Getting to meet one ok rock

ONE OK ROCK - The Masquerade

getting to meet one ok rock

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Early releases and departure of Onizawa[ edit ] Their debut single, "Naihishinsho", reached number 48 on the Oricon Charts [22] and sold 15, copies.

Interview with ONE OK ROCK in Tokyo

Their second single, Yume Yume, followed that success and charted at number They released their second album Beam of Light in May The band came up with many sound sources and ended up making a punk album. The album's confused origins were the reason why they wouldn't play any songs from Beam of Light in live performances until now. At this point, the band had gained more experience and were able to do some more serious recording.

They settled into the western sound they loved and followed by replacing all their engineers and introducing their music to new producers.

This led to some division within the band - Taka and Alex in particular disagreed about how to make this album. On April 5,Alex was arrested for groping the leg of a twenty-one-year-old female student on a train. Ryota intended to leave bass and take up guitar. They felt it was impossible for them to add a new member. The band's next single "Around the World Shounen", which was planned for a May 6 release and to be used as the theme song for the TV drama God Hand Teru, and their nationwide tour were both cancelled.

Niche Syndrome and Zankyo Reference[ edit ] With the new four-member formation, the band released the single "Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer" on February 3, It reached 9th on the Weekly Oricon Chart.

They released their fourth studio album titled Niche Syndrome on June 9, The band had their tour This is my own judgement! The second part the tour took place at sixteen different venues until 11 December Their next single, "Answer is Near", was released on February 16, The Answer is Alive tour took place in six Zepp music halls and three other venues from April to June The band released their first double A-side single "Re: The Game video game.

The band also announced their final tour for this album as a two-day concert in Yokohama Arena on 21 and 22 January The concert was sold out with more than 24, attendees. At the end of the year, they headlined Radio Crazy and Countdown Japan once more. Currently "The Beginning" is the most popular song by the band, having reached more than million views on their YouTube channel.

In October the band went on their first tour outside Asia and visited Europe for five concerts. Four out of the five concerts in Europe were sold out almost immediately.

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The discussion page may contain suggestions. November This section may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia's layout guidelines. Please help by editing the article to make improvements to the overall structure. A music video for "Decision" released on August 20, is a compilation of footage from their last tour in Europe and Asia. My dad and mom used to be solo artists. I was obligated to learn various things, but I couldn't master anything at all, and I hated instruments.

I hated playing the piano. I once even wanted a guitar and I bought one, but I didn't play at all. How do you compose songs? Do you use a keyboard? No, I really can't play keyboard.

So you sing by humming and record it? I did it like that at first. I remember a while back when I used to buy CDs that included karaoke, I made my own song in karaoke, and I often did that in my head.

When I started this band and I made a song for the first time, I thought of the melody first. I couldn't play guitar, which was bad. So I bought a guitar, learned power chords from members, then I made melodies by playing guitar.

So you make songs singing and playing guitar now, right? I do so sometimes, and I do it reversely sometimes too, like I put melodies on the song made by other members. I do them alternatively. How do you usually compose your songs, do you have any specific procedures that you follow?

I think we do it in the usual ways. We each make demo tapes, bring them in, put them on a melody, put the lyrics in, and record them. This process is pretty normal, I think. Do you make the lyrics last? I think that recently it's not so hard for me to add melodies to the lyrics. I don't find it difficult to be limited. On the contrary, with melodies I write them on the music score note by note like do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do, but singing has delicate nuances, different from guitars and drums.

For example the delicate sounds between do, re, mi. At first, I quickly think of an image from the melody, and then put the lyrics on them, so it can grow. It's easier to put melodies on lyrics that are already made. I don't write tightly made lyrics, I wait until the melody is finished most of the time. Do you imagine the lyrics after you create the melody, like you put a sad love story on this song, or you show your anger towards society?

With lyrics, they basically don't change what I write. They stay almost the same. I just add a different theme each time and make the lyrics. Basically, my themes are very normal, such as anger, or working hard together, romance, a broken heart, and I don't change a lot from that.

Toru, are you the same way? Well, but I'm trying to write new lyrics now all the time. So do you store words? As in write them down and keep them for later. I don't know many words, so I try to make my original world by using my limited knowledge or by looking at what I don't know. How is the song writing and recording process going so far? It's usually like we arrange things together, then discuss it with our arranger, then meet in a studio like today. Then we enter the final stage, like we decide certain things here and there and then go into the studio.

You've been around for three years now and although this isn't a long time your fan base is rather large and you're very successful. What is the secret of your success? Well, the first reason is that we have nice faces But now we have our own style and people can see more than just our faces. Now most of our fans are the same age as us, and also younger than us. We try to send messages to young people about doing their best in life; that is why I write encouraging songs.

I think the lyrics stand out and kind of make us look older. People probably don't respect those who are the same age as themselves, but when age is a little different, even by just a small margine, I think you can look up to a person, as they have had more experiences than yourself.

I really look up to RIZE because they have more experience and practice a lot too. You know, it gives you something to aim for.

I really feel it when we are going around Japan doing live concerts. We want to absorb various things, make music continuously and take new approaches, so that even those older than us will come to see us too. On the right side of the floor, there was an old man of hard rock style with golden long hair who pumped his fist up and down like this Taka mimics pumping his fistand I was very happy to see him. I think your music is full of energy as your fans are also cheerful too, and they enjoy your live all in a sweat.

It's great and I saw people of various ages and quite a lot of guys too. Yeah we finally made it. When we first started the audience was mostly females. It was like all the people in the front row were girls in every live house laugh.

Recently we see more people wearing sneakers and T shirts instead of high-heels at our concerts. Our motivation has changed gradually, and I think people can feel that. Did you get a lot from that? That was big for us.

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I think there was always something there for us to get, and we gradually got bigger after repeating things after we learned them. When you went to a local area for the first time, weren't you scared about whether people would come to see you?

Usually even if a band is quite popular in Tokyo, it's hard to get much of an audience in local areas. Yes, I was scared. This time, it was a miracle we didn't have lives that only had a few audience members.

But as Alex said, when I heard we would do our tour, we thought at first, "Can we get enough of an audience? The tour was coming, and when we went to Sendai for the first day of the tour, we found so many people there.

Last time when we did our in-store event in Sendai, not all of the people who gathered there were our fans, but this time we found that our fans had increased, and we realized, "All of the people in the audience who gather here today are coming to see us. When we have to go up to the next step, we think we have to not just do 'good lives' but do 'awesome lives' to get a bigger audience.

getting to meet one ok rock

In this tour, it was very much like that, moving from one level to the next. There were many things we could see for ourselves without having to be told, and that too naturally was put into our music and performances.

You guys have released a lot in a very short time, and you perform a lot.

getting to meet one ok rock

Do you have any free time left? I don't have enough time now. Don't you feel a lot of stress building up? I sometimes feel that. I'm not so studious. I don't have a driver's license, so I can't be a driver laughfor example, a truck driver. You would never do that! Well, yes, I know that I considered that, and feel like "If I don't do the best I can do, I can't do anything else. Whenever I feel like I don't want to do something, I try to think, "Yes, I can stop this, but nothing will be left for me to do.

Only these two Taka and Toru appear in interviews and radio programs, but we Ryota, Tomoya and Alex are quite active too. We are so-called relaxation professionals. Do you make a team with the three of you? Now my best way to relax is playing baseball for a while, but before I played billiards, and go. Go seems to take quite long time!? I also play ping pong.

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Ah, I bought my racket to play. But I easily get tired of them too. If you are addicted to go, that's terrible. And I concentrate on it so much that it makes me tired. Japan and America are totally different, and our music certainly features Western music, and we were quite conscious of that more than before, so I just want people to listen to it casually. I'm a little embarrassed to say, "We like America!

I hope people listen to it casually. When you made this album, did you see the world, not only Japan, when you made the songs? As I like melodies best, I concentrated on that most, just like in our other work. I was not conscious of anything in particular this time.

I think our favorite music and the music we make are more global. So we really want to do lives in America too. We want to see how much our work will be accepted. This work has more of a driving feeling than before. This time, we played like we do in lives, so this work tends to be more up-tempo than our previous work, and has quite a driving feeling to it. If you play these songs in your lives, the lives will be really something. As I said before, "I found something new in lives. Thank you, but I'm still learning pronunciation.

I really want to be able to speak well.

getting to meet one ok rock

If I could make more nuances in slang, it would be cooler, so I want to learn more. If foreign people listen to your songs, they will think you can speak English well, I think.

This song is good in its contrast of silence and movement. It's also easy to understand. By the way, Alex, you prefer to make rather quiet ballads, right? Is it because you used to play classic guitar? I make totally different songs depending on my feelings. Mirage is a good song, isn't it? I tried to make it 'a good song' for anyone listening to it. I was so impressed listening to Et Cetera in your live.

Taka put so much emotion into the song. I really like Crazy Botch. It's very fun to play. I think it's the best to have fun while playing. I enjoy playing it in our lives.

Vocals are difficult in this song, don't you think so? It took a long time to put the melody on this one. But the sound of this song is very cool. So I hated to make it more pop as I put on the melody. Alex finally thought of a melody and I expanded on that and made the song into what it is.

Are there times when you can't add the lyrics easily? Yes, but not often. English lyrics are hard. I don't know English words, or sentences, or grammar well, so I sing in English roughly. I make use of the inspiration I get and just put it into the lyrics.

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That's the best way. When working in Japanese, I understand the meanings of the words so it's easier to do. I like all of our songs. So you can't choose one of them? Well, each of them is totally different. Every song has its own color and shape. I listen to various songs and think each one has its own good points. If you had to choose one song? If I dare to choose, it's White ball. I love listening to this song, as I'm encouraged by it.

It begins with a mysterious intro and works up to the main melody. I think this is a good song. I play guitar like I'm an American. I like to play songs in our lives so I can be freer, but You mean you like songs of your demo tapes? When songs are finished, they are completed. Comparing it to women, I lose my interest when I know everything about them too. With songs, after I finish recording them, I only listen to them for days.

Of course, I listen to them many times, and as I absorb the songs, I feel like that is enough for me. So it's more difficult for me to keep listening to and research them continuously. I often think that the audience listens to our CD and then comes to our lives, so we have to show more than what is on our CD, or at least the same level as our CD. As I listen to my songs in our lives, they are totally different from the CD. How you sing and how you make voices are so different.

And voices are totally different song by song, so it's very difficult to do it in lives as I don't use an effecter in live shows. So I think I have to listen to the songs more carefully. After we finish songs, I listen to them as I think about that.

So I don't have favorites after I finish them basically.