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Gota Yashiki (屋敷 豪太, Yashiki Gota) is both an independent acid jazz artist and drum player, as well as a member of the band Simply Red. He was born in Kyoto, Japan, on 26 Feb 1962, where at a young age he learned how to play traditional Japanese drums. This interest in drumming propelled him into the music scene, and he moved to Tokyo in 1982 to join a reggae/dub band that became known as Mute Beat. Together with Mute Beat band member Kazufumi Kodama he worked on various projects and formed the duo Kodama & Gota.

From 1986 on, Gota entered the European music scene. After spending some time back in Tokyo, he returned to London in 1988 and began collaborating with numerous well-known artists, including Soul II Soul, Sinéad O’Connor and Seal, while also working on film soundtracks and re-mixes.

Gota joined Simply Red in 1991 for the recording of the album Stars and the following world tour. In late 1993, he released an album entitled “Something to Talk About” under the name Gota & The Heart of Gold, and helped fellow Simply Red band member Heitor T.P. release a solo album in 1994. While still working regularly with various European artists, including an album by singer songwriter Chris Braide, he recorded another album as Gota & The Low Dog in 1995 with singer Warren Dowd. This album, named “Live Wired Electro”, was released in several countries and took Gota on his first solo Japanese tour. Alanis Morissette credits Gota as “Groove Activator” on her album Jagged Little Pill, for which samples of his works were used.


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  • lucassalgado

    European Comfort

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • iacuba

    my favorite

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • GigiNYC

    Why can't they even give us a couple of itty-bitty 30-second clips to listen to? (*Sulks*)

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • WichitaQ

    all alone is like a dire straits track... awesome.

    24 Aug 2009 Reply
  • evaflorida

    Gota is my favorite musician in the smooth jazz genre. Also check out his projects Gota & The Low Dog and B.E.D.

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tanknemo

    Great musician! Awesome collaborations!

    11 May 2008 Reply
  • CiTor

    It's So different Here - What an amazing record! Gota is such a genious - just listen to 'Groove Ride' and you'll know why...

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • TrailerParkMark

    Gota is huge, how does he only have 14,000 listens? People need to open their ears... I thought for sure he'd have more. I'm pretty sure I've seen his albums in all the major music stores I've been to... weird.

    21 Feb 2008 Reply

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