Fujiya & Miyagi are an English band formed in Brighton in 2000. They are currently signed to Gronland Records in the United Kingdom. They are self-described as being heavily influenced by 70’s krautrock bands such as Can and Neu! as well as early-90’s electronic music artists like Aphex Twin. The origins of the band’s name come from a character in the movie The Karate Kid as well as the brand of a record player.
The story of how they met and formed the band variously reports a mutual hero-worship of world heavyweight wrestler Kendo Nagasaki (from Wolverhampton, and like the boys from F&M, not a Japanese cell in his muscle-bound body), and a shared interest in krautrock and early-nineties electronica discovered while warming the subs bench during Sunday league football
Origins of the band’s name are explained by them here:
David: “Miyagi was taken from the film ‘The Karate Kid’ and Fujiya was the name of a record player. It just looked really nice written down. And it was the only name we came up with”
Fujiya & Miyagi produce a sound that has been located by the music and media fraternity as somewhere between Can, the Happy Mondays, Alabama 3, Kraftwerk and Talking Heads. This, combined with David’s eclectic line in lyrics: ” I’ve got a slow, a slow, a slow metabolism” , has won them an excited legion of supporters, among whom may be counted DFA, Tiga, Andrew Weatherall, Chicken Lips, Damo Suzuki and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson.