I also grasped the theme 'DOGMA' myself. Although, I think each member composed songs with their own interpretation of 'DOGMA'. As for me, maybe mine were quite flat.
Q: Uruha-san, In 'DOGMA', you composed 'DERACINE' and 'PARALYSIS', while Aoi-san composed 'WASTELAND' and 'GRUDGE'. Don't you think that the songs composed by the guitarists provide an outline and drama, and also serve as bridges in 'DOGMA'?
Uruha: In a way, they are brakes (laughs). However, I think it's translated well there.
Q: And of course, you composed the songs while having the view of 'DOGMA' in mind.
Uruha: I also grasped the theme 'DOGMA' myself. Although, I think each member composed songs with their own interpretation of 'DOGMA'. As for me, maybe mine were quite flat.
Q: What do you mean by flat?
Uruha: This is just me, but while I understood that I was making songs for 'DOGMA', I didn't really have that theme in mind while composing them. Or rather, I had anticipated that RUKI would make the songs that would become the core of 'DOGMA', so I thought, I should make songs that would provide variety to the core songs.
Q: Of course you had your own interpretation of 'DOGMA'. But, on the contrary you didn't force yourself to make something that is close to theme?
Uruha: Before the lyrics were even there, in the beginning when everyone was focusing on the soundscape of 'DOGMA', even though I have my own understanding of 'DOGMA', there are parts that don't match with others'. Therefore, while not going too far from the theme 'DOGMA', and predict "RUKI wouldn't make this kind of song I guess", I composed my songs.
Q: The lyrics were added only after the music were done to some extent, so I understand that it's difficult to predict even the content of the lyrics in the beginning. But still, isn't it important for the members to share the same view of the lyrics?
Uruha: Regardless of whether I completely understand the lyrics, after the recording is over I always skim through all the lyrics. But in this album, I want to understand them even more.
I think it's important to keep pushing forward while compromising less. Particularly in the 'DOGMA' tour. If we end up making compromises there, it will have no meaning anymore.
Q: What does the album 'DOGMA' mean to you, Uruha-san?
Uruha: To say my overall impression straightforwardly, it's a 'heavy album'. In a good way, the songs that Aoi and I composed for this album become hooks and provide variety in the album.
Q: It's true that the songs that the guitarists composed provide good undulation in the album.
Uruha: I'm happy that you think that way.
Q: And at the same time, the album's charm point is that it can be translated directly into live performances.
Uruha: I think so.
Q: In the GazettE's case, your songs have different tunings so you also have the difficulties in changing instruments on your live performances. But in case of 'DOGMA', to some extent the tuning is fixed.
Uruha: In 'DOGMA', keeping in mind not to disturb the flow of the live performance as much as possible, to some extent we have the tuning fixed. And since our upcoming tours 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15 DOGMATIC -UN-' and 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15-16 DOGMATIC -DUE-' have been decided, we're making the setlist while keeping in mind not to perform songs with regular tuning.
Q: This time, you decided the number of performances and then divided them into 2 tours. That's just how long you want the tour to be.
Uruha: If we don't give that many performances, everyone won't be able to be completely immersed in 'DOGMA'. And because we had understood it, even since the making of the album, we had talked about, "Let's have a super long tour".
Q: Is 20 performances in each tour the ideal for you?
Uruha: If it reaches 30 or more, it will end up creating a slump. But if it's around 20, we can fix the issues that occurs every time while moving forward, and when it has taken shape to some extent, we can embark on the next one. The advantage of this tour is, for example once the tour is over, if we have issues like "We should've done this and that", we can do them on the next one. At present, even though we're still blank about 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15-16 DOGMATIC -DUE-', we will focus on the things we earn during 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15 DOGMATIC -UN-' and think about it.
Q: At every point of time, it's important to move forward while making adjustments and developing the contents.
Uruha: Although we can do some improvement, but if we move forward without doing them, it will only end up being a tour full of compromises. In case of the GazettE, even though we know it would be difficult for our staff, but if we see something that needs improvement, we will even change things that had previously been decided, and even though it might take time, if we think something is "not right" then we would remove it. the GazettE don't do things like, "This is something that we have programmed for a long time so we won't change it".
Q: And that attention to details is what shapes the current the GazettE.
Uruha: I think it's important to keep pushing forward while compromising less. Particularly in the 'DOGMA' tour. If we end up making compromises there, it will have no meaning anymore. And if it reaches our fans, then the time that we had spent until now, and the album 'DOGMA' itself will lose its meaning.
Q: It's because 'DOGMA' is an album with such a persuasive power that you won't be able to convince the audience unless you create a tour with the same persuasive power..
Uruha: The word 'DOGMA' will lose its persuasiveness, or rather, if we can't convey it, it would be dangerous for us, so we're doing our best for it.
Just like the 12-pointed star we've been showing since the beginning, it will still keep expanding. 'DARKAGE PROJECT' is a project which serves to stir up the excitement, and we will also keep doing stuffs so that people can't take their eyes off us.
Q: At present, you have the release of 'DOGMA' and your upcoming 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15 DOGMATIC -UN-' and 'the GazettE LIVE TOUR 15-16 DOGMATIC -DUE-' tours. But it will keep expanding beyond these, I guess?
Uruha: Of course. We created 'DARKAGE PROJECT' because we had foreseen this development. 'DOGMA' is also interwoven in the project.
When we made the 12-pointed star, we announced the things that you mentioned earlier as 'movements'. And just like the 12-pointed star we've been showing since the beginning, it will still keep expanding. 'DARKAGE PROJECT' is a project which serves to stir up the excitement, and we will also keep doing stuffs so that people can't take their eyes off us.
Q: I'm looking forward to it. Lastly, a message for the readers.
Uruha: The ones looking forward to our album and tour the most are our fans. We feel bad for making them wait this long. However, it was a period that the GazettE needed. But finally we can show it now. And we're already happy just by being able to show it. And since We will express it with our whole body, do accept it with your all and enjoy it.
Translated by Val.