Daisuke Tsutsui Interview
"When I was 19 I went to London to see many concerts and clubs. I thought... I'm much better than them, which gave me more confidence in myself. So I bought a guitar and recording equipment and started to produce music!" - Daisuke Tsutsui
When we first heard the opening songs for Daisuke Tsutui's project "Galaxy 7" we knew we'd run across something special. Unhappy with the support he was getting from his former label, Daisuke made the move to Tsuyoshi Suzuki's Madskippers label. "Galaxy 7" runs the gambit from rocking songs like Blackmetal and King Cobra to more reflective songs like Cheese shocking.
So if you're looking for something new and a little different, come take a listen to the man who says "I'm trying to keep as an actor on the stage... there is this totally different person coming out after I switch on from the inside."On January 10, 2011, Daisuke Tsutsui was kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Daisuke Tsutsui and Madskippers.
Tell us about the start of your solo project "Galaxy 7" in 2008.
In the summer time of 2008, I went to Madskippers event in Tokyo, and I loved the music /DJ's atmosphere and everything! Since then I started to think that I want to be part of Madskippers crew, I want to play there! So I decided to give Galaxy's demo to Tsuyoshi who is running the Madskippers.
What type of music did you want to create?
Basically Galaxy 7 style is electro rock with vocal in it like AC/DC with electro. But also I pretty much like experimental stuff as well.
How did you hookup with Tsuyoshi Suzuki and his Madskippers label?
By accident, my friend was the organizer of Tsuyoshi's Madskippers party. So I handed it to him to give to Tsuyoshi. He listened to it really quickly.
The opening track Blackmetal really impressed us. Can you tell us the story about writing and recording this song?
Thanks a lot! This is my first song from Galaxy 7 and I wanted to make strong electro rockin' stuff. I was trying to make it as simple as possible for this. And also trying to make like the audience can do "head banging", "dance" for both ways.
Cheese shocking was quite a change of pace from the opening track, with lots of discordance effects. Tell us more about this song.
I produced this track around 10 years ago under the name as Daisuke Tsutsui. I got the hint of this track when I was dreaming. As soon as when I woke up, I quickly wrote down the melody. The theme is "The expression of love from the men who never ever felt love".
King Cobra was another tune that really rocks. Tell us something about the song we don't know.
I went to Thailand last year to see snake show. (I love snake!) And there was King Cobra show, King Cobra was so cool and gave me so much inspiration so I got melody lines and voices on my mobile phone in the middle of the show.
What were the recording sessions like for the album?
I do programming, playing instruments, singing, at my home studio.
Would you say there is a single theme for Galaxy 7, or is it really as varied as it seems?
Theme is "Super Explosions".
Tell us about winning the AVIMA2010 Asia Music Award for Best Electro/Dance Song.
Massive Vibrations, who is a booking agent in Asian territory for Madskippers, asked for me to choose the track to enter AVIMA MUSIC AWARD. I was really happy to get winner!
You've performed overseas in places like London and France. Do you have any favorite memories that stands out?
Galaxy 7 played in main stage of Java Rockin' Land festival in Jakarta Indonesia. Same stage as Smashing Pumpkins, and the audience was great! The place was really friendly and kind, I never ever forgot about it.
Let's learn more about you. Can you tell us a little about your hometown and what it was like growing up there?
Born and grew up in Tokyo. I used to hate to do same things with other people. So I was always lonely from others. I always listened to music and played guitar.
How did you first get into music?
I used to listen to Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Deep Purple, influenced by my sister in elementary school. I never ever listening to Japanese rock music.
When and how did you decide to try and become a professional musician?
When I was 19 I went to London to see many concerts and clubs. I thought... I'm much better than them, which gave me more confidence in myself. So I bought a guitar and recording equipment and started to produce music!
Who have been your greatest influences as a performer and songwriter?
Guns 'n Roses Axl Rose, Janet Jackson, Jamiroquai, Zakk Wild, Randy Rhoads as performers. Radiohead Thom Yorke, Bjork, Prince as songwriter.
Tell us about some of your musical activities prior to your Galaxy 7 project.
"Your Magic Doesn't Work Anymore" is a double album. And now I'm on the way to produce the other half. I'd like to release it summertime this year. I haven't been to USA before so I'd love to go there for touring one day! I also keep producing music video stuff and making of stuff, comment stuff as well.
In Europe, we will play the Japanese culture event and try to sell our merchandise there as well like sticker/key holder/teddy bear stuff...
What did your family and friends think about your musical activities when you first started out?
They said that you can't be an artist. They still don't know what I'm doing really hehehe... I didn't have so many friends...
Do you have one or two shows you've performed in Japan that stand out in your mind as the most memorable?
I have been playing live since when I was 14, but my favorite live show is in Madskippers event @Club Asia in Shibuya, Tokyo. It was just too cool!
Tell us how you crafted your stage shows over the years, including bringing on Kabuki actors and martial artists.
I love to watch theater and stuff in general. And I always try to put some ideas from it into my stage constructions. I prefer to put more traditional Asian stuff like Kabuki/Kung Fu rather than normal pole dancing and SM show and stuff.
Can you describe the feeling you get when you are performing in front of a crowd and everything is going great?
I never felt good even when our stage was full of people and great. I'm trying to keep as an actor on the stage. And at the same time, there is this totally different person coming out after I switch on from the inside. I'm just keeping in concentrate to keep the balance between these two things. When I get great reaction on the stage, I just think a simple "yes!" because I'm singing just for the audience.
What do you have planned for the rest of this year and next?
The album just released last month and we're now preparing to play some gigs in Japan, also in France on March. Started to make some new tunes as well.
What do you usually do to celebrate New Year's? What did you be do this year?
NYE is nothing to do with me... it just has to be as always. Being in the studio, watching DVD, take my dog outside.
Do you have anything else you want to bring up or comment on?
Let's get together between different countries and people, religions... I believe strongly that our own communications (not national label) is making peace in the world! I'd like you to think Japan is a nice country through Galaxy 7 and have a lot of nice communications with many people from the world and make peace!
Do you have a final message to all your fans?I have been working with a big company for a while and they couldn't understand my music at all. They treated me just like some crazy guy... But now I really think that my ideas and thinking was not wrong at all! You guys made me think that way! I really appreciate that you like my music. Thanx so much and yoroshiku desu!!!
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