Aira Mitsuki Interview
"I think that when doing a live performance you never know what will happen. Even if I think I'm succeeding, the audience might not accept it, or when I feel I'm not succeeding, the audience might have the opposite response and like it." - Aira Mitsuki
We like it. Since the debut of her first album "Copy" in 2008, Aira Mitsuki has been making a name for herself with a fun Japanese electronica sound. Produced by Terukado Onishi, Aira has gone on to release three studio albums and perform throughout Japan. Her videos for songs like BARBiE BARBiE have shown that she has a flare for fashion as well as music.On June 29, 2011 Aira Mitsuki was kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Aira Mitsuki.
In April you released a DVD/CD entitled "LiVE TOUR 2011 (???) in LIQUIDROOM". Tell us more about it.
To support my third album release, I gave a tour of "Aira Mistuki LIVE TOUR 2011 (???)" in six cities. This DVD/CD contains the final tour at Ebis LIQUIDROOM .The programs are mainly chosen from the third album entitled "???". This is my second Live DVD, and I think all of my performances and images have been upgraded compared to the first!
The "???" stands for "Three Questions", the name of your 2010 album. Why Two? was one of our favorite songs from it. Can you tell us more about this song?
At the beginning of production, I wanted to write about the story of youth -- to describe young people's straight feelings toward their dreams. I was writing them by recalling my own experiences. However the song was re-arranged to a ballad in the middle of production. As a result, I am glad that I could express the feelings which makes you cry by listening to the completed song.
Train Train features some rap by Tamaki ROY. How different was this type of music for you?
Since I didn't have many opportunities to get together with male vocal rap in my music before, I think it gave me a chance to get interested in Hip-Hop.
LOVE Re: is a very fun song. Can you tell us more about it?
This song was written by Korean composers, such like Mr. Han Jae-Ho and other, therefore I think you can feel some K-pop atmosphere throughout this song. To make "LOVELY" music, I've chosen cute sounding words for the lyrics. This song has wide key ranges, so I take care of my breath to not go up too high while I'm performing it.
How would you describe your musical style?
I love music linked with images, such like Cornelius's music. I don't think that it's only about techno, dance, and electronic music, however. I like music which can be enjoyed with visual, not only aural. So, I always consider creating live space, which you can enjoy both aurally and visually.
Let's learn a little more about you. How did you first get into music?
The first chance to get into music was my mother. She loves PIZZICATO FIVE and Cornelius so I often used to listen to their music with her since childhood. My recent favorite artist is The Prodigy.
What was it like when you finished recording your first album, "Copy"? Was it a big day in your life?
Actually, my schedule was fully packed by having rehearsals for my first solo live performance and recording for the new release of "Robot Honey", so I was working continuously without any break, although I was very happy when I finished recording for sure.
We loved the video for BARBiE BARBiE. What was it like making it?
Thank you! It was my first experience wearing blond wigs and costumes like a Barbie Doll according to the title. I enjoyed that very much as a girl.
How would you compare making a PV to performing live?
I do think the biggest difference is whether audiences are in front of me or not. I do really enjoy live performance with the atmosphere of live space, which is always different, so I feel performing -- rising to the occasion -- is very interesting.
Tell us what it feels like when you are performing and everything is going great?
The enjoyable time is only momentary so I actually don't remember it clearly. I think that when doing a live performance you never know what will happen. Even if I think I'm succeeding, the audience might not accept it, or when I feel I'm not succeeding, the audience might have the opposite response and like it, which I think is very interesting.
Outside of music, what do you do for fun and relaxation?
I love Manga, so I read them during the bath time.
Do you have a final message to all your fans?I guess many people still don't know about Aira Mitsuki. I would be very happy if you can spread the information around and give more people the opportunity to know about my music and myself!
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