GiGS Magazine chapter 5: Inside of the Band Magic. 葵.
葵 speaking about REITA:
REITA-kun, for sure, gives you that feeling of steadiness, a very reliable person. This is what he has in common with 戒-kun regarding both personality and playing style. In some way you may have an impression it’s in his core. It can be said without a doubt, he’s a type of the musician who is constant, confident and keeps playing according to his own style. Of course within the band every member is trusted, but among us all maybe REITA with his steadiness is especially trustworthy. Well… who knows, maybe it seems so because we never had to rely on him too much (laughs). In addition to this he’s very skillful, there’s no doubt to it. Be sure, he’ll do exactly what he’s asked for. From time to time, I must say, it’s only an image, but mostly you can rely on his skills. This hasn’t changed over the time.
葵 giving an advice to his former self:
Nooooo waaaaaaaay…… I’d like to tell myself that I should have taken music more seriously (laughs). Usually I think I’m one step behind other band members, I look at them and feel inferior, so I’m moving forward while trying to compensate for it. That’s why if I’ve been more devoted from the very start, I could have achieved more. And I wish I could explain it to my former self if we had a chance to meet.
Eventually, looking back I can say that meeting other band members was really important, if it weren’t for them, frankly speaking… I would have given up on music, I think. Actually I always had that interest, so one way or another, I guess, I would have come to making music, but I haven’t understood it until about now. Only after I met the guys I’ve got that impact from them and was able to discover all the happiness of being in a band and realize how deep was my connection to the music. That’s what I think.
Translator’s note: as you can see, I’ve changed the title of the second part. Because in fact this one is more correct.
In the original text title of the first part says [という] - “about”, and title of second part says [へ] - “to”.
My bad, I’ve made a wrong translation at first.
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GiGS Magazine chapter 5: Inside of the Band Magic. REITA & 戒.
戒 speaking about his former self:
I guess I can only give an advice to my former self (laughs). First of all, I wish I was told something like “Be more stoic!” back then. Honestly, the me from the past did not bother at all, but now the more I think of it, the more I understand that I should have set my purpose more clearly.
It’s just that although my perception of playing musical instruments have changed over the time, communicating with people is what I’ve been liking the most from the very beginning. For this reason I met with different people, received an incitement from them, absorbed it bit by bit, and that’s how the present me appeared. For example, now as well, when a tour starts, I go and speak to the staff. Though the topics are totally different, it seems to me the atmosphere hasn’t changed.
REITA speaking about 戒:
When I met 戒-san for the first time, I was like: “Hmmm… that guy is somewhat interesting”. He had bare feet (laughs) and was holding his drumsticks back to front, because “this way they were heavier, thus sounding better” as he explained. But I thought he’s going to fit in, because the sympathy was mutual.
However time passed and he had to become serious. Because the drums are the base of everything, right? They bring you that peaceful state of mind, don’t they? Having that said, now [he] is extremely credible, you know. Besides, being the most meticulous and anxious of us all, the responsibility of a leader suited him the best. And he was like: “ok, I’ll do it, no problem”.
Now he carries this duty and everyone is like being dragged along by him. For instance, I’m not a [leader] type of guy, in the band I’m the one being saved the most.
REITA speaking about his former self:
Right now I’d rather say I’ve better started playing with fingers first (laughs). But because I’ve started with a pick first, the moment I tried fingers, it felt like the instrument itself was totally different. So if I could play both ways from the start, I guess, it would have a greater influence on my playing style, because it’s the same, as being bilingual.
But anyway, I think it was good I haven’t dropped playing bass. Being the person who easily gives up on everything, except for the bass there’s no other thing I’ve been doing continuously. Yet it seems that playing bass formed my character, I have a feeling this musical instrument defines my individuality.
Besides it’s not that I think I want to play in the GazettE. It’s more like I don’t think that I want to play bass with someone [other] than the GazettE.