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SHOXX Vol 223 2011 9月号 Aoi #02 Personal Interview

Aoi #02 Personal Interview
 
“A little bit. Wasn’t I able to become stronger?”
 
I think I’m going to ask how you’ve been spending your time since [Live Tour 11 Two Concept Eight Nights-Abyss/Lucy] ended.
 
Mmm [laugh]. Well there’s lots of stuff with my condition. There are tons of things I can talk about and things I can’t talk about, however things that you can write and things that you can’t write, which should I choose [laugh]?
 
By all means, things that I can write [laugh].
 
Mmm.  Since the tour, the whole time I’ve been making songs.  When the whole tour was finished, I was glad we did it. However, it was really tiresome with those two days.*  You could say it was hard...[ABYSS] was hard emotionally and [LUCY] was hard on the body.  I think the fans were tired from standing straight at [ABYSS], but because [ABYSS] was considerably intense for us and we [were] moved a good deal, until those two days, there had never been an experience of such difficulty.  It was decided to postpone the shows, and the schedule drastically changed so that the time between lives became less, so the sore muscles really set in. It was the hardest tour up until now. 
 
In contrast with the hands-free, unconditional fun of [LUCY], you could say the coexisting space of [ABYSS]’s “not the slightest tremor at the heavy live” excitement and stillness was something quite odd. It was amazing.
 
I wonder if it was hard because no one could move [laugh]?  But it was a good experience, right?
 
This year, it’s been decided that you’ll take the stage at Summer Sonic. That too looks like it’s going to be a good experience?
 
It’s a good experience, but there isn’t the rousing feeling that we need to dig in and go above and beyond.  If we can do a live like usual, I think that’s fine.  I think the tension will be different when it comes to that day, but if everyone’s a fan of music, then it’ll be OK. 
 
Ah, because there’s the tendency for Western music lovers to shut out Japanese music, right?
 
Right. That, if I’m allowed to say, is not a fan of music, yeah? I think if you’re a real fan of music, then Western or Japanese has no bearing.  As for Japanese music, [we’re] really doing [our] best and tons of great music is being made.  Anyone who just doesn’t listen and denies isn’t a music fan, I think. If you listen to our sound and don’t like it, it can’t be helped, but to not listen and with prejudice shut us out isn’t something I can’t agree with. That everyone has fun and we’re able to have fun too is the best I think, and while I think that’s not naïve, first off there’s significance in our appearance and wouldn’t it be a little trivial to do a live as usual? I don’t have feelings to that extent. When I take everything in, I’m prepared to have my heart broken.  But back then, I was scared of that and I wouldn’t have said let’s appear, I think.  That’s the reason we’ve decided to perform now.
 
You have more confidence now than in the past?
 
Right. Just a little bit.  Wasn’t I able to become stronger, I wonder.
 
Aoi-kun, unexpectedly thin.
 
My heart is [laugh].
 
Right. You’re surprisingly delicate.
 
I think [my heart] is going to break.  But I think that’s going to be able to be made into food for the band,  now.**  If I don’t do that, I can’t grow beyond this I think.    If one person out there thinks that’s cool then there’s meaning in appearing.  It’s not that I don’t want listeners’ horizons to widen, but I want to return the greatest sound to those who thought they liked us when they first listened.  It’s also for the sake of those people that I think we have to make the GazettE an even better band. 
 
I think it’s cool that there’s a band that doesn’t forget to throw down the gauntlet.  Once you enter into complacency, at once you cease to be an exciting band.
 
That’s really true.  We want to release something that we’re able to think is cool. Actually, because I’m thinking about the next thing, I’m already out of [REMEMBER THE URGE] mode [laugh].
 
Eh? What do you mean?
 
I’m already headed for the next thing [laugh]. Of course I want everyone to listen to [REMEMBER THE URGE] first, but I’m already working on the next thing, so that’s where my feelings are off to [laugh].  The next is fine man, because we’re creating the best thing. 
 
Starting with [REMEMBER THE URGE]…
 
Ah, that’s right. Today is [REMEMBER THE URGE] mode, right…[laugh].



Translator’s note: * I’ll go as so far as to say the tone was actually “Man, those two days were a bitch" because yeah, they were.  **  Yep. That’s a word for word translation, which really made the image of Kai sautéing up Aoi’s heart in a little butter and garlic pop into my head immediately. Lol.

Things I already knew about Aoi, but this small interview just reconfirmed for me.  He's very sensitive.  Almost too much I'd say for the line of work he's in.  He doesn't have a censor between his brain and his mouth [or his fingers as his Twitter account proved, MAN how I miss his tweets!] and often dished out more than he was prepared to take.  At the end of the day though, I just adore this man, gentle soul that he is. 

Thanks for reading. Up next, Uruha and his sleepless nights!
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