December 31, 1969 |
Kyoto, Honshu, Japan
|Genres||Alternative rock, noise rock, indie rock, dream pop, psychedelic rock, nu-gaze, experimental rock|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizer|
|Labels||Smells Like, Touch & Go, 4AD|
|Associated acts||Blonde Redhead|
|Gibson SG Standard|
Kazu Makino (Japanese: カズ牧野; born December 31, 1969) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and musician known for her work as vocalist and guitarist in the New York-based alternative rock band Blonde Redhead. Since forming Blonde Redhead in 1993 with twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace, Makino has released eight studio albums with the band.
Makino was born in Kyoto, Japan. Her father fought in World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars. He met her mother while in the army. He died in 2001. Her mother moved to the United States in 1968. Makino attended a private school, which she disliked. Makino was trained on classical piano as a child and then went on to form an all-girl band in elementary school, as a singer. The band wrote their own lyrics and played what she described as blues music.
After high school, Makino enrolled in college where she studied art. While studying alongside Maki Takahashi, she met Italian twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace in 1993 in a New York City Italian restaurant. The meeting was orchestrated by a friend who felt the group would have a good musical chemistry, which resulted in the conception of the alternative rock band Blonde Redhead in 1993. Makino has stated that she had never intended to have a career in music, and that she also suffers from stage fright.
Makino is an avid equestrian and keeps a horse called Harry. In 2002 she suffered an accident falling from a horse; in the accident, the horse trampled her jaw and crushed her facial bones, which required massive reconstructive surgery. Her mouth was wired shut, and she convalesced for months, using the time to write songs. The song "Equus", from the 2004 album Misery is a Butterfly, refers to the accident. Makino has stated that she often draws influence from horses while writing music: "They are so musical in their movements and in the sounds they make. Everything they do is rhythmic. I get ideas for grooves—rhythmic ideas—just from riding.”
- Blonde Redhead
|1995||Blonde Redhead||-||-||-||Smells Like Records|
|1995||La Mia Vita Violenta||-||-||-||Smells Like Records|
|1997||Fake Can Be Just as Good||-||-||-||Touch and Go Records|
|1998||In an Expression of the Inexpressible||-||-||-||Touch and Go Records|
|2000||Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons||-||-||-||Touch and Go Records|
|2004||Misery Is a Butterfly||180||42||-||4AD|
EPs and singles
- Blonde Redhead
- 1993: Amescream / Big song – 7" Single, Oxo Records (OXO 009)
- 1994: Vague / Jet star – 7" Single, Smells Like Records (SLR007)
- 1995: 10 Feet High / Valentine – 7" Single, Smells Like Records (SLR014)
- 1995: Flying Douglas / Harmony – 7" Single, Rough Trade (45rev36)
- 1997: Symphony of Treble / Kasuality – 7" Single, Touch & Go Records (TG168)
- 1998: Limited conversation / Slogan – 7" Single, Touch & Go Records (TG188)
- 2000: Melodie Citronique – 12"/CD EP, Touch & Go Records (TG219)
- 2004: Elephant Woman – 7" Single, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (BAD2408) (UK No. 82)
- 2004: Equus – 7" Single, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (AD2415) (UK No. 84)
- 2005: The Secret Society of Butterflies – CD EP, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (BAD 2503)
- 2007: 23 – 7" Single, 4AD (AD2714)
- 2007: Silently – 7" Single, 4AD (AD2720)
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