If the GazettE's songs have that much power and attractiveness, I imagine that it will become an amazing thing.
Q: In the world that 'DOGMA' presents.. especially in the song titled 'DOGMA', I could see the relationship between the band and the fans.
Uruha: The relationship between the band and the fans is... not to say this in a negative way, but I think somewhere there are some aspects which are religion-like. But it's not like we feel it ourselves, but rather people around us who come to our live performances often say, "Your relationship is like a religion", and we are like, "Oh really?" Earlier, we didn't like that kind of perception. But, if we take it positively, we think it could become a strength for the band, and I think that is cleverly reflected in 'DOGMA'.
Q: It's the same for every band. Regardless of whether their scale is large or small, I guess that kind of relationship will be formed.
Uruha: It's possible for any band to project this kind of relationship. In a way, it's the power and attractiveness to make people truly believe in them. To us, if the GazettE's songs have that much power and attractiveness, I imagine that it will become an amazing thing.
Q: And I saw something like a religious rite in the beginning of your '13TH ANNIVERSARY [13-THIRTEEN-] on March 10th at Nippon Budokan.
Uruha: We wanted to present the world of 'DOGMA' in a way that is easy to understand and entertaining.
Q: So you showed the world of 'DOGMA' for the first time on your performance at Nippon Budokan. Did you have the urge to show it there?
Uruha: If someone asks, "Was it just a prelude to 'DOGMA'?", it's a difficult question. Because we set it up by mainly focusing on our old songs. But it's also true that it was the first time people could see the world of 'DOGMA'.
Q: That's because, as the title says, it was a '13th anniversary'.
Uruha: True. Although the members were in 'We want to depict 'DOGMA' mode", our fans came to the show expecting a 13th anniversary. And that's why to some extent we wanted to perform our popular songs, and in that aspect we didn't want to betray our fans' expectations. However, the GazettE members were already controlled by the world of 'DOGMA'. And it was difficult to find the balance.
Q: It's normal that since you had entered 'DOGMA'-making mode, you would feel like presenting it to your fans. But that wasn't the focus of that performance.
Uruha: When I think back upon it, it was a difficult one.
To be frank, if we can get a clear answer by buttering up to our fans, then we might butter up to them all the way. But, only bad things come out of it. Instead, the right way is to deliver the things that we want to express at each point of time.
Q: Repeating what we talked about earlier, '13TH ANNIVERSARY [13-THIRTEEN-] on March 10th at Nippon Budokan was the first time you showed a glimpse of 'DOGMA'.
Uruha: That's right. While it also had a 'compilation' like we did in 'saiteigi tour', it was also a point for a shift of mode.
Q: This might also be the case on your Nippon Budokan performance, but there are songs that the fans want to listen to, and there are songs that you want to perform. I guess that kind of gap is inevitable.
Uruha: As you said, it's inevitable and also natural if, among us and the fans, that kind of gap forms. We want to continuously make something new and deliver them. And if we suddenly perform something that no one had heard of before to our fans, it's inevitable that there would be some difference in how they react to it.
Q: I think it's always been like that. It's obvious that if you release something new, you will give performance with the new songs as the focus. Of course, in live performances you also include your old songs. How to take the balance between the songs that you want to perform and the songs that your fans want to listen to? I think it's a difficult thing to do.
Uruha: That is something that we had experienced difficulties with a couple of times, and something that we still don't quite understand yet. Moreover, there is no definite answer to it.
If, for example, we're asked, "If you give a performance consisting only of your old songs, will your fans be happy?", it isn't like that. And on the other hand, if we're asked, "Will you be satisfied if you only perform your latest songs?", then it's not that either. It was alright if it's something like our '13th anniversary', but to constantly mixing our past present and future songs equally is difficult for the ones performing. That is something that we're having trials and errors with. I think there won't be a definitive theory for it.
Q: So, rather than buttering up to your audience, the important thing is "What we want to deliver".
Uruha: To be frank, if we can get a clear answer by buttering up to our fans, then we might butter up to them all the way. But, only bad things come out of it. Instead, the right way is to deliver the things that we want to express at each point of time.
As we had made our fans wait for 2 years for our new release, we don't want them to say "It's just this?" And that's why for our upcoming tour we want to deliver something that gives them an impression that it's been properly thought of.
Q: So on the first half of this year, the GazettE was literally deep into the making of 'DOGMA'.
Uruha: That's right. Apart from the Nippon Budokan performance and, after that, our live performance in Taiwan, we had been refraining from public activities. But of course, we had a lot of things to do, like the album making obviously, and also photo shoots and a lot of other things. It was a hectic period.
Q: Making an album with an unwavering will like 'DOGMA' requires a lot of time.
Uruha: True. And we also have to show the result in our upcoming tours 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15 DOGMATIC -UN-' and 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15-16 DOGMATIC -DUE-'. As we had made our fans wait for 2 years for our new release, we don't want them to say "It's just this?" And that's why for our upcoming tour we want to deliver something that gives them an impression that it's been properly thought of.
Q: And actually, 'DOGMA' itself is an album which can be translated directly into live performances.
Uruha: Really, 'DOGMA' was set in a such a way that we can just perform in the order of the track list.
Translated by Val.