5 questions with Botsu of Dos Mono


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The Law of Fives states simply that: ALL THINGS HAPPEN IN FIVES, OR ARE DIVISIBLE BY OR MULTIPLES OF FIVE, OR ARE SOMEHOW DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY APPROPRIATE TO FIVE. The Law of Fives is never wrong.

With that in mind, here are five quick questions with Botsu  (没 aka NGS) of the experimental Japanese hip-hop group, Dos Monos. In 2019, Zo Zhit, Taitanman, and Botsu gained global attention with the release of their debut album Dos City. It was released through the prolific independent label Deathbomb Arc, which is also home to releases from Death Grips, JPEGMAFIA, and Clipping. They were supposed to go on their first US tour this year but the coronavirus had different plans for us all. Still they released a follow up EP called Dos Siki as well as a some singles. You should probably go purchase that album right now. Or at the very least go listen to it after reading this post.

Ill be doing more of these quick check in’s with artists. Go check out our 2 part interview from last year with Dos Monos on Mega Late Show episode #93.

Here goes:

Meg: Can you tell me about the inspiration or approach for Dos Siki? Did you start the project before the corona virus pandemic?

Botsu: I don’t know about the beats, you should ask Zo Zhit. My approach to write for Dos Siki was to be open and trying to enhance the beats with my vocals. The beats themselves were already unique and had flows, so I just went with them.

We were planning to finish it before our US tour. But the tour got cancelled and instead we made two new songs (Rojo and Fable Now) and kept brushing the album up

M: How do you think Dos Monos sound has evolved/changed since Dos City?

B: While Dos City tracks were relatively simple loops, Dos Siki ones are more complex, having more parts and layers. That’s actually more like Zo Zhit going back to his basis/roots than newly evolved style.

M: Dos Siki is 4 tracks and there’s also a remix. Does Dos Monos consider this a true follow up to Dos City or is this just a taste of what’s to come?

B: Considering the amount of information, the amount of time we spent to make it, we call it our true second album. It’s very usual for Progressive rock albums having only a few songs, and for hardcore punk albums being less than 15 mins long.
I think we did our best with this style, so the next project should be very different from Dos Siki.

M: How did the Injury Reserve collaboration come about?

B: We met them last year when they had shows in Tokyo. Since then we had DMed from time to time, talking about music or whatever. We wanted some feature for the album this time and Injury Reserve was naturally the first choice so we offered them. We sent what would be Aquarius and Nathaniel layed down those fantastic vocals.

M: What have you been listening to?

B: As I’m writing these answers, I’m listening to SCARS – THE ALBUM. Recently I’m into Ruff Sqwad and Townes Van Zandt. 

M: Thanks, Botsu!

Support independent art. Buy their music and/or check out Dos Monos on all the streaming services.

And to finish up, here are a few tracks from Dos Monos, part one of my podcast with them and some links.

@botsu_NGS @dosmonostres @deathbombarc @megalateshow

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