Marty Friedman on BABYMETAL singing in Japanese on Tokyo Newspaper

BABYMETAL has been mentioned by Marty Friedman once again in an interview. This time Marty was interviewed by Tokyo Shimbun (Tokyo Newspaper) to talk about J-Pop. He praised the Japanese lyrics and mentioned how BABYMETAL fans are learning Japanese thanks to the inspiration of the lyrics. Read an excerpt of the interview below. 


Marty Friedman praise BABYMETAL singing in Japanese on Tokyo Newspaper

Excerpt of Tokyo Shimbun (Tokyo Newspaper) interview with Marty Friedman. Issue August 28, 2016.



Interviewer: It seems so hard for Japanese musicians to rank highly in the charts of Billboard, right?


Marty: "It’s language. The weak point of music fans in the US is depending excessively on English. I wish the tendency like that would attenuate little by little. It’s natural that everything gets difficult in another country. But I can’t agree to write lyrics in English expressly to be popular in the United States, while it’s splendid if their music would be loved, staying just the way they are.


For example, thinking about BABYMETAL holding awesome concerts in the US, foreign fans are longing to know the meaning of their words. So they've started to learn Japanese. In this case, Japanese has become the magic and the charm point instead of an obstacle. That’s a wonderful phenomenon I think."




Translation by: Shotablue.

Picture by: Unagi Inu


Marty Friedman on BABYMETAL singing in Japanese on Tokyo Newspaper