Motoi Konno ( – Interview (Part 2)

The final part of the interview with Motoi Konno from is posted below. If you’ve read yesterday’s installment and enjoyed it, now you have a chance to know about the music Motoi-san has always been inspired by.  Just what you need to start the week in a motivated way, wouldn’t you say?




When did you become interested in music? What was the first album or single you ever purchased?

I think it was when I was 6years old. My mother taught me how to play the piano.
The first album that I purchased was probably a SPITZ’s single. (Japanese pop band)

Are you in a band yourself, or have you been in a band in the past? Is there a clip on YouTube or elsewhere we could watch?

Yes, I’ve been playing blues for the last 10 years and I am blues guitarist and singer in Japan. And this is my channel.

Musical likes and dislikes? Favorite artists?

Blues, Soul, R&B, MOTOWN, STAX
I really admire many blues artists. Especially, Robert Cray, Lurrie Bell, and there are plenty of others.

If you had to name the song that moves you the most, what would it be? Can you pinpoint the reason why?

Robert Cray’s “Right Next Door”
It’s got a very beautiful melody, with real bluesy lyrics in there.

Is there a song that – to you – captures the spirit of your startup and what you have set out to do? What would it be?

Playing For Change’s “One Love”, a cover of the great Bob Marley song.