BABYMETAL at ROCK ON THE RANGE 2015 (press release)

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LINKIN PARK, SLIPKNOT AND JUDAS PRIEST LEAD LINEUP OF OVER 60 BANDS MAY 15, 16 & 17 AT COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM IN OHIO

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Rock On The Range, America’s premier hard rock festival, returns to central Ohio’s Columbus
Crew Stadium May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 for its ninth year with a stellar lineup of top rock
bands led by multiplatinum band Linkin Park, global rock juggernauts Slipknot and heavy
metal legends Judas Priest–who are currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The full
weekend of non-stop rock will also feature performances from Godsmack, Marilyn Manson,
Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The
Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and many more of the
world’s most exciting bands on three stages over three days, plus the biggest Rock n’ Roll
comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent.

Rock On The Range–part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series–has sold out in
advance for two years in a row, with 120,000 concertgoers on hand in 2014. In 2015, ROTR will
welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live
festival coverage, allowing fans around the world to experience Rock On The Range.

To kick off the ROTR weekend with a laugh, Guitar World & Revolver’s Roast On The Range
returns to Columbus, Ohio’s on Thursday, May 14. Look for more details to be announced in
early 2015 at www.RoastOnTheRange.com and www.RockOnTheRange.com. The 2014 Roast
featured nearly a dozen musicians and comedians who honored and lampooned Slipknot and
Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in front of a live audience.

The current band lineup for Rock On The Range–fueled by Monster Energy Drink–is as
follows: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking
Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators,
Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment,
Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames,
Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed,
Periphery, Nonpoint, Baby Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are
Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot,
Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron,
Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz, with more
bands and entertainers to be announced soon.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “It’s been way too long since Slipknot has played ROTR…five
years is too long. We’re coming back with a new album and a new show. It’ll feel good to
headline again. Everyone, prepare for hell…”

Judas Priest proclaims, “Rock On The Range brings the Priest back to the USA! We can’t
wait to unleash our metal maniacs #priestfamily once more with our ongoing 40th anniversary ‘Redeemer of Souls’ World Tour.”

“We’re very excited to be back and playing Rock On The Range. It was an honor to be a part of
the very first ROTR back in ‘07 and we’re grateful to return to be a part of this amazing rock n
roll event,” says Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin.

A specially priced pre-sale for Rock On The Range is available now through Friday, December
5 at 9:59 AM ET. Visit www.facebook.com/rockontherange to receive a code to purchase presale
tickets now. The ROTR ticket pre-sale offers a limited number of weekend tickets at
discounted prices as follows (plus fees):
Weekend Field: $169.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $99.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (save $100, while supplies last): $299
Regularly priced general admission tickets go on sale Friday, December 5 at 10:00 AM ET and
will be priced as follows:
Weekend Field: $184.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $124.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (while supplies last): $349
These prices will stay in place through late February.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Rock On
The Range partner GovX.

Monster Energy returns to Rock On The Range 2015 as the main stage sponsor and will be on
site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and sampling Monster
Energy Drink.

New to Rock On The Range in 2015 will be the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 VIP Lounge which
features amenities such as dedicated Wi-Fi, charging stations, private restrooms, premium food
options and more. This upgrade will be available for all ticket purchases for only $125 while
supplies last.

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For full details about all tickets, including Military Ticket discounts, VIP Packages, Hotel and
Ticket Bundles, Camping Packages and Layaway Tickets, visit: www.RockOnTheRange.com.
“Our mission each year is to widen the net as much as possible while staying true to the core that
is Rock On The Range,” says Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR for
RockHouse Presents. “Take headliners Slipknot, Linkin Park, and Judas Priest as well as
heavyweights Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, the welcomed return of Breaking Benjamin,
combine that with bands such as Rise Against, Of Mice & Men, Tech N9ne, Yelawolf and a
rare appearance from the likes of Ministry, you then get the world that is Rock On The Range.
A music festival…where ROCK (of all kinds) lives.”

Rock On The Range is proud to once again be fueled by their partners at Monster Energy
Drink. Additional sponsors include Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music
Experience and Zippo, with more to be announced.

Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, Crew Stadium,
and RockHouse Presents. The multi-stage music and lifestyle event features a potent lineup of
bands on three stages over three days. The nationally renowned festival that’s centrally located in
the heart of the country is proud to be part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series, and
annually draws huge weekend crowds since its inception in 2007, including a sold-out crowd of
over 120,000 fans in 2014.

Website: www.RockOnTheRange.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockontherange
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rockontherange


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BABYMETAL at ROCK ON THE RANGE 2015 (press release)

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LINKIN PARK, SLIPKNOT AND JUDAS PRIEST LEAD LINEUP OF OVER 60 BANDS MAY 15, 16 & 17 AT COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM IN OHIO

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Rock On The Range, America’s premier hard rock festival, returns to central Ohio’s Columbus
Crew Stadium May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 for its ninth year with a stellar lineup of top rock
bands led by multiplatinum band Linkin Park, global rock juggernauts Slipknot and heavy
metal legends Judas Priest–who are currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The full
weekend of non-stop rock will also feature performances from Godsmack, Marilyn Manson,
Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The
Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and many more of the
world’s most exciting bands on three stages over three days, plus the biggest Rock n’ Roll
comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent.

Rock On The Range–part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series–has sold out in
advance for two years in a row, with 120,000 concertgoers on hand in 2014. In 2015, ROTR will
welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live
festival coverage, allowing fans around the world to experience Rock On The Range.

To kick off the ROTR weekend with a laugh, Guitar World & Revolver’s Roast On The Range
returns to Columbus, Ohio’s on Thursday, May 14. Look for more details to be announced in
early 2015 at www.RoastOnTheRange.com and www.RockOnTheRange.com. The 2014 Roast
featured nearly a dozen musicians and comedians who honored and lampooned Slipknot and
Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in front of a live audience.

The current band lineup for Rock On The Range–fueled by Monster Energy Drink–is as
follows: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking
Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators,
Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment,
Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames,
Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed,
Periphery, Nonpoint, Baby Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are
Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot,
Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron,
Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz, with more
bands and entertainers to be announced soon.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “It’s been way too long since Slipknot has played ROTR…five
years is too long. We’re coming back with a new album and a new show. It’ll feel good to
headline again. Everyone, prepare for hell…”

Judas Priest proclaims, “Rock On The Range brings the Priest back to the USA! We can’t
wait to unleash our metal maniacs #priestfamily once more with our ongoing 40th anniversary ‘Redeemer of Souls’ World Tour.”

“We’re very excited to be back and playing Rock On The Range. It was an honor to be a part of
the very first ROTR back in ‘07 and we’re grateful to return to be a part of this amazing rock n
roll event,” says Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin.

A specially priced pre-sale for Rock On The Range is available now through Friday, December
5 at 9:59 AM ET. Visit www.facebook.com/rockontherange to receive a code to purchase presale
tickets now. The ROTR ticket pre-sale offers a limited number of weekend tickets at
discounted prices as follows (plus fees):
Weekend Field: $169.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $99.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (save $100, while supplies last): $299
Regularly priced general admission tickets go on sale Friday, December 5 at 10:00 AM ET and
will be priced as follows:
Weekend Field: $184.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $124.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (while supplies last): $349
These prices will stay in place through late February.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Rock On
The Range partner GovX.

Monster Energy returns to Rock On The Range 2015 as the main stage sponsor and will be on
site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and sampling Monster
Energy Drink.

New to Rock On The Range in 2015 will be the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 VIP Lounge which
features amenities such as dedicated Wi-Fi, charging stations, private restrooms, premium food
options and more. This upgrade will be available for all ticket purchases for only $125 while
supplies last.

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For full details about all tickets, including Military Ticket discounts, VIP Packages, Hotel and
Ticket Bundles, Camping Packages and Layaway Tickets, visit: www.RockOnTheRange.com.
“Our mission each year is to widen the net as much as possible while staying true to the core that
is Rock On The Range,” says Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR for
RockHouse Presents. “Take headliners Slipknot, Linkin Park, and Judas Priest as well as
heavyweights Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, the welcomed return of Breaking Benjamin,
combine that with bands such as Rise Against, Of Mice & Men, Tech N9ne, Yelawolf and a
rare appearance from the likes of Ministry, you then get the world that is Rock On The Range.
A music festival…where ROCK (of all kinds) lives.”

Rock On The Range is proud to once again be fueled by their partners at Monster Energy
Drink. Additional sponsors include Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music
Experience and Zippo, with more to be announced.

Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, Crew Stadium,
and RockHouse Presents. The multi-stage music and lifestyle event features a potent lineup of
bands on three stages over three days. The nationally renowned festival that’s centrally located in
the heart of the country is proud to be part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series, and
annually draws huge weekend crowds since its inception in 2007, including a sold-out crowd of
over 120,000 fans in 2014.

Website: www.RockOnTheRange.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockontherange
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rockontherange


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BABYMETAL to appear at Rock on the Range

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BABYMETAL return to the USA to appear at Rock on the Range!

Rock on the Range, May 15,16 & 17, 2015!
Crew Stadium
One Black & Gold Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio
http://rotr.rockontherange.com/lineup.html

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Rock on the Range is an annual rock festival featuring mostly mainstream rock bands, with a classic band usually headlining the show. The festival is held at two venues; Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rock on the Range debuted in Columbus on May 19, 2007 and in Winnipeg on June 27, 2009.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_on_the_Range


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Sakura Gakuin: Moshi Moshi “Troubles” broadcast room part 1

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Part 1 of the Sakura Gakuin 1st Moshi Moshi “Troubles” broadcast room

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SYVntkKbiE


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BABYMETAL made headline on Yahoo News

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Here is a translation from a news that have done Yahoo News Headline, thank to SaraMetal on Reddit for the translation.

BABYMETAL why popular abroad? Evaluation as a metal unit that was born from cute culture

Here is the completed translation;

An article by Kenji Hirayoshi in Yahoo news. Apology for my clumsy translation. Perhaps, someone new is reading, so I translated all including you must already know well.
Translation: There is an idol group which was expected to entry 65th NHK Kohaku(most famous music festival in Japan which on air on at the end of every year). Before entry list is shown publicly, there was a news that BM documentary TV program will be on NHK (Japanese public broad cast company which is the best to make such TV program), therefore, fans expectation just kept increasing. However, BM was not on the list…

(As you know) BM which is a bizzare style of fusion of idol and Metal got quite popular in the world. Although BM is getting popular in Japan, but it only happened recently (I myself realized them last July from oversea news source, not from Japan). It is likely that the opening act with Gaga triggered the recent estimation. It seems like all sudden, and neverthless BM is not known publicly except fans who have known and followed BM since Sakura-Gakuin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPHC5cF-G20

Why are they accepted by worldwide fans? One factor is that propagation of Japanese Kawaii and pop-culture in EU and other area. Their have high estimation as a Metal unit born from Kawaii culture although they are seen as idol group in Japan.

Trigger was Youtube: Let me look back their activities here. BM was united as a female idol group which is offshoot of Sakura Gakuin in 2010. Their theme was a fusion of Idol and Metal, and the purpose was conquer the world. As you know, the trigger of their sky rocketing popularity was Youtube.

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Their independent debut track “Doki Doki Morning” in 2011 was on Youtube, then it became a news. Then, “Gimichoco” got explosive popularity in Feb. 2014, at Nov. 28th, download number is over 18 millions, and its comment is over 33,000. Most of the comment from worldwide users comments, and they applauded BM novel performance. It is not only ordinary users, but also by many famous artists loved the video, and they propagated “Japanese Kawaii artist is in Metal now!”. Of course, the Youtube led BM to Lady Gaga opening act. BTW, Doki Doki Morning also got 2.2 millions download with comment over 4200. The full version which was available later also got 4.6 million play with 5490 comments.

It did not take a year to break into stardom: In 2012, they joined as the youngest artist ever to the most famous summer festival “SUMMER SONIC 2012”. Then after concentrated to live activities in Japan. The first oversea live was “Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2012”. Then, next year in January, they major debut from Toys Factory. The first live by their own was Dec. 2013 in Singapore. It was only a year ago. Then, they declared the oversea tour(Samurai`s training) in the first Budo-kan concert in March 2013.

After, accelerated worldwide activity. Last July, started world tour, then Sonisphere Festival UK. Then they won “HEAVY METAL WORLD CUP”, and HEAVY MONTREAL. Then, their first album become as you know, No.1 as World Albums. As all of above, the trigger was the debut song in 2011, but explosive break into stardom waslast Feb., then worldwide live was started from July this year. Of course, Youtube popularity was solid, but live is a different story. But, after all lives were almost sold out, and it is only damn one year, and it is exceptional such rapid extension.
Metal expression gets rid of prejudice against idol Once a group is categorized as an idol, you may have some bias. Such unconscious prejudice automatically trap you. I myself is one of them, and I must admit that I watched BM with some unfair prejudice, “this is an idol group, anyway”.

However, even with such bias, the girls impression was a little different. Young girls lively action, direct touchy songs whch does not give you time to think, and above all, overwhelming energy, Feeling sparkling, bless of life….(Comment:if you saw their lives, you know that. They are the best music act to me)

This one may be the something makes person an idol. But, I was then puzzled with their performance、and feel doubt and discomfort in good sense because of again the bias of idol? Lovely, but hard pop dance with fierce metal riffs. Imagine powerful music which is output by performance one step short of fainting. Their play deserved to respect, Metal music expression, live staging, and so on. BABYMETAL back players is flawless.

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Is this a challenge against Metal,or respect?: Conventional notion of metal, that is in the world view and history which has been accumulated by metal musicians including Ozzy” Osbourne in 70s. It can not be depicted by words, but daring to choose words to explain (Metal), rebellion, style, dark world, Thanatos, and Metal can be described a music to express such words.
Transform noise into guitar sound, revolutionize Middle Age scale to melody, Destructive track and thoroughly calculated bass line, non conventional drum play with two bass drums with hidden unique expression, high tone shout and death voice. No room for doubt, Metal has a stylized clear model with the all factors above.
Babymetal’s achievement is combining of Metal with lovely ladies who are far mismatch, such far fetch is already the greatest triumph and the challenge against what Metal meant. This point has been received high reputation by Youtubers.

BABYMETAL back band dares to say themselves as the best Metal back band, and SU-METAL, YUI-METAL, MOA-METAL. …….(omission for some parts since we all know this as long as you went through BABYMETAL performances)

In Japan, they are seen as an idol, but as artists worldwide; Idol and Metal. They are exclusive each other, but those two are fused and establishes an entertainment which the world reacts heatedly, then not only Japan, but their fame is now worldwide. Creating new interpretation which makes us so excited.

BTW, in the world, perspectives of BABYMETAL has been changed from an idol to artist with high estimation. Maybe because that Japanese Kawaii and pop culture have been propagated from EU to the rest, and it is now accepted in US too. For example, Avri Llavigne uses word “Kawaii” in her number “Hello, Kiti”, it is already famous.

As all above, BABYMETAL started with “Idol X Metal theme”, but outside Japan they are recognized as a bizarre metal band with Kawaii culture, and again seen as artist which make their reputation. This is the reason that they are much more famous in the world. They are introduced that Kawaii artists blow of metal sound.

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So, not only two things, but all contradicts(or one slaved to another) factors such as Kawaii x Metal, song x dance, male adult dominance x juvenile female resistance were all fused into a miracle system. Realizing such system is the most reason that BABYMETAL has been so popular and accepted by different kinds people in all over the world.

Enjoy Kawaii culture with deadly serious Metal sounds while head banging, that is our BABYMETAL!

The last several paragraphs are my subjective translation. Thank for reading all. This is normal to you maybe, but in Japan, average people just started noticed them. Lets see what happen next.


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BABYMETAL next media appearances!!

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Here is a list of next BABYMETAL TV appearances from their official website : http://www.babymetal.jp/news//0/14580/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK4561MgZhM

BABYMETAL got many exposure in this year end to new year!

TV
Dec. 15th (mon)0:10 / 6:10 / 12:30 / 18:30 (JST)
International broadcast: NHK WORLD “J-MELO”
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index.html

Dec. 20th (Sat) 26:40
Domestic: NHK BS Premium “J-MELO”

Dec 21th (Sun) 24:15
NHK G “Music Japan presents BABYMETAL Special”

Dec. 26th (Fri) 19:00 – 23:10
EX “Music Station SUPER LIVE 2014”
http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/music/superlive2014/lineup.html

Jan. 31st (Sat) 21:00 – 21:30
MTV “BABYMETAL VideoSelects”

Jan. 31st (Sat) 21:30 – 22:00
MTV “BABYMETAL LIVE at BUDOKAN”

Magazine
Nov. 22nd (Sun) “Get Navi”
Nov. 29th (Sat) “Gekkan Entame” London Live Report
Dec. 4th (Thu) “Nikkei Entertainment”
Dec. 5th (Fri) “MdN”
Dec. 9th (Tue) “Tokyo Walker”

translation: GESOMETAL on Reddit


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Who loves Sakura Gakuin the most?

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The Sakura Gakuin girls attempt to answer a variety of questions about Sakura Gakuin activities over the year.

Note: There is a missing section at the 6:56 part. I was having trouble catching what was said.
It does appear translated in the answer section however. Sorry for the mishap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huBu7Sij6fw


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Bassist BOH interview from Hedoban magazine (vol.4)

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A bassist of Kami Band – BABYMETAL’s back band – Bassist BOH talked about his early days, principle of life and music and love for masters of bass and BABYMETAL! This is a translation from Hedoban magazine vol.4, first apperared on Reddit r/BABYMETAL.

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Q : In this interview, I’d like to hear from you how a player with super technique acquired it and built a reputation, also like to know your music roots and current activities.

BOH : It was around the end of my fifteen… Just before my graduation from a junior high. I went to one of my friends’ house and there were a guitar and a bass. I tried both but only four strings it had so… (laugh)

Q : The common “It must be easy to master!” thing (laugh).

B : Right (laugh). So it was from my high school days when I begin my band life. It takes amount of time even to be a bass player of some extent, doesn’t it? I kept practicing in my room everyday right after school, joined Keion-Bu (a light music club) in my high school, formed a copy band and practiced. We didn’t do our original stuff back then. We boys in my days were like… such as “Wanna play Glay!” “Luna Sea!” And girls “Wanna sing Judy & Mary!” We’re like that… I sometimes joined to copy bands that mimicked major ones in top 10 charts. I felt like wandering for sessions since then. I wanted more chances to play my favorite songs from various bands. I didn’t have a feeling of belonging to any specific band. And at school festivals it was difficult to make my application as one man bassist, so I had kept good relationships with bad boys in advance to keep them practicing seriously (laugh), to make my band improved in a good mood. I liked to do all these things.

Q : Was there any reputation of you back then as “I know a cool bassist!” among these boys?

B : I concentrated on my play and didn’t think I was cool, but people around me said so. Same in my music school days. I was a kind of man to devote myself to improve my technical skill.

Q : There are those, as an example, who began a metal band and become a person to say “Who do you think I am?” when he’s just asked some J-pop bass guitar. You weren’t that kind of player, were you?

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B : No, I wasn’t. Grooves are so different between genres. I rather liked to find new styles of play through various experiences. Cool bass sound isn’t a major contributor to make a song better. So I learned even from playing uninteresting songs to me, or I didn’t like assigned notes, or I didn’t feel “these phrases came to me.” And my play turned out to be a piece of ensemble and songs became cool in the end when I played as I told.

Q : And you are famous for the six-string bass guitar. When did you begin to use it?

B : 18 years old. I used a four-string one from 15 to in a middle of 18 years old. I have been in love with Billy Sheehan for a long time, so I loved shredding and chordal play. But I had misunderstood completely… that these were normal play of the bass because of my devotion of mimicking Billy Sheehan (laugh).

Q : Did you always like Metal?

B : I only liked Billy Sheehan so much (laugh). We copied almost Mr. Big only. I went from Billy Sheehan to Talas and David Lee Roth and more. Then he began Niacin, I just followed him into Fusion world.

Q : Do others with the six-string naturally catch your eyes?

B : There is little communication happened because bassists with it is rare to be met. A six-string is relatively new. The one invented that is Anthony Jackson, a jazz bassist. So the six-string seemed not for Rock or other genres originally. And if someone uses it for Metal, we must be interested, right? And John Myung of Dream Theater. The band doesn’t rely on momentum. So easily they play songs strictly constructed, so difficult for other players. With astonishingly tight rhythm. I got surprised so much. I began to put my eyes on polymeters. On how to count that. On making phrases with scales normally too difficult to remember. On playing these things smartly. So Dream Theater left great influence on me.

Q : I don’t know much about instruments, but your double-handed tapping gives me awe. Is it an influence from Billy Sheehan?

B : Billy Sheehan is one of them. Another is a jazz bassist Victor Wooten. He’s the man, even he did one song with tapping only. As for tapping we see a right hand first, but a left hand does pulling and hammering, doesn’t it? I misunderstood these were also one of tapping techniques, so I only do them by my right hand… it might sound odd to say “only”. For me, doing tapping is the same as playing the piano. My fingers tapping in double-handed play are hammers in the piano. So I just imagined playing the piano in the middle of my solo play for Babymetal at Budokan, as an example. I made my sound with multiple fingers on multiple strings, contrary to the guitar. It is very much different from conventional tapping.

Q : Who do you think are great bassists other than Billy Sheehan?

B : John Myung is astonishing as I mentioned. And it might be controversial… I like Robert Trujillo as a most successive bassist in Metallica. His stability is surprising. I saw them playing at Summer Sonic, he looked cohering other member playing free. And his play has so much power as his appearance (laugh). But it is not brutal but sensitive. He had played so funky with a lot of slapping as shown in his former career (in Infectious Grooves), but now in Metallica he plays so much differently which fascinates me. He plays in different styles even he doesn’t like.

Q : Studio musicians don’t seem to stick with live performance, but BOH-San loves it, don’t you?

B : I do! I think nothing happens without taking a chance. And requirements for studio musicians have been changed, we have to do better on stage now. Standing still behind main performers isn’t enough anymore. Computers are everywhere, so demand of us… our customers has been decreasing. Our customer is an artist. In this difficult circumstance, I have to have something different from others to get more offers. Needless to say seniors with career are outstanding skillful musician, I have to catch up with these people. When I asked myself what they couldn’t do, I play the six-string as my main instrument. Someone gave me an advice as “The six-string is prospective. There is a few people with this,” once I began to learn it. But when I began to use it they said “That monster of the bass guitar gives you few offers. It’s just acrobatics.” I had no ear to listen, even I misunderstood that they didn’t give me an advise but express their frustration of unable to play it (laugh).

Q : BOH-San seems to have quite a strong mentality, don’t you?

B : I’m positive in nature. One thing I always avoid is to fool or speak bad for opinions and plays of others. That’s what I keep trying. There are many moments to want to say something bad like “This man’s breakdown is bad as hell!” There are also moments of “You should play more seriously.” But I don’t say any of these. It will be more productive just to imagine the way that they can play better. When being forced to do something too much, everyone can say “It’s impossible! I quit!” But a feeling is nothing to compare if you finally made it with impossible level of effort you could.

Q : From what you said I think such attitude is a wisdom of BOH-San who survives only with a bass guitar. And what was your biggest work after your graduation from music school?

B : My first one was about a song Hitoiro of Mika Nakajima. It’s about the time of a movie NANA 2. I played at lives and on TVs… in the back band. It’s my first time to attend to Kouhaku Uta-gassen.

Q : How old were you at the time?

B : I was 24 back then.

Q : So young for it!

B : I don’t know well about it. I also played at Music Station and Utaban in the same period, I was 24, too when I experienced prime time music programs as a member of back bands and jobs at large venues like Makuhari Messe at the first time.

Q : Experiences of big stages as a back band of Mika Nakashima and others… Do you think these experiences give you much feedback?

B : I had played only live-house like smaller places. Kawasaki Club Citta was largest in my career back then. But it was suddenly upgraded to hall-class places far larger… It’s like I was in a dream, isn’t it? Like I played in a TV program that I watched just before.

Q : It’s even great that you went straight to Kouhaku, wasn’t it?

B : At the end of the day, a session musician like me is a job that owes most to others. We only play behind the famous. We can’t be there if they are not there. And tons of pro musicians are there around me, including my elders. But these famous ones just choose me. I remember it impressed me lot. It also added more responsibility on me. To be honest, I was picked up from those who were better than me. I couldn’t sleep every these days because of the responsibility or… nervousness from the responsibility. Not to say there are air plays for TV jobs, but there’s times when I couldn’t stop my hands trembling even at air plays.

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Q : You play bold as a god of base at BABYMETAL lives, I can’t tell whether it’s because of these experiences or not…

B : By contraries now I can express myself better at larger stage like that. I might get nervous at small live houses of 100 or 200 audiences though I haven’t played at such venues lately.

Q : Is it because of closer eyes of audience?

B : Rather because of severe tolerance for sounds I make? We can hear all the nuances in a small place. But I say I play at larger places with a wish that all of my notes hit audiences right. At Budokan audience can get a clearer view of backwards of the stage than expected even from far behind. Artists look so small from the audience, but audiences are closer than expected from the stage… Like “So close as it is!” More, as to BABYMETAL other members give me a lot of sense of ease. And a will of the trio for performance is tremendous, so I can’t afford to take a single breath. All of Kami Band members must share a tension that the trio defeats us if we do it lasy. We are leaning a lot more from playing with them than with long-career artists. But it’s not because such little girls do their best, but because we just have fun from playing together with three artists. Babymetal is the most enjoyable in my activities.

Q : Was there any request from Kobametal at the moment when you became a god of bass?

B : The first one from Kobametal was, “No need to hold back by a reason why they are a girl or an idol. Just do it as heavy and loud as you can.” All the member of Kami Band loves Metal, but can’t do like that in another jobs, can we? So nothing makes us happier so much because we do our job and can enjoy it!

Q : So the feeling I got that Kami Band must have enjoyed at lives from footages and pictures is true, isn’t it!

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B : I bet. But at the same time Babymetal is one of the hardest jobs ever. Its play is severe. And gods of drum and gods of guitar are incredibly good and severe. Once a member play wrong a little bit… even get out of the rhythm a little bit, all others throw a look at the one. (laugh) and more to say, it has a concept that we deliver only a good play as possible that we developed as possible. Our first objective is to re-create original sound. First we try to play it live just the same as programmed version, then we make some arrangements for live when we feel odd though we played just the same. Anyway it’s only for minor things.

Q : Ijime, Dame, Zettai sounds like band sound. On the contrary songs like IINE! doesn’t so much. So are songs like IINE! more difficult for you?

B : IINE! is difficult! (laugh) Difficult from its first note! Its killer part is something that normal human don’t do… (laugh) I play that part just the same as the original source. The first concept of Kami Band was “Be technical.” But having smooth movement of fingers, good rhythm, tight sound and such are just minimum requirements, top on that need good collaboration to develop songs.

Q : Which is the most memorable Babymetal song for BOH-San?

B : It’s Akatsuki and Ijime, Dame, Zettai. It’s not because of technical things but because of their structure which are so complicated and long. Paces are faster than those I play in my head (laugh), so once I play late I’m over. As for bass technique the most difficult is… Akumu no Rondo is difficult, but… Babymetal Death would be the one. All the bass riffs are unison with the guitar’s and my fingering is same as the guitar’s… A neck of the bass is wider than the guitar, so I have to keep my fingers wide to play it through.

Q : Is it impossible without a six-string one?

B : You can do with a five-string one. But the song requires positions that normally are not to be used, so it is the most difficult in physical and technical aspects. And its tempo is fast.

Q : Which song is do you think suitable for players as a first song to copy Babymetal bass?

B : I think it’s basic to master Catch Me If You Can. Or simpler ones like Doki Doki Morning. It’s simply impossible to begin from Megitsune or Ijime, Dame, Zettai. (laugh)

Q : Which Babymetal live left you an impression most?

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B : It’s Budokan, yeah. The girls got a record of the youngest performer there by that live. On top of that, the stage was not a half configuration but 360-degree one with audiences packed as possible for their music genre… I felt they were going to go worldwide while I played on the stage! There was a power in the hall at the live. And my conviction at the live came from not only the power but also the moment when I felt future big wave yet to come. I never thought of that hype for my solo bass play. They didn’t come to see a back band but the trio at first, did they? I couldn’t help but getting hyped by that applause from audiences that came to see the trio singing and dancing.

Q : You did shredding and tapping in rehearsals at Summer Sonic, Loud Park and other performances.

B : I did, I did. (laugh)

Q : Audiences cried, “Woooooow!” with hype. (laugh)

B : It’s also beyond my expectation. (laugh) For me I just made sure in advance whether those super-fast shredding phrases sounded right or not. It’s okay if it sounds right, because any play in a showtime is assured. I play that just for confirmation. I don’t play that for my exposure. (laugh) It’s just a confirmation purpose.

Q : Really? I thought there was some intension in you. (laugh)

B : It’s my routine for confirming my sound that I do some rough shredding and it’s okay if it sounds right, especially when we don’t have enough time to adjust our sound at a rehearsal. Any simple play sounds right when such fast play can sound right, doesn’t it?

Q : I see. So these audience reactions were out of the blue for you?

B : Totally. (laugh) but I am rather a type of person who says “Because I always want to play as much as I can!” when fans ask me why. (laugh) And I have no other choice to say that. (laugh)

Q : What is the most interesting aspect of Babymetal do you think to BOH-San? Though your answer might be overlapping to what you said now.

B : It would be that it is a fusion of completely different things together, and no one including Babymetal themselves knows what’s next. At the beginning of the assignment last year, I never thought that it could sell out Budokan and go abroad in that early. It’s beyond my expectations that reactions would be so good like that? and it hit the Billboard chart? More of it, Babymetal is that viral but I am only mentioned and recognized as a god of bass… I feel so good about that.

Q : Wait… You feel so good about that. (laugh)

B : It is so much interesting to me. (laugh)

Q : In my image as an amateur, all of you are an independent player. So I think you would want to sell your names as possible.

B : There’s such urge in my heart indeed. But while I play with hiding my name, only die-hard Babymetal fans do their studies to find my name. Those who know my name really love Babymetal. Only these people know my name… It makes me feel good. I have some fun from tweeting not “I’m going to play for Babymetal tomorrow!” by myself but “I’m on a rehearsal now,” with vague description, then retweets go spreading slowly. Now is the time that strong appeals like “I’m going to do it!” don’t appeal a lot but rather things hidden from people make the way to the world… Its power is surprising, I think.

Q : I have now an impression from you that you love Babymetal so much.

B : Yes, I do! No Kami Band member hates Babymetal at all! We can do what we like. Yes, we must overcome difficult riffs to play strictly and unfamiliar phrases to master perfectly. But. There’s less freedom to improvise, but shredding loud at large venues makes us happy as a musician and there’s not so much opportunities to do that in other stages. There are not so much opportunities to use all of my skills. In other words, Babymetal isn’t easy at all as “Let’s play to make a singer to sing easy.” We were asked to put a pedal to the metal. (laugh)

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Q : Have you never been asked such a request before?

B : No. (laugh) Most of them were “Please make the volume lower because we couldn’t hear the voice.” On the contrary in Babymetal we band member rather said, “It’s crazy, isn’t it !? It’s beyond loud, isn’t it!?” (laugh)

Q : For the end of this interview, what’s your advice to those who are in a music school with a dream of becoming a pro soloist, and those who want to make a living as a soloist?

B : I think cooperative mind is priority.

Q : Cooperative mind?

B : Yes. Not to mention that we go forward with a will to do what we want to, but a point is whether we have flexibility for others or not. When you are asked to play any specific bass, you better not say that you won’t because it is against your belief, instead say that you’re happy to do it but you want to try your style if they allow. Only those who can say like that survive. And those who simply love to learn music do. It is whether or not you have open mind… or creative feeling who aren’t the brain-trust, learn it and forget it and keep accepting new things… even things out of music theory. And more, whether you can follow advices from others or not.

Whether you can keep your mouth shut or not – you better not say much, but hold it in your mind even if you have a ton of words to their advices. It’s different from being obsequious. It feels so good when we do it without objection and surpass those who tell us what to do, doesn’t it? One thing everyone misunderstands is that they try hard to be unique. I believe uniqueness is something only others can see. All we can do is to do as our hearts go and others evaluate whether you are unique or not. Others say, “BOH is a rare thing with a six-string,” or “He plays the bass as if it weren’t it.” Their evaluation includes my outfits. So I never think of insisting that playing as a member of Kami Band with that face painting is my uniqueness. What I do now completely owes those around me. I’m so happy that I began to be recognized by these and those things spreading out, but I don’t do all of them intentionally. Otherwise what I do intentionally is to deliver a good play. It’s the best way, isn’t it?


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