Sad news for a band we have yet to give a formal introduction to. DISH’s bassist, Kouhei, will be leaving the band after their oneman show in Takadanobaba on December 1st. Here is his comment, translated by our own staff member Chai:
An important message from Kouhei Nemoto
I have an important message for everyone.
At this time it has been decided that I, Kouhei Nemoto, will withdrawal from DISH following the one-man performance at Takadanobaba AREA on December 1st.
The reason is that I’m thinking I will try to find a job.
It’s not something that’s just started but, after all I am getting older, and more and more I’m hearing the voices of my friends and family worried about my future.
I didn’t listen to them before.
I thought, because it’s my own life I would do as I pleased, it didn’t matter whether I lived or died, or if I lost everything, or even if I lived a life chewing on bread crusts or out on the streets, I just wanted to play music.
But I soon realized that my mind had changed, that I have a responsibility to the people who worried about me.
After all it’s not just my life.
Even if I can’t carry on as I am now, as much as possible I would still like to continue with music while keeping a livelihood that gives my friends and family peace of mind.
In times like this, there is probably not a completely secure livelihood.
But even still, I think I should do my best to give those around me some relief.
After discussing these things with the other members, in order to avoid reducing the scale of activities for DISH we’ve come to the conclusion that I will withdrawal from the group.
I wrote before about my responsibility to those around me, but of course I also understand that I have responsibilities to all of those who have supported me, to all those concerned, and to the other members.
I have worried about this for a while, but I have lost to decency, so to speak,
and I’m sorry to say that I have gone against everyone’s expectations and chosen the escapist’s way out.
I deeply apologize for my selfishness.
There are only a few months left, but I will do my best not to shame DISH’s name and will perform with all my might.
DISH will continue as a band after December 1st.
It might be unfit to say, but I would greatly appreciate your continued support.
Translations: Chai of S-T
Source: OHP, Kouhei’s Ameba