Last month, we introduced you readers to UnRealistic, a 4-member band that kicked off band activities with their first mini album release on April 2nd. The band, featuring ex-Called≠Plan’s Yuuto, has only played a few shows so far, but this up-and-coming band is planning to take on 2014 with all they’ve got.
Shattered-Tranquility had the wonderful opportunity to chat with UnRealistic in their first-ever interview. Each member opens up about everything from the band’s formation, to their song-writing process, to musical inspirations, and even to plans for their totally UnRealistic future. Check out the full interview below:
UnRealistic Debut Interview – April 2014
Interview by: Shannon
Translated by: Adventure Tim
Since this is our first interview, could you start by introducing yourselves?
Yuuto: I’m Yuuto, the leader and vocalist. Thanks very much for interviewing us.
A.KI: I’m A.KI on guitar. Thanks for the interview.
Nagisa: I’m the bassist, Nagisa. Thank you for the interview.
Kou: I’m Kou on drums. Thanks for interviewing us.
How did you all meet and decide to form a band?
Yuuto: I got a good feeling from the members after we met playing session bands. So, I swooped in and attacked, and that’s how we formed UnRealistic.
A.KI: I was already friends with Nagisa, but he introduced me to Yuuto, and then Yuuto introduced us to Kou. After a few lives, we had a good feeling and decided to form a band.
Nagisa: After I met Yuuto, I invited my friend A.KI along. Yuuto brought Kou later on from a session band.
Kou: I joined after playing with Yuuto in a session band.
Can you tell us about your concept as a band?
Yuuto: Like our band name suggests, we are chasing after an unrealistic world with our music and lyrics.
A.KI: We aim to create an unrealistic world that only we can produce.
Nagisa: Even with a hard sound, we make sure to keep it melodious as well. We also try to make songs that everyone can enjoy whether they’re live or recorded.
Kou: We find light in the darkness and darkness in the light.
How did you choose your band name? Is there any special meaning behind it?
Yuuto: The unrealistic areas of visual kei have always been the most fascinating to me, so I decided to make that our band name in pursuit of those ideals.
A.KI: We went with Yuuto’s idea.
Nagisa: We took a direct translation of “higenjitsuteki” (unrealistic), and it stuck. Yuuto was the one who came up with it.
Kou: Yuuto came up with it.
Can you tell us about your music and how you’ve composed it?
Yuuto: Right now, A.KI writes the songs, I come up with the images to express them, and together we bring them to life.
A.KI: I’m in charge of writing songs. If I had to explain all the songs on our mini-album, I’d say that I took guitar phrases that suddenly sprang up in my mind and put them to drum patterns and everyday sounds.
Nagisa: A.KI writes the songs and each member is in charge of arranging their own part.
Kou: As a drummer, I have to emphasize the vocal melody while filling in the gaps so it doesn’t become monotonous.
What about your lyrics?
Yuuto: I like to take different stories and rearrange them into love stories with dream-like beings, showing off my own world view.
A.KI: Yuuto comes up with an image from the songs I write and expresses his own thoughts in the lyrics.
Nagisa: The lyrics are all written by Yuuto. He expresses himself well in his lyrics, and they’re very “unrealistic,” too.
Kou: Yuuto comes up with an idea for the sound of a song and draws out the feelings from those images in his lyrics.
What are some of your musical influences?
Yuuto: I immersed myself in the musical world starting with visual kei.
A.KI: My biggest influence is X JAPAN’s hide. I don’t think it’d be exaggerating to say that I am where I am today because of him. His individuality, his personality, and his music all had a huge impact on me.
Nagisa: The first band I got into was Aqua Timez. I was really inspired and encouraged by their lyrics. They’re still one of my favorite bands.
Kou: Shinya from Dir en Grey is the reason I started playing drums. Since then I’ve listened to all kinds of Japanese and Western music, but I enjoy heavy metal the most.
You just released your first mini-album “UNREALISTIC” on April 2nd. What song would you most recommend to listeners and why?
Yuuto: If I had to pick just one, it would not be the title track, but “So many times”. It paints a picture of my past and present self, so it has the most feeling put into it.
A.KI: My pick would be “UNREALISTIC”. There’s this mysterious seduction to it that just makes you want to give in and dance. I hope everyone does just that.
Nagisa: I like “So many times”. The key change in the hook and the progression make me never get tired of listening to it.
Kou: I would go with the 4th track, “So many times”. We went for a heavy sound, but the melody for the vocal part is beautiful, too.
What sets you apart from other new Visual Kei bands emerging onto the scene?
Yuuto: We’re still just starting out, but we all get along great. It’s going to have a big effect on our lives from now on, too!
A.KI: In a word, friendship. We never stop laughing when we’re together. That kind of bond is what keeps us together.
Nagisa: This might be true of all bands, but I think our performance can only be expressed as the four of us. We strive to make our unique world view realized a bit more day by day.
Kou: We get along great even though we have such different personalities. We each have our own original character, like our hairstyles.
Do you have any big goals for your first year as UnRealistic?
Yuuto: I want us to fill up a livehouse for a one-year anniversary one-man show.
A.KI: I want to bring the house down for a huge crowd of fans at a one-man live.
Nagisa: I want to successfully pull off a one-man show at a big livehouse.
Kou: To play a solo show!
Tell us about your most UnRealistic dream [for the future].
Yuuto: I have a really big dream, but I’ll wait until it comes true to tell people what it is.
A.KI: I want fans not only in Japan, but around the world to hear our music and come see us. I’d like to play a lot of shows overseas, too.
Nagisa: I hope for our music to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for fans, just as it has been for me.
Kou: We want people all over the world to know who we are!
Please give your fans and readers at Shattered-Tranquility.net a message.
Yuuto: We’re going to write songs that overcome the language barrier so that everyone can enjoy an UnRealistic world. Thanks for reading!
A.KI: We hope you’ll all get into UnRealistic! Let’s give it all we’ve got!
Nagisa: We hope to see you at our shows overseas!
Kou: We’re going to give it our all so that even one more person will hear us, so please cheer us on!
If you haven’t bought their first mini-album UNREALISTIC yet, then move on over to CDJapan and get it! Be one of the first to see this band grow and prosper. If you happen to be in the Osaka area, you can see them at their next show on April 25th FAN-J twice. Tickets are 3300yen in advance or 3800yen at the door.
Shattered-Tranquility would sincerely like to thank UnRealistic for their cooperation in this interview.