The GazettE have released their latest album "DOGMA" on August 26th. They will also start their nation-wide tour "the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15 DOGMATIC -UN-" on September 5th and "the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15-16 DOGMATIC -DUE-" in December.
Club Zy. Will feature RUKI, Uruha, Aoi, REITA, and Kai in personal long interviews, starting today!
Last in the series is the drummer, Kai. He will talk about the birth of 'DOGMA' as well as their current tour.
A project to relive the agitation in their 10s, DIAWOLF!
Q: DIAWOLF, a project by SHOW (OHARA / Vo) and TORA (AMANO / Gt) will release an EP in July. SHOW-san, first tell us about your musical roots, as well as the concept of this project. What made you think of starting it?
Show: Around 3 years ago, I said to TORA, let's do something together. 12 years ago, the first band I was in was a SLIPKNOT cover band, and we put on make up while performing. And from there, we wanted to form an even heavier band, which resulted in our band before Alice Nine (A9). That time, there was an increase in bands which takes heavy shout approach, and we didn't want to jump on the bandwagon. As a result, we formed A9, an all-rounder band. And somehow, I just thought, I want to make music which I liked in my 10s! And now, I think I'm able to do it. So I just wanted to make a place where I can make music which I purely wanted to make in my 10s, without thinking about anything else. That's how it started.
Chapter 6 - The mad party and attack that will start again with 'DOGMA'
In previous sections, we have examined closely what kind of chemistry is there, and what kind of sounds are there in 'DOGMA', from various points of view. Then, what kind of tour will 'DOGMA' make? As the finale of this major series of interviews, through a long interview of their "live performance atmosphere", we will investigate about their feelings for their forthcoming tour.
To say it specifically, I want us to perform at Budokan again. Maybe I've grown some balls (laughs).
Q: Nah, you don't need that kind of publicity stunt. By the way, both your costumes and lyric (for Phoenix) have this 'Japanese' feel to them. I think this is one aspect that the band had originally. So you went back to your roots in this regard as well, I guess?
Show: We also had that kind of thing in mind.... Well, mostly we had the image of the 'Japanese culture' that the people abroad would have, something like that. Like for example, in 'Phoenix' MV, there is a projection mapping playing in the background throughout. Even though in the beginning it might be difficult to understand, it's something like a 'Japanesque thing' that a Japanese would find cool. It's quite psychedelic and avant-garde. I think, that in itself is cool, but from the point of view of foreigners, they don't even know whether it's even Japanesque. But instead of that... somehow, there's something that I can't forget. When we first went for a live performance in Indonesia, the enthusiasm was really amazing. Someone told me, "Even though we kept appealing for our local promotors that we want to see Japanese artists, since Japanese artists don't come much, they lean towards Western artists who have lighter footwork more". They said, "That's why, for us who like Japanese culture, it's a sad thing. Do appeal for Japanese culture more assertively." And that's why, as a Japanese act we feel that we should make more effort to make people think that "Japan is wonderful". As Japanese citizens. And inside of me, there is something like "The kind of Japanese culture that might be a bit misunderstood in New York", and somehow it has become my new definition of blending of Japanese and Western styles. I think New York and Paris are at the forefront for fashion and art, so I wanted to make a concept where there, people would think "Oh, Japanese culture is interesting". Although, if I say this to a New Yorker, I might get laughed at (laughs).