GET TO KNOW... REBECKA
living in Japan now for almost three years, she loves film photography and adventures. We caught up for a walk through the Bamboo forest in Kyoto and drank ramune next to the river.
What type of music do you like to listen too? Ah I like to listen to mostly punk, metal, hardcore.. That kinda stuff. I've always been into that style, when I was about 11 I found a Distillers CD in a shop, and the picture on the front was a big barking dog - and I thought; that looks cool and scary so I bought it and I listen to Distillers for the first time and thought oh my fucking god this is music, and this is angry music, and an angry lady who's fucking cool as fuck, and hey, girls can be angry, we can make music and be angry. So from 11 years old that was that. I listen to a lot of death metal too, just because I wanted something a bit heavier. Have you been to any live gigs in Japan? The best live bands I've seen are when foreign bands who come to Japan - and when foreign bands come to Japan they really tear it up because Japanese kids love it, and there is a good atmosphere. Bands like Trash Talk who I saw in Tokyo, that kinda thing. How do you find most of your new music? I found a lot of new music a few years ago when I was in a hardcore band in the UK. So we would play with 5/7 bands a month - we would swap CD's which was awesome. Tell me more about the band you were in? My band was a beat down hardcore band. We were first playing shows in shitty Brighton venues (but they were good shows, good fun shows), and then we progressed onto London, and outside of London. I played the bass, I would love to persue music in Japan, but with work and photography and all the other stuff i'm doing unfortunately there is no way in hell I have time right now . And Japanese band kids are so dedicated, they practice 5 days a week - and I can't do that. That's what I miss about living in Brighton and the UK is that, every week 5 awesome bands are playing a show somewhere and you can walk 10 minutes from your house to go see them. What do you enjoy about photography? I started taking photos when I would take a disposable camera to hardcore shows in the UK - and it grew from there. Photography is kinda a thing I do, and I can't not do it anymore - it's a way I deal with everything. So if I'm lost, I don't feel lost because I have a camera with me, and I think of it as exploration and that's fine. And everything I do seems more interesting when I'm taking pictures, and it's great to get them developed three or four weeks later; and you didn't see them at the time because they are film, and you get to relive it. Who or what inspires you? I think it's my family, maybe not inspiration but motivation. When I think everything's gone to shit, I just chat with my parents and I'm like, ok I can keep going. Things would be landscapes, buildings, human imagination - anything natural really. You get addicted to mountains and forests. And people who work hard. Where is home for you? Home is the West Coast of Wales. I'm half Welsh, my mum is a mixed heritage - I'm half gypsy scum with no home. My great grandma got disowned by her gypsy family because her house didn't have wheels, we don't have birth certificates on that side of the family. I think that's where the travel thing comes from... I hate the word wanderlust; it's just what pretentious white girls use to excuse the fact that they don't want to get a job... But a lot of people are concerned at the fact I left home to live in a different country, but for me it's not a big deal. And I could see myself one day dropping Japan and going off into the mountains, I have a habit of habitually just fucking off and going somewhere that's far away. When you go really really far away from where you are from, you start realising that the connection is something that goes way before you were even born - and when I am on the West Coast, looking at the sea and the mountains, that's home.