Babymetal chats with Revolver’s Chris Enriquez about their Fox God, their love for Metallica, and what the song “give me chocolate” is really about!
Videographer: Possum Hill
Babymetal on Radio Death Part 1 with English subs (audio only)
A fast paced and fun talk with Babymetal. Jan. 14, 2013 BUZZ ROCK (Radio Program)
Here is a english translation from NY 新聞社社長の摩天楼★日記
Q: So first of all, your faces are small! (Note: A small face is really highly praised in Japan. One of the girls’ obsessions.)
Su: No, no no no no (laugh).
Moa: I don’t think so (laugh).
Q: You did great yesterday. NYC audiences were so hyped.
Su: Thank you. It’s our first live at NYC, so I was full of anxiety about what audience was like here and how our live went, but I was so surprised and happy when I heard audiences loud from the dressing room.
Yui: And once the live began a lot of clapping and singing along happened, so I had a very happy time.
Q: Most of them were New Yorker… Americans.
Moa: Yes, I was so surprised!
Su: It’s so great, wasn’t it? Because we could see their faces so well.
Yui: We even could see them at balcony.
Q: And they sang along in Japanese.
Su: There is a solo song of mine titled as Akatsuki, its lyrics are difficult even for Japanese but fans overseas learned it and sang along as they could, I was so impressed!
Q: How did you feel first when live at NYC was booked?
Su: An announcement was done in the middle of our live in Summer Sonic! We were never noticed about it and it was shown on a screen at the very end of the introduction video, a simple statement only (laugh). We took a rest at the moment and saying “What?” is all we could do (laugh).
Moa: Yes, yes (laugh).
Q: Didn’t you know at all till the moment?
Su: No, we didn’t. We just said, “Really? Really? Really?” (laugh) We panicked little just after that. Moametal and I saw it but Yuimetal didn’t, and she said, “What? It must be kidding,” and “What? What?” So we couldn’t talk about the same thing. Soon a next song began and we scrambled to the stage saying, “Time to go! Time to go!” (laugh) We were full of surprise at the announcement but full of joy because I felt like retuning here after seeing the town and warmth of people at NYC in last May.
Yui: I was so surprised when I knew it at the live with audience, but also I was so, so much happy. I felt the people were so kind at the last visit in May. I was looking forward to seeing how these people look like at a live.
Q: Is it normal to know live schedules like that?
Su: Yes, it always is.
Moa: Always, isn’t it?
Yui: We knew about The World Tour on stage, too.
Q: See. It’s a Babymetal way, isn’t it? (laugh) But you would do it well at the end of the day.
Q: Support acts for Lady Gaga’s in the last Spring were noticed much.
Moa: What I learned by my own eyes from watching Lady Gaga-san’s show in the last May was that a live is beyond languages. Lady Gaga-san’s songs were English which I don’t understand, but I could feel something. I remembered that music is universal. So when the NYC live was booked I felt like delivering my feelings (even I could sing only in Japanese) as a presenter this time.
Su: Lady Gaga-san’s song and Babymetal’s are different in genres, aren’t they? So I was so anxious whether audiences accepted us or not. And I remembered at the very first they looked like, “What were these girls?” with a lot of “?” in their minds. But the more acts we played, the more I could feel they got some fun with us. I did remember one of her staff said to us, “You’re so good on stage!”
Moa: We played five stages. At the final one we did warm-ups with her back dancers (laugh). (Not only Gaga-san but) also staff were all very friendly.
Q: You looks so happy.
Moa: Yes! (laugh)
Q: What was Gaga-san like in person?
Su: We three had a talk with Gaga-san before her live, she gave us an advice kindly. We got almost paralyzed in front of her but she gave us words and never was bothered to understand us speaking in Japanese. She is full of kindness.
Yui: And in a middle of singing Gimme Choco I looked at a side of the stage she’s there in a long time to support us!
Moa: I happened to look at a side and Lady Gaga-san’s there and I said, “Gosh!” in my head (laugh)
Q: It’s surprising, no doubt (laugh).
Yui: She’s so kind.
Q: Are lives overseas different from those in Japan?
Su: Audiences in Japan tend to fill out in sync, and those overseas tend to sing along. My impression is that they enjoy songs as a whole.
Q: Did you have fun in NYC live?
All: Absolutely yes! (in sync)
Q: Will you come back here again?
All: We will! (In sync)
Q: For last words, your messages to readers in America, please?
Su: Yes. What I try to do is to do best by doing what we always did. It might be needed to do anything different, but I want to deliver good Babymetal as usual. I want to deliver it to fans in America, too. I came to the city and felt warmth of its people, so I want to be here again. I hope you looking forward to seeing us in the city again!
Moa: I want to build a new genre Babymetal by blending Kawaii and Metal. So I want to do what we only can do now and in future. I was so happy to have a chance to perform in NYC, so I want to be here to see you again.
Yui: Babymetal is distinct not only by our songs but also by our dances, so I want more people to know that. So I want to improve ourselves a lot enough to deliver that to many people as possible. I’ll be back.
(End of the interview)
With their creative insanity, Japanese Babymetal shows how the boundaries of metal can still be expanded in all directions.
Three extremely luminous teenage girls as singers and four dizzyingly high level backing musicians making music combining everything from extreme- and melodic metal to electro, prog and pop. Only in Japan? Yeah, only in Japan. During the last year Babymetal has propagated like a shock wave over the whole world and the band, who might at first seem like a one hit wonder to the eyes and ears of many, has through their music videos and their debut album been shown to be something else entirely.
The whole core of baby metal may seem like a joke at first but it’s soon easy to see that they’re far from that. Around the beguiling core idea, they have assembled rousing songs, which have the melodies, choruses and catchiness to make it on their own, even without the cute icing. If you give Babymetal a chance you can quickly find yourself totally bewitched by this charming audiovisual bombardment.
The Big Bang
Babymetal got their start only a few years ago through a Japanese talent group Sakura Gakuin but already the extremely cheerful trio Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal have made it to Europe. Before their performance in Cologne they had the opportunity to tell how metal has swept them away even though the rock scene wasn’t familiar to the girls before joining the band.
Su-Metal: – Before Babymetal, we knew next to nothing about Western metal but now we have been touring the world and receiving records from people as gifts and naturally discovering new music is great! Almost everybody has been praising Metallica to us and have been wondering if it’s even possible that we haven’t heard their biggest hits in Japan. Now everyone’s been making sure we listen to Metallica and other top groups.
As many people who have picked up an instrument or a mic know, just a small taste of being in a band is enough to excite anybody. Only a few years in Babymetal has been enough to lead members to new hobbies.
Yuimetal: – Before Babymetal I hadn’t thought much about playing an instrument because I was so focused on singing and dancing but now I’ve just had to start learning guitar and I hope that someday I’ll be good enough to even play on a record.
Babymetal’s young stars are currently touring the world. In this year they have been playing in Europe, America and festivals like Sonisphere, which has been a a bit of a culture shock to the young ladies just like first time in Japan is to us Westerners.
Moametal: – Europe has been an amazing experience because earlier we had only visited other Asian countries besides Japan but never Europe or America. If any of you have ever visited Japan, you must know how different just the European streets, buildings and people are compared to Asian cities. Not to mention all the bread and cheeses, which we in Japan have hardly at all, even though they must seem totally ordinary to you.
Practice since childhood
Babymetal’s incredibly catchy songs might go far on their own but they are further enhanced by dazzling choreographies in music videos and onstage. This competence however was not achieved overnight. The members of Babymetal have been involved in the world of music for years before starting the band.
Su-Metal: – I took up dancing when I was 9 years old and since the beginning I knew I wouldn’t only be interested in traditional dances. I wanted to do something more, something more energetic and distinct! Even now just the shows are not enough for me. I practice all the time, before shows, between shows, because I love dancing more than anything. The more fun we’ve had with Babymetal, the more we discover even finer ideas for the future.
The singers of Babymetal may be young but onstage they exude perfect professionalism. The performances are, despite of their energetic nature, almost flawless. The band however do not take this for granted and all three admit to still being nervous of live shows and music video shoots.
Yuimetal: No matter how much you practice for the performances, it’s still a tense mood before every show. Those couple of last minutes before stepping onstage feel totally insane but when we start the show and see the crowd cheering in front of us, the nervousness dissipates instantly. Sometimes it feels like I don’t remember anything of the show after that point, almost like I was controlled by some outside force for the whole time!
Performing isn’t always painless and the girls burst into laughter, when I ask them how they handled the first gigs, while not being necessarily fully accustomed to the metal mannerisms.
Su-metal: My favorite memory from our shows is the most painful one! When we started doing shows with Babymetal, I wasn’t quite accustomed to all the thrashing. After the first shows my neck was totally stiff for three days, because my headbanging technique was all wrong, which might have put me at risk of hurting myself seriously. However we managed to turn even this incident to our advantage, as you might be able to see on our Head Bangya music video!
Always room for dreaming
In little over a year Babymetal’s music videos have been watched on YouTube tens of millions of times, the band is the youngest act to sell out the Budokan arena, they have played on same stages with the likes of Iron Maiden and Metallica and their music has captivated fans regardless of their age, gender or music tastes.
At the moment Babymetal is living their dream. Very few Japanese bands can boast about touring the USA, as a warmup for an artist like Lady Gaga and not even many western acts can say the same. The girls don’t even try to hide their excitement when I ask them, how they found themselves booked on a tour with Lady Gaga.
Su-metal: – Maybe our music or our videos were distinct enough, because Lady Gaga contacted us herself and she wanted us on tour with her so badly, she didn’t really even give us any choice in the matter. Not that we have anything against this tour. I mean she is one of the biggest artists in the world and it’s just an unbelievable honour to perform in her shows!
A world tour and opening for Lady Gaga might be the peak of their career for many bands but it seems like Babymetal’s career is just beginning. Already sold out concerts and audiences world wide are screaming for more and the band themselves aren’t satisfied yet as they are aiming for an even greater phenomenon.
Moametal: – It would be great if our music could function as a first step into metal for as many people as possible, because I feel that could very well happen with our songs. It would be nice if we didn’t remain as the only such band and we started an entire phenomenon where bolder and bolder bands would appear to spread cuter metal everywhere!
Note from the translator:
As I was translating, I noticed that there might be a small error in the article. There was a quote from Yuimetal talking about learning guitar but as I can’t remember any other mention of this in any interview, I have read, I thought it more likely to be actually said by Moametal and mistakenly attributed in the original text. I didn’t dare to change it though, as I’m not 100% sure. I was wondering if you remember coming across anything like this in other interviews.
Original article written by Aki Nuopponen for Sue
Translation by Kalle Koivisto
Source: Sue no.20
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MetalSucks had the lucky pleasure to get the first ever US interview with BABYMETAL.
They caught the kawaii metal trio right before their US debut live show in Los Angeles. Among other things, they talk about how they experienced different cultures and how much they’ve grown since BABYMETAL skyrocketed to international fame.
Two or three weeks ago we were touring Europe, and it was the first time we saw an audience that wasn’t Asian. So for us, it’s very cool. It’s a lot of different types of people at the show. For example, what we noticed in Paris when we played there was that it looked like the people were interested in Japanese culture, but when we were in Germany it felt like it was full of metalheads. So now we’re really looking forward to what the crowd here tonight is going to be like.
Here is and interview with Japanese “kawaii-metal” pop group BABYMETAL that you can find on Embassy of Japan in the UK.
Three young Japanese girls have recently been causing a stir, not only in Japan but across the globe with their new twist on Japanese pop culture that fuses earth-shattering heavy metal riffs with bouncy cute melodies and perfectly crafted dance routines. BABYMETAL recently performed their first UK concert to a sell-out crowd in London following a fan campaign to bring them to the British edition of the Sonisphere festival, where they also appeared on the main stage. Performances in France and Germany were also added, creating the start of their World Tour 2014. We managed to catch them before their concert in London for an exclusive interview.
Congratulations on your first World Tour! When you started singing and dancing to ‘heavy metal’ music, did you ever imagine it would become so popular all over the world?
[SU-METAL] I couldn’t imagine at all how popular it would become. At the start, when I first listened to metal music, I thought it sounded interesting and as things began to progress it was more like we were just having some fun! I never expected that it would become such a fully-fledged thing!
What do you think it is about BABYMETAL that appeals to so many people, even outside of Japan?
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[SU-METAL] What is it I wonder…? Via Youtube, there have been many people that learnt our dance moves. I think that being able to dance along to our songs is one merit!
– For many British people I’m sure it must be their first time to experience dance routines put to heavy metal music!
What are your expectations for your concert in the UK?
[SU-METAL] When we announced our first ever UK concert, the tickets sold out straight away! And at our performance at Sonisphere, the audience were really getting into it, so we are very much looking forward to performing in London! There will also be a live viewing in Japan – we haven’t perfomed there since our concert at the Tokyo Budokan (in March this year). It’s been a long time, so we thought we would like to give our fans in Japan a chance to watch us perform in the UK!
How was your experience playing at Sonisphere?
[SU-METAL] For us it was the biggest stage we had performed on – infront of the biggest audience so far. I was overwhelmed! At first I think the audience were a bit stunned, but they started to get into the music more and more, and by the time we finished the applause was so loud – I was so happy!
Have you been to the UK before? What are your impressions of the country?
[SU-METAL] Not just the UK, it’s our first time to visit Europe! In particular, I think the buildings here are really lovely and stylish…
[YUIMETAL] I really enjoyed having afternoon-tea!
[SU-METAL] Oh yeah! We had an authentic afternoon tea – it was great!
I’m sure you must be studying English as part of your school studies. Have you been able to use it on your tour so far? Are there any English words that you like?
[MOAMETAL] Of course we are studying English at school so I’m trying to use it little by little. During our performance, we do a ‘call and response’ with the audience in our song “Gimme choco”, so we’ve tried to do it in the language of the country we’re performing in to communicate with our fans.
– So you did that in French and German too? That’s great! (Babymetal performed in France and Germany earlier this month.)
[MOAMETAL] For English, I like “Have a nice day!”
Do you have any free time during your tour to go sightseeing? Is there anything you would like to see in particular?
[YUIMETAL] We did some sightseeing yesterday and I was really excited to see Big Ben as I’ve seen it in the film Peter Pan! It was so beautiful and huge – I took so many pictures!
[SU-METAL] We travelled around so much yesterday and did a lot of shopping. I was really happy! We also went to Buckingham Palace – and by chance, just as we arrived the guards started a parade (changing of the guards) and we were able to watch it from up-close. It was great to see!
U-Zine is a french website from France and the guy succeed to get and exclusive interview with BABYMETAL before their La Cigale concert, in Paris, France.
You can find the original interview here: Interview de SuMetal + MoaMetal + YuiMetal ( Babymetal )
BABYMETAL coming in France is not pretty common. So for its first (only one? Future will tell) coming to the capital, it’s out of question to miss a band we follow since its inception (as we’re true, us!)!
It’s thus in emerging victorious, thanks to the sacrifice of the Veryshow press officer, from a death match that saw the interview requests dropping from 20 to 7, and then finally to 3, that U-zine, the only one Metal media allowed this day, was able to meet at a press conference 3 Japanese teenagers accompanied by Japan FM and Orient Extreme.
U-Zine : Hello, we’re U-Zine, Metal webzine, the question I’d like to ask you is : in the beginning of the band, you weren’t listening to Metal, since that, you evolved inside it, thus the question I’d like to ask you is if now you’re listening to it and what are the bands you listen to and that you like to follow ?
SuMetal : Since we began BABYMETAL I discovered Metallica that I like a lot.
MoaMetal : I like Iron Maiden and Behemoth.
Yui Metal : Cannibal Corpse.
Japan FM : BABYMETAL managed to quickly interest an international audience since the band’s creation, now you’re making your first world tour, what do you feel ?
SuMetal : We did not expect so much support from the Europeans. We have seen many comments on youtube from foreigners, French, English… We’re therefore looking forward to seeing the public in Europe and how it will react during our live-shows, so I’d like a lot of people coming to our gigs.
Orient-Extreme : What kind of audience are you expecting in France , do you think it’d change from Japan’s one ?
Our music is a mix of Metal and kawaï, we’d like girls and children that don’t know about Metal to discover it. Our dancing is as well really cute and so in this way we want them to have fun and to bring them to our new music genus.
U-Zine : On your T-shirt, you take a lot of visual from many bands like logos from Behemoth, Metallica or even Devourment and you hijack it to the BABYMETAL style, is that to satisfy your dominance over the Metal genre ?
We’re looking for and we want to create something, from style to visual, that you don’t find in other Metal bands and Kawaï Metal is something really unique regarding other Metal styles.
Japan FM : You’re all three still very young, you were of you’re still a part of Sakura Gakuin. Will you still see yourself being BABYMETAL in 10 years or do you have any other dream for your future?
It’s always the Fox God that decides to our future activity.
Orient-Extreme : You announced that you’ll open for Lady Gaga for some dates in the USA, what do you think about this artist and what does that mean for you ?
We’ve still not realized this news that we didn’t expect at all, it was really surprising. Our friends were really excited and happy to hear this news, but we, we’ve still not truly realized.
Interview finally really short, from the promise 20 minutes to 10, what is not so much when adding translation time (double translation that can sometimes bring answer out of the subject). We were thus reduced to ask only two questions per media. Too bad but we don’t care ! We did it and the BABYMETAL are even more adorable in real life !
Obviously regarding the first question, we can have doubt about their frankness, the answer moving closer to already made sentences they learned, but then again, why not ?