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Yoshimi P-We
Yoshimi performing in 2004
Yoshimi performing in 2004
Background information
Born (1968-02-18) February 18, 1968 (age 56)
OriginOkayama, Japan
GenresNoise, electronica, alternative dance
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Yoshimi (born Yoshimi Yokota (横田佳美)[1] on February 18, 1968) is a Japanese musician best known for her role as the longest consistent drummer in the Japanese rock band Boredoms.[2]

Alongside her drum playing skills with Boredoms, she performs the vocals for the all female group OOIOO and also plays trumpet, guitar and keyboards as well.[2]

Born in Okayama, Japan, Yoshimi joined her first band, U.F.O. or Die, with EYE in 1986. Since 1997, she has led the all-female band OOIOO and continues to contribute to the current incarnation of Boredoms.[2]

Yoshimi has worked on many other projects, most notably a raga band called Saicobab, an ambient project called Yoshimi and Yuka, the tribal-drum-influenced OLAibi, and indie supergroup Free Kitten.[3] She appeared as a session player and vocalist on the Flaming Lips' 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Yoshimi participated as drummer one in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance, which occurred on July 7, 2007, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York.[4][5]



Yoshimi was featured on the cover of the July 2014 issue of WIRE magazine, and in a feature article by James Hadfield.[6] Pitchfork covered her and her band OOIOO in a feature article in 2020.[3] Modern Drummer magazine carried a feature article on Yoshimi written by John Colpitts.[7] In 2016, Emi Kariya interviewed Yoshimi and Ikue Mori for Tom Tom Magazine.[8]

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips said that their album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots was inspired by Yoshimi.[9] He called her "one of those strange genius musicians."[10][2]


Yoshimi at 77 Boadrum, July 7, 2007



Yoshimi and Yuka








Z-Rock Hawaii



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  2. ^ a b c d "Ikue Mori / Yoshimi P-We Fukuoka Live". Fukuoka Now. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Walls, Seth Colter. "Boredoms drummer YoshimiO returns to the long-running, shape-shifting project that represents the other major pillar of her career, consolidating the strengths the band has developed over the years". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  4. ^ "Boredoms Perform '77 BOADRUM' @ Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY". Stereogum. July 9, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (July 9, 2007). "Part Snake, Part Dragon, All Drums". New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "WIRE: Yoshimi P-We". WIRE (365). July 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  7. ^ Colpitts, John (September 2019). "Boredoms' YoshimiO: YoshimiO is a multi-instrumentalist and creative force at the center of a number of extraordinary musical powerhouses in Japanese experimental music". Modern Drummer. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  8. ^ Kariya, Emi (January 2016). "Twindrums: Ikue Mori and Yoshimio". Tom Tom Magazine. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  9. ^ "The Left Field: Play in OOIOO's Technicolor Psych-Rock Wonderland". Guitar.com. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Dasbupta, Pubali (2021). "From Miles Davis to The Beatles: 10 records that changed Wayne Coyne's life". Far Out Magazine. Retrieved May 11, 2021.