Anchorsong – aka Masaaki Yoshida – has become globally recognised for his unique live shows, which many people have described as “like watching a painter drawing on a white canvas”, as he creates electronic music completely live using a sampler (MPC2500) and a keyboard, right in front of the audience. While he mainly performs solo, he frequently augments this setup with a string quartet, for a truly spellbinding show.
Having always been swept away by the atmosphere and excitement of live performance, Anchorsong (who played guitar in a rock band before embarking on this solo journey) brings that vibrant energy, warmth and sense of occasion to the world of electronic music with his compelling live act.
Since his relocation to Europe in late 2007, Anchorsong has supported Bonobo, Prefuse 73, DJ Krush, Daedelus, Gonjasufi, Jaga Jazzist and more, and performed at many prestigious venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Roundhouse in London. He has garnered an international following on YouTube, with videos of his performances having been viewed more than 300,000 times so far.
After wowing the crowds at SXSW 2009, he found himself the subject of a new level of attention, going on to make several appearances on BBC Radio 1, with radio play from Rob Da Bank and a live Maida Vale session for Huw Stephens’ In New Music We Trust show in early 2010.
Having put out three successful EPs in Japan, all of which were released as double packs containing a CD and a live DVD, Anchorsong’s international debut, “The Lost & Found EP” was released on 28th March 2011 on his own label, Case Study.
In May 2011, Anchorsong signed to Tru Thoughts records in the UK. His single, “Ghost Touch” / “Plum Rain”, came out on 24th October, followed by the highly anticipated debut full album, ‘Chapters’, in November. It received support from tastemakers including Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), John Kennedy (XFM), Oneman and Laurent Garnier.
In March 2014, he signed the seismic “Mawa” EP to BBE Recordings for a limited edition clear 10″ vinyl release, taking a more sample-laden, cut and paste approach with a renewed musical vision. Praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Karizma, Osunlade and Craig Smith soon followed, cementing Mawa’s place among 2014’s most impressive electronic music releases.
With his second LP set for release with Tru Thoughts in late 2015, Anchorsong will aim to further blend traditional and modern music with what is set to be a richly textured tapestry of outward-looking sounds. Expect new ground to be trodden with tribal rhythms fitting in seamlessly with all the modern wizardry you would expect from a first-class 21st century composer.