Richard Z. Kruspe (RAMMSTEIN, EMIGRATE) has contributed guest vocals to “Move It”, the latest single from Tomoyasu Hotei, the Japanese guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer who is best known internationally for his “Kill Bill” theme “Battle Without Honor Or Humanity”. Echoing the upbeat industrial vibe of the song and shot in Berlin, the accompanying video is dynamic and starkly atmospheric with intense performances from both Hotei and Richard.
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the “Move It” clip can be seen below.
Hotei comments on the video: “I wanted to make it simple, because Richard has a very strong character, and I think we have different characters. First, we wanted to try to do a story, but now it’s more like a focus on two characters on the same screen.”
Richard explained his inspiration for the lyrics to Metal Hammer: “I listened to it and the first image I had was this Bond character in my mind. I was seeing a guy going through streets and pushing everything away. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s interesting, let’s try that’. And we pretty much recorded the vocals in one or two days.”
“Move It” was released as two-track single, featuring a “Hounds” remix of the song, done by Olly Burden, known for collaborating with THE PRODIGY on their most recent album.
“Move It” is taken from Hotei’s debut U.K. album “Strangers”, which was released last year through Spinefarm and is a wide-ranging body of work with a dramatic sonic palette demonstrating Hotei’s diversity as a songwriter and virtuoso guitarist.
Other album guests include Iggy Pop, who lent his vocals to the high-energy rock stomper “How The Cookie Crumbles”, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s Matt Tuck on the cinematic “Kill To Love You” plus southern soulstress Shea Seger on the pulsating electro-blues boogie “Texas Groove”.
Heralded by Time Out as “iconic”, and a genuine superstar in his native Japan where he has sold more than 40 million records, Hotei is sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage. Having previously joined forces with artists such as David Bowie, Andy Mackay (ROXY MUSIC), INXS, BLONDIE and Joni Mitchell, he also performed with THE ROLLING STONES on their 50th-anniversary tour.
Hotei recently completed a European tour.