tomo - Bass, Guitar, Drums
Birthday: July 10th
Blood type: A
emi - Vocals, Lyrics
Birthday: November 23th
Blood type: A
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"At first, we didn't think to release our works until we signed with a major company or label. But we got many comments and messages from our fans and friends asking us questions like "where can I buy your songs?" We decided that we'd produce our songs by ourselves and release them on iTunes." - tomo
The digital revolution in music has been both a blessing and a curse for musicians. For tomo and emi of the fledgling group RAINASH it has provided an international bridge for their fans to enjoy their music as the duo perfect their craft. First brought together while searching for other band members on a website, it only took one session together to realize they were a perfect match for each other.
With a musical style they describe as being both "heavy and dark" with an emphasize of maintaining a catchy pop flavor, we think these two are a duo to keep an eye on.On July 7, 2010 the members of RAINASH were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of RAINASH.
Rumor has it you're in the studio recording. Can we get a sneak peak at some of the new songs?
Yes, we've been recording for a long time, but its finally at an end. We will be able to release them in July. You can listen to some songs from our new mini album on our MySpace.
Who all is working on the music with you?
We are doing all the work just the two of us.
When and how will the music be released?
Our first digital single "escape" is available now at iTunes. And our first mini album "Feather" will be available later in July. The date is not decided yet, sorry.
Tell us about your process. How do you take an idea and turn it into a recorded song?
It is difficult to explain. We try various ideas again and again until we can consent to it.
Who have been some of your greatest musical inspirations?
We love and respect L'Arc en Ciel, VAMPS, Gackt, Olivia Lufkin, Flyleaf, Evanescence and more. Our music is under the influence of them.
What do you think are the keys to creating a good song?
At first, the melody for singing is important. We take care to make the melody lines as pop and catchy as possible.
How would you describe your musical style?
Our musical style is an original style. We mainly like heavy and dark sounds. But we also like catchy sounds. We think we can combine both of them.
Tell us the story of how the two of you met and started making music together.
We were both seeking band members for each other. We met on a website for players who need new members. Our favorite sounds and more were well matched. So we played together at the studio. After that, we decided to make music together.
Tell us about writing and recording the song escape.
At first, we didn't think to release our works until we signed with a major company or label. But we got many comments and messages from our fans and friends asking us questions like "where can I buy your songs?" We wanted to release and send songs, too. Although we've made and uploaded our songs as "demo songs" until now, we decided that we'd produce (re-recording, re-mix and re-mastering) our songs by ourselves and make them good quality and release them on iTunes Store.
REINCARNATION is one of our favorite songs of yours. Can you tell us more about it?
It is one of our older songs. We think this song has speed, sadness and evanescence.
VANISH has more of a melancholy feel to it. Tell us more about it.
Yes, we wanted to make a melancholy song like this. And we love this song. About the lyrics, emi wrote this lyrics with a motif of a mermaid story.
Tell us about the Web Magazine you maintain.
At first, we were seeking other members. But we couldn't find them. We two couldn't perform and release alone. But we wanted to communicate with our friends and we hoped they could know more things about us. So we started it.
How did you first get into music?
tomo: I often listened to pop/rock music on the radio.
emi: I often watch and listened to music on TV.
What do your family and friends think about your musical activities?
tomo: My family doesn't have a good opinion about it.
emi: My mom especially cheers me on. And my family worries about me, because we can't see much of each other.
Outside of music what do you do for fun and relaxation?
tomo: My relaxation is my pets and my hobby. I have a hamster and a fish. They are so cute and make me relax. And I enjoy buying miscellaneous goods like furniture and home-interior goods.
emi: It is my relaxing time when I drink tea, watch movies, take a bath or go walking.
Can we get a peek into the romantic side of the group? What is your idea of a romantic date?
tomo: Going to looking at a very beautiful stars at night, and so on.
emi: Going to the aquarium.
What do you look for in someone you would date?
tomo: I'm waiting for fate.
emi: Now musical activities makes me busy, so I don't think about it.
Do you have favorite places to perform at or just hang out at?
tomo: To perform, not yet. My favorite places to hang out at is at the Starbucks cafe near where I live.
emi: Mine is the seaside. I often go there.
What are your hopes and plans for the rest of the year?
tomo: I wanna go to places I've never gone, and I wanna enjoy the rest of life.
emi: I wanna go watch movies.
Do you have anything else you want to bring up or comment on?
Our 1st mini album "Feather" will be available on iTunes in July 29th!! Please check it out.
Do you have a final message to all your fans?Thanks for reading all our interview!! We'll keep on rocking the music, so please come check us out now.
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