got accepted to perform at the SXSW in 2010. The musical scene is very political and we are outsiders here. I was really proud that we were accepted into the musical scene that was at international level. Then on top of that being invited to do even more from there around the world was just amazing. The weakest moments happen usually off stage for me. I could list all my silly moments ... but shall we not ... ?”
And the future? Miho enthuses that the band are “getting bigger and greater every time we perform! The best is yet to come.”