KAZUYA (Guitar & Vocal)
Blood Type: Rock 'n' Roll Type O
Guitar: Les Paul Junior TV
Osuke (Bass & Vocal)
Blood Type: Rock 'n' Roll Type A
Daisuke (Drum & Vocal)
Blood Type: Rock 'n' Roll Type A
Taro (Tambourine & Vocal)
Blood Type: Rock 'n' Roll Type O
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"Last year was a difficult time for everyone in Japan and many countries helped us get back on our feet. So, as a representative of the Japanese people, we said "Thank you" so many times from the bottom of our hearts." - Kazuya
One of our favorite old school rock groups of 2008 was the three man group The Emeralds. Four years later the new reincarnation of the group, now called The Rubies, is still reviving the sounds of classic rock and roll. With Kazuya and Osuke leading the way and new band mates Daisuke and Taro adding their style, the ever colorful band is hard at work on a new album.
So re-summon that ghost of Elvis that resides in all our hearts and find out what's new in the rocking Japanese world of The Rubies.On April 9, 2012 the members of The Rubies were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of The Rubies.
Kazuya and Osuke, we interviewed you back in December 3, 2008 as part of the group The Emeralds. How have things been going since then?
Kazuya: Unfortunately, in 2009, The Emeralds suspended performing live because AKIO, the drummer of The Emeralds, told us that he'd like to spend more time with his family for a while. Osuke and I agreed with him, and then thought of starting a new band, way different than The Emeralds. We formed The Rubies.
Osuke: Akio going on maternity leave (laugh), so... we talked to Daisuke and Taro about doing something funny. Now, we have fun.
Daisuke, can you tell us how you joined to help form the new band?Daisuke: In 2005, I went to SXSW as a member of Clarabell and met the members of The Emeralds at a gift shop in Austin. Thinking back now, it was a fateful encounter. One day in 2006, Kazuya suddenly called me up and asked me to play as a support drummer for The Emeralds for a rock festival in South Korea with only a week to practice. Something came up and Akio couldn't play. I thought there was no one but me!! I agreed to play as a support drummer for The Emeralds.
Then one day in 2009, Kazuya called me up again and asked me to play as an official drummer for his new band. Of course I thought there was no one but me!! That's why I joined The Rubies.
How do these guys compare to your old band mates from Clarabell?
Daisuke: These guys are always practicing as if they were in a real show. It is contrasting because Clarabell does not practice at all because of its music style. Another difference I found was that, The Rubies drink AFTER a show, and Clarabell drinks BEFORE a show.
Daisuke, can you tell us a little about the hometown you grew up in, and how you first got into music?
Daisuke: I grew up in Saitama, Japan. I was a captain of the track club in high school and was good at running and jumping. At one of The Rubies live performances two years ago, I jumped with my legs straddled from the stage and broke my leg due to landing the wrong way. The next day I was admitted to a hospital in Saitama, and I sent an e-mail to the other members with an x-ray picture of my broken bone. The members gave me a T-shirt with the x-ray picture on my next birthday.
Taro, how did you come to join the band?
Taro: One day, Kazuya called me up and asked me to come to a Karaoke party with The Emeralds. I didn't know why I was invited but I went anyway and sang and danced to Michael Jackson's song, BAD. Everybody went into gales of laughter. Actually, I love Michael Jackson and have been attending "Dance with Michael" workshops every month. The next day, Kazuya called me and said, "You passed". It was a secret audition for me.
What did you think of the music The Emeralds played?
Taro: I love the songs of The Emeralds and went to SXSW to see The Emeralds in 2007.
What did you think about the "colorful" outfits you would be wearing as part of The Rubies?
Taro: I had no problems with outfits. I thought they were great. I also think that flashy shirts and red pants are suitable to the image of The Rubies.
Taro, can you tell us a little about your background, and how you first got into music?
Taro: I don't have any background... Oh!! I remember now. I was a vocalist for Kazuya's first band when we were in junior high. Maybe he doesn't remember that...
Can you all tell us about your latest SXSW performance?
Daisuke: I don't remember well because some Mexican guys made me drink a lot after the show.
Taro: It was the best show ever!! I passed out 150 party poppers. It was my new record.
Osuke: We were the opening band of Japan Nite. But we thought we had to be the hottest band there. I think we did an excellent show because we were in the newspaper with our photo the very next day.
Kazuya: It was great performing again in the SXSW JAPAN NITE showcase after all these years. And this year was a special one for us. Last year was a difficult time for everyone in Japan and many countries helped us get back on our feet. So, as a representative of the Japanese people, we said "Thank you" so many times from the bottom of our hearts.
What artists have most inspired your style of music?
Kazuya: I personally think The Clash, Sham 69, Ramones and Johnny Thunders have inspired our style of music and Disneyland has inspired our style of show.
Outside of music, do you all have any hobbies or other interests you'd like to tell us about?
Daisuke: Eating beef. Austin beef ribs are the best in the world!!
Osuke: Watching Pro-wrestling. It has also inspired our style of show.
Taro: I like riding motorbikes and visiting historical places. I often drive to Japanese temples and shrines on my Moto Guzzi.
Kazuya: I like traveling to many places and eating the local foods there. That's why I wrote Journey around the World.
Any plans for a new album for The Rubies?
Kazuya: We are now preparing for a new album which includes 5 songs recorded in Japan and mixed in a New York Studio by Andy Heermans who also mixed "Love is Rolling", an Emeralds album. We hope to release it by this summer.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Kazuya: After the release of the new album, we plan to have a Japan tour, and also focus on making new songs.
Do you have anything else you want to bring up or comment on?
Kazuya: You can enjoy the songs from our soon to be released album on YouTube. Check them out!!
Do you have a final message to all your fans?
Kazuya: Thank you for all your wonderful support for The Rubies and Japan. Let's enjoy Rock'n'Roll music together, now and forever!! We are always waiting for you!! Arigato!!
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