Hoppy Kamiyama

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Hoppy Kamiyama (born 1960) is a Japanese keyboardist and music producer who has worked with artists such as eX-Girl, The Pugs, Bradford Reed, Bill Laswell, Jan Linton, Marc Ribot, Hugh Hopper/Elton Dean and Damo Suzuki.[1][2]


His record company, God Mountain, was named after the English translation of his family name.[3] God Mountain was established in 1993 after his frustration with EMI pulling two of his albums from sale.[4]

Kamiyama cites Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen as his influences – artists with a "bizarre sense and distorted feel and touch".[5]

His nickname is derived from Hoppy, a cheap Japanese liquor that he drank during his early professional musician days.[3]


  1. ^ Hoppy Kamiyama at AllMusic
  2. ^ Soft Mountain review at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Hoppy Kamiyama". Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History of God Mountain". Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Shark Bites! interview". Archived from the original on 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 

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