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BOH’s Blog Update (Translation)

BABYMETAL’s Kami-Band’s bassist, BOH updated his blog where he talks about his recent activities with his new band, KariBAND. Read our English translation below:

KariBAND with Ai Kuwabara session has ended!

Blog entry: February 22, 2016 (Mon)
Title: KariBAND

This is the guy who is affected by temperature on his scalp by multiple times compared to other people. Hello! BOH, the bassist here.

KariBAND held a session the other day, on February 21st at JZBrat ヾ(@°▽°@)ノ
This time, the guest musician was the JAZZ pianist, Ai Kuwabara-san.

There’s no doubt about her technique, but also her musical tone and her connection with the music that gave me stimulus!

And she’s cute (///∇//)← So that’s your real interest? LOL

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All of Ai-chan’s sisters are musicians! Her older sister, Mako Kuwabara-san had performed with MICHAEL (*a new band formed by former SOPHIA members).

Mako-chan is also cute (/ω\)← Hey you!

Yesterday’s performance was during daytime, although we had 2 shows at nighttime, each of day and night performances was completely different.
It’s the best part of a Live session!

It also seems that the audience could sit and relax enjoying the food and drinks, I am really glad we held the show in JZBrat. (‘-‘*)(,_,*)(‘-‘*)(,_,*)

Well then, KariBAND’s next step is launching a CD debut ヽ(゜▽、゜)ノ

This is the start for me to become a full-fledged music composer, I am working in hope that we can release it by the second half of this year ヽ(;´ω`)ノ

Although I think it would become a very geeky product, I also think that it would bring out the session’s attractiveness to a lot of people (ノ^^)八(^^ )ノ

Off course, we will have Ai-chan to participate in a few songs!

Also, the half-assed merchandise I made (← Hey! Hey! LOL)

I am glad the barred-towel was quite popular (*゜▽゜ノノ゛☆ I honestly thought no one wants to buy it LOL

BOH’s Blog Update (Translation)

The one who signed it was the drummer, Maeta-kun. It was decorated with my emoticon (B・o・H) written diagonally. It was very difficult to use, it was designed not to be well received by millions of people. It would make you feel disgusted and irritates your eyes if you keep looking at it!
However, it was made using premium material called Imabari towel, I have no idea what was the purpose with this specification.

We could only sold limited to one item per person yesterday, due to the small amounts of production. The next chance to get this is the upcoming Hedoban magazine Talk event in Sapporo’s spiritual lounge, February 24, with the same price of 1,800 Yen including tax.

In addition to the BOH’s barred-towel, we are planning to sell Mikio Fujioka’s T-shirt (MIKITY) on our next Live show LOL.

I wonder what merch would fit for Yuya Maeta-kun….
Maetabako (*Maeta + cigarette) ← Not good
Maetabasco (*Maeta + tabasco) ← Useless
Yuuyajiri (*Yuya + arrow head) ← Hey, don’t sell weapon!
Yuuyakan (*Yuya + hot water kettle) ← We don’t need any!
Maetanbo (*Maeta + rice field) / (limited to one person, maintenance cost and property tax will be burdened to that person) ← What an idiot
Mature properly! Maetaru (*pre-mature barrel of sake)…. etc

I can only think of unrealistic things LOLOL

Maeta himself said “Maybe Maetaoru (*Maeta + towel) would fit..”. But that would overlapped my merch, what should I do….

I’m also taking into account of such things ← you don’t need to go that far (`Δ´)

I would like to continue the activities with plain and laid back feeling, so please support KariBAND from now on ← Don’t say it like that LOLOL

BOH’s Blog Update (Translation)

Thank you very much(B・o・H)

http://ameblo.jp/bassist-boh/entry-12131556281.html

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BOH’s blog 2015 9/2

 

BOH’s blog

Impressions of Babymetal’s 2015 Germany and UK performances

2015 September 2nd

I have forgotten where the borderline is between my face and my head”

Greetings. This is the prematurely bald Bassist, BOH.

We have now completed the Babymetal World tour 2015 with additional European shows without incident.

To begin with, the 2 shows in Berlin and Frankfurt were truly exciting performances.

From the stage I clearly saw some of the fans who came all the way from Japan to help support the tour taking their place right in the front row.

Whenever I meet Japanese people in foreign countries I feel really happy, but when I meet them and realize they are fans I get an additional burst of happiness coupled with a sense of confidence.

It had been a long time since we did a solo show in Germany and since we have put a fair deal of experience under our belt since the last time, I feel we were able to deliver a powered up version of Babymetal to the fans.

One of the things I personally enjoy outside of the live performances is of course, beer…

I love beer and drink a serving of beer everyday without fail, but German beer is in a class all of its own.

I am fascinated by German beer because there are so many different types of beer and one can taste a wide variety of beers with each locality that you visit.

I truly look forward to visiting Germany again.

We took part in the Reading and Leeds Festival 2015 as well.

It goes without saying that both seeing and participating the Festival were firsts for me.

And what is more is that in spite of it being our first appearance, we played on the main stage.

I am so honored to be able to have such a precious experience.

Even in my dreams I never foresaw that a day would come when I would be performing on this stage.

The entity known as Babymetal has allowed me to realize so many miracles.

My personal motto is to perform with every ounce of energy I can draw upon regardless of where that performance may take place. I try to do my best whether it is a solo show or a Festival.

Now of course this is a matter of course if one is a professional, but in a limited time period it is not so easy to with an average mindset to get every staff member, performer and band member to carry out their various tasks perfectly.

What is more as a performer you must perform with passion while maintaining your calm and ordinary mind while performing in front of thousands or even 10s of thousands of fans.

What I felt in this tour is that “these 3 girls have jumped up to a level of mental power as performers that exceeds where they were before”.

These were performances born out of a very strong base of newly acquired mental power.

I feel that the attraction and charm of Su-metal’s singing comes from her straightforward pronunciation, her expansive tone and very stable sense of rhythm.

With Yuimetal and Moametal it is their precise, skillful dance and ever growing chorus work.

With all this and the additional passion, and desire to deliver the Babymetal experience to the audience this growth in their mental strength gives a huge boost to their live shows.

I feel without doubt that they will continue to show us even greater scenes in the future….

I think that ability of Babymetal to grant us those kinds of expectations is itself on of the reasons they are so able to reach the hearts and minds of so many people.

So there is no way that the Kami band and the staff that assist these 3 girls can slacken off in our efforts for even a second.

All of us are totally devoted to this. Our challenge to this ever growing phenomena will continue on.

What lies ahead for this team and what it can do, and indeed for what only this team can do?

I look forward to sharing many experiences with many fans as we start the Japan tour from this month.

So my post today also kind of took on a serious tone….

Let me finish things off with a short poem.

A cute girl comes up to me

wanting to rub my bald head

and after rubbing my head 2 or 3 times

she wipes off my head oil on her clothes.

OK, so with that I will sign off for today. BOH

Oricom: The presence of KAMI BAND is backing the popularity of BABYMETAL overseas

Here a japanese report from Oricom website translate by Redeared_Slider on Reddit

Besides the success of solo live at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, which is part of their world tour and a triumphal return, BABYMETAL also received the BREAKTHROUGH AWARD, an award presented to artist who take a big leap in that year, from METAL HAMMER, a long-established metal music magazine in England.

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BABYMETAL keep making rapid strides in their home land and overseas. Their charm has already been mentioned many times in other media, but for their success in breaking the boundary of girl group and obtaining support from core metal friends around the world, no doubt that a big credit goes to the KAMI BAND which is formed by brilliant musicians. I guess this band who are backing the girls on stage will once again be under the spot light.

-KAMI BAND’s outlook is basically monotone white make-up and white clothing
The stage of BABYMETAL compose of SU-METAL who use her powerful vocal to sing those difficult songs, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL who deliver high quality dance, and KAMI BAND which are all brilliant musicians. They together spread out high degree of entertainment. Being summoned to be the incarnation of Fox God, members of KAMI BAND are all top and true heavy metal musicians. in order to present the BABYMETAL’s music fusion elements of thrash metal, black metal, metal core and grindcore, superior technique is definitely required.

In addition, they also need to present the view of world in this project visually on stage (KAMI BAND’s outlook is basically monotone white make-up and white clothing). Band members who could satisfy all these requirements are of course a big driving force behind BABYMETAL’s world breaking. In overseas live, the girls are of course getting big cheers, in fact, members of KAMI BAND are also getting big cheers too.

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-KAMI BAND is formed by top musicians in Japan
First of all, the bassist BOH, who seems like leader of the band. He has been involved in NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA and a band called BINECKS which is leaded by guitarist DAITA (ex. SIAM SHADE). There are only very few 6 string bass players in Japan, his unmatched play are not only backing the sound of BABYMETAL, but his flashy solo with slap and right hand play tapping are also attracting lots of attentions.

Then, here comes the guitarists, Takayoshi Ohumra, Leda and Mikio Fujioka. Ohumra is also backing Marty Friedman and LIV MOON and is well known for his high speed and beautiful play style (The first time I saw him, he was in a Jazz-Funk band called DCPRG which is leaded by Kikuchi Naruyoshi and I was overwhelmed by his super high speed play). Leda has been in DELUHI, TM Revolution, and also joined the back on stage live show of DAIGO☆STARDUST. BABYMETAL absorbed the decent look and elements of different metal branches starting from the 90s and their play made the audience go nuts.

The drummer is Aoyama Hideki. Hideki’s father, Aoyama Jun (1957-2013) was a famous drummer. Hideki started his career in JAM Project where high performance quality is required, then he joined KAMI BAND in 2012. Crazy speed beat and killing acoustic pressure are obviously needed in BABYMETAL ’s play.

-Players showing their characters and senses

BABYMETAL also received high motivation from KAMI BAND members. leader BOH wrote in his blog “BABYMETAL is growing fast and being able to work in this project, to me, hardly anything can replace this valuable experience.”, “Non-stop growing, always serious and challenge things with sincere attitude, from the bottom of my heart I deeply respect Ms. SU-METAL, Ms. YUIMETAL and Ms. MOAMETAL” [EDIT: Ms. ?? I find it a bit weird when translating this, putting さん after the girls’ name shows BOH is taking them seriously] I think with respect to the girls and showing their true colors freely in their play are major factors for the success of this project. In addition, the presence of BABYMETAL and KAMI BAND are no doubt a big reason why core metal fans are showing their support and the heavy metal genre could once again be heated up after the 90s.

BABYMETAL will soon be performing in big festival including SUMMER SONIC 2015 and Ozzfest Japan 2015 and they will carry out their first time ever Japan Tour, BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2015 IN JAPAN, from Sep. to Dec. With superior technique and view of the world on stage, BABYMETAL’s backing KAMI BAND seems will catch everyone’s eye balls.

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【BABYMETAL】24-1 BOH on Niconico Live broadcast

【BABYMETAL】24-1 BOH (☆talk only)「ツアー 真面目な話」20150614 22:00


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New BOH Blog: BABYMETAL’s 2015 world tour impression

Is everyone in a good mood? This is your esteemed bald boy, BOHヽ(゜▽、゜)ノ

BABYMETAL’s 2015 world tour finally ended at Makuhari Messe.

There will be additional shows in Germany and England in August, but it’s over for now. I’d like to go to a relaxing onsen, but I can’t relax because my schedule is packed with other events. Losing my desire to relax too much is like my hair loss <- intense lol Snap2

Well, this time, we were squished between Mexico, the US, and Canada, and the Metrock Festival on our way back to Japan, and ended our tour storming through Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Makuhari Messe. Wherever we played, the audience spread its joy to us and felt BABYMETAL’s intensity again. There were countries and towns I went to for the first time, and I loved this fun foreign tour where I could experience each country’s culture and excitement. We’re getting famous fast and we won prizes from famous foreign magazines like Kerrang and MetalHammer, and for me to be involved in this impossibly-strong project that is BABYMETAL is an extremely valuable experience that is difficult to replace.

We played solo shows, of course, and the big foreign festivals we played for the first time and their news coverage went well, and we finished by creating a strong impression and leaving a major impact. This kind of thing is really amazing, and must often balance endurance, determination, will-power, sticking together, and perseverance.
Last time, I wrote on BABYMETAL’s blog. I have nothing but the utmost respect for SU-METAL, YUI-MEtal, and MOAMETAL who are always growing, and always take on every challenge with honesty and sincerity.

Because I won’t write about what the three girls do off-stage, I’m keeping it brief, but their “artistic powers” are steadily becoming stronger!! Yesterday’s Makuhari concert was especially amazing and what I felt was a “flickering destructive power,” meant in a good way. One star collided with another, and the moment a new star was born, it created the impression of something more powerful. Our Kami band performance is also inspired by you three, and I think it was our most on-point until now.

Like everyone, I get nervous before playing live, but on this tour, there was a strong feeling we “would do” more than that. And throughout the tour, our team’s bonds became stronger, and we can take on the challenge on stage, while we can proudly show off our feelings of joy and reliance on each other.

The Kami band is indispensible for BABYMETAL’s existence. People also tell me the Kami band is just support. I’ve also come across these opinions, but we do not accept this point of view. In any case, there is no difference between what we do for a good performance!! The girls are shining more and more, and what should we play? That is the number one thing we think about and challenges us on stage. Until now and from now on, these thoughts have not wavered from us or our staff. When I went to Tokyo, I didn’t go there to start a band. I had the goal of becoming a first-rate session musician. Because I took pride in support work, I didn’t care whether I was in a band or not.

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But either way, no matter what you do, it is important to pursue a team with strong bonds and people with whom you can produce entertainment to elevate things further.
The same is true outside of BABYMETAL, no matter how big things are, don’t cut corners and challenge your soul.

Because I get to participate in work where we inspire other people’s hearts, my duty, most of all, is to experience the feelings of gratitude I receive from fans. This is my weapon.
Still, as BABYMETAL’s popularity increases, there are also a lot of negative opinions. But more than those opinions, it is more important to concentrate on the happiness fans give you from their hearts, and that “you’re doing a job where you’re giving more and more people joy.”

Our team BABYMETAL is doing something new that has never been done until now.Dismissals like “Idols with a metal backing band” do not represent what we do on stage.
And the number of fans who enjoy us and give us their support from all over the world continues to grow and at unimaginable speed.

The amazement that we can share this miracle with so many people… priceless. Great writers write great songs, and they are songs that resound in SU-METAL’s heart and in YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL dancing. And the Kami band is devoted to letting this shine, and receives support from the staff and from KOBAMETAL who puts everything together. And most of all, all the mates who sincerely enjoy themselves and honestly power us up, and always feel that burning passion in their chest. I think the team is all of us.

No doubt, We are BABYMETAL(o)乂(-^) I cannot contain my joy about this being true. It was announced at Makuhari, but we’ll be playing more shows in Japan in September.
What sort of things are people going to see? What kind of space are we going to create with everyone? The fun stops from now on. I hope we can make even greater strides.

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P.S.: Thank you for the many recent Facebook friend requests from Japan and abroad, but I only use Facebook for close friends, family, and acquaintances. Please understand, because I don’t even have plans to make a page for me as an artist.

Well then, these are simple ramblings, but thank you for reading this, everybody.
(B・o・H)

Translation : american_daimyo on Reddit

Bassist BOH interview from Hedoban magazine (vol.4)

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?

Kami Band who’s who – Another god of guitar, drum and programmer

Kami Band is a back band for BABYMETAL – its member is a god (Kami) of music summoned by The Fox God stage by stage. All the Kamis might have their own jobs.

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So members are not fixed. In the previous article, this site explained Takayoshi Ohmura (guitar), Leda (guitar), BOH (bass) and Aoyama Hideki (drum) before. But other Kamis are on board. Let me explain Mikio Fujioka (guitar), Yuya Maeta (drum) and Hidefumi Usami (program)!

Mikio Fujioka – god of guitar

Some fans call him as Ko-gami (a small god) in Japanese with friendly feelings, compared to Ohmura Takayoshi as Oh-gami (a tall god). We can see his boyish outfit in a lot of his lecture books, columns on popular guitar magazine Young Guitar, also in videos of his plays. He’s a fulltime lecturer of a music school MI Japan which a guitar maker ESP runs. He’s rather a jazz and fusion player but plays all genres excellently. He was a student of it and became a lecturer right after he graduated. The Next video shows his various and skillful plays with Babymetal, in some other bands and other performances.

As a god of guitar, he appeared less than other guitarists Leda and Ohmura. So he is like a god of gods of guitar. It is true in a way because he taught Ohmura at the school. (By the way the rest Leda was also from the school.) He was first summoned at Inazuma Rock Festival 2013, and next appearance was BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR in this summer in France, German and the UK including Sonisphere festival. He saved Leda and the band on Sonisphere stage when Leda’s guitar had a trouble and took a few minutes for another one in the middle of the last song Ijime, Dame, Zettai.

Yuya Maeta – god of drum

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He was first summoned to BABYMETAL live in Japan on June 2014. And he played at the LA live and Lady Gaga support acts in this summer in the US, and the return tour in NYC and London. He was a support drummer for Blue Man Group and began to play with Marty Friedman Band from this summer. The following video is Headbangya!! with him in NYC live.

Hidefumi Usami – god of program

He is a programmer, arranger and also a composer who worked with Gospelers and other singers and bands. He was first summoned for BABYMETAL Japan tour on this June and has supported all of their live performances since then.

Kami Band who’s who – Another god of guitar, drum and programmer

Kami Band is a back band for BABYMETAL – its member is a god (Kami) of music summoned by The Fox God stage by stage. All the Kamis might have their own jobs.

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So members are not fixed. In the previous article, this site explained Takayoshi Ohmura (guitar), Leda (guitar), BOH (bass) and Aoyama Hideki (drum) before. But other Kamis are on board. Let me explain Mikio Fujioka (guitar), Yuya Maeta (drum) and Hidefumi Usami (program)!

Mikio Fujioka – god of guitar

Some fans call him as Ko-gami (a small god) in Japanese with friendly feelings, compared to Ohmura Takayoshi as Oh-gami (a tall god). We can see his boyish outfit in a lot of his lecture books, columns on popular guitar magazine Young Guitar, also in videos of his plays. He’s a fulltime lecturer of a music school MI Japan which a guitar maker ESP runs. He’s rather a jazz and fusion player but plays all genres excellently. He was a student of it and became a lecturer right after he graduated. The Next video shows his various and skillful plays with Babymetal, in some other bands and other performances.

As a god of guitar, he appeared less than other guitarists Leda and Ohmura. So he is like a god of gods of guitar. It is true in a way because he taught Ohmura at the school. (By the way the rest Leda was also from the school.) He was first summoned at Inazuma Rock Festival 2013, and next appearance was BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR in this summer in France, German and the UK including Sonisphere festival. He saved Leda and the band on Sonisphere stage when Leda’s guitar had a trouble and took a few minutes for another one in the middle of the last song Ijime, Dame, Zettai.

Yuya Maeta – god of drum

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He was first summoned to BABYMETAL live in Japan on June 2014. And he played at the LA live and Lady Gaga support acts in this summer in the US, and the return tour in NYC and London. He was a support drummer for Blue Man Group and began to play with Marty Friedman Band from this summer. The following video is Headbangya!! with him in NYC live.

Hidefumi Usami – god of program

He is a programmer, arranger and also a composer who worked with Gospelers and other singers and bands. He was first summoned for BABYMETAL Japan tour on this June and has supported all of their live performances since then.

Babymetal’s Japanese 6-string Bassist BOH’s blog entry 2014/11/11

My impressions with Babymetal in New York and London 2014, 11/11

We finished our two additional concerts on the World Tour of New York and London without incident.

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Things were really full out exciting this time as well.

First about the 11/4 New York show

Not only this show with Babymetal but for myself as well this was the first time to play at Hammerstein Ballroom.

I arrived at the concert hall amidst a full blown case of jet lag.
First we started with a sound check followed by rehearsal.

Due perhaps to the way the hall is constructed sound really reverberates.
The sound here is just a slightly different taste from the way things sound in Japan.
Maybe because the voltage is higher here than in Japan, or maybe because I am in high spirits, the sounds come out powerfully and with a rich feeling of expression.

For myself personally, at this show I have changed from a Shure ear monitor to a Fitear one and this makes it possible to hear more minute and fine details in all aspects of performance.

Following rehearsal I went outside and found that some fans had already started waiting in line…

I thought, “No one will recognize me if I am not all made up”…but I was found out.
People called out to me and I stopped to take pictures with them.
I try to approach these kinds of situations with an attitude of gratefulness and appreciation (Seeing as these will become good memories for both parties)

Some people that I always see in Japan are here as well. Thank you for coming from so far away.

If we get too many people taking pictures together it actually become a nuisance for others so I hurried back as fast as possible and changed in to my stealth disguise of being the Kami of Bass.

From this moment on, no matter how itchy my face gets I can not scratch. (And the entire head in my case)

No matter how tired I am from traveling, just before the actual performance I mysteriously get charged with energy.

Almost time for the Babymetal show to start.

The feeling of nervousness that exists from the calls from the audience the moment we step on stage to time we start playing contains an indescribable feeling of comfort and stability.

And then when the performance begins I can truly feel my life energy burning.

“This is my dream”

I murmured this unconsciously as I was playing.

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I get the impression that rather than just going wild and thrashing around, the New York fans seem to really listen carefully to the performance and give themselves over to the sounds as they take them in to their respective perspectives.
I was also surprised by the large number of people who were taking videos.

Since in Japan it is a matter of course that filming is not allowed it was quite an interesting experience to brush up against such a difference in culture.

I saw some people carrying flags that said, “BOH” on them as well as some people dressed up like me. I am grateful for this.

We in the Kami band are really happy to have attention paid to us and to have fans call out in support.

Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal are members and we are the back band, you see.
We could not be paid so much attention as a back band in any other country or setting and so I am
filled with gratitude.

Next, the 11/8 London, O2 Academy show

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The tickets were Sold Out!
It started raining before the show began and I got worried about the health of the fans getting soaked waiting in line outside. I hope they don’t catch colds.

Perhaps due to England being the birthplace of Rock the excitement and energy given off made it feel like the hall would collapse.

There was a lot of power behind the Mosshushu what with there being so many largely structured Europeans.

I beg of you don’t get injured or cause injury to others, OK?

This theatre type of historical hall has transformed into a Metal Live house.

I feel so fortunate that while performing I am able to take in the view of so many different types of people from young children to older metallers all enjoying the show together.

We are all humans, all the same. We can all have a great time together going beyond differences in race, religion and the environments we were brought up in. That is one of the charms of music.

I am proud of the fact that we can do this with Babymetal.

OK, now about the contents of this tour…

I am sure that the fans from Japan as well as the fans living overseas have verified this through videos uploaded to Youtube….but Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal are all continuing to grow.

Giving my own impression I would say that it goes without saying that Su-metal’s vocal range as well as her power have both increased but it is her “ability to convey her feelings to the audience” that has dramatically gone up.

However, it is not that she is particularly trying to sing more skillfully it is that she has a wonderful aura (presence) as a vocalist and frontman (frontwoman?).

The same goes for Yuimetal and Moametal. They are not simply dancing in unison with the songs, one can feel the the passion they bring to the stage, and the unshakable intent they have in exciting and entertaining the audience coming from the bottom of their hearts.
Being able to sing while dancing such wild and aggressive dances is something in itself that is no small feat.

Babymetal plays without MC…This does not simply signify that they perform “without a break time”, it means there is no place to slack mentally and there is no leeway to kind of zone out and no way to do things over…

If one is lacking in even one of the features of concentration, mental power, Kiai, stamina, guts, or passion one could not carry these performances out and yet the 3 members do it everytime.

I have an unlimited amount of respect for these 3 girls.

When I was a Jr. High/High school student I would not have been able to carry on and do my best the way they do… really this is not a trifling matter.

I respect the 3 members of Babymetal as artists.

There are also skills that we have acquired through these performances together with the girls.

We are not treated simply as a back band and are given emphasis as the Kami band, an important part of the Babymetal show.
And without mistake it is Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal that pull up and give significance to the existence of us, the Kami band.

It is a matter of course that our performing abilities and techniques are professional in caliber but we also perform with high quality not only loud, showy performances but also back up music and sound effects.
It is because of the incredible combination of members who can perform with these skills that we are able to play music as Babymetal that seems to surpass the human range of ability.

Not just playing as a back band but changing us into being an existence with value is the existence of the 3 members.

And also, this goes for the fans who are always supporting us.

Without your existence there would not be the Kami band that we are now.
Especially in Japan it is very rare that session musicians like us ever get a great deal of attention paid to them.
There seem to be a lot of people who do not understand the difference between a bass and a guitar.

Amidst this background it is because of you all that come to be recognized and regarded by larger population of people as being “BOH, the man who plays the 6 stringed Japanese bass”.

The house I live in, the car I drive and the beer I drink are all because of you, the fans.

I am playing the bass just because I like to do so.
This occupation comes into being because there is and artist and the fans who support and cheer on that artist.

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My talk has gotten off track a bit.

Doing these two shows and I may be repeating things, of particularly deep impression was the increase in “the power to reach and affect the hearts of the audience” of the 3 members.

At the end of the London show we performed a new song that had not previously been performed.

In spite of the fact that this was the first time to perform the song and it was done in a country away from home, the song created a chorus call and response feature, the fans kept cheering after the song had ended like they didn’t want to leave, and so many fans were crying holding up their hands in the sing of Kitsune-sama moved by a song whose lyrics they could not understand. Seeing all of this I was convinced that we will see “these girls get ever, evermore great”.

I do not care a hoot about these opinions one sees such as “Babymetal is not Metal.” Or, “Well, real Metal is….”

These kinds of disputes are just ridiculous and there is no room or reason for debating about them.

These girls have gone to a place that is way beyond any of these trifling matters.

I personally have never considered what genre Babymetal should be classified as.

What I have interest in as a Kami band member (Bass no Kami) is “continuing to create Babymetal shows that are one and only, original and unique in existence together with the 3 girls of Babymetal and the world wide fans of Babymetal.” And that is all.

Further, I hope to continue to polish my playing skills and promulgate the Japanese 6 stringed bass to as many people as possible. If I can do these things nothing could make me happier.

The things I have acquired from working with Babymetal I hope to utilize elsewhere, and the things I get from other performances I hope to bring to Babymetal and the things I have gained through many experiences I hope to make use of in my own life.

That is the 6 string bass path of the bassist BOH.

Gratitude and thanks to all, feel the connection of all, provide dreams while chasing them.

That is my life.

And as you can see, my blog from today has become officialized.

I think this will make it possible for more people to be able to read my blog and that is something fun to look forward to.

By the way, my previous blog was translated by someone overseas, so I hope that will happen again (translator note: that appears to be the case)
I do not have the skill to translate such a long blog.

To all the fans throughout the world-let’s continue to excite and build up Babymetal together.
I look forward to seeing you all again at a stage filled with Love, Peace and Kawaii.

P.S.
I have written earnestly so I would like to add one more comment…
I am not bald due to sickness. Do not consult with a doctor if you start getting thin on top when in your 30’s!
If you start to lose hair, just shave it off yourself. Do it openly. You will understand this if you do it.
(translator note: I know exactly how he feels as I did the same thing in my late 30’s. Good advice)

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Slap! BOH’s style (^_^)v

Bassist Boh has just post this cool slaping video on his Vine account!