Brooklyn, New York
Hoodie Design: "Now Wave" — Green & Orange
Hisham Akira Bharoocha is a Brooklyn based artist concentrating on creating music, visual art, and photography. Born in Japan, Hisham has exhibited in solo shows around the world and group shows at galleries such as Deitch Projects, John Connelly Presents, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has been published in numerous publications including Art Forum, V, I-D, Flaunt, Tokion, and Blend.
Presently, Hisham is focused on creating work that shows the absurdity and logic of how the mind functions, what kind of relationships it creates between experiences, and images that we absorb through our senses moment by moment.
Hisham is also one of the New York underground community's creative leaders, continually trying to bring together the visual art, music, and fashion communities for collaboration. He is well known in the underground music scene for being a founding member of the bands Lightning Bolt and Black Dice. After leaving Black Dice, he created Soft Circle, a solo project that allows him a more personal exploration of his own musical interests. Bharoocha has toured with such bands as Boredoms, No Age, and High Places. Bharoocha was the musical director for the now legendary 77 BOADRUM performance, a musical composition composed by Boredoms, which involved 77 drummers playing 77 drum kits in a spiral formation at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park on July 7th, 2007. In addition he was also the musical director for 2008's 88 Boadrum performance which happened on August 8th, 2008 with 88 drummers playing with Boredoms in Los Angeles, as well as 88 drummers playing with Gang Gang Dance in New York City on the same day.
Hisham is currently collaborating with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, model Erin Wasson, No Age, Opening Ceremony, Maria Cornejo, & United Bamboo on a line of sunglasses called Phosphorescence.
Q + A
1. WHICH HOODIE/S DID YOU DESIGN ?
The ones with the wave pattern - Now Wave Green + Orange.
2. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Half in Southern California (LA and San Diego) as well as Tokyo, Japan.
3. YOUR STYLE IN ONE WORD?
4. ONE THING THAT HELPS YOU STAY CREATIVE?
The need to see what I see in my mind out in the world in some form.
5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
That I must push my creativity to survive when there are millions of people who are as passionate and creative as I am all trying to make a living from their creativity.
6. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT NYC?
The mixing pot of cultures, being able to interact with all walks of life everyday. Getting to go to all the galleries on a regular basis, museums, music shows.
7. THREE PEOPLE YOU WOULD INVITE TO DINNER? (ALIVE or DEAD)
Cliff Burton. Kurt Cobain. Richard D James.
8. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SNACK?
Fresh figs, Japanese peaches or a proper Asian pear.
9. YOU LAST SHOW YOU BINGED...
I am the same as everyone else during the Covid outbreak so you guessed it, Tiger King.
10. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY
On a sunny day take our son to fun places to play outside, have a picnic with friends, or go to the beach with another friend's family so the kids can play while we sunbath.
11. WHAT KIND OF WORK WOULD YOU LIKE TO FOCUS ON IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
More sound installation work, more of my own music under the name YOKUBARI, mixed media paintings, more installation work pushing the application of my style onto different surfaces.
12. WHAT'S YOUR STAR SIGN?