When MeteoroiD disbanded a year ago, fans were devastated to not know where their favorite members would end up. Guitarist Mikado has admitted on Twitter that he no longer wants to be in a band and continue guitar only as a hobby. However, vocalist Genki has been playing acoustic shows here and there for about a year, and ex. MeteoroiD members Machio, Ral, and Tomoya have reunited as support members for Genki’s project ONiBAND.
We’re sure you know this, but it’s getting more and more difficult to make it as a band, particularly when you’re not affiliated with a label. It’s not only us saying it – bandmen have been publicly admitting it as well. Genki is one such example, but his honesty about why he decided to take the stage again is nothing short of refreshing. This is our translation of what he told fans on Twitter:
“I’ve been playing acoustic shows once a month since April 2017; but after the acoustic show scheduled in April, I’ll put a pause on that. One year ago, MeteoroiD broke up and it left me alone.
I decided to work a lot in order to prevent being swept away by the feelings of emptiness and loneliness that filled me.
When MeteoroiD ended, I started work as a nurse. The day after that insane concert, I found myself helping a 100 year old woman feed herself and talking with an elderly man in a wheelchair that didn’t even know who he was anymore. Nursing is a tough job both physically and mentally!
But to me, it was also a healing time.
I asked those elderly men and women about what I should do many times. A lot of what they said was gibberish, but they listened to me with smiles, haha. I also came face to face with death a lot! Like it or not, people will die after they’re born. But you can decide how you live.
It was while I was doing that sort of work that I started to want to sing again, no matter what anyone else thought of me. I figured there would be people that would say things like, “It’s really pathetic that you’re clinging to the past,” and, “Why don’t you just get a proper job?” I thought of a lot of negative things, but I still wanted to give it a go! I didn’t want to lose to myself!
So I gave myself the challenge of playing acoustic shows for 1 year! And one more goal: to stop as soon as I went into the red. It was really lonely preparing everything on my own. But I also thought a lot, because I really wanted to sing again! It was still tough to stick to my goal of giving up as soon as I went into the red, haha.
Thanks to all of your support, I think I’ll be able to pull it off. Thank you so much!! I’ll also be able to stand on stage with ONiBAND, a band I couldn’t have even thought about starting a year ago. You never know what will happen in life, huh? RED universe will also have a 1-day reunion on May 6th, haha.
I’ll turn down the pace of my acoustic activities in order to prepare for the next stage of things.
Definitely come to the acoustic shows on March 10 and April 7 if you have time!
Lastly, I want all of my supporters to know that I will support whatever you do in life as well.”
Some musicians just can’t quit. We’re sure Genki fans are happy, and even if you aren’t a Genki fan, maybe you found this story as heartwarming as we did. You can keep up with him on Twitter, or you can check out ONiBAND’s website to see their schedule.