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Weaver at Skechers Sundown Festival 2014 (Interview)


Coming this 22.NOV.2014, WEAVER will make their fourth appearance at Sketchers Sundown Festival 2014,  right in the heart of Singapore (their second home).


I took this opportunity to ask the members of the band what inspired them to write their music as well as hear more about their journey through Asia! Let’s hear what they have to say!


1) What are the obstacles you have faced before starting out your band and how did you overcame them?


Yuji: Before debut, we had another member who played guitar. When we were 19 years old, the other member decided to go another direction. He didn’t want to become a professional musician. We wanted to keep playing music but we were not sure how we could get over this obstacle. One day, a staff who was working at the live house advised that we should become a piano trio. This advice made us become what we are today. This advice was very important to our music career.

Toru: Without this advice we would not have debuted in Japan. We are very grateful and still keep in touch with the staff.


2) Your music talks a lot about the subject of love. One of your biggest hits, “Hard to say I love you”. What spurred you to write this song?

WEAVERの音楽は‘愛’に関しての表現が多いだと思います。ヒットソングの一つ「Hard to say I love you 〜言い出せなくて〜」のインスピレーションは何ですか?

Toru: This song was written especially for Japanese TV drama as a theme song. We read through the entire script to understand the story and got inspiration from the drama title, “Hard to say I love you”.


3) Your music also gives people hope to face their fears when approaching love. Do you have any advice for your listeners seeking out love?


Toru: Please listen to our music and lyrics. We hope our songs will cheer you up!


4) Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians who have problems expressing their feelings into music?


Toru: Whenever I met with a problem in writing lyrics, I always try to read books or watch movies to find inspirations so that would be my advice. I definitely recommend to watch more concerts.

Syota: Another approach is to stay away from music for a while to refresh your mind.


5) Lastly, do you have anything you would like to say to your fans in Singapore?


Yuji: We are really looked forward to seeing our fans, as it has been a long time since the last time performance!

Syota: We went to London to improve our English. Taking this opportunity at Sketchers Sundown Festival, we hope to have good conversation with the audience. We would like you come and see our improvement!

Toru: One of the reasons we went to London was to learn English  so we can relate to people in Singapore. Singapore is the first city we performed abroad so Singapore fans are special to us. We are thankful for their warm support and they are our motivation to learn English.

In an interview with MTV81.com, Syota explains further as to what actually spurred them to learn English…

MTV81.com: “Why did you start thinking about an overseas audience?”

Syota: “We’ve always imagined ourselves playing abroad. During our first concert in Singapore two or three years ago we discovered that we had a small, but dedicated fan base. That show made us realize the power of English as communication tool.” 

*Read more about their exciting journey and experience through London on their web column, only on MTV18.com!


Some background information about the band: 

Debuted in 2007, the 3 members formed『WEAVER』as a piano rock band and started their performances mainly at the live house “VARIT” in Kobe.

The bands line-up is as follows; Yuji Sugimoto (Piano & Vocal), Syota Okuno (Bass & Chorus) & Toru Kawabe (Drum & Chorus).

With  the inception of their first national performance, the band officially moved to Tokyo in April 2010. Their first single album “Hard to say I love you~iidasenakute~” was produced by the famous music producer Mr. Kameda Seiji. The song was featured as the theme song of the Fuji TV series “Hard to Say I Love You”.

The band’s first ever appearance in Singapore, started back in 2012 with a performance alongside fellow pop band Applicat Spectra at SCAPE Warehouse. Since then, they have made two trips, one on the same year (in September) and another when they took part in  “J-Rock Matters” for “Music Matters 2013” (which happens to be one of the world’s three largest music trade fairs).



Catch them Live! Grab your tickets now! 

Date:      Sat, 22 November 2014

Time:     Doors open from 4pm

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

Nearest MRT: Promenade (DT15 / CC4)





Sundown Festival 2013 – Event Details




Rock and pop acts from Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines set to wow at the largest Asian music, food and cultural festival

Singapore, 9 October 2013  Red Spade Entertainment (RSE), the organiser behind the annual Sundown Festival has announced the acts descending on the grounds of F1 Pit Building at Marina Promenade this 16th November.

The much-anticipated talent lineup for the fifth annual Sundown Festival is an unrivaled gathering of 10 established and up-and-coming headlining acts from eight Asian countries—Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, including Screw, D=OUT, AOA, Bosco Wong, Shao Yu Han, Yoga Lin, Nidji, Rico Blanco, Rock Steddy and No More Tear. Drawing fans from all across Southeast Asia, Sundown Festival turns Marina Promenade into an Asian music and cultural central for an eight-hour long celebration— completed by an Asian street food village supported by leading food portal in Singapore, Hungrygowhere.com—establishing itself as a must-see event.

Tickets (Cat 1 at $138 and Cat 2 at $98, Early Bird Tickets at $68 are sold out) for this live music event are on sale on SISTIC and pay no booking fee at http://www.sundownfestival.sg

Artistes’ line-up overview

2013’s edition of the festival sees the addition of three Southeast Asian nations to the musical melee: Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Known for their ‘rockability’ and mastery in alternative music, it is no wonder the likes of Nidji, No More Tear and Rock Steddy and Rico Blanco are fronting these tri-nation sensations. Continuing on the ride on the surge in popularity and demand for Japanese glam-metal rock and “visual style” of music, visual kei bands Screw and D=OUT (pronounced as ‘doubt’) are set to thrill festival goers.

K-pop fanatics can expect some eye candy and sugar rush in the form of Ace of Angels (AOA) a truly unique versatile music group that interchange between a five-member female band and a seven-member idol group. All eight members from AOA will be making their full appearance at the festival to lend their full support at the festival.

Finally, this line-up of musical entertainment will not be given justice without the vocal prowess of 2 Adonia Shao Yu Han from the People’s Republic of China and an injection of familiar names the likes of Mandopop Taiwanese boy wonder Yoga Lin and Cantopop and TVB star Bosco Wong.

The unique proposition of Sundown Festival as the only annual music festival in southeast Asia to unite Asian music and culture speaks volumes of Singapore’s strong reputation as a centre for creativity and innovation in the region. As consumers become increasingly discerning, such home-grown entertainment content offering exciting and refreshing experiences will set Singapore apart as a global city with an energetic and inventive entertainment scene.

Festival goers can look forward not only to eight hours of non-stop entertainment but also bona fide street food sourced from all the eight Asian countries and fringe cultural performances such as “the barong” (storytelling dance form) from Indonesia, Tinikling B-boys (a mix of traditional pre-Spanish tap dancing with bamboo poles and breakdancing) from the Philippines and muaythai from Thailand.

Undoubtedly the largest Asian music festival: Sundown

“Year five of Sundown Festival is a milestone,” said Samantha Chan, director of the Festival. “We have set a simple goal: to bring the burgeoning stars in Asian rock and pop music together for the best show in the region, a show that the world can only see in Singapore. And that is exactly what we have done; these acts we have brought in this year will rock your socks off, bring pride to being Asian and prove once again, there is no place more exciting than Singapore’s Marina Promenade this 16th November,” added Chan.

For more information about the line-up, visit http://www.sundownfestival.sg or http://www.facebook.com/mysundownfestival (Note to editors: Refer to Appendix for artistes’ bios).

For artistes images go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/pprsg/



Date: Saturday, 16 November 2013

Time: Doors open from 3pm Venue: F1 Pit Area, Marina Promenade (next to Singapore Flyer)


Tickets (all free-standing) are available at SISTIC. Log on to http://www.sistic.com.sg to book or call ticketing hotline: (65) 6348 5555. For more information on Sundown Festival, check out http://www.sundownfestival.sg.