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!”
BABYMETAL – cutest headbangers on the planet
Heavy metal rock band or kawaii idols? You get both with BABYMETAL, a Japanese band comprising three cuties SU-METAL, MOA-METAL and YUI -METAL, who were in Singapore to perform their special blend of metal music.
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Babymetal Live in Singapore 28.12.2013 pre-concert interview [SGCafe Exclusive]
Japanese heavy metal idol group Babymetal is here in Singapore this weekend for a solo concert (one-man live) — their first solo concert outside of Japan.
SGCafe caught up with the group on the eve of their solo concert here, and we talked to them about their thoughts on meeting Metallica, the two big Babymetal announcements that were made last weekend — a solo concert at Budokan, and their first full album releasing in February next year — as well as what they’re looking forward to in 2014.
Here’s the full transcript of our pre-concert interview with Babymetal.
—Over the past weekend, Babymetal made two announcements concerning Q1 2014.
The first is that, you will be holding a one-man live in March at the Nippon Budokan. This will be a record-breaking performance, as Babymetal will be the youngest female group (average age 14.6) to hold a one-man live at Budokan
When did you first find out about the Nippon Budokan one-man-live, and what were your thoughts when you first heard the news?
Su-Metal: For us, this has always been a goal for Babymetal to aim for, that we hoped to be able to acheve. So even right now we still feel like we can’t quite believe that this is coming true, that we’re going to be holding a one-man live (solo concert) at Budokan.
On a personal level, really this was a dream I’ve had since I was very young. So when I first heard the news, that we could hold a one-man live at Budokan, my heart was just pounding. We’re very excited for it.
—The other big news that was announced over the weekend was that Babymetal will be releasing its first full album on February 26.
Tell us more about what fans can expect in the new release.
Su-Metal: This is going to be our first full album, so it’s going to be a compendium of everything Babymetal has done so far, packed tightly in one release.
We haven’t been told anything about the new songs yet, but we think that the album will be able to express, at the highest level, what the world of Babymetal is about. So please look forward to it.
—How do you feel about finally being able to cut a full album?
Su-Metal: We’re just super happy about it. It’s like, “Finally, it’s the news that we’ve been waiting for for so long!” *laughs*
—Recently you got to meet Metallica, who were in Japan for a promotional stint for the movie Metallica Through the Never.
How was it like meeting these legends, and were there any funny moments you could recall?
Yui-Metal: When we met Metallica, well, at first when we met them before the performance, we felt that they were very friendly and were like normal kind gentlemen. It’s kind of like meeting a relative uncle.
But once they started the performance on stage, their stage presence was just amazing and they were really wild and cool, and the gap between Metallica on and off-stage was incredible and quite surprising for us.
—Tomorrow night (note: this is referring to tonight; the interview was conducted yesterday) you will be holding a solo concert here in Singapore. How are you feeling about that right now?
Moa-metal: This is the third time we’ve been to Singapore, and we’re extremely happy that our third performance here in Singapore is also our first one-man live (Solo concert) overseas, outside of Japan.
Our fans here have been very warm to us at our AFA performances, and we look forward to seeing them at the concert. We think there will also be people who’ve never seen a Babymetal live performance before, so we look forward to having fun with them too.
The key to having a good time at a Babymetal live is to follow along with Moa-Metal and Yui-Metal’s dance and cheers for the songs. So we look forward to having a good time with us!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vvW6ZWjd88 —Finally, back at the beginning of the year, in an interview with Kawaii Girl Japan, you said that Babymetal’s mission in 2013 is to achieve world domination.
Looking back, you’ve certainly had a great year in 2013, performing not just in Singapore but also in Indonesia. You’ve also had many successful performances in Japan, at times sharing the stage with metal legends like Trivium and Arch Enemy.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
Su-Metal: Well, first, in March 2014 we have the solo concert in Budokan coming up, so we’re hoping to achieve a successful solo conert there.
And of course, tomorrow (tonight) is our solo concert here in Singapore, so we’d like to make the performance here successful, and hopefully we will be able to return to do another solo concert in the future.
We’ve also received lots of warm messages from our fans overseas in other countries, so next year we really hope to be able to go to more countries, and meet our fans in person.
—Thanks for the interview, and best of luck for solo concert in Singapore!
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.
BABYMETAL will play in Taiwan with the band Chthonic in Febuary 2014
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.
BABYMETAL are Moametal, Su-metal and Yuimetal
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.
Babymetal’s first MV combines both kawaii and heavy metal elements, and it has also become a hot topic in US’s website – Reddit
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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