Babymetal PMC Pia Music interview 2016 April

PMC Pia Music

Babymetal interview

 

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Speaking frankly….

‘I still can not believe that we will be playing at the Tokyo Dome’.

While their stupendous actions and performances since the release of their first album, ‘Babymetal’ in 2014 may seem almost like something like a miracle, in fact there is a very real set of undeniable circumstances lying behind their powerful live performances. And following upon and adding to these 2 years of brilliant successes comes the release of their new album, ‘Metal Resistance’, their live performance at England’s Wembley Arena which is a first for a Japanese artist and a solo show at the Tokyo Dome scheduled as the final show for their World tour on September 19th. In all of this is the unmistakable message of Babymetal of, ‘The time has come to surpass national boundaries, join together and unify as One’. To start things off, we would like to deliver to you the voices of these girls as they head toward, ‘The One’.

Q:

We talked directly with you before for PMC around the time of METROCK (2015, May 25th).

All members of PMC:

This is all so nostalgic!

Q:

It is strange to already have a feeling of ‘Natsukashii’ <a word that can not be translated properly but I will use ‘nostalgic’ for the time being (laughs). That was just last May and not even 1 year has elapsed.

Su-metal:

Really, wow! Time gets really screwed up at times…(laughs).

Q:

The contents are just too rich and powerful!

Su-metal:

That is true! All things that have taken place over this single 1 year makes it hard to comprehend that it was just 1 year of time.

Q:

That is not unreasonable, I think. Moving on, the release of the new album, ‘Metal Resistance’ was announced at last year’s Yokohama Arena. I appears that you in Babymetal were first aware of this at the time of this announcement and this knowing of important announcements coming at the time that everyone also knows is something that goes way back, right?

Su-metal:

That goes also for news (laughs). We are often asked by our staff, ‘There is this piece of news floating about, is it true?’ (laughs).

Q:

Oh, so you really learn about things at the same time as the fans?

Yuimetal:

No, actually we get the news/instructions AFTER the fans do (laughs).

Q:

Oh, my! Is that right?! Time after time you get these surprise announcements and they are filled with amazing contents-that must be difficult for you.

Su-metal:

But, because we only know what is coming up immediately we are able to focus all our energy just on that. Because we are thus able to approach each and every live performance with all of our energy I think this is a good thing. But I do have the feeling of, ‘I would be happy if you would tell us things a bit earlier’ (laughs).

Q:

(laughs) I see. So, how did you feel when you were informed of the Tokyo Dome show?

Su-metal:

It was like, ‘Eh!…’ (laughs). The three of us screamed out together (laughs). But my honest feeling is that I still can not believe it Death! Of course, this is a stage that I have always wanted to perform on, but speaking of how I feel now there is more a feeling of unease DEATH!

Q:

Is that the same for you two as well?

Moametal:

Yes.

Yuimetal:

They are so shocking that I don’t even have the leeway to consider being ‘ill at ease’ or ‘looking forward to with fun’.

Q:

So, how do you feel about the news about the new album being released at the same time as the Tokyo Dome show announcement?

Yuimetal:

It came all too suddenly, ‘will we be able to meet the release date?’ was something we thought about and it being timed with April 1st ‘April Fools day’ I thought, ‘maybe this is some kind of joke’ (laughs). But, since I felt, ‘I want everyone to hear these new songs as soon as possible’ I was also very happy and I was so thrilled to know that with the new album being a world wide simultaneous release that the whole world would hear them at the same time.

Su-metal:

I got worried when I heard that the album was going to be released. I of course felt happy about it and I wanted the fans to hear it as soon as possible but, the pressure from the first album was so…. but as we worked on the songs I began to feel, ‘This is a new challenge for me’ and this is a way to express myself and my intentions for this year and I thought that with this album I will be able to plow ahead with a strong spirit. We have performed the songs from our 1st album so many times and these songs from the new album will be met with even more demand and so I began to get the feeling that I want to raise and develop these new songs as soon as possible DEATH! However, since we raise and grow our songs through our live performances I can only say that in this album that ‘Road of Resistance’ is around the level of being an upper level kindergarten student (laughs)!

Q:

How did you approach the recording for this new album feeling-wise?

Su-metal:

When we heard of the release for the 1st album we had the songs already pretty well worked out but with this one we did not have so many songs ready to go and so I had the kind of feeling similar to what Yuimetal said that she was worried whether we would be able to ‘make it on time, or not’ (laughs). That said, every song was so interesting that we also wanted to do our best to express each song and so we began to feel excited about, ‘this album which is a collection of songs where each and every one is so deep and rich in content’.

Q:

By the way, what song do you like the most on this album?

Moametal:

I like all of them, but if I had to choose just one it would be ‘Karate’ DEATH! The ‘nostalgic’ song of Su-metal ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’ and the songs by Yuimetal and Moametal are also all interesting and I love them but I really like this song which we can, all three of us together, perform with such a sense of strength. Karate teaches the lesson of ‘Beginning with a polite bow and ending with a polite bow’ <beginning with respect and good manners and ending also with respect and good manners>, doesn’t it? I think this is something that is so important and I want to plow on ahead with this kind of thinking for our ‘Babymetal-Dou’ <Way of Babymetal>.

Q:

Speaking concretely, what do you want to say with this concept of a ‘Babymetal-Dou’?

Moametal:

I think it means approaching whatever you do with the same feeling and with the same kind of love. Regarding these live performances that we are allowed to perform and experience as Babymetal, I feel that I want to treat this team with the utmost care and importance and I don’t want to change at all in my feelings of gratitude to all the people involved with Babymetal Death! Just like in Karate I want to approach things in Babymetal with a feeling of appreciation to the other party (the fans) and since I feel that with the three of us we can do anything and go anywhere it is also important for us to believe in each other.

Su-metal:

For me that would refer to the ‘spirit of taking on challenges’. I think that no one in the past has ever done what we are doing and put conversely this means we can do anything.

 

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Su-metal continued:

Up until 2 years ago performing overseas seemed like a dream and we are now singing songs from genres that are totally new to us and things like this are examples of challenges that one normally doesn’t take on, but with Babymetal all of this becomes possible. And so, I want to continue to pursue new challenges from here on out as well.

Yuimetal:

I don’t know if this will answer the question or not, but speaking of things as Babymetal’s Yuimetal, I get the feeling that because of Babymetal I have been able to meet a new version of myself that would not have been able to do through my usual self. At every live performance there are instances where I say to myself, ‘Wow, I am now able to do this or that, that I was unable to do before’ and when I am Yuimetal there is this surge of confidence that mysteriously appears and I feel that is because the people around support and come along with us DEATH! Su-metal and Moametal are there beside me, the Kami band is there behind me, the staff is waiting in the wings and there in the audience are the fans who are always looking over and supporting us. I feel this enormous love enveloping me at each and every live show making me think that Babymetal is a place that makes it possible for e to meet a new ‘me’.

Q:

With that, Yuimetal-san, could you tell us your favorite song from the album?

Yuimetal:

I like ‘Road of Resistance’ DEATH! We have performed it many times already so it doesn’t really have a new song feeling to it but just the fact that we have performed it so many times has embedded it with all kinds of memories and so it is my favorite DEATH! The chanting parts with the fans are extremely impressive and even when we unveiled it for the first time in London, the fans joined in with loud call backs even though it was the first time for them to hear the song. Also, I really like the lyrics-they always make me feel happy and charged with energy. When I get tired out in a show when this song comes up at the end I get the feeling of, ‘OK, I can squeeze out this last bit of effort’.

Q:

One gets the feeling that the songs are raised and fostered through being performed at the shows.

Su-metal:

That is so true! Basically our songs are fostered and developed through performance at the live shows. We have our own thoughts like, ‘we would like to present this song in this way’ and the response from the fans also changes with each performance DEATH! ‘Road of Resistance’ is at present a very important song in bringing us all together as One and so performing it at live shows has a special significance.

Q:

Su-metal-san, what song do you like best?

Su-metal:

‘Meta! Meta Tarou’ DEATH! This song is a new challenge for us of a type that was not on the 1st album. Also, in our songs up to this point it has been only myself singing the chorus/bridge <Sabi> part, but with this song all three of us sing the Sabi. I feel that by having all of us sing the Sabi that it brings a bit more softness to the Metal nature of the song. Recently we have been given the choreography for this song and so I look forward to performing at our live shows DEATH!

Q:

I have no idea what the choreography will be like for this song!

Moametal:

I think you will most likely be surprised by it (laughs).

Su-metal:

I think it is a type of choreography that everyone will be able to mimic.

Yuimetal:

I hope you will all try to mimic it!

Q:

Moving on, I must say I really like ‘Sis. Anger’. The music is of course great but I also love the lyrics.

Moametal:

For us also it was quite shocking. We have never done a song with a melody like this. ‘Onedari Daisakusen’ (Contained on Babymetal) had a properly laid out melody, but with this song we just say what comes to mind. However, I think some people will be helped by this song, you see. We laughed a lot recording this song, and I will be very happy if people can laugh along with us when they listen to this song DEATH!

Yuimetal:

Because of the way we speak/sing in this song I think we have delivered on the black side of Black Babymetal. When I first read over the lyrics I was really surprised and I hope that when we perform it at a live performance we will be able to do our best to act out the black side of it enough that we are not overwhelmed by the song itself.

Q:

The solo song by Su-metal-san, ‘Amore-Aoboshi’ is also wonderful.

Moametal:

It is wonderful. I love it (laughs).

Su-metal:

Thank you (laughs). This song is a continuation of ‘Akatsuki’ (Contained in Babymetal). Since there are so many fans who say they love ‘Akatsuki’, I hope that this song will go on to be a song similar in stature. ‘Akatsuki’ is a song that I have thought and thought about in my own mind in the process of fostering it and so I am hoping this song will be equally as fun to work with with the addition of its story-like aspects.

Q:

‘The One’ is also a dramatic song, isn’t it? It works as a coupling with ‘Tales of The Destinies’ and is a new aspect in this new album, I feel.

Su-metal:

I have never sung this type of song before and along with the singing in English characteristic of it I feel it is a new kind of challenge. We unveiled this on the first day of the Yokohama Arena shows and the fans at that show were really excited about it. There is a feeling of nervousness about it as it was the first time to perform it but this nervousness quickly disappeared because of the wonderful response by the fans. On the second day the fans sang along with the ‘Rarara’ part and I felt at that time that ‘music is truly amazing’.

Q:

Are there any other things in the new album that you feel were new challenges for you?

Su-metal:

I feel that we do is not the run of the mill Metal and we felt that we wanted to create something new that reflects our own unique style. And so for this album we attempted to further fuse together Metal with Kawaii and to do so we tried out various types of singing and expression.

Q:

Yuimetal-san and Moametal-san what do you feel are parts that differ from the 1st album?

Yuimetal:

I think that with the first album, ‘Babymetal’ that it was an album that provided a powerful impact of, ‘What in the world is this!?’ and that with this album each and every song delivers a surprise in the difference in world view with each song. I get the impression that with most of the songs there is an extremely straightforward message lyrically. I am sure that as we travel through this tour that there will be times when we are confronted with various difficulties but because I feel these songs are so filled with lyrics that will help us on our way that I will get power from them and with that power be able to spread Babymetal to more and more people as we meet them on the tour.

Moametal:

From the outset I felt that the titles for all of the songs on this album are really interesting. With the first album I felt I could kind of get an idea of what kind of song it would be looking at the title like with ‘Doki Doki Morning’, I thought it must be a song for the morning. But it was really interesting to not know what to expect with the songs on this album, and as Su-metal said since it is an album that is about us taking on our own style of Metal it must be of a type of contents that will truly please all those people waiting for it in direct proportion to how long they have been waiting.

 

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Q:

Just now Yuimetal-san stated that there are many songs with a straightforward message and that seems to me to be because you have now more convincing lyrics due to having played so many live shows. One gets the overriding feeling that the songwriters working with you say to themselves, ‘It is these lyrics that I would love to have the Babymetal of the moment singing!’.

Su-metal:

When we are recording and read the lyrics I get so happy thinking, ‘I will be singing this song in the near future!’. I often feel that some parts of the songs overlap with the environment I am in as we go on to sing the songs and I think that the songwriters feel that these are the songs they hope we will sing.

Q:

I think that perhaps there must be many changes to the songs you have performed before as you rework them in the recording for this new album.

Su-metal:

We did re-record ‘Road of Resistance’ and ‘Awadama Fever’ and I was surprised to hear how different they became when compared with recordings of them at live shows before. I found it quite interesting that there are so many fine, detailed changes that occur with changes in the choreography or the way we work with a song in accordance with the reactions of the fans at a particular live show.

Q:

Particularly in the case of ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’, this is a song you have not sung at all at recent live performances and I thought that perhaps Su-metal-san would feel that it has undergone quite a bit of change.

Su-metal:

This song is already 2 or 3 years old and during that time my singing voice has matured and my way of expressing emotions has broadened I believe and during the long time since I have performed it I have kind of forgotten how I sang it in the past.

Q:

So, naturally your feelings expressed in the song have changed from when you first were performing it?

Su-metal:

At those earlier times I was totally immersed in singing the song, but now you could say I can enjoy singing it more, or that I am now more able to express the true meaning of the lyrics and since my vocal abilities have changed that the song is vastly different from the way it was before.

Q:

It is undeniable that your range of expression has widened greatly and not only in relation to just this one song. It seems that there are more instances of you singing with more humor or fun than before at the live shows.

Su-metal:

Is that right? (laughs)

Moametal:

Yes.

Q:

Moametal-san, do you think so?

Moametal:

Yes, I do!

Su-metal:

It is true that I personally enjoy deliberately changing my character from time to time. Depending upon the song in question various versions of myself come into existence and things are so different between the solo songs I sing alone and the ones I sing with the three of us and so I enjoy ‘singing this song with a cool attitude’ and ‘sing this one in a more Kawaii style’.

Q:

Is it because you have more leeway in your performance now perhaps?

Su-metal:

I think I have gotten more accustomed to singing as we do so many shows.

Q:

Are there areas in your performances where you feel a sense of leeway from doing so many shows for the two of you?

Yuimetal:

Yes, indeed! Before when we would exit the stage it was all I could do to just take a break but recently I can work flexibly and appropriately with the state of affairs even during a live performance with Su-metal and Moametal where we speak with each other like, ‘The fans are in such and such a state so lets raise up the level of excitement’, or conversely, ‘lets calm things down a bit’.

Q:

That is that now you are able to add a small meet-up in your breaks. When you first played at the RokumeiKan for a short solo show you were really tired out when it ended.

Yuimetal:

That is true.

Q:

So not only have you grown in your powers of expression but also you have gained in physical stamina.

Moametal:

Yes, and so I would love to perform at the RokumeiKan once again using the same set list we used then (laughs).

Su-metal:

I would love to get a feel for how much I have grown since then!

Q:

I think this album shows that your abilities as a vocalists and as expressionists has truly increased. Did you feel that you have grown and developed as you were recording this album?

Moametal:

Nah, these days there are many people who tell us that we have grown a lot recently but I really do not understand how it is that we have grown. That said, I am happy to be told that when we do media takes and things like that.

Yuimetal:

I too do not really understand what is meant by that but I do get a feel for it like, ‘Eh, is that right?’ when people say things like that. And thanks for saying that (laughs).

Q:

No, not at all (laughs).

Moametal:

But I do think that our being able to try our hand at songs with English lyrics is a sign that we have grown. We want to convey Japanese culture and so we sing in Japanese but we did also say that we wanted to give a bit of a try at English songs and so I like how the English vrsion of ‘The One’ turned out.

Su-metal:

I am happy that we now have a song that we can sing together with the overseas fans and yet the recording for it was quite difficult. I think that we have improved a lot through our training recently but that does not mean that we are fluent in speaking English now or before as speaking English and singing English are totally different animals. When you put the sung lyrics in line with the melody sometimes the pronunciation gets a bit weird and so I feel we will have to practice much more to sing well at our live shows.

Q:

I think that the reason you were able to put together such a fantastic album as you have done with this one is because in part just because of the 2 years you spent traveling and performing at various venues around the world. What do you feel you have gained from your overseas warrior training journeys?

Su-metal:

I feel like I have become a person who is totally different from the one I was 2 years ago. I think this thing called overseas is that big of an entity. To me, I thought that America was some world that I just know about through the TV screen so I never thought I would be able to actually go there or to have people who live there to know about us and so my thinking about all that has really changed. Going to various places, meeting many people, seeing many different things has caused things to change for me but what it is exactly I do not know-but everything has changed, I feel. The way I approach the songs has changed, the ability to be able to enjoy the live shows more innocently has come about and the way I feel about the fans has also changed.

Q:

Has your view of what was before a dream-like world taken on a more realistic feeling?

Su-metal:

Yes, but when I live my live in Japan I am just an ordinary person and talking like we are now it all seems like a dream story and so it doesn’t even now have a feeling of being real. And so, we are just about to depart on a tour again this year but I still do not have the feeling that it is actually happening.

Q:

Also, could I ask what you meant by, ‘ the way I feel about the fans has also changed’?

Su-metal:

There is something that I realized. Up to now I had thought that we were to perform what I had worked hard at in practice at the live shows.

Following the overseas tours I feel that I have become a totally different person

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But if that is the case then it is no different than just listening to a CD. So, I thought to myself what is the difference between the two and that is that there are fans at the live shows. Recently it was especially at the second day of the Yokohama arena shows where I felt the incredible high excitement of the fans and it was as if the more energy that we put out the more they would lay their energy and power right on top of it. Moreover, I felt it is not only the fans but also the staff and everyone…all of us collect this energy and create a single thing and I realized that this is what is really splendid about live shows. And so, I have recently come to the realization that the growth of our songs and of ourselves through these live performances is because the fans are raising and fostering us.

Yuimetal:

This is something that I felt especially last year and that is that Babymetal is loved so greatly by the people around us. In our World tour 2 years ago the frequency that the three of us made eye contact went up in number and I have the impression that the emotional bonds between the three of us deepened. And last year I felt that our bonds and teamwork with the staff had grown stronger. This year as well I want to bring the world together as one with the Babymetal members and an even bigger staff.

Moametal:

Through these past two years of activities I have come to feel that I really love Babymetal. Living as Babymetal may be some that only lasts as long as a momentary flash but, I feel that this ties in to what I feel is the most important thing for me. It is an existence that I never want to go away-we the members are here, Babymetal is here and the thing that has changed the most for me is that I want to take all of this and spread it out more and more into the world. That would make me happy. However, recently I am told often that Babymetal doesn’t change. Of course there are areas where we grow and develop and the way we look change respectively but I have come to feel that I don’t want how we feel about each and every live performance and our desire to deliver something to the fans to change.

Q:

With that, could you tell us live show you felt the strongest about in your World tours up to now?

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Moametal:

The show I liked the most was the Makuhari Messe International exhibition hall performance last year in June. That was our first time to perform at such a large venue in Japan. At overseas Festivals we had encountered big audiences but to have so many Japanese gathered together and singing ‘Road of Resistance’ in chorus together made me almost come to tears. We have gotten power from our overseas fans but we got even more from the fans in Japan and I really felt like, ‘We are truly loved’.

Yuimetal:

The one I felt the biggest sense of having achieved something was the London O2 Academy Brixton Live DEATH! This was the first time to play ‘Road of Resistance’ and was thus the first time to unveil a new song overseas. I was a bit uneasy about how the fans would respond at the call back part of the song but it turned out that the cheers from the fans was big enough for me to hear them at a bigger scale than my ear monitor. I truly felt that we were being supported by the fans. With the final ‘We are Babymetal!’ there was a sense of more emotions embedded in the cheers than usual and I became so happy when the fans enjoyed themselves so much when the silver tape exploded out at the end. I felt so happy to ‘have been able to come this far as Babymetal’. One more show where I felt strongly that I want to spread Babymetal more and more to world was the Reading and Leeds Festival Death! After the show we had a ‘Good job! Party’ with the overseas and the Japanese staff where everyone made comments in turn. Hearing everyones’ comments and stories I truly felt that ‘Babymetal is loved. And that we are so lucky to have such a friendly environment to make this all possible.’ I felt then that I want to spread Babymetal around the world more and more. In that sense this Festival made a deep impression on me.

Su-metal:

I think for me it would be Yokohama arena. Form 2014 we had been traveling around doing tours, had many experiences and having overcome many difficulties I felt that Yokohama arena was a nice way to kind of bring everything to nice close. 2015 was filled so densely with the tour that took us to so many countries so for me Yokohama arena was the live show for me that tidied everything up for the year and ties nicely into the start for the next live shows DEATH!

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Su continued

When we swung around the venue at the end of the show and looked at the faces of all the fans I felt like, ‘Wow, we have done something amazing. It is really because of everyone that we have been able to come this far.’ More than anything I realized that I the ‘me’ who appears on stage and is bathed in the spotlight. When we do a good live show it feels like the Fox God has descended into me and has led me around by hand. When I am in the middle of that experience I can enjoy everything without thinking anything and for that show it was like that the whole way through and it felt like I was blasting exchanges of energy between us, the music and the fans. I think of live performances as battles or you could say they are like fighting in a very serious contest. When that show finished my body was completely fatigued but my feelings were soaring and it was a situation that I don’t really understand myself. Along and simultaneous to that it felt like a new me had been born. And so for me the best live show so far was the Yokohama arena one.

Q:

From a bit earlier I have been hearing you use the words, ‘I feel love from the staff surrounding us’ quite often and that at the same time I wonder if you feel like you have a big responsibility ‘carrying the thoughts and wishes of everyone on your back’?

Su-metal:

All the things we have been doing are things that we have never done before and since the divine instructions of Kitsune-sama exceed our imaginations we surprised and we high degree of importance of the responsibility that goes with each and every one of them but since we have a storehouse of experience and a staff that understands the bonds that tie the three of us together I don’t feel all of this as some kind of responsibility. Conversely, I feel the warmth of the love coming from the staff. Since we spend such long periods of time together on tour everyone feels like family to me.

Q:

That may be how you feel now, but perhaps 1 or 2 years ago when the three of you alone on stage felt that you had to make things work yourselves maybe you weren’t able to think that way.

Su-metal:

Right!

Q:

If you were in a situation like the one you are in now back then maybe you would feel it as pressure.

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Su-metal:

I think it would have been felt as really powerful pressure. However, now that I have realized that there is a love coming from the staff around us I feel that I can be at peace and let them take care of me. Any and everything can occur at a live performance but there is now a ‘me’ that is able to think, ‘Whatever happens, with us we will be just fine!’ and so even in those times of accidents we really are OK.

Q:

Before Su-metal-san said that ‘day in and day out Babymetal is continuing to evolve’. How do you feel you are evolving?

Su-metal:

I talked about it a bit just previously but at a certain point in recent live shows there comes a time where I get the sensation that someone is leading by the hand. When that happens, I am here but it feels like, how to put it…like my spirit has gone to a different location and whatever I do it will be OK. It is as if whatever way I may sing or whatever I do it will go off smoothly. And then, I just proceed like that on to the next stage <I don’t know if she means a literal stage, or a next step>. I know this is all really abstract but switching into this kind of feeling happens quite often. So, I think that I am changing in that manner.

Q:

How about you two?

Moametal:

I realized that when we are in the middle of a live show, ‘I was really tired out in this song, but regardless I have come to be able to enjoy it’. Also, in media sessions and we are talking like this I will sometimes realize, ‘Ah, I have been thinking about this or that…..I am surprising myself right now as well (laughs).

Q:

Even now (laughs).

Yuimetal:

I realize in the middle of live shows that I have gotten stronger mentally speaking. I think that the me of 2 or 3 years ago would be so overwhelmed by nervousness that I could almost not even go out on stage but after having done so many stages and as the teamwork and bonds amongst the Babymetal team have grown I have gained a confidence that says, ‘I can do anything!’ DEATH! This ‘me’ that before was filled up to the brim with making sure I performed skillfully in the past can now actually have the leeway to observe how the fans are doing. I feel my core has gotten stronger.

Q:

Further, I feel that the three of you have come more and more to the feeling of ‘wanting to convey’ of ‘wanting to transmit’ something. What are your thoughts on that?

The ‘me’ of 2 or 3 years ago would be overwhelmed by nervousness

 

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With Babymetal it is possible for us to bring the world together as One!

Su-metal:

We started out originally not knowing anything at all about Metal and in the beginning there was a sense of enjoyment about it. It was kind of like with the dance moves we would try to put in some interesting moves into the songs….Maybe I shouldn’t put it like this but it was like we were just doing things ‘from a sense of just having fun’, just laughing and giggling. And then after some time we realized that what we thought was interesting other people also would see what we were doing and think it was interesting too. Of course, some people were not to happy about what we were doing but even for those types we would just get more of the battle-like feeling of, ‘OK, lets see if we can change their minds into liking it too’.

Q:

I see.

Su-metal:

Further, there were triggers that really served to make us feel that we wanted to convey our style of music. We heard from people of our own generation who knew nothing about Metal that they had come to like Metal through Babymetal and we got letters from people saying things like, ‘I was a recluse or a ‘house hermit’ until I heard ‘Ijime, Dame, Zettai’ and got the courage to start going out in the world again’. And so, we want to convey the music of Babymetal to these types of people, get them to realize that this music is interesting and have it serve as a trigger to get them to take an interest in Metal.

Moametal:

I feel that if we can get people to understand that ‘ it is so fun to come together in unison’ by singing Babymetal songs together, and I know it may be difficult, but I feel we can perhaps bring the whole world together as One and so if a person has even a little bit of interest I hope they will listen DEATH! Also, I feel that Metal is a kind of music that can foster and help develop one’s sensitivities so I hope that many people will listen to Metal and find many new kinds of emotions.

Yuimetal:

Just like Moametal said, this might be an unrealistic idea that is too grand in scale, but being in Babymetal gives me so much courage that I begin to feel that with Babymetal it just might be possible to bring the whole world together as One and so I want to travel around the world to more and more countries and think it would be wonderful if the music of Babymetal could serve and assist people.

Q:

I am really excited thinking about how the three of you will perform ‘The One’ at the Tokyo Dome. I think this song will serve as the pillar to Babymetal this year. What do you all think about this song that has as its theme ‘all becoming One’?

Moametal:

I think this is a song that we can all sing together. There is an interlude part in ‘Road of Resistance’ where everyone sings ‘Whoo, whoo’ together, but since we can all sing the whole song with ‘The One’ I am looking forward to hearing how the Dome will be steeped in what kind of unified voice that day.

Yuimetal:

Since we have only played it at Yokohama Arena so far so we still don’t know what kind of position it will take in the shows and because we don’t know actually makes it more enjoyable DEATH! On the way to the Tokyo Dome we will foster and develop it at various live performances and Festivals and so I hope we can perform it in its completed form at the Tokyo Dome. The level of expectation for this song is really high at the moment DEATH!

Su-metal:

Last year we toured using the theme from ‘Road of Resistance’, ‘pioneering a pathless road’ and in the sing along part I really felt that we all came together as One. This year I think the theme will come out to be, ‘Bringing smiles to everyone through the power of music bringing everyone together as One’. I am also looking forward to what the scenery will be like at the Tokyo Dome and how we will sing ‘The One’.

Q:

Regardless of everything, this has really blown up into an extraordinary state of affairs.

Moametal:

I have gotten so I don’t know what is going on at all (laughs).

Su-metal:

Yeah, it seems like we are always heading into live shows every time without a sense of reality to go on, doesn’t it?

Q:

Before that (Tokyo Dome) there is the American tour and the European tour. In fact, 2 years ago when I interviewed you at the release of the album, ‘Babymetal’ I asked you what your goals were for the future and Moametal-san said, ‘I want to go on tour DEATH! I want to go to America’. Hearing that, Su-metal-san said, ‘Yes, dreams should be big ones!’. And, well, you have already achieved that dream.

Moametal:

I did say that, didn’t I?!

Yuimetal:

Something like, ‘someday lets travel overseas!’.

Su-metal:

We were saying, ‘that is not possible, impossible!’.

Q:

Now that that ‘someday’ has already come and gone, what is it that Babymetal should be aiming for now do you think?

Su-metal:

I really hope that someday we will be able to create a new genre called Babymetal-I hope that we will become big enough that we can do that DEATH! I think that what we are doing is ‘Only One’ and since no one has done what we are doing before, I hope we can create a new genre that will be etched in the music history books and we will be known as great, elite artists….OK, I am going to far (laughs), but anyway I want us to become a presence like that DEATH!

Q:

Like you will appear in music history studies when people look into things many decades from now.

Yuimetal:

It would be incredible to be noted in school textbooks.

Su-metal:

That is a wild thought! Dreams should be big ones (laughs).

Q:

‘Ijime, Dame, Zettai’ could appear in textbooks, you know.

Moametal:

Portraits of our faces could even be hung on the walls in music classrooms at schools!

—Beethoven, Bach, Babymetal.

–All together

(Laughing)