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February 9, 2010

I’M HERE features original music by Sam Spiegel and original songs by L.A.-based art musician Aska Matsumiya and other emerging musicians. We had a word with Aska, a classically trained pianist and a key figure in the local artist community.

Q: You play in the noise band AsDSSka, the indie rock trio Moonrats, the experimental pop group the Sads and the a cappella group L.A. Ladies Choir. What links all these bands together?
A: I have many musical projects for different forms of expression. You know, we all have our emotional side, our passionate side and our fun side where we are able to let go. I get to express all my differents faces through my musical projects.

Q: Your song “There Are Many Of Us” is featured on the I’M HERE soundtrack. How did the song come about?
A: Last year I wanted to go back to the essence of music so I started the L.A. Ladies Choir, which is a choir group for our community. We don’t carry lots of equipment, and we just go down the street and sing wherever we want to. “There Are Many Of Us” was the first song I wrote on guitar for the choir, and as with many of my songs I sent it to my friends. Spike was one of them, and now the song is featured in the film.

Q: What is your next project?
A: “There Are Many Of Us” is out now as a digital release from Manimal Vinyl Records. It will also be part of my first solo album, which is out on Manimal in July. The album is less experimental compared to some other projects, and has a lot of classical influences, electronic beats and ambient sounds.

Check out last year’s music video for AsDSSka’s “Hold on (25)”, directed/filmed by Crystal Moselle and Spike Jonze.

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