I was involved in a three-way drum battle. I have no idea how to play drums so I’m like 99% sure that we didn’t do it the way a real drum battle goes, but also there was some kind of Scooby Doo mystery happening so the drum battle wasn’t really that important except as a distraction.
Translation notes on Shinya’s interview in Rock and Read 063
asks the band before making any public appearances, such as in the variety show
where he was sent to work in an insect shop, or when he took part in the Los
Angeles Anime Expo fashion show as a model thanks to his contact with h.NAOTO.
He finds that this is normal business etiquette.
He is wary
of not disturbing or stretching what is constituted in the band’s image. It is
not so much that the band is strict, but his own consciousness.
he does is just showing his inner nature. And whenever he makes an appearance,
it is because he was offered to, never because he initiated it.
sad and thought about leaving the band when they decided not to do makeup
anymore because for him, when he started in a Visual Kei band, he had promised
himself to lead this life with makeup until the day he died, to truly embrace
it. He was taken aback when, after Rinkaku, Kyo just showed up and started
using makeup again for the band’s promotional photoshoots. There had been no
forewarning or discussion about it within the band.
Dir en grey
has received tons of offers to play at anime conventions in the world…….!
Always refusing them hah.
topic of Instagram, Shinya likes that you can read people’s comments to your
pictures. He feels like he is promoting himself more to the world, this way.
participated in that variety show, someone behind the Cheburashka mascot in
Russia got some merchandise to be sent to Shinya, from Japan but still directly
from someone in that entourage.
When he was
young, he used to write down gags from comedy shows on television and he would
replicate them, with the movements and everything, at school to make people
laugh. He was a funny person and, as he became an adult, he gradually changed
and started listening to people more rather than want to talk about himself all
since he started playing drums when he was that young character, now he feels
that when he goes on stage, he is not being himself and has to consciously
change his personality as a drummer. There is no ceremonious process of doing
it though, as he was quite happy sleeping until two hours before a show abroad
and having little time to prepare once he woke up.
is on tour, Shinya always visits local shops in search of some Cheburashka
items, even keychains. He is filled with joy when he does find something.
wants to look at the stock sold in train stations, like when the band and staff
leave at a Shinkansen station, but seeing as he cannot do it then, he travels
with the band to their destination, then takes a taxi back to the station, buys
a fare ticket to get inside and, on his own, he tours the shops there.
He was not
even that interested in Cheburashka in the beginning, but later, it sounds like
the thrill of trying to find all the merchandise for something that is not
super popular is what got him hooked, and now he considers himself a fan for
the rest of his life.
When he was
little, he used to collect Bikkuriman stickers and was able to fully complete
his collection, which was apparently “1 rank higher” than other
students in his school.
parents used to run a snack store, even from their basement once.
enrolled in cram school during elementary, which he hated because he dislikes
studying hard. He went from being at the top of A Class to being in B months
later, then in C, and D, and E… Until his parents gave up and realised that
he would not be following the educational course they had hoped for him.
he does not hate studying, he just hates being forced or expected to. He liked
studying English and Chinese on his own.
graduate from high school though, but then stopped all education. He still has
a good relationship with his parents. He had no rebellious phase.
ordered his first drum set, he told his parents he would become a professional
before he even received it. They thought he would never be serious about it and
make a career.
inspiration in music was X Japan of course. He got invited to a show by a
friend, and from that point on he spent a lot of his time on that, feeling like
he was studying music hard like he never could do for school.
He had one
band before Dir en grey. It was composed of three members, the two others being
older than him as well. He was the only one going to the studio or club in high
school uniform. And then he joined Dir en grey at 18, also the youngest, so he
wonders whether he will forever hold that image of the teenager, due to the
vertical hierarchy of age.
people find that ARCHE is a controversial album. It had an amazing reception in
the US and in Taiwan though, which Shinya is glad for.
He was the
one who chose the location of this photoshoot, Lockheart Castle. It fit into the
fantasy he had in mind.
have to worry about Shinya neglecting Dir en grey: it remains his priority, and
any other activities or appearances he makes are determined after Dir en grey’s
schedule is already finalized.