Saturday, August 21, 2010

Even more Qs from Sai

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!


Sai said...

Convincing people will never be an easy thing. How are you guys planning on promoting yourselves outside the genre-- have anything planned already or are you just going with the flow?

And stubbornness in that regard isn't a bad thing. As long as you work hard, give it your all, then no matter how it goes in the end you'll remember it for what it was.

It's really unfortunate that good songwriting ISN'T the norm--that not all popular music is quality listening material. It's that way in any industry, I've noticed. It's not just the Japanese industry, the American industry, the *insert country here* industry. The direct meaning behind Pop music is that it's driven by exactly what the majority of the people want-- catchy tunes that are easy to remember and fairly simple in depth. Listening to it is quick, simple, and doesn't require heavy-thinking. Then you get the random artists with heavy, deep meaning that pushes themselves into the spotlight (generally it's by hitting a nail on the head of the consumer that they don't even know they had until it's given to them.)

Those guys are generally the people who are remembered a hundred years later--it won't be the songs on the radio that we know every word to just because it's been played so often--it's the ones that have something important to say and make you listen, make you want to listen. Every artist has something important to say, right?

So, this brings a bit of a difficult question, but an interesting one (that may make your head hurt): what are you, as an artist, trying to say? What do you want people to remember your music by in a few years? Do you think you've even started to say it at all?

And yes, congratulations to NoGod. I've heard a little bit of their music and it seems very interesting. :D