Acid Mothers Temple "soul collective"
Frequently Asked Questions Q&A#029

Are you a self-taught musician?

I have never been taught by anyone. It's all self-taught. My knowledge of musical theory is still pretty much zero, but it has never seemed to be a problem. Keiji Haino once said to me, "First there was music, then came theory. There is no way that theory came first, so any musical education that teaches theory first is wrong." That's exactly how I feel too. I have always only mastered just the bare minimum of technique so that I can play my own music. I believe that it's best in all things to have neither too much or too little. If you have too much knowledge or technique, then you'll naturally want to show that off to others. At that point it ceases to be music, and just becomes a display of skill. That is not what I want my music to be.

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