( harsh vocal, natural vocal, voice )
( electric and accoustic )
( ...and theremin )
Celtic Frost, Coroner, Mekong Delta, The Gathering, My Dying Bride, Emperor,
Ritchie Blackmore, Isahn, Trent Reznor, Jean Sibelius, Hector Berlioz,
Mamoru Oshii, Clive Barker, Dario Argento, Michele Soavi, George A Romero,
Ghost in the Shell, Innocence, The Wolf Brigade, Appleseed, Avalon, Amadeus,
Interview with HOLY RECORDS, published in HOLY CATALOGUE 2005
1- Dear You, How are you ?
For this two years, there are many changes in my life, both of music life and daily routine. Firstly about music life, I got a house with new private studio in my home town. The previous studio where I recorded the first album was not so bad, but when I record vocal track, I had to go to outside studio more becoming to record vocals... it was one of troublesome matters, so I have boldly had a new house built. Some parts of the new album are recorded in the new studio named "Zeitmesser Studio 2", you know !
Around my private life, I got married in the beginning of this year... at the same time to build my house. My wife is not involved in music, but she supports me even in music... actually she introduced a soprano singer who sang in the new album to me. And one more news I have to tell you... I'm going to have a baby in next year ! Now she is the in fifth month... so around next January... I'm very expecting her !
2- How is your musical art ?
"The Second Renaissance" will be true to its name "renaissance" of Asian extreme metal ! It's not an imitation of European metal, will represents a major advance in original & unique Japanese metal... sophisticated full-orchestra, razor-edged screaming insane vocal, astral Japanese soprano, solemn church organ, furious blast beats, hyper-speed neo-classical guitars, dancing intellectual piano with complicated rhythm... But these words are not enough to express new Kadenzza... Music is valuable to be listened anyway ! First of all, try Kadenzza, and get them !!!
On the other hand, you've already noticed something the artwork talking... perfume of progressives, futuristic & spiritual concept and pagan exotica... That's the result Mr. David Ho; H.R.Gigar in the East, as the great painter, cooperates with Kadenzza !
"The Second Renaissance" totally satisfied me, music itself and the artwork of cover jacket. It's very conceptual finish ! If you take it, you got it... I promise !!!
3- I suppose you have been really satisfied about the review, feedback and fans around the release "Into The Oriental Phantasma" ?
Yes, since release of the previous album, I've got many many voices about Kadenzza's music all over the world ! It's very thankful that many people interested in my music. Most of fan's voices are very favorable, so I was very encouraged and inspired greatly.
I suppose that many of them may think there's no metal band in recent Japan, especially extreme metal... Exactly it's natural thought, because after Loudness or Vow Wow attacked European Continent in 80's, there're few Japanese band well-known in Europe...
But remember ! The roots of Kadenzza is undoubtedly traditional & intense European metal; Celtic Frost, Mekong Delta, Emperor, My Dying Bride and so on... I want you to understand that I've been yearning for European music, culture and history from the early childhood, and now I can involve in standing on the music scene in my longing land...
4- So how did you turned the artistic composition of your new opus.
In a word, "evolution", which means... I can say my music as "Grand Orchestral Kamikaze" is nearly accomplished. The great variety of sounds are more tightly woven together rather than "Into The Oriental Phantasma", the diversity of musical factors are superbly blended. Kadenzza' music is unrelated to the unified metal which set limits by categories; death, black, gothic and so on. I think this is the reason why Holy called Kadenzza "Grand Orchestral Kamikaze"...
5- You did everything alone once again ? From composition to musicianship and production ?
Yes, almost same as last time. But in this time, a few brilliant musicians joined Kadenzza as guests, and they really contributed to songs. I can say that they added different colors & new dimension to music.
Okay, let me introduce them !
Ms. Yoko Muratani, as a singer in "Utakata -remembrance of mother- suite opus #6", has really graceful & noble voice ! She graduated in a singing course of a famous college of music, and very technical vocalist. At this time, I wanted French people to know a sound of Japanese language, so I make her to dare to sing in Japanese... It's like a cradle song or something ? I love that part so much !
Ms. Claire Burton, as a storyteller on "In The Woods" & "Mother's Flesh -another story of little red riding hood- suite opus #7, has pretty cute voice anyway ! Actually she isn't a musician, but I happened to meet her, As soon as I heard her voice, I was taken prisoner of her voice ! hahaha!... She mainly read the fairy-tale everyone knows "Little Red Riding Hood"... I've never heard so pitiful & ethereal "Little Red..." such like that ! Now she lives in England, may teach English, I heard. Ms. Fumiko Furuhashi, a pianist on "Utakata", "In The Woods", "Mother's Flesh" & "Redemption", is the undoubted amazing player ! She is my old friend, and once played in the Japanese progressive rock group "Galleria d'Arte". You can hear her "dancing on heaven" solo on "Utakata" !
Well, the last important person is Mr. Heeyan Sugawara, as an assistant songwriter, was the original drummer in "Black Maria" I used to belong in 90's. At this time, I was really helped to compose and orchestrate songs. Though he don't play any musical instrument, he gave me a lot of great ideas ! The solo violin of "The Abyss Stares at You" is his work.
6- How did you recorded this album ?
As same as the previous album, I used CPU based DAW (digital audio workstation), several hard disk streaming samplers named Giga Studio and a lot of synthesizer modules... Yeah, I remember I used a few software synths.
But I always think that most of metal musicians know little of advanced digital technology or sound engineering & production. Exactly metal music is a kind of "physical" music indeed, which means "playing on stage" is the most important for both of musician and listener. But I don't think that well-producing is for a handful of great producers, and fine-adjusted sound production is for a few well-known engineers. If you want to be a good player, you should be a good producer as well ! Because you are the best person to understand what you are better than other players. Don't you think so ?
7- Tell me more your duet on the new Misanthrope CD ?
It was the highest honor to join in Misanthrope's song ! Actually I didn't sing with S.A.S. in a same studio at the same time, but my vocal and guitar give it different flavor, compared with other their songs... My screaming vocal is intentionally like Schmir at the early era of Destruction, and my guitar solo is greatly inspired with Randy Rhoads or Yngwie... I'm very satisfied with its finish ! You can feel the spirit of French and Japanese artisans ! ...amazing work !!! You must listen !!!
8- What is the next Kadenzza step ?
Well... for the time being, I strongly want many more people to listen my music... especially French and Japanese people ! By now, France is the second home country for me !!!
To tell the truth, I'm interested in producing other bands, and making soundtrack music of horror movie or something... the title is something like "Marching Zombies"...hahaha!
9- Do you have any good new Japanese items to suggest us ?
Well, I suppose that someone already noticed where the song "Ghost in the Shell" comes from... Yes, the lyric is based on a Japanese animation film "Ghost in the Shell".
In addition, Kadenzza's song "Mother's Flesh" is also based on a story of animation film "The Wolf Brigade" directed by Mr. Mamoru Oshii as well.
Apparently, you feel the lyric is along with the fairy-tale "Little Red Riding Hood", but deeply, the story contains simultaneous two stories... one story is traditional fairy-tale everyone knows, another is cruel & tragic end story I wrote...
The film "The Wolf Brigade" has same structure, which contains simultaneous two different stories, and has same sad ending finally. I want to realize such conceptual structure in my music.
10- A last word for the Holy Maniacs.
You know, there are many fxxcking crazy Holy Maniacs in Japan. Recently, as they heard mp3 samples of "The Second Renaissance" on the website, they rushed to inquire of me about the album, like this... "When & where do I get the album ? ", "Is it true you do everything by yourself ?", "Are you really Japanese !?"... God !!! I'm 1,000,000% genuine Japanese as same as you !!! What the hell do you mean ???... Okay, so... from the next time, I'll be French... hahaha!
Joking aside, I'm sure that "The Second Renaissance" never discourage you ! After you listened the album, I'm looking forward to hearing your impression & opinion about it ! Your voices have been surely grown up Kadenzza. The harvest time has come !!!
Interview with HOLY RECORDS, published in HOLY CATALOGUE 2003
1- Who are you mister You ?
I am a songwriter, guitar player, vocalist, song arranger, engineer, and producer... mummu... Anyway, I'm all of Kadenzza and itself.
2- What have you done so far in music ?
In the beginning of 90's, I started musical carrier to make a band in order to play speed metal like Helloween and technical metal, Crimson Glory. In the band named "Black Maria", I was playing the guitar, making songs and gigging in local area. The band released a mini-album includes six original songs. But nothing happened after all. Because it was nothing but same thing other many bands used to do...
After Black Maria disbanded in early 1993, as I moved to Tokyo, New York and a couple of cities in Japan, I found possibility of composing by midi programming. I tried to make songs and learned skills for sound design by myself.
Actually, to get skills, and to realize my sound image, I had to take long time. Because nobody taught me anything... it was literally a continuous process of trial and error. But now I can reach the area of professional sound quality and realize my imagination perfectly.
3- What is the meaning of the word "Kadenzza" ?
"Kadenzza" is a word I made, which based on a musical term "cadenza". The meaning of the "cadenza" is unaccompanied and skillful solo part inserted into the last chapter of concerto for violin. In late 1997, since it suddenly came to mind, I have been using the word representing myself in every scene. I may be pleased with its sound. As you already noticed, Kadenzza is one-man project, which is just like the meaning of cadenza, isn't it ?
4- How this miraculous things happen... you released your debut CD on Holy Records ?
Unbelievable !!! For long time, Holy has been the honorable label for me. So I sent a demo at the very beginning, and then Mr. Philippe, general manager of Holy Records contacted to me... It was just like dreaming. "Surely ?! Are you cheating me ?" I thought at that time. If I make efforts with full strength, God can reward for it... I really understand that.
5- Which kind of metal do you like as a personal taste ?
I prefer European sound rather than American. The sad and depressing melodies, intelligent chord progression, aggressive and doomed feelings and avant-garde taste, I love the sound contains these factors in it. For example, the latest Emperor is very good, early Celtic Frost, Coroner, My Dying Bride are also good. On the other hand, 70's progressive bands are great. King Crimson, ELP, Tai Phong or Island inspired me sometimes. My recent favorite is Forgotten Silence from Czech.
6- How do you see France ?
Actually, I haven't been to, but one of the countries I want to go someday. Most of Japanese have image of France is very romantic, especially for most of ladies. France has long long history as same as Japan, recently I recognized that France is the country of P.Troussier and Carlos Ghosn. They are both great person who saved Japan in their fields.
Around music, Deep Forest is actually one of my favorites. Moreover, unforgettable French bands are Sortilege and Killers, which were active in 80's, already disbanded, but for old Japanese metal heads, they are still popular as great bands represent French metal.
7- Your music is complex, highly produced, furious and schizophrenic why ?
Because I am just so. Usually people look me always gentle and quiet. But the truth is different... Oh ! It may wander from the point...
Well, making a song is like directing a movie for me. When I compose songs, I always try to make listeners to able to see some mental images like watching movie. Sometimes it may be a scene where you are in battlefield, sometimes a scene where you are in an old castle... I want to make listeners to experience the phantasmagoric and kaleidoscopic world I made. In order to do it, it was necessary to insert a variety of sound effects into a tune, to arrange orchestral part in details, and to make each sound image clearer. It was very heavy job, but I think it was almost well done.
This is the reason why my music is so complex and highly produced.
8- How is your mind during your art creation ?
This is a very difficult question... Actually nothing I think, when I'm working with music. Just like God is falling down to me...
9- Where and how do you live ?
I'm living in a city where locates on the east part of Japan, named "Iwaki". The city is approximately three hours distance from Tokyo by highway. I pretty like to live here, because I can see the Pacific Ocean through windows of my private studio.
In the daytime, I work in a company concerns in financial field to get a means of making a living, so... time to work with music is after the job. Alas ! Now, only music is not enough to get money as same as most musicians. But because of working in financial world, it gave me many precious experiences ever... working in office at World Trade Center in New York, traveling around the world, making good friends all over the world and so on... What the fantastic things they are ?!
10- Where is your studio and how do you work to make a song such as "Kamikaze Blows" ?
In my private studio, I'm making songs, playing all of the instruments, arranging, mixing and mastering songs, namely all process of sound production by myself, using several computers and DAW ( digital audio workstation ) system. It's like living in the bulk of junk !
Concerning with "Kamikaze Blows", anyhow I wanted to make a speed tune featuring Blast Beat, after I watched a movie "Pearl Harbor". Because the scene that numbers of Zero Fighters attacked on US Navy ships is pretty cool, isn't it ?
11- Could you describe what will be in your debut album CD ?
If you like extreme metal, you will love it. And if you like progressive metal, you will also love it. And more, if you like horror films, you will love it. You should know Kadenzza is in a vision of the aspects, "An Answer of European Extreme Metal From The East".
12- What is exotic in the fast sympho kamikaze black metal of Kadenzza ?
This is also difficult question to describe the differences much less in English...
13- Does the real meaning of Seppuku-Harakiri still remains something in Japan nowadays ?
In the medical field, Seppuku-Harakiri does remains, I think... haha!
14- Do you know personally Michelle Yeoh ?
Yes ! Of course, she is my half sister. She is so charming, but I have never seen her... Is she so popular in France ? In Japan, nobody knows her. Do not trust me, ha!
15- Why are you so original comparing all the other band who copies Swedish and German bands ?
First of all, I have to tell you that true originality or something does not exist in this world. Actually some of German or Scandinavian bands strongly inspired me in the early days. But in the same time, progressive rock, classical music, native music or experimental music like Steve Reich also inspired me. I just mix all music inspired through the filter in myself.
16- Do you have any Samurai, Yakuza or Kamikaze remaining in your family ?
Yes !!! Actually, my father used to work as Samurai in a public office, my brother was trained for Yakuza and I'm Kamikaze musician ! Anyway, all of my family are too violent and aggressive, so you should keep away from us. If you are unfortunately, you will be killed by Japanese sword, KATANA. Watch out !!!
17- Do you eat sushi, play video game, practice martial art and enjoy manga ?
Most of French people see Japanese so !? Twenty years ago, the typical word represents of Japan was Fuji-yama, Geisha, Kabuki or something, now it changes video game or Manga ? It's sometimes correct, but sometimes wrong. Okay, I will teach you about Japan. Today I recommend you one more thing. Japanese animation is pretty good ! For example, you probably know, "Spirited Away" directed by Hayao Miyazaki got the Oscar Award last time. I think you have watched his animation on TV, when you are in childhood. Because his works used to distributed over the Europe since 70's. In this connection, you can listen to a song in Kadenzza's CD, titled "Mononoke" is inspired with his movie "Princess Mononoke". "Mononoke" means a kind of ghosts or evil spirits. You should check both of them, the movie and the song.
18- Do you like women-child dressed in school uniform ?
Usually in Japan, most of girl used to wear school uniform from elementary school to senior high school. Generally, Japanese school is namely the factory to produce standardized student by uniform education. In this sense, I hate it !
On the other hand, though it sounds strange for you, school uniform can be a symbol of another sense for men. That is a symbol of sex of teens or younger eros... In the sense of it, I don't know if uniform is good thing or bad thing... But you may not understand what I'm talking...
19- A last word for the Holy Maniacs ?
Okay, if you are true Holy Maniacs, you can surely enjoy listening to Kadenzza. I really think you can touch the unique music blended the West with the East. If possible, let me know how you feel about it. Enjoy your life and death ! See ya !
Interview with Metallian Magazine, France, published in June 2003
1- Can you develop your musical past for the readers of Metallian Magazine ?
Okay, Basically I'm a guitar player from the early times, so my idols were Ritchie Blackmore, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Wolf Hoffman (Accept) and so on...
In the beginning of 90's, I started musical carrier to make a band in order to play speed metal like Helloween or technical metal, Crimson Glory. In the band named "Black Maria", I was playing the guitar, making songs and giged in local area. The band released a mini-album includes six original songs. But nothing happened after all. Because it was nothing but same thing other many bands used to do... After Black Maria disbanded in early 1993, as I moved to Tokyo, New York and a couple of cities in Japan, I found possibility of composing by Midi programming. I tried to make songs and learned skills for sound design by myself.
Actually, to get skills, and to realize my sound image, I had to take long time. Because nobody taught me anything, and it was literally a continuous process of trial and error. But now I can reach the area of professional sound quality and realize my imagination clearly from recording each instrument to mastering songs.
2- Kadenzza is a mix of extreme metal with a touch of progressive aspect, can you describe your music ?
In a sense, Kadenzza's music is a result of musically experiments for me. From the early beginning, I didn't want to make Kadenzza ordinary metal, it should be more aggressive, more progressive and more experimental...
I did want to make listeners to able to see some mental images like watching movie... for example, sometimes it may be a scene where you are in battlefield, sometimes a scene where you are in an old castle... I wanted to make listeners to experience the phantasmagoric and kaleidoscopic world I made. In order to do it, it was necessary to insert a variety of sound effects into a song, to arrange orchestral part in details, and to make each sound image clearer. It was very heavy job, but I think it was almost well done as the first album. I think this is the reason you feel Kadenzza has progressive aspect.
3- Can you explain the name of the band Kadenzza ?
"Kadenzza" is the word I made, which based on a musical term "cadenza". The meaning of the "cadenza" is unaccompanied and skilful solo part inserted into the last chapter of concerto for violin.
In late 1997, since it suddenly came to mind, I have been using the word representing myself in every scene. I may be pleased with its sound. As you already noticed, Kadenzza is one-man project, which is just like the meaning of cadenza, isn't it ?
4- With "Into The Oriental Phantasma", we feel an European feeling in the songs, how can you explain that ?
Simply, I prefer European sound rather than American. The sad and depressing melodies, intelligent chord progression, aggressive and doomy feelings and avant-garde taste, I love the sound contains these factors in it. For example, the latest Emperor is very good, early Celtic Frost, Coroner, My Dying Bride are also good.
On the other hand, 70's progressive bands are great. King Crimson, ELP, Tai Phong or Island inspired me sometimes. Yes, these bands are all Europeans !
Regarding "Into The Oriental Phantasma", I could explain "Emperor meets Dream Theater and King Crimson with neo-classical flavor" that is in an interpretation of Japanese.
5- The lyrics speak about "special" topics, can you say more ?
The first track "Kamikaze Blows" is about "kamikaze corps", which is suicide zero-fighter in World War Two. In the last period of the war, Japanese pilots were trying to crash themselves with lots of bomb into the US ships, at the sacrifice of their lives... How tragic !
The lyrics says "you are nothing but a machine, you have no personality, no feelings and no sense, just cling to an enemy's carrier, that is only a molecule of iron".
The second track "Mononoke -God Of Worm-" is based upon a Japanese animation film "Princess Mononoke" directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (Perhaps you can check the film on video or DVD in Europe...)
Firstly, you may think this song concerns monster or something... But the deep meaning of the story is destruction of the environment.
In Japanese, "Mononoke" means a kind of evil spirits or ancient ghosts. But in this song, Mononoke is described animals or nature itself destructed by human. They are deformed and make their figure malformed, and make even mentality disordered. Finally such insane animals and nature revenge on human... this is the story about the song.
The fourth track "Endless Labyrinth" has a long story about witch-hunt in the modern ages. That is... a woman accidentally experienced hell that made by her desire itself. At there, she met a man named "Scarlet Messiah", and told her that her previous life was a witch living in the medieval period. After that, she could get back her memories of 400 years ago, but that is the only beginning of sinful "Endless Labyrinth"...
Musically this song is mixed extreme metal with symphonic orchestra, but not like Norwegian symphonic black metal, this song strongly contains the kaleidoscopic structure and progressive rhythm pattern. You may notice that it comes from 70's progressive rock, King Crimson or ELP... Anyway, what I can say about this song is a unique and experimental opus to be called "pictureless movie".
The last track "War Phantasma" is a pathetic story about a returned soldier's reminiscences in his last years. That is... every day and night, he was tortured with a unforgiven sin he had commited 60 years ago, that is the "legal murder" named "war". Slowly his mind began to breakdown under the mental pressure, finally he could not support himself... A symbolic stanza is "How many children have you killed ? Honey..." in the middle part of the lyrics, his mother whispers in his dream.
Musically this song has good contrast between doom metallic part and melodious one, also between harsh vocal symbolized evil and female vocal symbolized mother or God. In a sense, I could say this song is Japanese-style gothic metal.
6- What do you think about the extreme scene in Japan ?
It is dying... In the underground scene, many bands have no choice but to play round in small clubs, even Japanese major-act, "United". On the other hand, foreign bands are given favourable treatment, and can play in large hall... I think it is something wrong ?... Maybe most of Japanese metal heads seem to turn their eyes to only foreign bands, have little interest in the domestic scene... That is one of harmful effects by invasion of foreign culture, especially American culture...
But recently a few domestic extreme bands "Blood Stain Child" or "Pulling Teeth" are getting to be accepted in the scene. Because they are singing in English, so skilful and very unique, comparing with foreign bands.
7- We will see you on France's stage in a little time ?
Nuuuuh... God only knows it ! If possible, I do want to play in France. But before that, I have to find excellent skilful players to realize Kadenzza's music well.
Actually, I have not been to, but France is one of the countries I want to go someday. Around music, Deep Forest is actually one of my favorites. Moreover, unforgettable French bands are Sortilege and Killers, which were active in 80's, already disbanded. But for Japanese metal heads, they are still popular as the band representing French metal.
Anyway, I'm expecting that I will play on the stage in the near future, and see fucking great head-bangers !!! Before that, enjoy listening the unique Kadenzza's music blended the West and the East. You can touch something new ! See ya !
Interview with METAL IMPACT, webzine in France
1- Could you introduce yourself and your musical project Kadenzza to the French readers ?
Okay, Kadenzza is my trial and a result of the musical experiments in order to make metal heads in the Western world know about Japanese extreme metal. Most of French metal heads didn't think that a kind of black or gothic metal bands exist in Japan ? As you may know, historically metal music has been popular in Japan, but Japanese native bands are not well-known in Europe... however I know about European bands well !
Anyway, Kadenzza is the first band come from Japan, and has the concept based upon the dark side of Japanese own culture, which like Lafcadio Hearn's gothic novel "KAIDAN" (Do you know him ?)
2- Why did you decide to create your own project ?
Because I'm tired of playing in a band... Every time I work in a band, I used to be annoyed by human relations between each member or musically leadership and such silly things... everybody thinks so sometimes ? I didn't want to worry about anything like that, I just wanted to make song and play it...
Please consider, when you make your own music, is it necessary to be involved in a band ? Exactly, collaboration with real talented musicians could bring good results. But in every day and every time, playing with same band members is sometimes boring for me...
In addition, playing in a band has some kind of limits... in a musically aspect.
Anyway, band is like a double-edged sword, I think. Sometimes it makes magic, sometimes it makes failure... As you know, Kadenzza is not a band, is only one-man project to materialize my sound images. I have no fetters in Kadenzza, and can control all instruments, even a full orchestra !
3- Aren't you fed up with people asking you the meaning of "Kadenzza"?
Yeah ! a little bit... ahaha ! If you have learned around music, you may imagine the meaning of the word...
4- How did you become a musician ? Are you self-taught ?
Yes, I'm a guitar player from the early times, but I've not been educated at college or school about music. Just hundreds of CDs were always my teachers since I got my first guitar... as same as everyone.
In the beginning of 90's, I started musical carrier to make a band in order to play kinds of German speed metal. At that time, I was addicted to Helloween or Blind Guardian and junk of their followers... In the band named "Black Maria", I was playing the guitar, making songs and gig in local area. The band released a mini-album includes six original songs. But nothing happened after all. Because the music was not so mature, sound like followers of the major bands...
After Black Maria disbanded in early 1993, as I moved to Tokyo, New York and a couple of cities in Japan, I found possibility of composing by Midi programming. I tried to make songs and learned skills for sound design by myself... Actually, to get skills, and to realize my sound image, I had to take long time... because nobody taught me anything, and it was literally a continuous process of trial and error. So to speak, that time might be the beginning of Kadenzza ! As I told you, Kadenzza came into such musical experiments mixed with the modern digital technology and my traditional metal spirit. In other word, Kadenzza, as extreme metal, is in a way a child of the digital technological age in the 21st century !
5- How would you describe "Into the Oriental Phantasma"?
As I mentioned a little at the first question, the concept of Kadenzza is based upon the dark side of Japanese culture. By contrast, the music is made by European way... I think it's very interesting for you as an European. The famous Irish-Greek novelist in 19th century, Lafcadio Hearn described the dark side of Japanese culture in the same way. He introduced Japanese gothic myth or native frightening tales into the Western world, in a point of view of an European. The novel "KAIDAN" was that !
Well, back to your question, I wanted to describe the dark side of Japanese culture in extreme metal album "Into the Oriental Phantasma" by using Euro-taste sound. If you listen the album, you can imagine something like mental images in your mind ? Something weird, something scared... just like the sound-scape of phantasmagoria... In other words, I can say that is "a horror movie without picture". Once you listen carefully "Into the Oriental Phantasma", you can touch with the dark side of Japanese chaotic horror world !!! I promise !!!
6- Why did you choose to make your album sound European ?
No reason ! I just love European sound ! For a long time, I've been inspired with many many European bands... not only metal bands, but also 70's legendary progressive bands or classical music.
7- What kind of difference or evolution do you see between "The Reality and the Phantasmagoric World" and "Into the Oriental Phantasma" ?
First of all, "Into the Oriental Phantasma" is improved in the sound production, so that re-mixed and re-mastered. And the artwork and jacket are much better than "The Reality...". The artwork of "The Reality..." might be too bizarre... but I like it.
8- How did you come to sign with Holy Records ?
For a long time, Holy Records has been the honorable label for me. Actually, I had a lot of CDs of Holy's band, Misanthrope, Elend, Septic Flesh, Yearning, On Thorn I Lay, Orphaned Land and so on... These were all my favorites indeed ! I wish I could release my songs from Holy someday... a few years ago, I used to think like that... So when I completed my first demo in the end of last year, I decided to send the demo to Holy, and then a few months later, Mr. Philippe, the head of Holy Records contacted to me ?! They found for Kadenzza in millions of bands, and picked it up by their excellent and clear view of choosing bands. You know, my music, Kadenzza is so unique and something weird ? ...that is something new which you cannot feel in other European bands... Maybe I think that's the reason Holy is interested in such strange Japanese metal Kadenzza. Actually, most of Holy's bands have the overwhelming originality !
9- What do you think of your fellow countrymen from Loudness ? Do you know what they are up to now ?
Exactly, Loudness is the most popular Japanese metal in Europe even now... Recently they re-united with the original members, and released some albums in Japan. But I personally think... their music only shined in 80's, but now 21st century may not need their music... Anyway, I like Loudness, especially Takasaki's guitar play doesn't decay at all !
10- Japanese people seem to be rather fond of French heavy metal bands. What is your opinion about it ?
As you pointed out, it's sure that Japanese metal heads prefer European metal rather than domestic one, especially typical melodic speed metal or neo-classical hard rock sweep over the domestic scene even now... On the other hand, most of domestic death / gothic / black metal bands are staying in the underground, and suffering to survive... I can say that Japanese scene is completely different from Europe. See the cover of metal magazine "Burrn!"... Joe Lynn Tuner or Yngwie are there !!! Don't you think how anachronistic ! Such strange scene (?) brings more anachronistic situation... Most of Japanese guitar players are even now the copy of Yngwie !? And many of popular domestic metal bands are re-re-copy of Rainbow !? Too terrible !!!
11- What is the situation of the Japanese metal scene ?
In the underground scene, many bands have no choice but to play round in small clubs, even Japanese major-act, "United". On the other hand, foreign bands are given favorable treatment, and can play in large hall... I think it is something wrong ? ...Maybe most of Japanese metal heads seem to turn their eyes to only foreign bands, have little interest in the domestic scene, especially in extreme metal scene... And Japanese major labels also seem to pay no attention to the domestic extreme bands. That is one of harmful effects by invasion of foreign culture... Generally, Japanese tend to like foreign-made thing in every field; fashion, music, movie, food and so on... It's a kind of blind faith.
12- Have you found musicians to go on tour with you ? Will you play in France ?
Yes, I'm looking forward to visiting France soon !!! But I think it's difficult to realize Kadenzza's music on stage... Kadenzza is like an elaborate camera, made in Japan ! Don't you think so ?
13- What do you think of webzines and of Internet as a media ? What do you think of MP3s and CD-Rs ?
As you notice as a person who take part in webzine, Internet was a revolution in music business... For example, the border between professional musicians and amateurs is disappearing now, as well as actual national border. Anytime you can pick up and listen music all over the world in home through Internet, regardless of well-known or un-known, as if the globe were a big free jukebox !
For musicians, we can always collaborate with people who live in far from 10 thousands miles away via Internet and the digital audio technology... In addition we are no longer need the specific huge recording studio in a sense of sound production, its quality and the cost... yes, we can deal with recordings on high-sampling rate and high bits with extra-low budget, which means 96khz and 32bits high quality recordings even in a home studio ! It sounds like a paradise for musicians, comparing with 10 years ago ? But can all amateurs be professionals ? Of course no ! Why not ?
I think the most important points are... first of all, the own originality, which means that we have to make music no one ever heard before... Secondly, the ability to enough to use such digital technologies, which means that we use technologies, not no be used ! In that sense, I think most of metal field musicians are behind, compare with other fields, especially musicians in Hip-hop or Techno use it pretty well... Now metal music needs the modern technology, doesn't it ?
14- I leave the conclusion to you. Maybe you could tell the French readers a little anecdote ?
Yeah, Kadenzza is just to realize my sound image to the end, but don't think I don't like to play with other musicians ! Now I just start planning some new songs' concept and arrangement. The next album will be more stuffed with a diversity of music... Because I'm talking with some talented musicians to do with for. One is a composer who once played together in Black Maria (ex-drummer), and another is a singer who is my old friend with a style like Rob Halford ! I don't still imagine clearly how I can use them in my music, but they can surely bring something interesting for Kadenzza. Hope for it !
I'm very thankful that Ludo gave me such great opportunity !!! I hope I can touch with you in the near future, Thank you !!!