Sai asks some more:
"Do you think that the band can be successful without falling into the particular traps that most V-Kei bands fall into?"
Only if we start promoting outside the genre, to be honest. Difficult to convince people of, though.
"Do you think that you guys can continue making music and stay on the outskirts of the genre, or do you plan on integrating your music slowly?"
We'll probably just keep making the kind of music we want to play and listen to. We're sort of stubborn like that. ;-P
"From those exercises you have tried, it looks like your musical sounds and those of 'modern' bands just clash so much that they can't be connected, but do you think they can be? Or will you guys just say 'screw it' and keep going without a care to whether the larger audience is willing to bend?"
I mean I would LOVE a larger audience but who really knows how to snag them? For every band you think has the formula down, there are just as many struggling artists doing the exact same thing/sound, but not selling at all. Best to just do what you like and see if it sicks!
I think if we just focus on making good songs, 'modern' will have nothing to do with it, I hope. Hopefully, 'good songwriting' will then become the norm.
"Do you think that visual Kei as a genre needs to be revamped to allow the music to breathe? Or has it become so marketable the way it is that changing it is out of the question?"
I think the Japanese industry as a whole needs to be revamped. Even leaving the shadiness of some VK business behind, just take a look at how everything else is run. Usually it goes off without a hitch, but there's no denying that something needs to change. It's a shame because some very huge artists are still occasionally breaking ground with certain songs but those are never the singles, never the songs fans claim as their favorite. It has as much to do with the industry mindset as it does with the mindset of the average Japanese consumer.
It works on the flipside for any other place, though. We may wonder what the heck the labels are thinking, but they wouldn't push the crap if a ton of people didn't actually like the crap and buy it. No one's being tricked.
So, all that said, it is really nice when once in awhile, art that really deserves it, like Nogod, go major and I randomly see them in Young Guitar and Burrrn! :)
...not sure how well I answered these questions; a bit scatterbrained, sorry!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Sai asks some more:
Written by Elec at 5:08 PM