My Name is Ken Hayakawa and my game is Music production and Sound design.
Who are you and what do you do?
Why do you do what you do?
My mother is a professional piano teacher, so music always played a major role in our house while growing up. As a child, she always tried to pass playing piano down to me. I was kind of forced into it which made me sort of hate it. I was drilled in that old fashioned Japanese way of getting things done :-) Anyways, i defied the pressure until years later when i realized that making music is something I might actually want to get down with.
What´s your background
Well, if we`re talking about the scene one comes up in, in my case it`s the classical Techno scene. We`re talking early 90`s when as a young cat, i was at war with the system. You know, realizing how messed up society was and it got you mad? Those raves were the perfect place to let that steam and anger out and just go rogue with the dissatisfaction. Everybody has that period in their lives while coming of age and my place to manifest that spirit was the techno rave circuit.
What´s integral to the work of an artist?
First of all, from my point of view, you gotta believe in your own art before getting others to be excited about it as well. That`s that significant attitude about everything. The other thing about being an artist is to be a survivor through all the obstacles, trials and tribulations that life hands you. You need luck too. It`s a very long road until things start popping. Nobody forces you to be an artist. It`s a self-determined decision and when the going gets tough you gotta be prepared to go tougher and harder. It can hurt a lot and it does but an artist is also a survival artist. Both factors go hand in hand. If you really believe in your vision, you keep on pushing.
What role does the artist have in society?
Right now, where social media is the premier source of fast and unfiltered information, artists have to be aware of their heightened accountability. The masses aren’t willing to own up to what they do. They push that responsibility to whoever offers the content. An updated definition of the term “artist” is long overdue. What is an artist? When an artist sells his or her art to a commercial cooperation he is no longer in control of his artistic output. That`s part of the deal. Too often, society perceives artists as super humans. Now that is a very scary thought for an artist, especially how it influences children.
What art do you most identify with?
Sound design. I always equated “Techno music” with technology, which in turn pushed searching for new sounds into the center of my musical focal point.
What´s your strongest memory of your childhood?
That`s a difficult one …
one strong memory could be, when at one time back in the day, me and my younger brother were sitting underneath this cherry tree. We were munching on those fruits and at one point we started spitting those seeds at each other. Needless to say our white T`s ended up turning red to the amusement of our mother ;-)
What´s your favorite art work?
Aphex Twins – Rubber Johnny
What jobs have you done... other than being an artist?
I`m an electrical engineer
Art finds you and when it does it takes a hold of you. It`s not your decision :-)
It`s way too many to call. Depends on mood, weather, how the day is going and whatnots. Always different.
What food, drink, song inspires you?
What do you dislike about the art world?
Everything is fake.
Should art be funded?
Yes, Art is already pretty well funded. The problem is the distribution of those funds.!