Interview: METEOROID

METEOROID crashed onto the scene with a bang in late 2012, but began their true trek as a band with their first one-man and release of their first single, "DIVER," back on February 11th of last year. Since that day, this five-man monster of a band has released three more singles and put on dozens of performances, including two sold-out one-man events. However, that's not all that's in METEOROID's future: Read more

Seeking New Staff!

As you may know, Shattered-Tranquility.net is always accepting staff applications, but recently we've had a few openings in different areas and we'd like to look to our readership for newcomers! If you've ever considered applying for the team before, you'll notice that our applications have undergone a few changes. We hope these are only positive changes and encourage anyone interested to apply! Technically, there's no time limit as the Read more

Vote for the Biggest, Weirdest, and Best of 2013

Hello my lovey readers! It's time to do some voting! For the past couple of weeks we've been taking nominations for who you deserves to win 2013 in a variety of categories. I want to give a big thank you to everyone for all the nominations! We have quite the list of nominees to vote on, so take a look through and choose who you think deserves to win. Please Read more

Contest Winners & Celebrations

This year December 6th marks six years of activities for Shattered-Tranquility.net! We held a special Dress Ernie Contest to celebrate, but before we get to the winners, there's a few words from the site's Ku and Adrienne. Message from Ku First, let me thank those of you who entered the contest. I know it can be intimidating to put your art out there for all to see, but our staff -- Read more

Interview: Sophia & Season of Ghosts

  Originally hailing as a music promoter from Thessaloniki, Greece, Sophia suddenly emerged from the business side of the visual scene and into the limelight after she was accepted as Blood Stain Child's new vocalist after the departure of Sadew in 2010. Shortly after, Sophia became one of the most recognized female vocalists within the industry, known not only for her work with Blood Stain Child but for her collaborations Read more

T.M. Revolution Reveals Past and Future at Otakon Press Conference

Article: jazz Coverage: jazz, Jess S. Photography: Adrienne Kubiak © Shattered-Tranquility.net 2013 ----- Refreshingly, T.M. Revolution is a big name absent a big ego. During a brief press conference in Baltimore on the evening of August 9th, he humbly invited members of the press to ask him about his recent activities, from his collaborations with Nana Mizuki to his role as cultural ambassador for his home prefecture to his career in musical theatre. Throughout Read more

ViSULOG Mejibray Interview: 1st Live DVD

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ViSULOG Mejibray Interview: 1st Live DVD

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MEJIBRAY’s live DVD, A PRIORI Ei: Joshō -Counting Goats- TOUR FINAL AT TSUTAYA O-EAST, is finally here. This is the second of three new MEJIBRAY releases for 2014, and we’re excited to bring you a second interview with the band as well, picking up where last month’s left off.

This interview is not exclusive to Shattered-Tranquility.net, but serves as a translation for ViSULOG’s interview. Please view the original page for live details and interview photos, linked below.
Shattered-Tranquility.net has not altered this article from its original from.

下記のインタビューは日本語から英語に翻訳された物です。正本の著作権はViSULOGに帰属します。Shattered-Tranquility.netの記事ではありません。正本の記事、イベント詳細、画像は下記のリンクからアクセスして下さい。

ViSULOG: Special interview with MEJIBRAY for their 1st live DVD

Interview and Text: Takaya Yamamoto
Translation : bambi [bambi@shattered-tranquility.net]

The important thing isn’t so much what I’m playing, as who I am when I’m playing it.” (Koichi)

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ViSULOG Special Interview with Mejibray

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ViSULOG Special Interview with Mejibray

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It’s a new year and MEJIBRAY are back with their tenth single RAVEN, the first in a string of three new  releases. But rather than three singles in a row, fans can look forward to something a little different this time around. Next up is their first live DVD, A PRIORI Ei: Joshō -Counting Goats- TOUR FINAL AT TSUTAYA O-EAST, out on April 2, and a single collection, SM, hits stores on May 7. Here at ViSULOG, we’re sitting down with the band for three exclusive interviews to hear their thoughts on each release, starting this month. Enjoy!

This interview is not exclusive to Shattered-Tranquility.net, but serves as a translation for ViSULOG’s interview. Please view the original page for live details and interview photos, linked below.
Shattered-Tranquility.net has not altered this article from its original from.

下記のインタビューは日本語から英語に翻訳された物です。正本の著作権はViSULOGに帰属します。Shattered-Tranquility.netの記事ではありません。正本の記事、イベント詳細、画像は下記のリンクからアクセスして下さい。

ViSULOG: Special interview with MEJIBRAY for their 10th single, RAVEN

Interview and Text: Takaya Yamamoto
Translation : bambi [bambi@shattered-tranquility.net]

 

“I wouldn’t advise people to try and copy our way of doing things. They might get hurt.” (Tsuzuku)

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Interview: METEOROID

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Interview: METEOROID
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METEOROID crashed onto the scene with a bang in late 2012, but began their true trek as a band with their first one-man and release of their first single, “DIVER,” back on February 11th of last year. Since that day, this five-man monster of a band has released three more singles and put on dozens of performances, including two sold-out one-man events.

However, that’s not all that’s in METEOROID’s future: Shattered-Tranquility.net has been given the chance to speak with METEOROID only days after their first anniversary one-man live, “GEMINI PROGRAM -2nd Program-” where we got to talk about the exciting announcements of their upcoming album, two coming one-mans, and what’s in store for METEOROID in their second year in space. Read more

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HYSTERIC CIRCUS Vol.13 Interview

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HYSTERIC CIRCUS Vol.13 Interview
HYSTERIC CIRCUS
The monthly event, “HYSTERIC CIRCUS,” will be held at Shibuya REX on January 17, 2014 (Fri). This time brings a power-up with the venue move to Shibuya REX.
With ViSULOG PRESENTS “HYSTERIC CIRCUS Vol.13,” which will adorn this rising curtain of 2014, as the first [of the year], we held a discussion with representatives from each appearing band. The four participating members are Ayumu from Glam Grammar, Jojo from THE GALLO, Chitose from Chanty, and ral from METEOROID. What kind of discussion resulted!?
 
Interview and article: Takaya Yamamoto (ViSULOG)
Translation: Ku (Shattered-Tranquility.net)

 
This interview is not exclusive to Shattered-Tranquility.net, but serves as a translation for ViSULOG’s interview. HYSTERIC CIRCUS, a series of ViSULOG-sponsored event lives, will have its thirteenth installment on January 17th in Shibuya. (Note: Wing Works will also perform, but is not included in this interview.) Please view the original page for live details and interview photos, linked below.
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下記のインタビューは日本語から英語に翻訳された物です。正本の著作権はViSULOGに帰属します。Shattered-Tranquility.netの記事ではありません。正本の記事、イベント詳細、画像は下記のリンクからアクセスして下さい。
HYSTERIC CIRCUS Vol.13 Interview (Japanese)
 
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Interview: Sophia & Season of Ghosts

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Interview: Sophia & Season of Ghosts
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Originally hailing as a music promoter from Thessaloniki, Greece, Sophia suddenly emerged from the business side of the visual scene and into the limelight after she was accepted as Blood Stain Child’s new vocalist after the departure of Sadew in 2010. Shortly after, Sophia became one of the most recognized female vocalists within the industry, known not only for her work with Blood Stain Child but for her collaborations with Studio Ghibli, Ayabie, MEJIBRAY, and various foreign musicians in the metal scene.

Right off the most recent announcement of her first solo album this fall, Sophia has graciously given Shattered-Tranquility a highly entertaining and informative interview on her experience in the visual scene, her newest solo work, and what fans can expect coming into the new year!

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The Pandemonium Tour: Interview with Gothique Prince Ken (GPK)

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The Pandemonium Tour: Interview with Gothique Prince Ken (GPK)
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Hot on the heels of our exclusive interview with DJ SiSeN, we bring you our second interview from Tainted Reality’s Pandemonium Tour with none other than Gothique Prince Ken (GPK)! As you readers may know, GPK is no stranger to playing overseas. He has toured the U.S.A before, along with Australia, Europe, and Central America. His solo work is heavily influenced by electronic music, and he has also collaborated with many Visual Kei artists – most notably, Kiwamu of BLOOD in GPKism. However, even with this track record, can we truly call the dynamic Gothique Prince “Visual Kei?” Find out the answer to this and other burning questions in this interview that Shattered-Tranquility.net had the amazing opportunity to conduct with the mysterious artist.

 

Can you first introduce your act and recommend one iconic song for anyone who might not have heard your music before?

Hello everyone, I am most delighted and thankful for such great opportunity to share my idea with my fans. Read more

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The Pandemonium Tour: Interview with SiSeN

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The Pandemonium Tour: Interview with SiSeN
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DJ SiSeN is an enthusiast of the Japanese underground scene whose interests manifest in his unique fashion style and fondness for the entrancing “industrial and technoise music” that he spins at goth and fetish events. As you may know, DJ SiSeN is joining Gothique Prince Ken (GPK) on the Pandemonium tour to once again spread the fervent, intoxicating culture of the underground scene in the US! DJ SiSeN has performing history in the US, and with each visit his fan base has grown exponentially and attracted the attention of fans of all walks of music and fashion.  Shattered-Tranquility.net was privledged enough to conduct a correspondence interview with DJ SiSeN before he and GPK begin causing pandemonium across the States.

Can you introduce yourself and recommend one iconic song, or describe your music, for anyone who might not have heard your music before?

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Details and extras for Kaya’s new releases

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Details and extras for Kaya's new releases
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On July 31st, Kaya will be releasing not only a new single, but a new live DVD, and CDJapan has a few awesome surprises for fans.

First up is Kaya’s new single, “Taboo”, which has the main concept of decadence. The second track, “Infection”, was composed by Ken Morioka, formerly of SOFT BALLET. If you haven’t seen it yet, or just want to watch it again, take a look at Kaya’s 36 second preview.
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Interview: Halloween with Royz

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Interview: Halloween with Royz
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As luck would have it, Royz’s Aomori date of the “The UNLIMITED INNOCENCE RAY” tour fell on Halloween, which made for a very interesting opportunity for the band to talk about the holiday, discuss their current direction, and even answer questions from some of our readers.

Interview: Ku
Translation: Alicia
Photography: Evan Clark
Not for republication.

 

 

Thank you for meeting with us again.

All: Thank you.

 

First, can you each tell us what you’d wear for Halloween if you were to choose a costume?

Subaru: Today… everyone’s decided on a Halloween costume for the encore. Let’s start with Kuina.
Kuina: A black witch.
Koudai: Santa girl (laugh).
Tomoya: I’m gonna be a skeleton.
Subaru: I can see your bones anyways (laugh).
Tomoya: (laugh) Because I’m too skinny.
Subaru: I’m a gorilla (laugh). I’ve got a full body gorilla suit.
Kazuki: Dracula… he’s the best.

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Summer Interview with Royz

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Summer Interview with Royz

Interview: Ku
Translation: Alicia
Photography: Ku & K
Not for republication.

Before their most recent live in Aomori City (7.14.2012), Royz took a little time out of their busy day to answer some questions for Shattered-Tranquility.net. How do the members keep cool in the summer? What are their staple items while on tour? How was their tour-starting Niconico live broadcast? Enjoy their answers and learn a little more about the members of Royz below! Read more

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Interview with SCREW

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Interview with SCREW

With 2012 marking their 6th anniversary, SCREW shows no signs of slowing down. Until now, their performances outside of Japan were few, such as Jrock Invasion in Germany (2007) and Tsukicon in Finland (2009).  This, however, has not prevented their hard sound from reaching fans all over the globe. 「蠍ーSASORI-」 (scorpion) is the band’s first overseas oneman tour. During their stop in Amsterdam on June 8th, the members of SCREW took time out of their busy schedules to sit down with Shattered-Tranquility.net and answer a few questions about their experiences abroad.

Interview: Cat & Melissa
Translation: Cat & Melissa
Photography: Cat
Not for republication.

First, can you please give an introduction of each member and tell us one interesting fact about yourselves?

Byou: I’m Byou, on vocals. I love sex.
Kazuki: Ah, that was interesting! (claps)
Everyone: (laughs and claps)
Kazuki: I’m Kazuki, on guitar. I love girls. (pauses) Eh, interesting! (claps)
Everyone: (claps)
Rui: I’m Rui, on bass. Something interesting? Hm, I want to live in Europe.
Kazuki: Yes, interesting! (claps)
Everyone: (claps)
Manabu: I’m Manabu, on guitar. Hm… Amsterdam–
Kazuki: (interrupts) Interesting! (claps)
Everyone: (laughs)
Manabu: I want to return to Amsterdam on my time off.
Kazuki: Interesting! (claps)
Everyone: (claps)
Jin: I’m Jin, on drums. Europe is an exciting dream for me.

SCREW has performed in Europe before, but this is your first tour here. How did you prepare for it?

Byou: We went grocery shopping together.
Kazuki: (in English) Japanese food.
Rui: Rice, miso soup, nori. (Note: nori is a type of seaweed, commonly used in the preparation of sushi.)
Byou: We went to buy it together.

Did you buy it in Europe?

Byou: (in English) No, no, no.  In Japan.

In what way are the audiences overseas different than in Japan?

Byou: Even before we start, the crowd responds by making sound, and with their bodies, too.
Kazuki: The girls in Europe are cuter than in Japan.
Rui: I was really happy with the feeling that they all waited for us. Feeling this in every place makes me really happy.
Manabu: I was happy that even in countries where we’ve never been before, everyone knew the songs and the words.
Jin: Everyone is intense.

Have you had any funny or interesting experiences on this tour?

Kazuki: Hm, I kissed the audience.
Rui: Nothing yet.
Manabu: Well, yesterday I went to see a live in Germany.
Rui: Kazuki and I went too. It made an impact on us!
Jin: Because the ceiling of the bus is low, I hit my head often.

That’s difficult, isn’t it?

Kazuki: Japanese people are small but tough. (laughs)

What is the most difficult part of touring overseas?

Byou: Rehearsals.

And what is the most rewarding?

Byou: The lives.

In October, your new single 「XANADU」 will come out. What can fans expect?

Jin: Hm… We will be happy if the fans learn and enjoy the songs.

Can you say a few words to your overseas fans and the readers at Shattered-Tranquility.net?

Byou: You are the best.
Kazuki: Please marry me.
Rui: What to say… Please come to Japan one day.
Manabu: Please buy our CDs.
Everyone: (laughs)
Jin: Europe is the best.

Shattered-Tranquility.net would like to thank SCREW and B7Klan for this interview.

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SCREW fans, stay tuned! A report of the live in Amsterdam on June 8th is coming soon!

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Short Interview with Royz

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Short Interview with Royz

Royz is a colorful indies band which has made quite an impact since its formation in 2009. Even though they’re still small in Japan, they’ve gained a steady following overseas – without ever having performed abroad. This time, I was able to meet with the band shortly before their April 18th performance in Aomori City to ask a few questions about the band, their latest single, and their thoughts on their overseas following.

Interview: Ku
Translation: Alicia
Photography: Ku & K
Not for republication.

First, can each member give us an introduction?

Subaru: Hi, I’m Subaru, on vocals.
Kuina: I’m Kuina, on guitar.
Kazuki: I’m Kazuki, on guitar.
Koudai: I’m Koudai, on bass.
Tomoya: I’m Tomoya, on drums.

Do you have a particular concept as a band, or theme to your music?

Subaru: Our concept would be “catchy,” I think. Young people, older people, boys or girls, we basically just want to make music which appeals to all different kinds of people.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

Subaru: Umm… “catchy” again (laughs). Music that gets stuck in your head right away.

In March, you released your latest single, “NOAH”. What can you tell us about the inspiration and creative process behind it?

Subaru: For inspiration, well, the idea and concept behind NOAH were actually born during our one-man tour, “Evolution to New Age”. As we drove around the country during the tour and felt all the love from our fans, we created the music from the emotions we were feeling at that time, and they became a central part of my lyrics as well.

What is one good listening point for “NOAH”?

Koudai: All of it.
Subaru: Yep, all of it (laughs)
Koudai: Well, if you combine the versions there are 4 songs in total this time, and each of them has a sort of different color to it. Even for people that haven’t really liked our music up until now, I think that NOAH has a lot of variety and will be really easy to get into. I think you’ll have a lot of fun with it.

If you could play a live anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?

Kuina: London.
Koudai: Brazil.
Kuina: London! (laughs)
Subaru: Yeah, I wanna try playing in Europe.
Tomoya: Like maybe Germany.
Kazuki: I really don’t know anything about foreign countries (laughs). Umm… a cool place! Vatican City! (laugh!)

Can you say a few words to your overseas fans and the readers at Shattered-Tranquility.net?

Subaru: Hmm.. there’s definitely  border there, isn’t there.. but!
Everyone: (laughs)
Subaru: But, we’re gonna do our best and try really hard to go over and perform in other countries as soon as we can! It might take us a little while to get there, but we hope you’ll be there waiting for us!
Koudai: I’m gonna study English before we go.
Kuina: Then let’s try and say something today.
Koudai: Let’s go and see them…
Kuina: (In English) “How are you?”
Koudai: (In English)“I’m fine, thank you. And you?”
Everyone: (laughs)

Thank you very much!

 

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Sakura-Con: Interview with Kanon Wakeshima

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Sakura-Con: Interview with Kanon Wakeshima

Translated and Transcribed by S-T.net’s translator, Alicia
Photography and Notations by Ku and Juri

On the third day and final day of Sakura-con, Shattered-Tranquility was granted the opportunity to attend a press interview and directly ask Kanon Wakeshima some questions.

When did you know that music was in your future?
I started playing music, specifically the cello, when I was 3 years old, and from then on I only ever listened to classical music. But when I entered middle school, I started to listen to Jpop and realized that there are other types of music besides classical out there. That’s when I started thinking about how to express myself with different types of music, and began doing a bit of my own composition at that time.

Can you tell us one fun thing you’ve done during your time in Seattle?
On the day of my live, I went to the Seattle Aquarium. I’ve always loved aquariums, and this was my first time visiting an aquarium overseas, so it was a lot of fun. Read more

Interview with GANGLION

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Interview with GANGLION
GANGLION is a four member, all-girl band that formed in June of 2010, and started official activites in August of the same year. The members consist of oni on vocals and guitar, sagara on guitar, yui on bass, and vivi on drums. The band released their first mini-album, “Returns to you” in January of 2011. Later that year on August 10th, their first single, “REVERSE” came out. Their most recent single, “TWILIGHT” made its debut on February 22nd.

The four ladies of GANGLION took time to answer a few questions for the readers of Shattered-Tranquility.net!

1. Thank you for taking time to answer some questions for Shattered-Tranquility.net! Please introduce each member.
oni: Hajimemashite! I’m oni, guitar & vocals. I also model for a magazine called KERA.

sagara: Hai, I’m sagara, the guitarist. I also sing backing chorus. I’m the one with crazy ideas, sometimes.

yui: I’m yui, I play the bass. My favorite food is namako-su (vinegar-marinated sea cucumber)… love it! It’s yummy! Also I like Gundam! My favorite is Char’s Gelgoog!

vivi: I’m vivi, on the drums. I like pink stuff. And…I like cats.

 

 

2. How would you describe GANGLION’s music? What is the band’s main concept?
oni: Let’s see… as for our genre, we’re a Girls’ Emotional Hard Rock Band. Until now, it seemed like Japanese girls’ bands are all either metal or pop. So we decided to do hard rock that’s in the middle.

sagara: We’re always saying that we want to do something cool, even though we’re girls! I like many genres, so why just pick one? We wanted to be a girls’ band in a new genre where we’d be the first ones ever!

yui: I hope that people will feel something new when they listen to GANGLION music. Even for the same song, the feeling can vary for different persons, and sometimes it’s very different from what we predicted. I’m really interested in how many different ways we can affect people.

vivi: We want to express our emotions without being stuck in one genre, or being considered just one type of band. As yui says, I think that it’s good for the listeners to empathize with different elements in our music.

 

 

3. What is each member’s favorite GANGLION song?
oni: I’m attached to all of them, but I especially like “Returns to you”. The lyrics express some of my deepest feelings. The same goes for “TWILIGHT”.

sagara: “Tsuioku” and “OVER THIS WALL”. We haven’t recorded “OVER THIS WALL” yet, but we’ve been playing it live, and the lyrics make the difference for me. Both songs carry a lot of emotion for me, so they bring out my most emotional performance!

yui: “Catch your way”, which is another new song. The melody line is beautiful, and it creates a great atmosphere, too!

vivi: “Heart Of Ripley” and “Catch your way” for me. I like them because of the heavy sound, and I can really dive into the world those songs create. I have a really strong connection to them, so it’s easy to play them live.

 

 

4. How do you think GANGLION will change in the future?
oni: I want to become a band that makes men and women think “Wow! This band is really cool!”

yui: Since women have our own unique coolness, I want to express that!

sagara: Each of us constantly absorb things from our outside lives and bring them into the band. Even we don’t know what’s coming in the future, I’m sure we’ll all keep bringing in new and unpredictable things, so it’s certain that we’ll keep changing. I’m looking forward to it!

vivi: I want to say “Me, too!” to what they’ve all said.

 

 

5. Why is fashion important for GANGLION members?
oni: For a long time, I’ve had the concept in my mind that fashion = music. Since I started to model, I feel like that even more. When we decide on the costumes, we all choose as we’re thinking about the image of the songs.

sagara: We’re always looking for new ways to be cool, and our fashion is the result. It’s one of the ways that we express ourselves!

yui: I’m the same way — I think that fashion is one of the best ways I can express myself, too! My feelings about life come out in my fashion and music!

vivi: Fashion is what gets me excited. Fashion makes it easier for me to connect to my feelings.

 

 

6. Please give a message to your fans from around the world.
oni: Truly thank you for always supporting us! GANGLION will keep moving forward with you together!

sagara: Please listen to GANGLION songs!! And please invite GANGLION to America–!!

yui: GANGLION is a band that keeps evolving! We won’t get boring, so follow us!

vivi: Your warm support helps us. We will come see you, so wait for us!

Shattered-Tranquility.net would like to thank GANGLION and RESONANCE Media for this interview.

 

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MEMBER PHOTOS
From left to right, top to bottom: oni, sagara, yui, vivi

 

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Interview with DAZZLE VISION

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Interview with DAZZLE VISION
DAZZLE VISION is a four member band, who started activities in 2003, but who have been active with their current line-up since September of 2010. Also in 2010, they made their debut in America, performing at Sakura-Con in Seattle. In February of this year, the band opened for EVANESCENCE in Tokyo and Nagoya.

DAZZLE VISION has released a number of full albums, including their most recent one on June 3rd of last year, titled [キラリ] (Kirari). On May 4th, the band will be releasing their next album, [SHOCKING LOUD VOICE].

The members took some time out of their schedule to answer a few questions from Shattered-Tranquility.net.

Thank you for taking time to answer some questions for Shattered-Tranquility.net! To start, could each band member please introduce themselves?

Maiko (vocals): I’m Maiko, vocals. I’m the one with the shout. I like lots of anime. I’d rather watch anime than read manga.

John (guitar): I’m John, on guitar. Guitar is my life. Even right now, I’m thinking about some new effectors. I like anime and manga, too.

Takuro (bass): I’m Takuro. I play the 5-string bass. Maiko is my younger sister.

Haru (drums): I’m Haru, on drums. My favorite drummers are Cozy Powell and Will Hunt. I get inspiration from games like Monster Hunter.

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Kagrra’s last look & message about their demise

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Kagrra's last look & message about their demise
Thanks to Shu-san for emailing us about Kagrra’s last look. It also seems that Kagrra posted their last translated message to those who are a member of the PS Company fan club.

As Kagrra, have announced their “DEMISE” they have now send out their messages to the members of the GLOBAL PS COMPANY FAN CLUB.
It has been released in English and Japanese along with beautiful pictures of Kagrra,.
We hope these messages will mend the broken heart of Kagrra,’s fan just a little.

Let’s take a look at the interview.

* Isshi:
[Looking Back on 10 Years]
It’s mysterious. I know there have been hard and troublesome times; however, looking back at it now, I can only remember happy things. With all my heart I think that these ten years I spent as Isshi of Kagrra, were great.

[to be continues at the GLOBAL PS COMPANY FAN CLUB]

What do you think about their last look? I don’t know about you but I am sure going to miss these guys together!

Sources: MUSIC JAPAN+, Myspace

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Kaya’s comment for Kawaii girl Japan

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Kaya's comment for Kawaii girl Japan
Kaya took a moment of his time to record a comment for Kawaii girl Japan the other day. The site promotes his newest release while showcasing Kaya in the video comment.

Since debuting in 2002, Kaya has been active not only as a visual-kei singer, but also as a multi-talented producer who does everything from design, makeup and live planning to direction.
Now, Kaya is bringing us a new single with the theme of ‘prostitute,’ “Madame Rosa no Shoukan (Madame Rosa’s Brothel)”! This new single comes in 2 different versions
This new single comes in 2 different versions—the “Jakou” version includes a novel that unveils “Madame Rosa” and the “Biyaku” version includes a special sticker. It will show you what Kaya’s world is all about, so don’t miss out!

Are you ready for the new release? Have you preordered yet, to do so click here!

Source: Kaya’s twitter

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Interview with -LEON-

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-LEON- is a five-piece band from Gunma comprising of Yuji on vocals, Shin and Koya on guitars, Yamato on bass, and Masashi on drums. Mixing Asian cultural influences with visual rock, -LEON- has a heavy, modern sound with a distinct, ethereal flavor.

On December 13th, the band released their first three track mini-album, 「REGULUS」 along with a PV for their song, 「Kokou ni Tou Tsuioku no Kagen no Tsuki」.

The members of -LEON- took time to answer a few of our questions, so take a read through and get to know this up and coming band! We’d like to thank the band and JapanFiles for giving us this opportunity.

To check out samples or to purchase -LEON-’s music, visit their page on JapanFiles.

1. Please introduce yourselves and what part you play in the band.
YUJI: I’m YUJI, the vocals.
SHIN: I’m SHIN, the guitar.
KOYA: I’m KOYA, the guitar.
YAMATO: I’m YAMATO, the bass.
MASASHI: I’m MASASHI, the drums.

2. How did each of you get interested in performing music?
YUJI: I became interested in music because my older brother was playing the guitar.
SHIN: I became interested in music as I was mimicking my older sister’s piano when I was small.
KOYA: My dad was a crazy fan of Eikichi Yazawa… (laughs)
YAMATO: I don’t know… because I don’t have memory of my childhood!
MASASHI: I saw X JAPAN on TV a long time ago, and I thought this is it for me.

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Interview with GLACIER

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GLACIER is a five-member group from Okinawa, comprising of Makoto on vocals, Nao on lead guitar, Koujirou on rhythm guitar, Aki on bass, and Yuuki on drums. The band formed in July 2007 and made their major debut a year later on July 23rd. They have released a full album and six singles to date with their seventh single, 「愛の降る街」 (Ai no Furu Machi) which is the third installment of a 7-month digital release project, coming out on June 30th through JapanFiles and on iTunes.

The members of GLACIER took the time to sit down to answer our questions for an exclusive interview! We’d like to thank the band and JapanFiles for giving us this opportunity!

To hear more of GLACIER’s music, visit JapanFiles to listen to samples and purchase the band’s music.

1. Could each member please introduce themselves?
Makoto: Haisai! I’m Prince of Okinawa, Makoto.
Nao: I’m Nao, the guitarist.
Kōjirō: I’m Kōjirō, on the guitar in GLACIER.
Aki: I’m Aki, on the bass.
Yūki: I’m Yūki on the drums in the band!!

2. You’re currently in the middle of a seven-consecutive-month digital single release campaign. Why did you decide on this strategy?
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Interview with O-PARTS

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O-PARTS is a two-man unit that started in June of 2009, formed by vocalist sho-ka (ex. Vogus Image) and bassist Jun (GaGaaalinG, ex. WAIVE). On August 20th, they released their first maxi-single entitled 「向日葵」 (Himawari) which included four tracks, all of which made it into the top ten of the Oricon Indies ranking. On May 26th, their second maxi-single, 「煌[kou]」 was released and will be available through JapanFiles from June 6th.

Both sho-ka and Jun took time out of their busy schedules to answer a few questions from Shattered-Tranquility.net. We’d like to thank sho-ka and Jun, as well as JapanFiles for the opportunity for this interview!

If you’re interested in checking out O-PARTS’ music, make sure you head on over to JapanFiles where you can listen to samples and purchase the band’s music.

1. Please introduce yourselves and what part you play in O-PARTS.
sho-ka: I’m sho-ka, and my part is vocals.

Jun: I’m Jun, and I play the bass.

2. What is the origin behind the name O-PARTS?
sho-ka: At the beginning, Jun told me “I want the letter P!” I looked up many things, and I suggested O-PARTS because I thought it fits perfectly to my feelings about my own existence.

Jun: One of the ideas was “POOL” but sho-ka had another idea. So I said, “That’s cool!” and we decided on this.

3. How did you decide to work together?
sho-ka: I was in a band called Vogus Image before, and Jun was in Waive at that time. We were often in the same tour, but we were only acquaintances… Then we were reunited after 4 years, and Jun helped my solo activity. After my solo release, we started O-PARTS last year.

Jun: We promised to work together, but only after having a solo release. Since it’s so hard in many aspects to work alone, I thought it was better to start after those experiences. So we started after the solo release because of our promise.
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