Su-metal Solo interview (Hedoban Vol. 3)

 

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Hedoban Vol. 10

 

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Su-metal

(Vocal, Dance)

Solo interview

Metal is something has the feeling of stabbing you, you know. Because you are stabbed with such force, your body is forced to move before you can thing anything in your head. That is why I feel that Metal is something that can, ‘show your real self’.

So, of course, following our interview with Yuimetal and Moametal we get a Kourin from Su-metal, that one who emits a ‘vocal and dance’ of such an unlimited nature that her extremely transparent vocalizes Metal that is able to light up the whole galaxy! And then following that, with the same penetrating look that she shows in the live shows, Su-metal talks with us for the first time 2-years after the BudouKan shows. That is right, this is the confession of Su-metal that reveals who she is at the age of 16. This is the follow up solo interview with Su-metal.

From 16 to 18 years of age. Su-metal looks back over her ‘grin’ at their first stage at the overseas English festival of Sonisphere, to their battle filled European tour, to their teaming up with Dragon Force to 2 years of ‘Metal destiny’ reflecting on the Metal aspects of BABYMETAL.

2-years have elapsed since we did our first solo interview with Su-metal in Vol. 3 at the 3 year point since the formation of BABYMETAL. What did this 16 year old girl feel about the background of the world Metal scene, the 2 years of touring and the Metal spirit as she traveled around the world on their ‘Metal destiny’ tour?

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March 2nd, 2014

Red Night Legend ‘Kyodai neck brace Festival’ Tenka ichi Metal BudouKai Final

Black Night Legend ‘Doomsday’ Ceremony of Summons

Su-metal:

‘The Tokyo BudouKan was a dream-like place as it was a place that I had wanted to perform at since I realized when I was a small child that I wanted to be a singer.

Q:

I am certain that these past 2 years have been filled with excitement and miracles since we last interviewed you in a solo interview 2 years ago (Hedoban Vol. 3). With that in mind, how do you feel looking back over these past 2 years?

Su-metal:

It passed in the blink of an eye. So, 2 years ago at this time we had not yet performed at the BudouKan?

Q: I think you were about to perform there.

(This interview was carried out at the end of February.)

Su-metal:

I am surprised to hear that we were about to perform on the BudouKan stage just 2 years ago. (looking into the distance) Only 2 years have elapsed since then….? This seems so strange to me.

Q:

Can you recall in detail what happened at the BudouKan?

Su-metal:

Yes, well, of course DEATH!

Q:

We just finished our interview with Yuimetal and Moametal and they both said that the BudouKan shows were a turning point for them. How was it for Su-metal?

Su-metal:

Ever since I wanted to be a singer from when I was a little girl, the BudouKan was always a dream-like place. So in that sense, when we stood on the stage at the Budouakan 2 years ago, it was like, ‘Oh, my, I am actually here’.

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‘In my world, the BudouKan was a 3-day performance, DEATH!’

(Su-metal)

Q:

Didn’t you have the realization that you were actually there at the BudouKan?

Su-metal:

I don’t think I really realized it. The stage that I envisioned myself standing on when I became a singer since I was a small child was thh BudouKan DEATH!

Q:

So, you mean the image you always had in your head was of you performing at the BudouKan?

Su-metal:

Yes, that’s right. It was truly a dream-like place for me and so I didn’t feel like I was actually performing there. I mean, I performed the first day, went home and performed one more stage, you know. (laughs)

Q:

Uhmm…hah?! I don’t really understand what you are talking about.

Su-metal:

I performed one more stage at the BudouKan in a dream that night. We performed our first stage and then I went home and went to sleep. When I woke up in the morning I had at that point already performed at the BudouKan for 2 days, you see. (laughs)

Q:

(laughs)

Su-metal:

It took me a bit after waking up to realize that today the second day of performance was still hanging out there. I have a strong memory of coming to the realization that, ‘Oh, wow, I get to perform at the BudouKan one more time!’.

Q:

On the first day at the BudouKan there was that happening that occured with Yuimetal and, including that incident, did it seem to you that there was a heightening of sense of the togetherness of BABYMETAL?

Su-metal:

If I had to speak of the 2 days individually I would say that the first day had about the sense of, ‘Wow, well, we have made it to the BudouKan!’, and so we had the feeling that more than enjoying the experience we really had to do our utmost to put a professional show. In the pre-show rehearsal we had to focus on memorizing where we needed to stand for each song and things like that and so were unable to actually do much dancing. And perhaps because of this I was not so confident about the first stage. And so, for me the first day’s stage was not a very satisfying one for me. Thinking about it now, I am very happy that the BudouKan shows were performed over 2 days.

Q:

Did you get more of a sense of satisfaction from the second day’s performance?

Su-metal:

Yes, I would say so. I think that is why had a dream of performing at the BudouKan after we finished our first day.

Q:

I see!

Su-metal:

If I am not satisfied with the performance, I watch a dream…in the dream everything goes extremely smoothly. On the second day’s performance the actual show played out exactly as I had seen it in the dream the night before!

Q:

So, you mean after you woke up the next day everything went well as if it was a repeat of the dream?

Su-metal:

Yes! So for me, the BudouKan was a 3 day performance DEATH! (laughs)

Q:

Saying this in a good way…Su-metal has not changed at all. (laughs)

Su-metal:

(laughs)

Q:

You sang ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’ at the BudouKan but have not performed it since then, right? However, it has been recorded for this this new album…how did you feel when you heard it would be included on the new album?

Su-metal:

We didn’t play it for so long that I wondered if it had perhaps been shelved. There are, for example, songs that we recorded for quite some time that I thought would be close to completion for the CD that were not, in the end, included, you know. (laughs) And so I thought this song (NR,NR) had maybe ended up like that and had kind of gone away. That song is one that I personally love and so I was simply very happy when I knew it would be included on this new album DEATH!

Q:

Well, then you must be happy that with this song included on the album and the opportunities to perform it live will become more frequent, right?

Su-metal:

When we were first getting started as BABYMETAL, I would just go all out and do my best with each song I sang…. When I was first singing ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’, I didn’t really comprehend the depth of the lyrics, you see. Now 2 years have elapsed and I am getting ready to sing it again. In these 2 years I have acquired a variety of ways to use my voice and I think I have improved in my abilities of expression. With those changes as the backdrop we are getting ready to re-record this song and put it on the new album. I think the 2 years leading up to this point are of great importance.

Q:

I see. There are a great many things embedded in ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’. Among those would you include the way Su-metal has progressed and changed as a singer?

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Su-metal:

Yes, that’s right. This song is a ballad, and so my singing takes kind of the main, center position in the song, right? This song requires in an exceptional way that some sections of it be expressed solely through the singing and so I really hope that I can develop it as a song to an even further degree. And so, I am extremely excited to see how it will evolve as a song DEATH!

 

2014 July 5

Sonisphere ~ Apollo stage

Knebworth, UK

‘Once we went on stage we realized that there were tons of people out there which immediately made things much more interesting.’

(Su-metal)

Q:

After the BudouKan shows you suddenly found yourself flying off to perform overseas, right? How did the Su-metal of the time feel about that development?

Su-metal:

It certainly was an out of the blue occurrence! (laughs)

The first time I went overseas was as BABYMETAL.

Q:

To be clear, your first overseas trip was to Asia, right?

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Yes, right. We went to Singapore. And so, up until that point we our only overseas travel had been to Asia. America and Europe almost had the feel of being some world that only existed inside the TV screen. It didn’t really hit home that I was actually going to fly there. When I was told that we would be playing live shows in venues with about 1,0000 people capacities, I was like, ‘No way!’.

Q:

(laughs)

Su-metal:

Probably because it hadn’t hit me that we were going overseas to perform; on the airplane it seemed to me more like we were just going on a sightseeing excursion. The extent that I hadn’t comprehended what was going on dawned on me when in the middle of performing a live show I suddenly realized, ‘Hey, I am performing in a foreign land right now!’.

Q:

The fact that you came to this realization in the middle of a live show tells me that Su-metal hasn’t changed at all. (laughs) But, wait, didn’t you perform at Sonisphere on this trip? And what is more, that was a show where you performed in front of a crowd filled with approximately 60 thousand hard core, foreign Metal fans. When I asked Yuimetal and Moametal about this they said that this fact of ‘being away’ from home was an uneasy feeling for them. How did Su-metal feel about this?

Su-metal:

Sonisphere was……

Q:

You do remember it, right? (laughs)

Su-metal:

I remember it clearly! It still hadn’t hit me that we were performing overseas when we played at Sonisphere. Speaking honestly, it wasn’t until we walked onto the stage that I realized just how many fans were out there DEATH!

Q:

Eh?!

Su-metal:

We were not able to go and check out the venue before we went on stage. It was kind of like we went straight from the dressing room to the stage.

Q:

Ah, right….you do not do a rehearsal at these Festivals.

Su-metal:

Right. Perhaps because we saw the audience from a slanted angle it seemed to us that no one was in attendance and we were talking amongst ourselves wondering ‘what we should do’ with out a crowd to play to. But, apparently that was due to the angle that we looked upon the audience. Once we went on stage we realized that there were tons of people out there which immediately made things much more interesting.

Q:

So that is the meaning behind the grin that Su-metal showed on her face that we, the Hedoban team, witnessed as it was shown on the Sonisphere screen!

Su-metal:

Personally I was not aware I had done that (laughs).

Q:

It suddenly got fun?

Su-metal:

That’s right DEATH!

Q:

Whoa, that is amazing….

Su-metal:

I think I must have been happy about it perhaps, or something…I am not sure what I felt. I am sure though, that it immediately became very enjoyable! What is more the audience in the front were standing there with blank looks of bewilderment on their faces DEATH!

Q:

Ah, their expressions, right.

Su-metal:

Right. They had expressions on their faces that said, ‘Hmm? What? Eh!”

Q:

You could make out those expressions from the stage?

Su-metal:

Yes, I could see their expressions! When I saw their expressions it made me feel, ‘Alright then, let’s really knock this out of the park!’ DEATH!

Q:

Their expressions lit your fire?

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Su-metal:

Yes, that’s right DEATH! But, I was nervous so I may not have comprehended what was actually going on. (laughs)

Q:

The moment you saw their expressions and you got riled up it sounds like the desire to put on a show that would bring enjoyment to everyone overrode your nervousness, right?

Su-metal:

Yeah, I think that sounds right. There was a sense that there was a definite moment when my mood switched over.

Q:

BABYMETAL really gets passionate and worked up when you play ‘away from home’.

Su-metal:

Hehehe. It does seem that way, DEATH!

2015 January 10

LEGEND 2015 ~ Shinshun Kitsune Festival ~

Saitama Super Arena

Q:

So, Sonisphere is over, I have talked with Yuimetal and Moametal about Brixton (London) and so now I would like to ask Su-metal about the ‘Shinshun Kitsune Festival’ that you performed in January of 2015 after coming back to Japan. Do you remember it?

Su-metal:

(laughs)

Yes, it was JUST last January! It’s amazing that that was last year already….

Q:

At that show it was the first time for you to perform ‘Road of Resistance’ in Japan, right? How does that song stack up in Su-metal’s mind?

Su-metal:

I don’t usually listen to BABYMETAL songs on a day to day basis, but, I listen to ‘Road of Resistance’ an incredible amount of times.

Q:

Why is that?

Su-metal:

Hmmm…I wonder why…

I guess you could say it gives me energy and motivation. ‘Road of Resistance’ is a song that represents all that was 2015, you could say.

Q:

Do you think that applies to not only BABYMETAL but to Su-metal herself as well?

Su-metal:

No, I think it is especially true of BABYMETAL. I often use the terminology of, ‘there is the ‘me’ that is my daily provisional disguise used to sneak around unnoticed in the world, and then there is Su-metal’, right? As you know, there are things that I could not normally experience as my ordinary ‘me’, but I am able to do so as Su-metal.

Q:

Yes, you have talked about that before.

Su-metal:

Right. What I mean by that is that my character or personality changes….it feels like a separate person takes possession of me during a live show DEATH!

Q:

That is something that never changes.

You were speaking like that in the ‘Hedoban Vol. 3’ interview as well. Are you saying that the gap between the two has gotten more drastic since that time?

Su-metal:

Yes, perhaps. I absolutely love that ‘me’.

Q:

You mean <the ‘me’ that appears as BABYMETAL’s Su-metal>, right?

Su-metal:

That’s right, DEATH! I do think my ordinary self is cool as well though. (laughs)

Q:

That is a quotable remark said in Su-metal fashion (laughs).

Su-metal:

When I listen to ‘Road of Resistance’ and am reminded of these things, I get a burst of energy and power in recalling that, ‘this is a path that Su-metal has traveled upon to this point’.

Q:

Looked upon objectively as well, ‘Road of Resistance’ is a song that allows one to reflect upon the many and varied aspects of Su-metal. Are you able to hear the fans when they are singing, ‘Wow, wow ~’?

Su-metal:

Of course DEATH!

Q:

You take your ear monitor out to be able to listen, right?

Su-metal:

It turned into quite an experience when I took my ear monitor off and listened at the ‘Shinshun Kitsune Festival’.

Q:

Is that right?!

Su-metal:

There was a bridge that spanned from the stage to a separate location. I was listening to the fans’ voices from where the bridge was extending out and so I was virtually able to hear ‘Wow, wow~’ coming from 360 degrees all around me. I truly loved the resounding cheers that flew out and around from the upper regions of the BudouKan and this was something very close to that. I really got the sensation that everyone was saying, ‘Welcome home!’, and were supporting us yelling out, ‘Do your best!’. The ‘Road of Resistance’ in that show was truly an experience filled with a high degree of emotional energy.

Q:

Were the cheers of everyone during ‘Road of Resistance’ at the ‘Shinshun Kitsune Festival’ the most impressive ones you have encountered?

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Su-metal:

It was because of those cheers that we were able to do the 2015 World tour. I am quite certain about that.

2015 June 1

BABYMETAL World Tour 2015

La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France

2015 June 3

BABYMETAL World Tour 2015

X-TRA, Zurich, Switzerland

2015 June 5

BABYMETAL World Tour 2015

Estragon Club, Bologna, Italy

‘The stage that revamped our way of thinking was the Strasbourg, France stage’.

(Su-metal)

Q:

I have already asked about the next performance, the one in Mexico….

After that you performed in Canada and then Germany followed by the 3 solo shows in Europe of France, Switzerland and Italy. I was lucky enough to have been able to see these 3 shows.

Su-metal:

Thank you so much for coming!

Q:

Oh, no, the pleasure is mine. The Bologna, Italy show was particularly hot with ridiculously high temperatures at the show venue, don’t you think? That said, that show is the one that made the deepest impression on me.

Su-metal:

Hmm…I am not sure how I think of those 3 shows.

In my inner reflections on those shows, all 3 were really rich and intense! First off, the Strasbourg, France stage…. With the tour kicking off in Mexico we felt, ‘this is going to be quite tough from a physical and stamina standpoint’, and approached things with a strategy of performing while not taxing our stamina too much. Doing so it began to lose grip on just what is our ‘100%’. At the German Festival the 3 of us talked about how, ‘we are not performing for everyone at our utmost potential’. And as these 3 shows started up we were of the mindset of, ‘we are capable of doing much more than this!’. The 3 of us along with the Kami band and the entire staff consulted together several times focusing on, ‘lets do perform this and that in this and that way’, and the stage that followed this revamped approach in mindset was the Strasbourg stage. I personally feel that that show was incredibly good!

Q:

Did you perhaps feel like you had been reset?

Su-metal:

Yes!

With that show we felt like we had been restored as BABYMETAL-100%! Because of the warmth and kindness of the French fans I think it is fantastic that we could reset ourselves in France DEATH! As for the Zurich, Switzerland show…. I felt that the way the fans got into the show was special and unique. At first it seemed like they were not so excited….

Q:

That is true….

Su-metal:

It was a mysterious phenomena where we were performing a ‘solo show and yet we were ‘away from home”. I think in fact that they were having a great time but were just not sure of how to ‘get into and move with’ the show. (laughs)

Q:

Ah, I get you!

Su-metal:

I get the feeling that perhaps many of the people were seeing BABYMETAL for the first time. Because of that what happened was a phenomena where at the quiet part in ‘Ijime’ the whole crowd all squatted down. Seeing this from the stage it was as if the all the people had disappeared.

Q:

Whoa!

Su-metal:

Since the venue is dark where the audience is, it was as if they all disappeared when they squatted down. I was panicking, thinking, ‘What should we do? What should I do?!’, when they suddenly stood up in unison. I was so surprised as this way of dealing with the show was a first for us.

Q:

Looking at things from the point of view of the audience I didn’t think that our impression would change that much, so it is amazing to hear that the perspective changed that dramatically when seen from the stage.

Su-metal:

Yes. And then there was Bologna, Italy which was just simply hot, hot and hot. It was so hot that during rehearsal we were saying, ‘Isn’t this bordering on being impossible?’. But, I think I may actually like situations like that. It is actually those kinds of difficult situations that make me want to really dig in and do my best. I wonder what that means….

Q:

(laughs)

That tendency to dig in and do you best when facing overwhelming odds is something that is stronger in you perhaps than Yuimetal and Moametal. What do you think?

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Su-metal:

Hmmm…I am not sure. But, it is true, I think, that I do go all out when facing hardships. That said, I think those 2 are also that way.

Q:

You know, though, listening to you like this I get the feeling that when performing ‘away from home’ Su-metal is able to harness some kind of awesome power that goes way beyond your usual abilities!

Su-metal:

(chuckles)

Initially at Bologna it was so incredibly hot that, in a good sense of the words, I just totally gave up and relaxed….doing so I realized that I was able to sweep all those concerns away (laughs).

Q:

You were trying to keep things in check as a way to deal with the heat, but somewhere during the show your ‘limiter’ popped off?

Su-metal:

Honestly, I have no memory of it DEATH!

Q:

For myself as well, the Bologna show made a deep impression on me. I have a strong image of that show being one were everyone, including the Kami band, just went all out without holding back at all.

Su-metal:

Since the Kami band-san were also of the feeling of, ‘well, we really have to give it our best together’ because the situation was so tough, we were all reinforcing each other through volleys of eye contact communicating with each other in a manner of ‘are you alright?’, ‘yes, I am OK!’. At the Bologna show, the 7 of us including, of course, the Kami band-san, we all came together with a very strong sense of unification, I feel.

Q:

I think Su-metal has grown and flourished in sensitivity greatly over the past 2 years. Does it feel like you have 2 brains working at the same time when you are performing? Is it like there is a cool, logical ‘you’ and a ‘you’ that has had her ‘limiter’ removed?

Su-metal:

At times, I get the unexplainable sensation that there is a ‘me’ that can observe things in an extremely objective way, you see.

Q:

Does that even occur at large venues?!

Su-metal:

There are times when that happens. How should I put it….it is ‘a sensation where it is as if someone is taking hold of my hand and pulling me along’. And that happens in the middle of a live show.

Q:

Ohhh!

Su-metal:

‘Someone’ is leading me along at a running pace saying, ‘Come this way!’ DEATH!

Q:

When you say ‘someone’, you don’t mean you can actually see them though, right?

Su-metal:

I can’t see their form, but….

It is an extremely, extremely sensuous phenomena. Of course, I don’t mean it is situation like this (said as she gestures someone being pulled along by the hand). (laughs)

Q:

It would be quite a disturbing situation to actually see that during a live show, I can imagine. (laughs)

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Su-metal:

It really is a perceptional, sensuous thing….it is something that know within myself about, for example, if I prepare in this way, I will be able to sing well, or, even if I am fatigued I can give a bit more. At times like these, I am in awesomely good condition DEATH!

Q:

Do you mean that it is like, ‘those times where there is feeling-wise, another person present’?

Su-metal:

Yes, that is it.

It is like there is someone there who knows where the goal is and even if I am lost or perplexed as to how to proceed, that person gives me a sense of peace and can lead me to the goal. It is something like that.

Q:

It is as if something is guiding you to the correct path.

Su-metal:

That’s right, DEATH!

Q:

Wow.

Su-metal:

Something comes into me during these shows is how if feels perhaps. I really can’t express it in easy to understandable terms. Recently this feeling comes upon me and when it does I feel a huge sense of achievement. Because of the fact that everything I do goes smoothly, I am able to enjoy any and all things. I get the feeling that I can do anything! DEATH!

Q:

You become invincible.

Su-metal:

Invincible DEATH

It is a sense something like ‘arriving at the final stage of transformation’.

Q:

There was a feeling of that at last year’s Yokohama Arena.

Su-metal:

Yes!

That could be the reason I was able to see things with a sense of, ‘Hey, everyone, come and follow along!’ DEATH!

Q:

Related to that, is that, ‘Come on, bring it on!’ <kakatte koiya!> that you yell out a phrase that comes naturally from Su-metal’s feelings?

Su-metal:

Come on, bring it on!’ really comes out of that feeling.

2015 June 12

Download Festival 2015

Donington Park, UK

2105 June 15

Golden Gods Awards 2015

Indigo at The O2, London, UK

‘Were not not able to rehearse ‘Gimme Choco!’ even 1 time before the actual performance.’

(Su-metal)

Q:

Since you have transformed we can go on to the next question (laughs)

You unexpectedly joined Dragon Force’s stage at the Download Festival and were granted awards from ‘Metal Hammer’ and Kerrang!’, right?

Su-metal:

We learned about the ‘Metal Hammer’ and Kerrang!’ awards at teh last minute. And so we suddenly found ourselves needing to reside in England for about 10 days. Because of that we were luckily able to go to many places and we were able to do a collaboration for the first time with Dragon Force-san at the Download Festival. Were not not able to rehearse ‘Gimme Choco!’ even 1 time before the actual performance.

Q:

Really!? That was an unrehearsed live performance?

Su-metal:

Yes. It was like, ‘OK, you go on after this song. Once the introduction starts, just go out there and dance how you feel you should’. We were like, ‘Eh, is this going to be OK?’, but I went out and sang. I felt that because Dragon Force-san employs a piano player, and the song varies depending upon who is performing it that the sound that the sound was different. I felt, ‘Ah, this is the charm of music!’. I was also so happy to have seen a different side of ‘Gimme Choco!’ DEATH!


Q:

A music writer who witnessed this wrote, ‘this was an attack version of ‘Gimme Choco!”.

Su-metal:

So, in addition to be super happy about being able to perform at the Download Festival, it was also wonderful to be able to experience the atmosphere that, heretofore I had only gotten a glimpse of on TV, of the award ceremonies for ‘Metal Hammer’ and Kerrang!’.

Q:

They are something like the ‘Nihon Record awards’?

Su-metal:

Yes, that sounds right!

I was surprised at being able to appear at these award shows, and the nervousness I felt at knowing I had to do a speech in English……well, I practiced like crazy (laughs).

Q:

(laughs)

Is that right. And, you also appeared on the front cover of ‘Metal Hammer’. How did you feel about BABYMETAL being shown on the front cover of an overseas magazine?

Su-metal:

It was truly strange. I was so happy to be accepted by an overseas Metal magazineas we were for the first time with coverage by ‘Metal Hammer-san’. But, in no way did I think that we would be featured on the front cover. I was amazed by the fact that we had become an entity that is approved by such a major outlet which made me happy to get a reaffirmation that we have been accepted DEATH!

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2015 September 16

World Tour 2015 in Japan

‘I really want to perform at Hiroshima’s Green Arena DEATH! I would love to have a venue

where I could perform for the people who have been so kind and who have helped me out so much.’

(Su-metal)

Q:

And following that you had the Japan Tour. I just spoke with Yuimetal and Moametal and they both said that it was extremely fun. Is Su-metal of the same impression?

Su-metal:

Ohhh, it was really a lot of fun DEATH!

Q:

In our interview with you in ‘Hedoban Vol. 3’, Su-metal said that she would like to return to Hiroshima one day to perform there, right? Although it didn’t happen on this Japan tour, it seems to me that if you keep going at this pace that someday you will be able to play at the Hiroshima Green Arena or a similar venue.

Su-metal:

I really want to do that, DEATH! I would love to have a venue where I could perform for the people who have been so kind and who have helped me out so much. There are truly a lot of people who see BABYMETAL perform for the first time when we play in local venues and I really get the feeling that they approach these shows with a feeling of, ‘We have been waiting for you!’. At these shows I once again strongly realize that there are people out there who are waiting to see us perform. Also, I love being able to eat the various delicious regional foods that the catering services prepare for us (laughs).

Q:

(laughs)

Looking back over these past 2 years that have included overseas tours-in what ways have the existences of Yuimetal and Moametal changed in Su-metal’s perspective?

Su-metal:

Hmmm….I don’t feel that they have changed in that sense. The fact that they are extremely important to me is something that will never change. They are also like little sisters to me. And in addition to that, recently they have become people that I can and do depend more upon. For example, in interviews when I am unable to explain something adequately in words they help me out with comments like, ‘It was like this, perhaps’, or ‘It was like that, maybe’. Up until recently I would be watching them from behind when we are performing a live show kind of wondering to myself if they are doing OK from a physical perspective. Recently, however, I think the 3 of us are on equal ground. I guess you could say that I now view them as being almost the same age as myself. Conversely, there are times more and more where they are worrying about me. I feel that they have become very reliable, you know.

What is Metal to Su-metal?

‘Metal is something that cleanses one’s mind and heart….It is to that extent that Metal has struck deep and hard into my core.’

(Su-metal)

Q:

This is my final question for you. When I asked Su-metal what Metal meant to her in our last interview, you said, ‘Metal has become something that is not scary to me anymore’. You also said, ‘there are a variety of factors contained in Metal’. Following that 2 years you have performed live shows in large variety of countries overseas. For the Su-metal of this present point in time, what has come of Su-metal’s image of Metal?

Su-metal:

Metal is ‘something that makes it possible for me to encounter a new me’. Also, it is ‘something that teaches me who my true self is’.

Q:

Ohhhhh!

Su-metal:

I was able to meet this entity called Su-metal….Su-metal has shown me so many worlds of which I knew nothing about. There are things that I can only do because of Su-metal. I mean there are things that the ordinary ‘me’ could not do for lack of courage – there are things that would be too frightening for ‘me’, but as Su-metal I am able to carry them out. And I would add that I think Metal itself is something similar to this as well. Metal is something that cleanses one’s mind and heart….It is to that extent that Metal has stabbed deep and hard into my core.

Q:

It feels like you have been stabbed?

Su-metal:

That’s right!

Metal strikes you with a feeling like you have been stabbed. Because it stabs you deep and hard like that, your body moves with the energy before you are able to think about it with your head. That is why I feel that Metal is ‘something that teaches me who my true self is’.

Q:

Do you feel there are great number of areas where Metal has saved you over the past 2 years?

Su-metal:

Yes! There is no doubt about that! (said sharply and with force)

Q:

That is wonderful!

Su-metal:

(chuckles)

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