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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!
As their group name suggests, Babymetal are a bundle of contradictions.
And therein lies the magic formula to their showbiz success. Unlike their fellow bubblegum J-pop and K-pop counterparts, the Japanese doe-eyed teenage trio with funky stage monikers – 15-year-old vocalist-dancer Su-Metal, dancers-screamers Moa-Metal and Yui-Metal, both 14 – defy pigeonholing. They might dress and act cutesy (read: perfectly plaited pigtails, red ribbons in their hair, matching schoolgirl outfits), but watch them deliver their fast and ferocious headbanging tunes and it is evident that they identify more with Evanescence than AKB48.
Granted, none of them play their own instruments – on their live tours, they are backed by a band decked out in skeletal costumes – but surely, to be able to dance and synchronise hand gestures to power metal is a rare feat in itself. Formed in 2010, Babymetal have released four singles to date. One of their biggest hit singles, titled Ijime, Dame, Zettai, sold 19,000 copies in its first week, debuting at Number 6 in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. Ahead of their first full-length concert in Singapore later this month, the girls tell M in an e-mail interview that they hold their unique identity in J-pop close to their hearts.
“We are aiming to be the ‘one and only’ group in the J-pop scene (who do what we do),” said Su-Metal. “When it comes to influences, we are influenced not just by Japanese and overseas metal acts, but J-pop acts too. “One Japanese rock band we’re particularly fond of is Seikima-II. “We were attracted by their brand of devil imagery and of course, their high-quality musicianship.” Seikima-II, active in the 80s, were known for their painted black and white faces and were often touted as Japan’s answer to US classic rockers Kiss.
Adding to Babymetal’s heavy metal cred is the fact that they found themselves an audience in US legends Metallica. “At this year’s (renowned rock festival) Summer Sonic in Tokyo, we had a chance to meet Metallica. They also came to watch us perform and we took photos together,” gushed Su-Metal. One thing led to another and shortly after their encounter with their heroes, Babymetal were chosen to record the promotional video for the Japanese release of Metallica’s 3-D concert film Metallica: Through The Never. The girls couldn’t have been happier.
“We felt a lot of power through Metallica’s movie,” added Su-Metal. They might look like bona fide metallers, but away from the limelight, Babymetal are ordinary teenagers who share a tight camaraderie. “We always compete for bento boxes and refreshments by playing a game of rock, paper, scissors,” said Moa-Metal. “When we stay in hotels, we share the same room. Also, Yui-Metal and I often borrow books from Su-Metal to read.”
So, have they ever got into squabbles or arguments? Never, claimed Moa-Metal. “All three of us are on such good terms that we have never fought.”