We get up on stage, and I notice that there are girls standing in front of Ryota's place on stage, girls standing in front of Yue's place on stage, aaaaaand nobody standing in front of me. You know, I thought, at this point, it's kind of amusing being the guy with no fans. Might as well roll with it! And at that moment, Inertia showed up, running to get into position in front of me. Bless her so flippin' much, seriously. I can't believe she came to support us; I was really happy about that.
foreign fans of VK, as if since VK originated in Japan and has been done solely by Japanese, that it is only to be ever done by Japanese. The entire staff jumped in and said variations of "That's a wall that you need to tear down, then", which felt really good.
I don't know that my ambitions are that great at the moment. We're a dinky little indies band with next to no resources and a tiny fanbase. I just want to have fun, meet cool people, and play music. If I'm supposed to be That Guy, then the opportunities will present themselves and I'll do my best not to pass them up. If anything I hope I can at the very least open the door to the non-Japanese VKer who will make a big splash in Japan, and in Japanese. (I realize there are VK-ish non-Japanese artists based in various places around the world--Brazil, Australia, etc--but the heart, the most important network, is still Japan.)
And then there was Sigma, who use the Greek letter as their name, and to whom I didn't pay that much attention to. Sorry guys.
And last was Kanabun, a session band with some members from Ghost, some other band, and two pleasant surprises: Masaki, formerly the vocalist of Sulfuric Acid and current guitarist of +ISOLATION, and Dan, formerly the drummer of Ensoku! I talked to Dan backstage earlier in the day and he was very glad to see me. And Masaki!, that guy is just seriously way cool. He's not really that good of a singer at all, but his performance is fun, his smile is cute and infectious, and he just always looks so dang happy. Ryota and I were psyched that we were taiban-ing with him; "I wanna be that guy's friend!" we both said to each other. They did this way cool heavy Japanesque nu-metally opener song, then did Dir en grey's "New Age Culture" poorly, and then did a really muddy version of hide's "ever free". They weren't that great, but Dan is never, ever bad and Masaki was there so you sort of forgive everything and just have fun, because they're having almost too much fun. It's epidemic.
They reacted in a way that made me feel like a mannequin--they were clearly interested in me and they talked about me in front of me, as if I couldn't hear them or something. I suppose that's normal? It was all good stuff, though.
The Demachi was lots of fun. Those two talked to me a lot, too, and I revealed that of course I was from America. The one was surprised, so we made fun of her. She was pretty bold and asked if I'd get with her, so maybe one day she could get Atlantean citizenship. I deftly avoided that by saying we could talk more about that if she came to our next live. And that, my friends, is how you keep them coming back. I went from 0 fans to probably 3 or 4 that night! One step at a time, right? :)
Next live is 5/1, and free. Looking forward to it!