Thanks, again, to ryeon for the translation! Lovely as usual. :)
Again, Taka is really heavy here with ‘I’ and ‘me’, and it’s disconcerting. I really hate to think that the whole time recording in America was like a Feldmann/Taka team vs an ‘everyone else’ team, but that is really what it sounds like.
I understood clearly the differences between Japanese and Americans and realized that in terms of music they are completely different.
No, Taka, you really don’t understand the differences at all.
For example, there are rappers who cherish their hometown. They say “represent.”
That’s true. They do say this. But I don’t think Taka really at all understands the meaning of such things. To ‘represent’ means to take your background/hometown/etc out into the world, to make it be known, to show people the best parts of it so they are interested in it and they’ll understand why you’re proud of it. It would mean bringing OOR here and continuing to make killer jrock. It would mean showing the best parts of Japanese music to Americans, making them interested in it, making them want to hear more of it. It does NOT mean going to America, making low-quality American-sounding music, and basically shitting on Japan every chance you get. In every video interview, the reporter would ask about differences between America and Japan, and every single time Taka would say he likes America better. And he keeps doing this. He thinks this is what people want to hear. He’s wrong.
Maybe that’s why American artists are all rough. But in spite of that roughness, we see it and think it’s cool.
Okay, let’s move on and talk about each member.
Toru matured a lot, in terms of his guitar phrases as well. I think he probably has more confidence now. His gloomy parts dissipated somewhat once we went to America and recorded. I feel like he’s established something of a personal style……….. But in America when we were making songs together, I got the impression, “Oh, he’s changed.” There were a lot of things that were a plus for him. In a good way, I can rely on him more now. I think it’d be great if he improves even more like this.
I agree that Toru does seem quite a bit more confident now. It is awesome to watch. However, his style has always been his own. And this thing he says about relying on him? Like, dude, all of your success is due to him, so I’m pretty sure you have always been able to rely on him. I kind of think the phrase ‘rely on him more’ really means ‘get him to do what I want’.
Next he talks about Ryota a bit. He doesn’t really say much, except that maybe he’s growing up a bit, which I think is good. But I don’t know what interview he’s talking about with substantial answers. Most of the time Ryota is used for comic relief. Too bad.
The answer about Tomoya is very complimentary and very vague at the same time. You guys can see why this makes me a little concerned. I’m going to ignore it.
Next comes a whole bunch of shit about how basically they let Feldmann just throw out the stuff they wrote, because he was ‘uncomfortable’ with it. UMM OKAY WTF. The point isn’t to write music that some random American producer is ‘comfortable’ with. The point is to write good music. And Western music is simple so you wrote simply? Um. HOW ABOUT WRITING YOUR MUSIC AND HANG THE SIMPLICITY OKAY. FORGET ABOUT MAKING IT WESTERN. PAY ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ‘WESTERN’ UP UNTIL NOW AND YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO WHERE YOU ARE ON THE STRENGTH OF THAT.
Then at the end, we have this puddle of nonsense:
But I guess that’s what making an album and making songs in America is about, since the system is different. It made us think about what it means that the way things are done in Japan and America are fundamentally different.
- Like you said earlier, it was about being able to make music as an extension of living. Imagine leaving your house, going to an underground recording studio, working until late at night, and ending the day with a “that’s enough for today.” There’s no on/off switch like that.
(While recording in America) when we got tired, we stopped. Because we knew we had a surprising lack of ability to concentrate. After 11 pm, we were like, “Shall we stop?” (laughs).
Well, yeah, I’m pretty sure that making music anywhere would be different than where you usually make it. But just because it’s different, just because it’s America, that doesn’t make it better than how you do it in Japan.
I guess my biggest problem with Taka lately is the way he seems to think that being famous in America is the only fame worth having. He seems to have forgotten that they were doing so well everywhere else before they came here. He seems not to notice that almost every song on American radio sounds nearly exactly the same. He seems to think that anything other than American fame is just small stepping stones. If he wants to truly ‘represent’, he should be looking at how to make their particular brand of Jrock famous in America, rather than some way to change themselves to fit America’s low standards for what counts as ‘good’ music.
[I was too lazy to do this yesterday. Sorry I’m late.]
Italian studio Truly Design recently completed Vanitas, a project that combines the magic of optical illusion with graffiti and street art style.
well this is rEALLY CUTE.
IT’S THE CUTEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN.
I have reblogged this at least 5 times and I don’t care
plot twist: senpai gets noticed
This whole show is senpai trying to get noticed.
The entire show is a plot twist. Instead of the unpopular girl trying to get noticed by the popular boys, it’s the popular boys trying to get noticed by the unpopular girl.
can i just take a moment to say how much i love ouran host club
non-gender-conforming girl with a genderqueer dadmom makes friends with popular boys by not being fooled by their bullshit
And the unpopular girl is popular with the popular girls as one of the popular boys. Plus Tamaki’s cute as hell.
I love it how when Snape draws out his wand there are audible gasps but when Mcgonagall draws her wand there people are screaming out of the way.
They just know better.
damn snape is piss-OH MOTHERFUCKING SHIT, MOVE OUT, CLEAR THE WAY, MCGONAGALL IS PISSED.
I will stop reblogging this when it stops being awesome.