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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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Weaver at Skechers Sundown Festival 2014 (Interview)

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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).

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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!

[INTERVIEW WITH WEAVER]

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

WEAVERはバンドをはじまる前に何の困難がありますか?そして、どうやってその困難を越えてしましたか?

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?

また、WEAVERの音楽は愛に関しての不安をある人々を与えると思います。恋したいのWEAVERのファンたちにアドバイスがありますか?

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?

WEAVERは、音楽に自分の気持ちを表現することがむずかしいと思っているミュージシャンたちにアドバイスがありますか?

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?

最後に、シンガポールでのWEAVERのファンのみんなさんにメッセージがありますか?

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).

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SKECHERS SUNDOWN FESTIVAL 2014

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)

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Skechers Sundown Festival 2014

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Join Asia’s Biggest Music Festival this 22.NOV.2014!
Skechers Sundown Festival 2014
Held at the Marina Promenade, Singapore.Catch the following line-up;
Olivia Ong (Singapore), Shila Amzah (Malaysia),Kanika Kapoor (India), S.O.S (band) (Indonesia), BIG ASS (Thailand), Pupil (Philippines), Kate Tsui (Hong Kong), Regina (China), Chang Chen-yue (Taiwan),WEAVER (Japan), CROSS GENE (Korea).
So what’re you waiting for?
Get your CAT 1 (SGD$138) & CAT 2 (SGD$118) now!
Click here! http://www.sundownfestival.sg/tickets.php

— at Marina Promenade.

Pssst! Want to win yourself a CAT 2 ticket to this amazing concert festival of the year??? Simply respond in the comment box below and answer this simple question.

“How many artists/musicians will be performing at the upcoming Sketchers Sundown Festival 2014?”

Submit your Name, Email address and your Answer by;

15th of November, 2014; 2359hrs.

The Winner will be announced on the following day and instructions of the pick-up will be emailed to you! Happy Winning!

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SKECHERS SUNDOWN FESTIVAL

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)

Visit the Website for more details! http://www.sundownfestival.sg/

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