As a J-POP singer songwriter, I usually write lyrics first, and write melodies along with them because the messages are the most important for me, like about love or life to encourage listeners, and this procedure can make melodies more free from common theories of writing habits.
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
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As a J-POP singer songwriter, I usually write lyrics first, and write melodies along with them
because the messages are the most important for me, like about love or life to encourage listeners. This procedure can make melodies more free from common theories of writing habits.
But at the same time, when I write for Anime or Game products, each client has specific stories, goals, images, messages and worldview so we, as Anime song writers, try to represent their products, therefore those kinds of theme songs tend to have very dramatic melodies with plots.
That’s the unique element of Anime, Game Songs.
I was totally impacted by these kinds of melodic music, (Anime and Beethoven as well) naturally combine some genres such as Pop, Classical (Baroque to Romantics), Rock, Metal, Gothic, Ethnic into one song with a specific story. This is what inspired my music.
I think this song represents my current concept in US, which just has started since after moving to NY this January, as a Japanese Pop singer songwriter.
This field has a huge fan base worldwide, and has very specific character and background. Recently Japanese people have lost identical confidence, they tend to believe they’re inferior to Western Countries, that have to be Americanized. Actually many people warned me to Americanize my music when I decided to move to US because Japanese music struggles to make it in the US.
Of course I need to brush up on more brilliant mixed style as a Japanese artist in the US, but I believe my originally unique Japanese style of music can attract a worldwide audience as well, and possibly result in the US helping Japan get back the lost confidence. That’s my concept named as Share The American Dream Project.
I stay focused by listening to my heart and listening to my body.
She said to me:
“Correct ordinal expressions are totally boring.
It’s meaningless if we create things which someone has already created. I don’t need right things but want something new, strange, funny, eccentric, those are quite unexpected instead, even can be odd. That’s what I want.”
She required so many difficult skills and rich imagination with creating, I tried very hard during the collaboration and finally we did it, and I saw my lyrics were reflected perfectly as pictures on the movie at the movie theater a year after. This experience changed me forever I have created many hits since, and the idea is now the core of my life itself.
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