Gunji - Vocals/Programming
Goo - Guitar/Programming
TACA - Guitar/Programming
GOD BLESS YOU song sample
Mindjack song sample
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"Music was always in me. Music is love -- one of the little self-expressions that prove existence to us. I believe music is the love that ties the minds of people together." - Gunji
Hard driving guitars complement the powerful voice of Gunji from the curiously named group "the fool". They play some heavy rocking music that gets our heads bobbing -- and to some extent that's all that matters. Backed by Starwave Records, this three player group composed of Gunji, Goo and TACA are definitely a band to keep an eye on.
Their first album, "Crazy frogs around the world", is filled with strong songs that display the fast-paced and very sleek music style of Gunji, who says "Even if you are crazy you must not give up your dream. Value love. Love yourself. Don't fear life. This is my message for my fans."On November 4, 2010, before taking off on their tour of Mexico, Gunji from "the fool" was kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of the fool.
Hi readers of J-Pop World. My name is Gunji. I'm vocalist of "the fool" from Japan. You guys enjoy my interview.
First off, how would you describe your musical style?
Yes, I think that my musical style is a little strange, cause I was a guitarist before. Now I'm vocalist. Therefore, the technique for making music is different from a usual singer for the melody and music. Yeah.
Tell us the story of how the band formed.
Yes, Guitarist Goo is my brother. And guitarist TACA was my apprentice when I was guitarist. I wanted to make the band with the companions who were able to trust each other. So, the fool is Good TEAM, like a family. Yeah.
We're you all in agreement with the sound and look you wanted to create?
Sure, my art is the sound and the visual -- both are important. So, I am doing all the production of the fool.
Who came up with the band's name, and what inspired it?
Ahaha. It's my work. The fool means "Genius pierrot" who pretends to be foolish. It is my philosophy. Yeah.
How long did you work on the music for "Crazy frogs around the world"?
Uummmm, for about two months. Because all songs had become complete, the recording took one month, so it took one month for production. But it was very hard work for us, cause recording & TD & edit & mix & visual productions etc, etc...
We didn't have enough time, but we did our best. So, this album became a masterpiece for me. Yeah.
Tell us a little more about how you create music. How does an idea become a recorded song?
Yes, the instinct of my music production is "A favorite work I made. " It is the gladdest for me when fans are pleased by my favorite work. Yeah.
Your song Go motherf****r obviously has a pretty risqué title. What motivated you choosing it?
Ahahaha, sorry for my dirty words, gyahahaha. But... Go motherf****r is assistance song. It is very positive message song. Go motherf****r means it. Even if you are crazy you must not give up your dream. Value love. Love yourself. Don't fear life. This is my message for my fans.
GOD BLESS YOU is one of our favorite songs of yours. Can you tell us more about it?
Oh, thanks, I'm glad to hear you like. GOD BLESS YOU is one of my favorite songs too. It is a tune that the god initiated into me as shown in the title. The GOD is so sexy so cool so rock, just a little crazy God ahahahaha.
Mindjack also stood out as a great rocking song. Tell us the story of how it was written and recorded.
Yes, I challenge myself to make a new sound. I wanted to make united music... psychedelic music and pop... and rock. So I think that Mindjack is very strange, but so cool a tune right?
You'll be traveling to Mexico later this month for a tour. Can you tell us more about it?
Yes, I'll go to Mexico for 37°CJMC convention event. I think that my music wants to act through me on the world level. I want to make the music of the fool known all over the world. So, if they give me a chance, I want to go to many countries. Yeah.
Will this be your first overseas tour?
No, I went to an overseas tour in the Netherlands and Germany in the summer this year. The tour was blessed in the Netherlands and Germany by a very cool fan, and was a good tour. Yeah.
Btw what are your tours like? Strictly business? Lots of partying?
Ahahaha, NO, NO, NO, my tour is an adventure. My world tour is a music adventure right?
What do you hope to accomplish from the tour once you've returned to Japan?
First of all, I want to do many live shows in foreign countries, pile up the musical experience, and become a musician who can do the refined stage performance. It is to repay the kindness to our fans who wait in Japan. I think that the identity of the fans in Japan improves with the fool's activities in foreign countries.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Yes, the schedule for us are the Mexico tour and go do a Euro tour and tour till our last concert in Japan. All our world tours plan to end with a Japanese concert. The Japan concert is the most important for us. Because the final concert is in TOKYO -- it is most important for us.
How did you get hooked up with the label Starwave Records?
I got acquainted with the label owners (Kiwamu) with an introduction from a friend last year. I felt that we trusted and respected each other, so I decided to become partners.
Let's get to know you a little better. Can you tell us about your hometown and what it was like growing up there?
Ahahaha, sure!!!! My hometown is the country. It is not a big city. It is very small village. So, people who live there are gentle, kind, and calm. So, I like my country hometown.
How did you first get into music?
Music was always in me. Music is love -- one of the little self-expressions that prove existence to us. I believe music is the love that ties the minds of people together.
How did you choose the type of instrument you play?
When I was a guitarist, I liked to play the guitar. And now I like to sing a song and Goo and TACA are guitarists. So I don't need to play the guitar on the stage aahahaha.
Who have been your greatest musical and fashion inspirations?
Yes I like... LUNA SEA, B-T, Slipknot, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, UNDER WORLD, Jimmy Eat World, MUSE, KEN ISHII, The prodigy, Radiohead, Cold Play, Boom Boom Satellites, Lunatic calm, Fat Boy Slim, Maroom5, Polysics, The Used, Weezer, Oasis, Marilyn Manson, LINDBERG, KoRn, JUNO REACTOR, Incubus, Disturbed, Deftones, the band apart, tool,U2... etc.
What do your family and friends think of your musical activities?
The family and friends are pleased with my activity. They think that Gunji became a Rock star. Ahahahaha. Just kidding.
Now for the big question: what does being a member of the fool mean to you?
We are staff, secretary, all members, and producer. I am generalization producer. Gyhahaha joke. We are a good team of three people the help each other, TACA and Goo and myself, and trust each other, and do good music production together.
Do you have anything else you want to bring up or comment on?
Ummm... My pet rabbit is very cute ahahahaha. His name is Utaji. You guys check it out -- Utaji!!!!
Do you have a final message to all your fans?
Yes. Hey you guys, thanks for supported the fool. I will do various challenges, and offer better music and the cool stage. Yeah.Go with Dear Crazy's crew, kiss kiss kiss.
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