Kaoru Ishibashi adopted the stage name Kishi Bashi when he started his solo career and was looking for a fresh start.
"I wanted to kind of present myself as someone who's not just a singer and songwriter, but also more like an entity, or even like another persona," he says. "And if I really embarrass myself, I can go back to my real name."
Before going solo, Ishibashi, who will make his first appearance as Kishi Bashi in South Florida on Monday, Aug. 11, at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, played guitar and sang with his indie-rock band Jupiter One.
As Kishi Bashi, he wanted to stand out. He plays the violin and sings, often looping the music. The result is an uplifting mix of indie, electronica and pop, with a dash of classical and psychedelia. He released his first solo album, "151a," in 2012, and his second, "Lighght," in May.
The title of his first album comes from a Japanese proverb, "One time, one meeting," about living and appreciating every moment. Ishibashi says this is how he approaches his music.
"I feel like I'm meeting the music. I'm meeting the creativity at that moment," Ishibashi says. "My new approach with Kishi Bashi, which was different from Jupiter One, is that each album is just what I can do right now. And it helps me release more music."
To find inspiration, Ishibashi says he disconnects from the world by turning off his cell phone and not listening to other people's music.
"If you don't have any commitments, and you just walk around, go for a walk, I find that my mind just kind of starts to come up with ideas of its own," he says. "And I can actually come up with some melodic ideas and song ideas."
Ishibashi also sets deadlines for himself. He works in 30-minute blocks, during which he forces himself to create something new.
"I'll record it, and I'll just forget about it, and I'll try something else," he says. "I just think about it the next day and go back to it."
Kishi Bashi will perform 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $17.30. Call 954-564-1074 or go to CultureRoom.net.
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