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INKT at Skechers Sundown Festival 2015 (Interview)

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Coming this 21.NOV.2015, INKT will make their very first appearance here in Singapore! So what better way to kick of the excitement with an interview with the Koki & the band!

[INTERVIEW WITH INKT]

  • Lukai: What does the name INKT stands for? How did you came up with it?

「INKT」ってどういう意味ですか?バンド名の由来を教えてください。

INKTとは、塗料の意があるのですが、元々通ってきた音楽のルーツも、いた世界もバラバラだった僕ら5人のそれぞれの色が、INKTの作り出す楽曲で混じり合い、そこで出来た新たな色で聴いてくれた人を染め上げるという想いで作りました。

INKT: By definition, INKT can mean a type of paint but on a deeper level, our band name symbolises our desire to colour our listeners with our fresh new colour. Individually, our musical roots are different, and we are all from different backgrounds. But when we come together to make music as INKT, we create something new and different.

 

  • Lukai: Fans of Koki Tanaka have always looked forward to his iconic voice as a rapper. Since his (KAT-TUN) days, with a mostly Hip-hop influenced style, how has this style changed so far?

田中聖さんのファンたちはいつもラッパーの特別な歌い方を期待していたと思います。KAT-TUNの時期は確かにHIPHOP風でしたが、今のKOKIさんの音楽方向に対して、変わったところありますか?

自分の中でこういう音楽じゃなければいけないという物もなくて、音楽で表現したい物がたくさんあって、それを一番具現化出来る形が今の形と思っています。

楽曲の中にラップも入っていますので、hip hopでなければラップが出来ないという事でもなく、どこにいてもそれは武器なのかなと思っています。

INKT: I don’t think I’ve ever thought of music in absolutes. There was never a specific genre that I had to follow. There is just so much I want to convey through my music, and I think what you see now is the best way I have found to make that wish concrete. A song doesn’t have to be hip hop in order to have rap in it. Some of the songs do contain rap and I think it’s really a kind of weapon that I can use, wherever I go.

 

  • Lukai: What is the direction of your music changed through this band now? How does the members think of themselves being a part of the band?

音楽の方向はバンドを組み立てから、変更されましたか?メンバーはバンドの一員になった気持ちや、どう考えていますか?

バンドを組み立ててから方向を決めたのではなく、バンドを組み立てた時にみんなが見えた景色やその時抱いた感情を楽曲にしている形です。

その方向性がたまたま同じ方向を見れているので。

他のメンバーも1人になってもINKTをやりたいとまで言ってくれている仲間です。

INKT: I think as a band, we came together with our individual visions and emotions about the kind of music we wanted to create. We didn’t really just form the band and decide on a particular style or direction. It just so happened that we all shared a common vision and desire. We’re really close friends, and I can speak for the other members when I say we all want to be a part of INKT, even if it means ending up alone.

 

  • Lukai: Why choose Rock as a genre? What was the motivation of your choice?

なぜロックジャンルを選びましたか?その動機はなんですか?

このジャンルがいい!

っていうより、仲間達とアツい事がしたいという気持ちから、この5人でやりたい事、出したい音っていう物の追求な気がしてます。

INKT: We didn’t just come out and decide “Hey! Let’s do Rock!” We wanted to do something that would embody our passion as friends who came together to make the music that we want to make. I think that was the feeling that we were really pursuing. 

 

  • Lukai: Your music sends out energetic vibes for hope and freedom, a reminder to us all never to look back and keep moving forward. If there is a message you’d like to send out to your fans, or to someone feeling lost and helpless, what would that message be?

INKTの音楽を聴くと「自由」、「希望」、「前向き」との気持ちがすごく感じます。ファンに教えたいメッセージがありますか?人生に道を迷った人たちにメッセージを送るとしたら、何のメッセージを送りたいですか?

まさに感じていただいたその部分は自分の中で伝えたい部分なのかもしれません。

色んな事があって夢を諦めた人もいると思うし迷ってる人もいると思う。

でも諦める必要ない。

年齢なんか関係ない。

という部分を音楽だけでなくパフォーマンスや生き方から感じてくれる方が1人でもいてくれれば幸せだなと思ってます。

INKT: It might be that what people feel through our music also reflects the message we want to give our fans. 

There are many people who give up their dreams and lose their way. But there is no need to give up. Age has nothing to do with it. 

If that message can reach even one person through our live performances or way of life, I think we’d be really happy. 

 

  • Lukai: This is the first time INKT will be performing in Singapore. Please share with us your feelings for the coming Live at the Skechers Sundown Festival. Is there any place in Singapore you’ll like to visit in particular, or food you’ll like to try?

今回はシンガポールで初公演ですよね。Sketchers Sundown Festivalのライブについて、どう思いますか?緊張感とかありますか?シンガポールでは行きたいところや食べたいものがありますか?教えてください。

やっぱり未だにどのステージも緊張します。

でも同時に同じぐらい楽しみな気持ちもあって単純にワクワクもします。

シンガポールはやっぱり夜景が綺麗とも聞きますので行ってみたい国の1つでした!

どこまで時間があるか分からないですがたくさん観光もしたいです!

INKT: We still get nervous performing on stage. But at the same time, we’re really excited. I’ve heard that Singapore has beautiful night scenery and it’s one of the countries I’ve been wanting to visit. I don’t know how much time we will have, but I’d love to do lots of sightseeing!

 

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SKECHERS SUNDOWN FESTIVAL 2015

Catch them Live! Grab your tickets now! 

Date:      Sat, 21 November 2015

Time:     Doors open from 4pm

Venue:  F1 Pit Building, Marina Promenade (next to Singapore Flyer)

Nearest MRT: Promenade (DT15 / CC4)

P.S I’d like to thank the press team for facilitating my questionnaires, this interview wouldn’t have been possible without them!

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A9 Tour 2015 Re:birth -Tensyou- Live in Singapore

Japanese Visual Kei rock band, A9 (previously known as Alice Nine) is back in Singapore for the third time for first ever 2 days solo concert!

 

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Singapore— 27 July 2015 — Japanese rock band, Alice Nine will be back in Singapore for their second solo concert. It will be held on 24th and 25th October in The Singapore Airlines Theatre,  LASALLE College of the Arts, as part of their Asia tour this year. 

 Alice Nine’s love for Singapore and their local fans

Feeling the passion from fans in Singapore over the years, last year’s solo concert in this sunny island was even released as a DVD, viewed by Alice Nine fans in Japan and all over the world. “This is our third time coming to Singapore for performance, furthermore, it will be our first time holding a solo concert in Singapore over two days!” said Shou, vocalist of Alice Nine. Tora, guitarist of Alice Nine also expressed his excitement about coming back to Singapore, saying that he wants to change “Merlion” into “Mer-tiger”. “Tora” means tiger in Japanese.

Touring China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan this year, Singapore is the one of the two stops with two days of concert performance. On top of that, fans who are coming for both days on VIP tickets get to receive a free autographed copy of their upcoming CD release titled “Ginga no oto” , two autographed posters and attend a handshaking session with the band members after each show. The CD will be sold only at the band’s concerts, making it a rare catch.

Alice Nine hopes to reach out not only to their fans in Japan, but also overseas fans by touring to their countries and have closer in-person interaction with their fans through their performance.  The band is hyped up to rock the island again.

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This concert is organized and promoted by RINethics Inc. and BLACK BALLOON.

Tickets will be sold via peatix from 15th August, 2015. 

Get your tickets here!

http://a9singapore2015.peatix.com

Early bird sales are entitled to S$10 discount off for a limited period of time.
Alice Nine 2015 Re:birth -Tensyou- Live in Singapore

Date: 24, 25 October 2015

Doors Open: 17:30 (Attendees are advised to arrive 1 hour earlier)
Show Starts: 18:30

Venue: The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts

Ticket category

  1. 2-Days VIP tickets , S$228
    Privileges: 2 VIP category tickets with better seat options, 1 copy of autographed CD “Ginga no oto”, 1 autographed poster (for each day), handshake session (held after each performance)
  2. VIP ticket, S$108
    Privileges: 1 autographed poster, handshake session (after the performance)
  3. Standard ticket, S$78

Alice Nine’s vision through working with world-renowned creators

Alice Nine consists of five members: Shou (Vo), Tora (Gu), Hiroto (Gu), Saga (Ba) and Nao (Dr). The band was formed in 2004 and quickly rose to become a popular Visual Kei rock band in Japan and gained many overseas fans. Some of their songs have been picked as theme songs for Japanese anime and TV shows. Other than having appeared on NHK’s J-melo (music program made for Japanese music fans in the world), Alice Nine has performed in many countries in Asia, United States and Europe in the past years.

In their latest band image, the members wore white to symbolize starting anew with a clean slate. Their costumes were designed by world-renowned designer, Yuma Koshino, who has acquainted Alice Nine’s vocalist, Shou, through a TV program where they’d worked together. The band’s image photos were taken by photographer Hiro Kimura, who has worked with international and Japanese artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Ken Watanabe. Art direction was handled by Toshiyuki Suzuki from United Lounge. By bringing together the powers of world-renowned creators, Alice Nine aims to produce works that will appeal not only to the Japanese audience, but also to the world.

Other than collaborations for their visual image, this time, Alice Nine has also worked with Ryo Yoshimata and Koichirou Muroya on their new song titled “Freesia no saku basho”. Yoshimata has composed music for movies and NHK Taiga dramas such as Princess Atsu and Go: Himetachi no Sengoku. Muroya has worked with many J-pop artistes such as MISIA, aiko, Ken Hirai and has contributed to the beautiful full orchestra sounds in the new song.

Alice Nine Official Homepage : http://a9-project.com/

Alice Nine Official You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/A9CH

Alice Nine 9th Anniversary #2 LIVE! Viewing on NicoNico Live!

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Alice Nine 9th Anniversary #2

「World`s End Daybreak-OKYAKUSAMA DAIICHI SHUGI-」8月25日(日)開催!!

After much anticipation and wait, Alice Nine has scheduled their very first One-man LIVE! Online Show Project which commences on the 25th of August, 2013.

The show will be cast LIVE! on NicoNicoLive, a very popular online live-feed video forum and host. This is their very first online concert broadcast throughout the whole world!

A very first in Alice Nine history, there will be 2 segments to this event. Featuring 5 hours of non-stop Music/Video feed and LIVE Performance by Alice Nine themselves!

This is a event not to be missed!

If you’re on your computers now click and safe this LINK!

– INFORMATION I 情報 –

Live video cast of Alice Nine LIVE has been decided.
[URL] CLICK ME! 

  • Japan Time: 12:30 onward, 5 hours of continuous LIVE VIDEO & MUSIC VIDEO
  • Japan Time: LIVE from 17:30.

Alice Nine のLIVEを全世界に向けてインターネット配信することが決定しました。
[URL] ここをクリック!

  • 日本時間で12:30から、MUSIC VIDEOやLIVE VIDEOを5時間続けて配信した後、
  • 日本時間で17:30からLIVEをリアルタイムで配信します。

Alice Nine Official Website/ オフィシャルサイト
http://www.pscompany.co.jp/alicenine/

Alice Nine Official Channel/ 公式チャンネル
http://ch.nicovideo.jp/alicenine

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『Alice Nine Complete Collection II 2010~2012』
2013年8月21日(水)発売!!
21st August 2013 RELEASE!!