Legendary Japanese guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei has had a brilliant career to date, most recognised for his track ‘Battle Withouut Honour Or Humanity’ as featured in the Kill Bill movies. The GQ Japan Man of the Year 2014 has also announced a series of collaborations for his upcoming album, the first of which is with punk-rock icon Iggy Pop.
The single ‘How The Cookie Crumbles’ will be released on June 15th via Spinefarm Records. This comes a matter of days before Iggy Pop’s dates with Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium.
Hotei had this to pay:
In creating this song, I knew that it needed a vocalist with a strong personality to fully bring it to life, and without a doubt, Iggy was just the man for this. He has such an intensity and an aura about him, and his creative power immediately made this the true rock ‘n’ roll piece I intended.”
Check out Hotei’s Japanese hit ‘Still Alive’ below:
This is Hotei’s first international release – Spinefarm Records general manager UK, Dante Bonutto, had this to say:
We are delighted to be working with an artist of Hotei’s stature. His achievements to date are considerable and hugely impressive, and in ‘Battle Without Honor…’ he has a track that even people who don’t follow music will instantly recognise. We’re looking forward to an exciting journey ahead.”
A much sought-after collaborator both in the studio and on stage, Hotei has joined forces with David Bowie, Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), INXS, Blondie, Joni Mitchell, Darren Price (Underworld), Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Apocalyptica, Ray Cooper, Jesus Jones, Chicago, and many others. In March of 2014, he also performed with The Rolling Stones, joining the band onstage as a special guest.