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Here is a very good documentary chronicling the BABYMETAL journey in Singapore for the AFA 2012.
The AFA 2012 concert is here:
some additional translation,notes and corrections
1:20 The tags Yui and Moa are wearing are which Japan’s postal service uses for luggage.
1:36 Moa says “Our Suzuka-san,,,Su-metal is asleep.”
2:28 Moa says “I’m landing on the ground of Singapore…now!
3:00 the Japanese sub reads “Eiki”, not “Eigo(english)”, it means to recharge their batteries ,not to brush up on their English.
3:15 Moa says “I wanna get into a pool”, not a bath.
3:46 Yui says ” at the airport…” and Su- says “Yeah,I felt relieved when I saw them(welcoming fans) at the airport.”
6:05 A fan:”kawaii”, Moa:” oh,thank you” ,fan:”I love Moa-chan”, Moa:”Thank you for your continuous support.”
8:26 Yui says “マント着てからあれやろ？” means “After wearing the cloak,let’s do THAT.” In this case,THAT means the following huddle “BABYMETAL GO!”
16:07 Su- says “Are you O.K. Yui-chan?”
16:28 Moa says “first time (show),abroad.”
16:55 Yui says”I wanna swim!”
Japan’s youngest, and most lovable KAWAII METAL BAND, BABYMETAL held their first overseas solo live in Singapore at the *SCAPE Ground Theater, previously known as the Warehouse on the Saturday, 28th 2013.
The band consist of 3 girls, Su-Metal, Moa-Metal and Yui-Metal, aged 15, 14, and 14 respectively, chosen by the FOX GOD, the god of METAL ROCK to head the metal resistances movement to revive heavy metal music from an industry swarmed with idol music!
Kojacon Report had the chance to have an interview with them during their stay in Singapore. With no further wait, let’s get to know BABYMETAL closer!
K : This is the very first overseas oneman live for BABYMETAL. How do you feel and what do you expect from this live?
Moa-Metal : We’ve experienced performances in overseas before but this time is our first solo live concert so we are really excited about it.
K : BABYMETAL members are young and cute, why do you choose metal genre for your music?
Yui-Metal : BABYMETAL always follow the revelation of Fox God. The Fox God has chosen us as Metal savior to perform the metal songs.
K : This month, Su-Metal celebrated birthday. What did you get from your members?
Su-Metal : I had received presents from the members which made me really happy. But the most special thing was that a lot of fans has celebrated my birthday on the next day for my birthday concert.
K : And for Christmas, what did you do and what did you get for Christmas present?
Moa-Metal : I found some book next to my pillow which I received from Santa! On the christmas day itself I was flying overseas on the plane with members.
K : When you visit Jakarta last time for AFA 2013, what do you think about fans in Jakarta? Do you have any amusing story when you visit Jakarta?
Yui-Metal: There were lot of fans who have studied Japanese and talked to us. I was so touched to see them telling me ‘thank you (arigatou)’ in Japanese.
K : Thing that makes me happy is…
Su-Metal : I love to sing, so music always makes me happy.
Yui-Metal : I love the time when I’m performing live concert and enjoying the concert with the fans!
Moa-Metal : I’m a big anime fan, so I love to watch my favorite anime shows.
K : The movie that makes me cry is…
Su-Metal : I actually never cried watching movies, but recently I watched ‘Metalica through the never’ which was a really amusing movie that I even forgot to blink. My tears came out from not blinking, but I was really shocked and enjoyed the movie.
Yui-Metal : When I watched ‘Toy Story 3′, I really felt that I have to treasure my own toys and cried.
Moa-Metal : I cried the most when I watched ‘Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the fireflies).
K : I want to have superpower like…
Su-Metal : I want to be invisible and go to lots of places to do some mischief.
Yui-Metal : I like mermaids, so I want to have superpower that I can breathe under water.
Moa-Metal : I wish I can be in 2D, so that I can be the character in the anime
Formed in 2010, they debuted with their first music video “Doki☆Doki Morning” on YouTube. It took the world by surprise garnering reactions like “What did I just watch?!!” with their unimaginable combination of HEAVY METAL and KAWAII STYLE. Through word of mouth, the video was viewed over 2 million times on various official YouTube Channels and it spread BABYMETAL’s name to all over the world, such as North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Now, BABYMETAL have released 2 major singles, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” and “Megitsune” both ranking in the top 10 of the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. And their music is now gaining momentum with consecutive full house for their solo concerts in Japan, participation in major events like Summer Sonic 2013 and the Anime Festival Asia 2012 and a fast growing fan base!
BABYMETAL’s Metal Resistance has only just begun! Recently BABYMETAL also announced that they will hold a 2-day live concert at Nippon Budokan on 1 March 2014 and 2 March 2014!
While other kids are busy with their school work, the three young ladies from BABYMETAL are already idols of the metal industry. However, BABYMETAL are still not satisfied, they want to let their own created – kawaii + metal style be the new music trend.
Moametal、Su-metal and Yuimetal are members of Japanese idol group – Sakura Gakuin. And BABYMETAL are sub-unit of Sakura Gakuin (like Korea group – Super Junior -M and SNSD’s TaeTiSeo) Vocalist Su-metal is 16 years old, Moametal and Yuimetal are 14 years old.
The three ladies held their first overseas concert in Singapore last week and were interviewed by the local media
From strange to leading style
Although Babymetal showed their mature and strong stage performances in their music videos and live shows, the three ladies couldn’t hide their innocent feeling and thinking of youngsters during the interview. Moametal said she and her family didn’t know much about heavy metal in the first place, so they didn’t worry and complain about it, just felt surprised.
Su-metal said that participating in music festivals in other parts of the world and meeting fans have made her really happy, and she also receives metal music albums from the fans, so she can know more about metal. BABYMETAL combines both kawaii and heavy metal elements, although for most of the people it’s hard to accept at the beginning, Su-metal hopes BABYMETAL can become a new trend in the metal industry in the future.
Love local fresh fruit juice, hobbies are same as normal young girls
However, when they are not performing on the stage, the three ladies are same as normal girls. Su-metal likes singing, she sometimes even goes to sing karaoke on her own, she likes reading as well, this shows her quiet character.
Moametal likes idol drama and modern trend – Anime. She records the programs when she’s not at home, and plays them when she’s free. Yuimetal’s hobby is collecting stickers, she has her own sticker book!
It’s a rare opportunity to travel to Singapore, when the media talk about local food, yuimetal are same as other artists, loving the local chicken rice. Moametal has also discovered that there’re many Japanese restaurants in Singapore. Su-metal loves the local fresh fruit juice, has she started to take care of eating habits and body figure?
Reaching the big stage, hoping to achieve more
Although BABYMETAL has been formed recently, they have already appeared in many huge music festivals in Japan, and they will also perform in Taiwan too. They were also lucky to meet Metallica. Regarding to the touring performaces, the three ladies said they are good friends and they look forward to seeing their fans from worldwise. Su-metal hopes they can perform in more different countries in the upcoming year.
When they are asked about who they wish to collaborate with, BABYMETAL’s answer is surprising – they hope they can collaborate with Japan famous violist Taro Hakase.
The future: hold on to the dream, continue to perform
At the moment, Su-metal is the lead vocal for most of the Babymetal’s songs, but as Moametal and Yuimetal are growing up, Babymetal are expected to become stronger. What are the upcoming 5 years plans for the three ladies?
Su-metal said she will be an adult after 5 years, but will still love singing and hold on to her dream. Moametal will be 19 years old after 5 years, so she’d like to spend her last young ages wisely. Yuimetal is more like the others, she doesn’t have any clear future plans, but she hopes she can do what she likes, displaying an open attitude to the future.
Babymetal Official Website：https://www.facebook.com/BABYMETAL.jp
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Here is the video message from BABYMETAL, prior their Singapore concert.
BABYMETAL live in Singapore
In 2010, BABYMETAL (Comprise of SU-METAL, MOA-METAL, and YUI-METAL) was formed. When their first music video “Doki☆Doki Morning” debuted on Youtube, the initial shocking reaction it created was, “What did I just watch?!!” A unimaginable combination of HEAVY METAL and KAWAII IDOL, through word-of-mouth, they began to gather more and more fans (metal fans and idol fans alike), accessing from all over the world, such as North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
In August 2012, they performed at one of the biggest music festivals in Japan, “SUMMER SONIC 2012”, and became the youngest artistes (at average age of 12) ever to perform at SUMMER SONIC. In November 2012, BABYMETAL made their overseas performance debut at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2012.
Their major debut single (I.D.Z. Ijime, Dame, Zettai) has peaked on the Oricon daily charts at fifth, after its release in January 2013 and ranked sixth on the weekly charts. BABYMETAL has successfully reached the goal of hitting the TOP 10 with their first single. June 2013 will mark the release of their second major single, “Megitsune”.
BABYMETAL has sold out every live performance since their debut – October 2012 @ Shibuya O-EAST, December 2012 @ Akasaka Blitz & February 2013 @ ZEPP TOKYO, JUNE 2013 @ NHK Hall.
In the summer of 2013, they achieved performing along with metal legends, such as METALLICA, LINKIN PARK at SUMMER SONIC 2013. Then in October, they became the youngest artist to perform at the HEAVY METAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, LOUD PARK 2013 in Japan, playing on the same stage as heavy metal bands, TRIVIUM and ARCH ENEMY.
Finally in December 21st, 2013, they will hold their biggest concert up to date at MAKUHARI MESSE. The tickets have been sold-out within a hour. Then a week after, on December 28th, 2013, BABYMETAL will hold the their first-ever overseas live concert in SINGAPORE.
BABYMETAL’s “METAL RESISTANCE” around the world is growing larger by the day, at an increasing speed.
BABYMETAL based on the theme of ‘ Kawaii Metal’ (Mixing the genres of J-POP idol and Heavy Metal) Members Su-metal, Moametal, and Yuimetal are going to perform the live show in Singapore on December 28, tommorrow！！
BABYMETAL live at Singapore
・Date ：Saturday 28 December 2013
・Venue ：scape 2 Orchard Link 237978
#AFA13 #BABYMETAL Breaking News! We have 2 HUGE announcements to make!
Announcement #1 – BABYMETAL will be holding their first ever overseas solo concert in Singapore on Dec 28th 2013 (Sat) at *SCAPE Ground Theatre!!!
Announcement #2 – BABYMETAL will be making a special appearance at AFA13!! Appearing on the main stage next week to promote their upcoming full solo concert in Singapore! Purchase your tickets at AFA to receive special premiums!