Haruka - Vocals
Birthday: March 1
Birthplace: Miyagi, Japan
Blood type: O
Kuro - Guitar
Birthday: February 5
Birthplace: Ibaragi, Japan
Blood type: B
Roku - Bass
Birthday: October 16
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Blood type: B
Missing song sample
Take It Easy
Take It Easy (7-27-09)
1. Take It Easy
1. star drop
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"We coined the name so it has various meanings. We think the meaning of "sync" is the closest. We want to synchronize with various people through this band." - Shink
If the vibrant fun and energy of their shows is any indication, it looks like the members of Shink will be "synchronizing" with a growing number of fans over the next few years. With Haruka on vocals, Kuro on guitar and Roku playing bass these three newcomers have released two singles and are working on their first full album.
So if its something new and refreshing you're looking for, come take a look at the trio with the upbeat message: "'Everything's gonna be alright!' should be recited many times when things get painful. It is possible to become positive if you can just persuade yourself."On August 29, 2009 the members of Shink were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Shink with credits to Chinami Fujii.
You're in the middle of a major tour of Japan which will continue to October 15th. How are the shows going so far?
Our band unity has strengthened in the tour day by day. Therefore, it's been the best. This is the first tour for the band.
Do you have any favorite memories of the shows so far?
The audience's smiles and meeting new people. And, the stimulation from so many experiences in various places, and the delicious food.
How do you prepare for a show? Are there any rituals you always do?
There is a thing we always do... However, it is secret.
On July 27 you released your second 2nd Maxi single "Take It Easy." Can you tell us about the title song, Take It Easy?
When going through a painful time, one's own ideals can still be clearly imagined. It is possible to feel better, even if it seems impossible at that time.
"Everything's gonna be alright!" should be recited many times when things get painful. It is possible to become positive if you can just persuade yourself. This song tells the message "Don't dwell on difficulties" and "Let's go on comfortably."
The video for Take it Easy looks and sounds great. Can you tell us about shooting it?
It was shot on the rooftop of a certain building. The scenery seen from the building was the highest. The non-daily scenery was very fresh and playing up there was refreshing. Shooting the video went very smoothly, though we sweated a lot!
Masquerade has some interesting musical contrasts in the song. What is the song about and what does it mean to you?
It's about sarcasm to adults, criticism of a person who is domineering. The trouble with the modern world was compared in the aristocrats from the Middle Ages.
The third track, Missing, has a great feel to it. Can you tell us about writing and recording it?
This is actually an older song of ours. The lyrics and the melody were strong and challenging for the band. However, we enjoyed recording and producing it. When this CD was put out, we decided to do a remix and we very much like the new version.
What are the band's plans for after the tour? Will fans get to see a full album sometime soon?
The release of a full album is still undecided. We decided to release the single before a full album, but production has already begun.
Can you tell us how the three of you first met?
Roku was looking for band members to perform with. Haruka joined after being introduced by one of his acquaintances. Kuro joined after the former guitar player left. Roku and Kuro had been in a band together several years before.
How and why did you decide to form the group?
We wanted to have a rock band with a female vocal. The band was using a Japanese image at the start. But, the look and image has changed now.
Who picked the name and what does it mean?
We coined the name so it has various meanings. We think the meaning of "sync" is the closest. We want to synchronize with various people through this band.
What's the story behind the crown logo over the group's name?
We simply liked the design of the crown. And, because it has the association of "No. 1."
Can you tell us a little about the blog writing the group members do?
Haruka: First so we can tell the audience the gratitude we have for them. And, to report to the people who can't come to our live shows.
Kuro: I am writing freely.
Roku: I have the same opinion.
Let's take a trip into the past and learn more about everyone's background. Can each of you describe the hometown you grew up in?
Haruka: My hometown was full of nature. There were four pet dogs of the loveliest kind in the house where I grew up. I miss them.
Kuro: My hometown was in the country. There were no stores around there, mostly just farms. Therefore, I always played the guitar every day.
Roku: My hometown was neither a city nor the country. It is a halfway town. There, I grew up freely.
How did you each first get into music?
Haruka: I started playing the piano in kindergarten. I loved music since early childhood. When I was a grade-schooler, I started songwriting. Performing and songwriting was what made me happy.
Kuro: After I started playing the guitar, I got interested in music. I liked strong guitar riffs. I LOVE guitar riffs.
Roku: I remember the impact of listening to a tape of YMO when I was a grade-schooler. Therefore, I wanted to perform on the synthesizer first. Though rock music was done later.
How did you finally choose the instrument you play now?
Haruka: Because singing makes me happy. I wanted to do vocals from the beginning. I wanted to stand out.
Kuro: Especially, there was no reason.
Roku: Because I think that the bass is the manliest musical instrument.
Who have been your greatest musical inspirations?
Haruka: My favorite is OFF SPRING. However, there isn't one musician who strongly influenced me so much. Perhaps, I'm influenced more from various people.
Kuro: Funeral For A Friend, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore etc... If it's wonderful music, anything can be an influence for me.
Roku: There are a lot. Not only the nature of the music can be an influence, but also the nature of the person. I might say that J (Luna Sea) has influenced me most. Too many to include them all.
What groups had you been in before forming Shink?
Haruka: Heavy rock band.
Kuro: Screamo rock band with Roku.
Roku: Screamo rock band with Kuro.
What did your family and friends think about your choosing a career in music?
Haruka: I did not study and was doing the band thing. So, my parents were not so surprised to see me end up in a band. Now they cheer me on. I wish to express my deep gratitude to them.
Kuro: My mother supported me since the time I bought my guitar.
Roku: I was admonished not to use drugs by my parents.
What has been the most rewarding part of being in Shink?
Haruka: Doing the live shows, especially when I see the audience's smiles.
Kuro: When composing music. Also when arranging the songs with the band, working in the guitar part. When the music that comes from my inner desire is completed.
Roku: The lives. When you hear the crowd response with the music.
Tell us a little about FCTG Records. How did you get hooked up with them?
It started from making the arrangements for shooting a PV. However, because the person in charge liked it, it was decided that we would join the label.
Who is playing drums for you during the tour?
Our helping drummer is Bob. He is Japanese, though his name is American.
Let's take a peak at the romantic side of Shink. Does anyone in the band have any thoughts about marriage or kids in the future?
Haruka: Sure. I want to make a good home like the home where I grew up someday.
Kuro: I don't want to marry now, and do not even have a lover. But, I want it. I've never really thought about marriage or having children yet.
Roku: It must be very difficult for everything you'd want to be fulfilled. Therefore, the answer for now is "No!" As for the future, I can't say.
Do you have a favorite place you like to go to on a date?
Haruka: I like to stroll through the town where I live.
Kuro: I have a favorite place… but I'm not going to say.
Roku: Just going to places I like... I also like to drive the car alone in the middle of the night, put on a favorite tune and crank it up.
Outside of music, what do you do for fun and relaxation?
Haruka: I like to watch movies. And I like cooking.
Kuro: There are things, but I'm not gonna say here.
Roku: Lots of stuff!
Do you have a slogan you'd like to leave us with?
Everything's gonna be alright!
Do you have a final message to all your fans?
Haruka: When our fans listen to the tunes of Shink and get filled with energy, we are glad. And we are also glad to all our fans who live in foreign countries.
Kuro: I want to go to America soon to perform. Please wait for us.
Roku: I want to make more wonderful tunes, and to perform for everyone. I pray that the day when we can visit with you all comes soon.
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