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.
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.
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! (more…)
Interview: Cat & Melissa
Translation: Cat & Melissa
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)
Rui: I’m Rui, on bass. Something interesting? Hm, I want to live in Europe.
Kazuki: Yes, interesting! (claps)
Manabu: I’m Manabu, on guitar. Hm… Amsterdam–
Kazuki: (interrupts) Interesting! (claps)
Manabu: I want to return to Amsterdam on my time off.
Kazuki: Interesting! (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?
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.
Jin: Europe is the best.
Shattered-Tranquility.net would like to thank SCREW and B7Klan for this interview.
SCREW fans, stay tuned! A report of the live in Amsterdam on June 8th is coming soon!
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.
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! (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!
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?”
Thank you very much!
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. (more…)
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.
From left to right, top to bottom: oni, sagara, yui, vivi
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.
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.
[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.
What do you think about their last look? I don’t know about you but I am sure going to miss these guys together!
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
Remember when we talked about Cure Media USA posting a cooking corner segment on their site? Seems like episode 2 is up and running! This time they are making wraps.
Thats not the only news for the site, they also have uploaded their one-on-one interview with the one and only SUGIZO! You can read the interview over here~!
Source: CURE Media USA
-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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
I recently bought the March issue of ‘Arena 37C’ and I’m currently working through translating interviews from it. The first one I bring to you is a personal interview with the bassist of GazettE, Reita. Here, he mainly talks about the band’s gig last year on Christmas Eve, as well as boys being “simple-minded”, his love for motorbikes and the importance of memories.
In the recent midst of what seems to be a lot of bands disbanding, I hope you enjoy reading this interview where you hear about such a great band who still get on well together after so many years
All extra notes provided by myself are in s.
— Could you tell us about more about your 2009 Last Live on the 24th December at the Tokyo Big Sight?
Now that we’re into the new year  it seems like a long time ago, but on that day we all got really excited. Because of the place [of the live] and the special set list that we had, I think it had a different feel to our regular ones [gigs].
— I thought so too. I got a big thrill from seeing the scene of that large hall full of an audience.
I’d like the GazettE to continue being a band that gives you [fans] a thrill.
An interview with the vocalist Ryutaro from the band Plastic Tree, on the show ‘Hotwave’. I’m afraid I’m not sure what year this interview is, but I think it’s a little old. If anyone could fill me in with that I’d be grateful
In this clip, Ryutaro talks about the band’s recent activities at the time, his dislike for summer, as well as the male presenter’s obsession with Ryutaro’s appearance! To be honest there may not be that much content within the interview itself, but I think we get a better idea of Ryutaro’s reserved, but sweet character.
Presenters: Good evening!
Ryutaro: (bows) Good evening!
*Male Presenter: Long time no see! It’s been about 6 months…?
[*continued as 'M Presenter']
Ryutaro: Yes. Long time no see!
M Presenter: As always, you have such beautiful skin.
Ryutaro: Oh no, I wouldn’t say that…!
MUCC appeared on the Music TV show ‘Music Fighter’ to talk about their past and their recent activities when they were releasing 「アゲハ」, and as I found it a lot of fun and informative for fans I translated it =)
MUCC as members themselves are incredibly funny and witty, however, it also means that I’ve had to add a lot of notes in small-print in order to explain their jokes! I hope you won’t find my annotations too annoying…
Here, they talk about everything from their childhood when they formed silly gangs, their love of soccer, how they never paid their apartment rent and hairdressers.
[1 of the Presenters on this show is 'Sayaka Aoiki', and as there as specific notes to Aoiki herself I have named her in the interview but kept to "Presenter 1 & 2" for the other presenters (the Comedian unit 'King Kong') to save confusion]
Presenter 1: Please welcome today’s guests; MUCC!
Presenter 2: The first time we met was quite a while ago, wasn’t it? I was scared of you at first! But now we’ve become acquaintances, haven’t we? (laughter)
Presenter 1: It’s your first time meeting MUCC, isn’t it, Aoiki?
Aoiki: Yes, it’s my first time meeting you, *neeeee? (gets thwacked on the head)
[*Here, Aoiki holds onto the "ne" unnecessarily, in a comically annoying way, and gets hit on the head by the other presenter - a common scene in Japanese comedy. "ne" in this sense means "didn't we?" or " right?"]
Tatsurou: Oh no, we sort of met at the Budoukan -
Aoiki: Ah! At the *L’arc en ciel gig!
[*Aoiki made an appearance in a gig with L'arc en ciel, which MUCC also appeared in]
Tatsurou: But only from far away. We sort of hid away and thought, “She’s so pretty” (laughter)
This is a really old interview I translated a while back, of Dir en grey back in 1999, when they were just about to make their major debut with their 3 singles; ‘ゆらめき’, ‘残-zan-’ and ‘アクロの丘’.
This specific interview was when they had just done some recordings and a photo-shoot in Los Angeles.
Notes I’ve made are in small print in s. An apology I must make though; I no longer own the original text of the interview, and as my translating skills were not as good back then as they are now, I’ve been unable to edit parts I didn’t really understand. I’ve tried to make as many changes as possible though, but please note that there could be some small mistakes!
It’s quite amusing to see what Dir en grey thought of L.A. back then, and I think we see a previous side to them – hope you enjoy it!
“We (Vicious) have been to Los Angeles!! We went and chased Dir en grey!!! We managed to catch them during their recording for their Major Debut Single which is released on 20th January!! Vicious exclusively presents the band’s first photo shoot abroad as well as an interview!!!! We even managed to hear their views on L.A. and their feelings before their debut.”
— Good work on the photo shooting guys! What are your views are on your first photo-shoot abroad?
Kaoru: I think the fact that we managed to see the city was more fun rather than the shooting itself. Seeing as it was the first time we’d been outside since we’d come to Los Angeles. (laughs)
— But the places you went round today for the photoshoot are not really tourist attractions, but places you wouldn’t visit normally, yes?
Toshiya: Behind business buildings. (laughs)
Kyo: To be honest, they’re not really places you’d want to visit (laughs)
This interview is quite a few years old, I believe, but it’s not from too far back. It’s the TV interview from ‘BtrueTV’ with The GazettE members Ruki and Uruha, where they talk about everything from how GazettE formed, their gigs overseas, foie gras and Nintendo DS.
I have also occassionaly added notes to further explain some of the translations in small print in s.
I really enjoyed this interview – hope you all do too
Presenter: I will now introduce today’s guests; two members from the very popular Visual-kei band, GazettE!
Ruki: I am the vocalist, Ruki.
Uruha: I am the guitarist, Uruha.
Presenter: I always listen to your songs and watch you on TV, so I’m very happy to have the chance to meet you!
Uruha: Thank you very much.
Presenter: I’m not lying!
Ruki: Oh, really?
Presenter: You looked at me as if to say I was lying.
Ruki: Well, yes.
Presenter: Of course not! I always enjoy watching you.
Ruki & Uruha: Thank you very much.
Presenter: You fit with the mood of my cafe very well today!
Ruki: Yeah, I think we did alright. It’s a good job I didn’t come in a t-shirt!
Back in August, Shattered-Tranquility.net was lucky enough to be able to interview α:Vout! Since then, the band’s line-up has changed, they’ve earned many new fans and have put out a few releases. The members took time out of their busy schedules to sit down and answer some questions for us, a second time around.
Although we introduced the band in our previous Q&A, we’ll update you on what they’ve been up to and where they are now.
After putting out their mini-album, 「TRiCK THEATER」, which was the first release with Sou as vocalist, the band held a very interesting sponsored event on September 4th at Yotsuya outbreak.
They remained busy, not only doing lives but also releasing new music. In November, they added guitarist Kohsuke to their ranks. As a 5-member band, on December 23rd they released their single 「ギルティ-」 (Guilty) which included 3 new songs. One month later, on January 27th, they released another brand-new single 「SCAR EDGE」.
Shattered-Tranquility.net had the opportunity to ask the band some questions just before the release of these two singles.
S-T.net: Could you each please introduce yourselves for your new fans?
Sou: Hey hey! I’m the vocalist, Sou!
MIROKU: I’m the six string player, MIROKU.
Kohsuke: Nice to meet you, I’m Kohsuke
yu-ma: I’m yu-ma, in charge of bass.
In 2002, Kaya made his vocal debut in the Mana produced two-man unit, Schwarz Stein. In 2004, Schwarz Stein disbanded, and departing from the label the band was signed to, Kaya became a free singer.
Using “aesthetics” as his main theme, Kaya conducts his activities with the goals of “the revolution of the aesthetic senses” and the “liberation of sexuality” in mind, and manages his own lyrics, CD jacket designs, make-up and costume designs as well as the organization and production of his live shows.
In 2006, Kaya’s solo career took off and from 2006 until April 2008, he released a total of seven pieces of work. His major debut occurred on April 23rd, 2008 with the release of his single, 「チョコラ」 (Chocolat). Since then, he has released two more singles, one mini-album, one full album and a DVD.
In November 2009, Kaya travelled to the United States to perform at Anime USA. At that time, Shattered-Tranquility.net was able to sit down with him, and ask Kaya some questions about his career and his life.
S-T.net: What is ‘music’ to you?
Kaya: That’s a really big question! It’s an element that you need to live, just like air and water. It’s also my weapon.
S-T.net: Where do you get your inspiration?
Kaya: From everything I that see and every sound that I hear. And also from love, because I have over 100 darlings (Laughs).
S-T.net: Aww. (Laughs)