Imari Kokubo

I started drumming when I was ten. Later I was allowed to increase my skills at the Musicians Institute Tokyo (MI Japan). After graduating, i participated in various rock bands and projects, worked as freelancer. After the breakup of my project “Numb” in june2011, which started in 2006 and has played over thousand of shows touring whole japan, I moved to Paris, France, to join the Band “Teleferik” for one studio & one live album.In May 2014, i moved to Berlin, Germany, where i currently live & work/worked on/with several projects, which you can find on this page.

Imari Kokubo will play as part of the trio krautfuzz together with Derek Shirley and Dirk Dresselhaus at ausland / Saturday, 4.11.2023


1. I love playing drums and speak with music/sounds

2. music makes me free..*


1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?

sounds from nature

2. How and when did you get into making music?

Since when i was born, music was fully in my daily life and I was five years old when I first
played tambourine in a live band in which my father played the drums.
since then i was just happy to play music with people.

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?

Portishead – Dummy
Happy End – Kazemachi Roman
Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon
Can – Tago Mago
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Vrioon

4. What do you associate with Berlin?

The pursuit of freedom

5. What’s your favourite place in your town?

Manza Onsen (万座温泉)
it’ a hot spring resort town located 1800 meters above sea level, high up on the slopes of Mount
Shirane at the northwestern edge of Gunma Prefecture. Its highly acidic waters are obtained
from Mount Shirane and are among the most sulfuric in all of Japan. They are known to provide
various health benefits through improving metabolism and blood circulation.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?

I would like to pursue ways to improve telepathic abilities.

7. What was the last record/music you bought or listen?

Midori Takada – Through the looking glass

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?

It is a real blessing to have the opportunity to converse with different people through music. I
also appreciate the collaboration with the sounds of nature.

9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?

playing in the nature letting go and letting the sound take over:))

10. How important is technology to your creative process?

I can’t keep up with the speed of technology evolution. The only thing I can say is that for me, simple is best*

11. What can we expect from your krautfuzz performance in Berlin?

Iberation, freedom, explosions, peace, joy**