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28 December 2004 @ 02:18 am
YOSHIKI - Break the silence Interview 2002  

IDOL no. 47
Yoshiki - Break the silence
Year 2002


D.T.'s NOTE: PLEASE keep in mind that I translated this interview myself, and I certainly DO NOT appreciate stealing. If you want to post it on your own site then e-mail me to ask. Okay!??!!? This interview has been translated from a Thai magazine as indicated above. The Thai interview itself was translated from the original, Japanese interview. So you see, as being traslated many times, no doubt the interview has been altered in one way or another. Therefore, it is very liable to mistakes. If you have any comments, questions, or corrections to make, please feel free to e-mail me at destination_truth@yahoo.com. I want to make these interviews as accurate as possible, and would gladly accept any advices or whatever you care to give ^O^ Thanks, and enjoy!


The fact that YOSHIKI released the VDO, "The Last Live" shows that he has overcome his sadness that was his biggest hurdle and now, he has started to become active again. We've interviewed him to the depths about X, hide, "The Last Live" VDO, and all the way to his project, "VIOLET UK."

*I:Interviewer
Y:YOSHIKI

I: When I watched the VDO, "The Last Live" again, I recall that you were still wearing the neck brace while playing the drums.
Y: Yeah.
I: And it's okay?
Y: Well, you shouldn't do it. *laughs*
I: Of course not! *laughs*
Y: Even now, I'm still hurting, even when I don't do anything.
I: So do you still play the drums?
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Y: When I'm recording for VIOLET UK, I do. If I don't play for three hours in a row, it's okay. But if I get into it like when I did in X then it'd be like suicide. *laughs*
I: When I was watching the VDO one of the first things I noticed was...while you were playing you were also sending some secret signals to hide too right? (Really? I must go back and watch it...-D.T.)
Y: Yes, but that...how should I explain it? Like, if TOSHI says anything weird then hide can turn off the mike.
I: Really?!
Y: Yes. Even the list of songs to play can change due to the situation. Because we've already talked about this a little, if that really happens then I'll send an eye signal to hide saying like, "OK, OK" we can start.
I: But when MC TOSHI said, "The name, 'X' was YOSHIKI's idea."
Y: That was probably around when I was 15 when we created X. It was for some contest or something, so we made a band. Back then, we were thinking, "What should the name be?" "If we're not sure yet, let's just use 'X.' "
I: So that was about 20 years ago. Then disbanding X that has been pratically half of your life is a very tough route.
Y: Yeah, but I still put it in around the end of the VDO...because we were thinking of making it again. There was a plan to re-band so we decided to disband for the moment. Of course, one of the reasons came from TOSHI saying that he wanted to leave the band around April ('97). At that time I was recording (in LA) all the members of the band were there too, except for PATA (where was he? -D.T.). When TOSHI came to record the singing, he said "I have something to talk to you about." and in a second he said, "I want to leave the band." and I answered, "I understand."
I: You answered right away?
Y: Right away. Even though I've known TOSHI for a long time, but you shouldn't say that kind of thing anyway. Because it wasn't just about me, I called hide. I think HEATH was also in LA? I told him to come ASAP.
I: You were going to disband right there and then?
Y: No, no matter what I still wanted to continue X. But at the time I was do ing the live CD (of X) so I felt that I didn't want to organize the singing. I mean, make me listen to the voice of a member that's left? Until 2-3 months passed, hide called and said "It's almost pass the deadline."
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I: You were really down then, ne?
Y: But at the same time we were also finding a new vocalist (for X). So I thought that we could end for now and come back in the year 2000. We were even discussing to not call it a "disbandment" but a "break."
I: But you did use "disbandment."
Y: Well, I was thinking that "changing the vocalist is the same thing as disbanding, isn't it?" But after that I talked to hide saying, "Is the vocalist from that band good? What do you think?" So we were just talking along the lines of "Who should we pick?"
I: Did you already have plans to do THE LAST LIVE?
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Y: Oh...obviously, I didn't want to do it at all. Now that I think about it, at that time, I didn't even want to be on the same stage as TOSHI...I thought that if I had that kind of feeling I wouldn't be able to go through with it. But when I told hide, "We're not going to do it, okay?" We got to talking about why should we do THE LAST LIVE...
"It's not a disbandment, isn't it?"
"So what if it is..."
"Just think of it as ending the scene"
Until it got to the point where I sarcastically answered, "So we're still going to do it without a vocalist?"
And everyone else went, "What?!" I just answered, "We can have the fans sing, can't we?"

I: You really didn't want to stand on the same stage as TOSHI, huh?
Y: Yeah...but even if we talked about it like that, I still called TOSHI to ask "If we do THE LAST LIVE will you sing for us?" And so we held the press conference in September.
I: With all the members except TOSHI.
Y: Yes. At that time...Even up until then I stil didn't feel good. Before that I was busy with "The Last Song" but it ended up we were going to do it (the concert).
I: When "The Last Song" was released I was surprised. It's as though it was what was behind the conversation that day.
Y: You could say that, that song was the last one I did with TOSHI more than the last song from X. There was also the talking part. I talked, and TOSHI sang. And right after the press conference there was a comment from TOSHI's office.
I: Saying that, "I (TOSHI), didn't recieve word that we were disbanding." right?
Y: Something like that. And I was thinking, "Didn't you already quit?" Because this isn't something to joke about. And after that even hide said that he didn't want to be on the same stage as TOSHI. The making of the song, "The Last Live" is a good example. I hired a producer in Japan and sent all the music scores and lyrics to that producer and wrote a letter explaining, like "the length of this part is this." And told him to send me the tape of TOSHI's singing. Then I confirmed that "this part is okay" or "sing this part again." It was a recoding where I didn't talk to TOSHI at all.
I: I see...
Y: Was it like that all the way untill the concert day? I can't really remember.
I: Until the day of the concert...even before entering the Tokyo Dome?
Y: Yes. I felt that I couldn't play the drums in that kind of state. So I went to TOSHI's dressing room and said "Let's go all out." That's all I said before the big rehearsal in Tokyo Dome, I think?
I: Then that means, before the big rehearsal, there was never a pratice where all 5 of you were present?
Y: I don't think so...I was always practicing by myself at the studio. I think the others praticed by listening to the tape of my drums recording.
I: And you were still able to perform. X is an amazing band.
Y: hide said that too. So I told him "we could have a full band pratice if you want." *laughs*
I: X's live already have a reputation of being carefully planned out right? But in THE LAST LIVE VDO, there was a part where TOSHI was leaning against hide's arm. As though when it got to that point, they just did it without planning.
Y: Well, usually a concert gives a feeling that anything could happen. Like when I was going to do the piano solo? Even when I was standing right infront the piano, I still didn't know what I was going to play. (hontou!?!? yoshiki is amazing...-_-" -D.T.).
I: Really?!
Y: Yes, I was infront of the piano and I still didn't know what I was going to play. I was even deciding right then if I was going to play or not. Sometimes it's like, "I'm in a good mood today, I'll play a little." But sometimes it's like, "Not really in a good mood today, I'm not going to play." (O_o weird...what happens if he decides not to? Just walk back?-D.T.)
I: It was something that could not be anticipated, huh? Actually, hide said something like that too. "X, in the end is just a rock band. When we come out, we scream. When we play, we scream. When we're getting off stage, we scream. I want to do a live that's something like a thunderbolt."
Y: Yes. The planning beforehand...ah~even if it is planned. I never really liked doing EXACTLY how we planned.
I: You don't like it, ne? *laughs*
Y: Even if sometimes it'll cause some problems. *laughs* Like when we were going to change the rhythm for, "Orgasm" hide put in some effects that made it come out kind of weird.
I: This type of trouble, I see. *laughs*
Y: hide even said, "How about that?" (in a boasting way). I almost hit him with cymbals. *laughs* (lol...weird, I know. But that's what he said ^^" -D.T.). There are many evil funny stories of the band members.
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I: But in the last part of THE LAST LIVE you and TOSHI finally reconciled right?
Y: Yes. In the split second that it ended, suddenly everything felt like a huge relief. Like "We came all the way here...we've grown a lot."
I: Even though you felt very relieved, it took you 4 years to release the VDO. Is it because you couldn't bear to watch it?
Y: No, if there wasn't that whole thing with hide, I would have been able to watch it. But when it did happen, the concert became a forbidden thing.
I: .......
Y: After (hide's funeral) that, I went back to LA and wrote a song.
I: A song dedicated to hide right?
Y: Yes, it's called "Without You." Actually it's similar to all the other songs that I wrote, such as "Endless Rain" or "Say Anything" or "Forever Love." But the more I wrote it, the more depressing it got, as though I could no longer write my own songs. Because when you're composing, you have to think about many things right? Then in order not to think about those things, isn't it better to produce for other people? The more you can think about those artist's things the better. So I took the time when I couldn't think about my own affairs to produce for other people.
I: I see.
Y: It was like that for about two years, I think? Then there were talks about the celebration of His Majesty's 10th year anniversary on throne. That's when I started to write songs again. When it was the day of the performance, I was enveloped by the cheerings of the crowd and I was very impressed. Like, "Ah~this feeling..."
I: That was a very grand beginning.
Y: You're right. After that I recieved supporting letters from people who saw me that day also, saying "When are you coming back?" And I got the feeling "Alright! I'll try again!"
I: And you started to edit "THE LAST LIVE" right away?
Y: No, I started in January last year. It's probably been about a year now. Because I had to get ready.
I: What did you feel when you first watched it?
Y: Well, I started by carrying two boxes of tissues into the studio. *laughs* (aw...kawaii ^^ -D.T.)
I: If it's because you'll be crying hard, I understand. I would do the same.
Y: And I said "Okay, here goes!" *laughs* But when I started to watch it, I couldn't go through with it. The second "Amethyst" started, I was already crying. Actually, I think I stopped watching after about 5 minutes. And when I came back to the office 2-3 times, I was still "No...I can't watch it." I think it was like that for about 3 days? Until finally, on the 4th day I finished watching the entire thing.
I: During those three days, did something in you change?
Y: Well, I was thinking that I had to get over it no matter what. Like, "If I can't get over it, I probably won't even be able to talk about X for the rest of my life!" And if I can no longer talk about X, it's like I can't talk about my own life anymore.
I: Yeah.
Y: So, on the 4th day I started to watch it, and during the entire thing tears were streaming down my face.
I: When did you finish editing?
Y: This year in March. I wonder when did I finished it? Probably on the 3rd.
I: Were you crying all the way to the last day?
Y: I was always crying. After the meeting to decide when to release it, I felt that I really wanted to cry. Because I wanted to make it as good as possible.
I: Is it because you thought about hide?
Y: It's probably this hard because hide isn't here anymore.
I: hide used to say, "For me, X is YOSHIKI." Then for you, hide's dwelling is probably very important to you.
Y: X is like, if I say "It's like this!" then it's like this. If I say it's "white!" then it's white. If I say its's "black!" then it's black.
I: That's why hide said, "For me, X is YOSHIKI."
Y: hide would think along the lines of, "If YOSHIKI says so, then it has to be good." and will do so right away. But I'm the rational type, aren't I? Because of that sometimes he has to grit his teeth. But of course, I was always talking with hide asking, "What do you think?"
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I: Oh...
Y: I would also talk to him about personal matters too. Like, "I'm going to produce for Kitano Shoko-chan, what do you think?"
I: You talk to hide about those things also?
Y: We talk about everything. Like, Y: "I'm composing for Hideki (Saijo), what do you think?" H: "If it's YOSHIKI, it has to be good, no?" Or like, Y: "How about making a tribute for KISS?" H:"How about like 'Black Diamond!'" We can talk about anything. So now that I have no 'partner' what am I suppose to do?
I: Yeah...
Y: And of course...I always had hide listen to VIOLET UK's songs and ask "How's this one?" and he would answer something like "It's this kind of sound, huh?" I think the development of VIOLET UK's song was made because I wanted hide to listen to it. So as to ask "What do you think?"
I: What was it like when you first met hide?
Y: Before in Kagurazaka, there was a live house called "EXPLOSION" and there was a band there called Saber Tiger. And I was thinking "he (hide) is cool." I don't know why though, because when I met him...it wasn't like that at all! But I still pulled him into the band. I went while Saber Tiger was still performing and said, "Come to X!"
I: Didn't Saber Tiger object or anything?
Y: hide himself said, "YOSHIKI, Saber Tiger is performing right now." *laughs* But I replied, "I know! But just come!". And he said "I can't come right away." And I said back "But you have to come anyway."
I: Ah...
Y: But when Saber Tiger disbanded, he called me and said "I'm not doing bands anymore."
I: He said that?
Y: Yeah. When Saber Tiger disbanded, hide decided to quit music and become a beautician. So I told him "It's good that you're quitting."
I: You say that but at the beginning you wanted him to come in your band. *laughs*
Y: No~you see, he said "There are a lot of bands asking me to join. What do you think?" So I asked him, "What do you want to do?" He said "I want to quit music." So I said "It's good that you're quitting." (ah~this part was hard to translate. I hope you got what Yoshiki was saying...? like he's glad that hide goes with his own decision. but somehow, when I read it in Thai it sounded a bit sarcastic O_o maybe it was the way the translater -from Japanese to Thai- translated it. -D.T.)
I: When you said that, what did hide say?
Y: He said "Ah~is that so." and that was it.
I: That's all?
Y: That's all. And 2-3 days later he called to ask, "Can I watch X's pratice?" When I said "Yes." He came and sat, watching by himself. After that when we went for a drink together, I think he said "Will it be okay if I join X?"
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I: Ah...
Y: TAIJI was pulled in once before that also. There were many reasons why we pulled him in. Including the fact that we pulled him in so that X wouldn't become a hard rock that had the colors of punk. Why did TAII come back again~? Oh, because there was a time when we were staying together and he came to to me saying, "I have nowhere to stay, can I stay with you?" So I had to take him in. That time it was like, Taiji: "Staying with YOSHIKI makes me feel like I can do anything." hide said before also, "If YOSHIKI is here, it feels like we can do anything." It doesn't seem like these two should be in the music industry, huh? *laughs*
I: Does that mean that if they're with you, they can do any fun thing they want right?
Y: Probably. But hide used to be the leader of a band. PATA was also the leader of "JUDY" before also.
I: How did PATA come in to all this?
Y: I used to play drums in the back up band. And PATA came and asked "Can you join JUDY?" I told him, "No, I can't." and asked him, "Will you join X?" He replied, "What? I'm the leader of the band. That's not possible." But even then, he eventually joined. *laughs* So it was very tiring. Being the leader of a band that's full of leaders. But hide said...What the hell did he say? Something like I just yell stuff and he's the one that pulls X together.
I: Yell stuff?
Y: Like when X debut, people criticized us mercilessly. And I would complain and yell something like, "You guys know nothing about music!" and hide would tell me, "YOSHIKI, that's not good. Find a better (nicer) way to say it." He would give advices like that.
I: Ah...
Y: I always do things to the best of my ability and I know that hide is right behind me. That's why I wanted him to listen to VIOLET UK's songs...
I: When you finished editing "THE LAST LIVE" hide wasn't a problem anymore?
Y: No matter how many times I watched it, no matter how anguished I was, the process of editing still made me cry. But yeah, it probably won't be a problem anymore.

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I: When the purple logo of "X" at the end of THE LAST LIVE VDO changed, there was a preview of VIOLET UK right?
Y: Oh...you noticed? (I did too!-D.T.) When I made it, I was thinking "Even if I put it in, I don't know if anyone will see it."
I: Well, if anyone leaves it on long enough, they'll find out. *laughs*
Y: Well, there's one more thing. Did you know there was a hidden trick?
I: Eh?
Y: At the end there is a list of songs right? During that time, the 'A' from "Amethyst" changes color.
I: I think that it should be purple...
Y: Yes. This was before we released the song "Dahlia" There was a talking part around the middle that says things like "Destiny" and "Alive" and I printed those big (the beginning letters) and when I put those together, the result was the word "DAHLIA" (If you look at the lyrics: the talking part:
"Destiny Alive Heaven Love Innocence Always" makes DAHLIA get it? That's so cool! I never noticed that before. And I've always wondered where the name, DAHLIA came from. Now we know ^O^ -D.T.)

I: Is that so?
Y: Yes. So if you go back and watch it twice. The "A" at the end of the second time is not just that. (okay, I have no idea how to translate this part. sorry~! -D.T.)
I: Because that "A" is the "A" from Amethyst?
Y: Yup.
I: Could you say that VIOLET UK is the continuation of X?
Y: I was thinking of a second era for X, but my solo doesn't have that kind of image.
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I: But now you've told me the secret of the logo. In the song "THE LAST SONG" do the lines 'I see red, I see blue' mean mixing the colors red and blue together and getting purple? Which is VIOLET UK!
Y: To explain, 'I see red' mean I'm very angry and 'I see blue' means I'm sad or depressed. After that are the lines "But the silver lining gradually takes over/When the morning begins/ I'll be in the next chapter" which means that no matter how bad a situation is, there is always a positive side to it. It refers to the English phrase, "Every cloud has a silver lining." meaning that there is happiness in sadness.
I: Ah...
Y: There are also songs in VIOLET UK that talks about "the other side", it's similar to the 'I see red, I see blue' Because the way I communicate it, is the same.
I: For X, the symbol used to represent red anger is "Kurenai" and the blue sadness is "Blue blood" is it not? When you combine them, you get the purple of the dawn. If that's so, then the music of VIOLET UK is positive right?
Y: Not at all. Basically, VIOLET UK is negative.
I: It's like that?!
Y: Yes. There's a song called "hollywood black sheep" that has lyrics saying something like "Even if I die tomorrow, as a rock star, I will never die." I just wrote it like that (without thinking about it much).
I: The black sheep of hollywood....
Y: Like "If I die, will anyone cry for me?" (if YOSHIKI died, everyone would cry for him T_T -D.T.)
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I: You're always so harsh on yourself.
Y: Yeah. I just mentioned "the other side" because in the song the lyrics says 'take me to another world.' To put it simply, it's a song about heading towards death.
I: Not "I want to live, take me to another world" but "please erase me from this world" ?
Y: Yes, exactly. I have a lot of songs about death. The word "suicide" is used a lot.
I: We all have to die anyway, and now you want to kill yourself? Isn't that a bit overload?
Y: It is.
I: During the preview, there were also clips of the interview in Korea (at the end of THE LAST LIVE vdo). Talking about the music style of VIOLET UK, correct? You said "I would like to create something beautiful to touch people's hearts. A lot of times when I was depressed, music helped me. So I would like to create music that's going to help people and fans."
Y: Yes.
I: And VIOLET UK? The non-negative part?
Y: Between my positive and negative power, the negative would be more uplifting. Like when you see a rose among thorns, the rose would be even more beautiful, no? The small happiness in sadness would also be more significant right?
I: Yes.
Y: While communicating the sadness and the thorns, beauty is also conveyed, and that makes it very positive.
I: It's very complicated...is this how you wrote X's songs too?
Y: Maybe, but there's more originality. I presented them in ways I've never done before. The violent songs are violent. But on the basis, VIOLET UK is digital...how should I say it? Like trip hop music uses "tricky" or "massive attack." Ah~but not to the level of "Potishead" (name of a band). But I did put in some things in that style. I also have punk and rock style, too.
I: Furthermore, you also have classics and noise guitar.
Y: Yes, I wanted to put in the beautiful melody of the 7-stringed guitar for my own satisfaction.
I: Now, I'm starting to feel that VIOLET UK is totally different than what I had in mind.
Y: But the guitar, I was influenced by hide. During X, no matter what track we were recording, hide always wanted to put in 32ch, I think? He always wanted to put in the the guitar noise first.
I: First? *laughs*
Y: It was the same for "The Last Song" too. He begged to put in SOME guitar, as though his life depended on it. Back then, I thought "Why?? See if after I edit it, will there be any left!?" But I think I understand that now.
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I: If you say in the sense that hide influenced you, then VIOLET UK could be the 2nd X?
Y: The guitars, yes.
I: But in the preview you also said "VISUAL should be an important ingredient." and "Maybe make it like a fashion show" too, right?
Y: Image and music is something that cannot be separated, there will always be a connection, right?
I: But how about lives, that's probably different from having a band to come on stage and play regularly, right?
Y: That's an idea I've been thinking about. If I can, I want it to give off the feelings of a live. I want to have a tour too. In a form that former bands have not done before. It'd be nice if I could do it like an amoeba.
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I: Amoeba?
Y: Like, I can change forms fast.
I: Even if you say that I stll don't get it. *laughs*
Y: Is that so? I'm so happy that I make people confused. ^^
I: What about the "UK" from "VIOLET UK"?
Y: When I first started out there was just "VIOLET." But there were many problems after that. Things about rights and all that. Similar to "X Japan." So I said "How about VIOLET UK?"
I: You really said that?
Y: Something like that. I thought of many meanings for "UK." Like, "Underground Kingdom." But if you really think about it, my influences, other than KISS, comes from the English. Like Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, or Iron Maiden. They're all good. But how I landed in LA, I don't know myself. *laughs"
I: During the film gig in Korea, you said that you were going to release something (around the middle of the year) and that you were going to come back to stage.
Y: It's probably not good but I don't think I will. *laughs* True, we can now arrange plans and schedules. I have about 30+ songs. Even the mixed songs, I have.
I: You could actually release an album?
Y: The problem is each song is about 10min, so I have to cut it short (I don't think 10min songs are a problem...-D.T.). But after the editing of "THE LAST LIVE" vdo, everything just stopped. But I think I can continue again now.
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THE END.

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D.T.'s NOTE: Now that you've read the interview, I would love to hear your opinion about it. Was it confusing? Was it good? Please e-mail me ^O^ Also, I am accepting requests for interviews. So if there is a certain artist you want to read about, e-mail me and I'll see if I can find an interview of the requested artist. No guarantees though. But please, let it be someone within the JRock and JPop vicinity ^O^ Thanks!
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The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on February 1st, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, Yoshiki can ramble a good long time. More about his relationship with Hide, which is interesting to read in that all the while Yoshiki was with X, he did come off as a somewhat aloof guy. Sorry, thinking out loud. Anyway, cool translation, and thank you for it.
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on February 5th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
No problem ^O^ I was really taken by this interview too, he really has a lot to say I guess ^O^
mm....can I add you to my friends list? =P
The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on February 6th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! I've added you to my Friends list as well. :)

Btw, I'm from Malaysia. I noticed you were from Thailand. We're neighbors! It's really cool to meet more Asian fans of Jrock out here. I also noticed we seem to like some of the same bands. I saw that you liked Oblivion Dust/Fake? and Luna Sea, how are you with Buck-Tick, Yellow Monkey, Back Horn and Bump of Chicken?
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on February 9th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
yay ^O^ *friends*
yay! neighbors! ^O^
Yeah, LUNA SEA is my favorite band ever!! ^O^
I like Buck-Tick and Yellow Monkey ^O^
mm...I've never heard of Back Horn ^O^" I've heard the name Bump of Chicken many times but haven't gotten the chance to hear any songs by them yet ^O^" hehe =P
What's your favorite band? ^O^
The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on February 11th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Well, the three bands that never leave my listening list are L'Arc~en~Ciel, Buck-Tick and Yellow Monkey. These days, I've been listening more to Buck-Tick, but each band has their own special sound that works for me in different ways. I find that all those bands have at least a few songs to suit all my moods because of their great range. I began to like Luna Sea because of Ryuichi's voice. I still think he probably has the best voice in Japanese rock. It's got a fantastic range, and he's really good at making full use of it. As I listened to more of LS, I started appreciating how each member of the band is a really great musician (the same reason I like BT, Laruku and Yemon; I am particularly fond of Sugizo's guitaring though, apart from Ryuichi's voice), and that when they come together, the sound just hits you like a wall. I'm not a fan of Luna Sea as I am of the three other bands I just mentioned (I like specific songs, but some of the others may not work for me), but I do like them, and they come up for listens quite often.

Bump of Chicken sounds a lot like the Pillows, if you know them, except BoC have an extra guitar, a much richer sound, a much, much better vocalist and their lyrics are often quite serious. Actually, BoC did a very good cover of the Pillows' "Hybrid Rainbow" I recommend to everybody, for the Pillows Tribute Album last year. They don't have very fancy guitars or very fancy anything, but they have nice, rich, honest sound that I like.

Back Horn is pretty loud rock. They don't have fancy stuff either, but their vocalist has an amazing voice. He can perform and hold these choir-boy notes and come crashing down into painful lows in a split second -- he really sounds a lot like he's trying to kill himself singing but thankfully doesn't. They also have pretty serious lyrics, very angry ones. There's good info and a sample of one of BH's best song (IMHO) here: http://www.projectj.net/backhorn.htm
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on February 22nd, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
Ryuichi's voice is simple amazing, there're no words to describe it. I was captivated by it right away. I don't really get it when people say that his voice can give people a headache, I just get blown away everytime he sings. I wish I could sing like that T_T All I do is shatter the windows ^O^"
Sugizo is an incredible guitarist, have you ever seen him with the three-headed guitar? WOW!!!!!!!!!!! GO SUGIZO!!!!!! ^O^O^ Inoran is also great, he just doesn't shine as much. But you can really see his skills now that he's in FAKE? ^O^ They're also anohter great band..^O^
I'll try to find Bump of Chicken stuff, but I went to that Backhorn website you mentioned ^O^ They do sound nice! The vocalist is really unique ^O^
The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on March 5th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply, ne? Ryuichi's voice is amazing. He could probably shatter windows, his notes get so high. ;) Er, of course, I am a bad fan (and please don't hit me!), and his voice can give me a headache on very certain songs. I remember hearing "Glass", off his solo work, and that really gave me a headache. I seriously think his voice is dependent on the whole of LS to really bring out his best. And he rules on songs with very, very long high notes. Ie. "Love Song", "I For You". LS songs that give me headaches, examples would be, "Rosier" and "Shade".

I'm a bad, bad fan. ;)

I think I may have seen him with a two-headed guitar, but not a three-headed one. Sugizo is just really *expletive* cool. He's the most visible member of LS, no doubt about it, and he deserves that. I am familiar with FAKE?, though I haven't had the chance to really pick up a lot of their stuff. Ken Lloyd writes some funny lyrics. Inoran is no Sugizo, and Sugizo is no Sugizo without Luna Sea either when it comes to that, but Inoran is good.

Re: Back Horn, Vocalist is just wild the way he pushes himself in songs. Really puts the fear he might fall down dead in you. I wonder if you have ICQ/AIM? I'd be happy to throw you some stuff for BoC or Back Horn, or whatever else and chat some more?
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on March 5th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
gaa, I never understood it when people say that they get a headache from his voice -_-" Do you have the same problem listening to Toshi? His voice is a lot higher than Ryuichi, me thinks ^^"
I don't have ICQ or AIM =S Sorry =P The only thing I can use is msn messenger...^O^"
The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on March 5th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
MSN Messenger works as well. I'm "vampyrichamster". :)

Toshi is an even weirder case than Ryuichi. He has a super high voice, which can go super squeaky. So X Japan's stuff when it comes to vocals also affects me like LS, it really depends on the song. I love X, I honestly do, but even I have trouble when Toshi starts getting on like a bat in heat. Usually happens on those jackhammer type songs where he's singing *really* fast. Normally Yoshiki's English lyrics creep me out faster than Toshi's voice though, so, gah. :P
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on March 8th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
so I can add you to my contacts list as...what? ^O^"
vampyrichamster@..? ^O^" (you can e-mail me personally if you don't want other ppl to see it ^O^)
Yoshiki's English lyrics, huh? they can be....weird at times, but I think for certain songs they can be really sweet ^O^
The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on March 8th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yupyup. "vampyrichamster" is what you can add me as. Could I have your nick as well, so I can also add you, please?

Yoshiki's English lyrics are good because they're in good English, but tend to be quite sappy. And have far too many roses. ;)
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on March 9th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
mm...sorry I'm a bit confused T_T msn messenger, you add in by using the person's e-mail address, right?
I'm atrandum@hotmail.com ^_^
The Hamster Of Deathvampyrichamster on March 9th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
*thunk* Eh, I'm a goof! That's right, MSN uses email. I was thinking of AIM! Mine's ammuffaz@sinaremas.com. Added you.
arkanefyrearkanefyre on February 5th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
*sniff* That was touching. Especially the bit with hide and Toshi.

Thanks for the translations!!
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on February 9th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
yeah, Yoshiki went through a lot, didn't he? T_T
If I find more Yoshiki interviews I'll translate them ^O^ check back! ^O^
Meruranus_sama on February 18th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
The Yoshiki-hide relationship is a very intriguing one, I think.

Being the leader of a band that's full of leaders. But hide said...What the hell did he say? Something like I just yell stuff and he's the one that pulls X together.


For some reason that cracked me up XD "Being the leader of a band that's full of leaders". I don't think it's meant to be funny but for some reason I found it hilarious ^^;;;

That thing about where "DAHLIA" came from is really interesting too. I was like Ohhhhhhhhh~ I get it! And the amoeba? I'm picturing a Yoshiki-amoeba now XD;;

Thanks for the translation, it was a good read ^^ Yoshiki's a very intelligent man.
Domoto DesTi (D.T.)atrandum on February 18th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Yoshiki-amoeba! XDDD! hehe ^O^ I always enjoy reading Yoshiki's thoughts ^O^ He sounds so cute when he talk about hide ^O^
Phương Trang Minhirisie_huang on January 17th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the translation :)
It's very useful for me
Can I re-post your article on my tumblr? http://ninomiya-ayume.tumblr.com/
Thank you again
Domoto DesTi (D.T.): Shower Junatrandum on January 18th, 2013 09:30 am (UTC)
Hi!

Sure thing, just please credit me as "atrandum@LJ" and provide a link back to my livejournal.

Also, I have to ask... is your top post with Sherlock crying like a fanfic? I freaked out when I saw it because I thought it was an episode I hadn't seen but then I've seen all of it so I was wondering.. XD