Here is Part 2 of the interview with ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D at Fanime! In this 2nd half of the long interview, the band shared their future, their background and what happened when they tried a pick up line in English on an unsuspecting Asuka cosplayer at the con. After the interview, you'll see gorgeous live shots from the show and the set list. Enjoy!
---Do you have anything you gained from the experience in US that you are planning to apply to your future performances in Japan?
SHiNNOSUKE: Yes, we do. We brainstormed a lot about how we can communicate in the situation that there is a language barrier. We always want to give deep emotion through our music and performance while having fun, of course, and would like to pass on some energy, or leave some kind of message to the audience. After last night’s show, we felt that we were able to do that although we did not speak English very much. When we return to Japan, we can easily talk to the audience, but we can use the feeling that we got here by communicating without language to communicate even better with Japanese audiences. We also want to go around the world. I would love to visit more countries.
----That reminds me, were you born in the United Arab Emirates?
SHiNNOSUKE: That’s him (points to 2RASH). We get that all the time.
SHiNNOSUKE: People even ask questions at Yahoo! Chiebukuro (the Japanese equivalent of Yahoo! Answers) like “I heard 2RASH was born in the United Arab Emirates, but isn’t it so obvious that it should be SHiNNOSUKE? Is he really Japanese?” and the best answer to that question is “I believe he is mixed”.
SHiNNOSUKE: But I am fully Japanese!
2RASH: I was living in Abu Dhabi until I was 6. It still reminds me of my time living outside of Japan when I visit grocery stores here. So we should expand outside to the world (looks at SHiNNOSUKE). Speaking of the world, it is also first time going outside of Japan for our new member, TAKUMi.
TAKUMi: My heart was beating fast coming over here.
2RASH: He is afraid of flying.
TAKUMi: I wanted to just pass out in the flight, but I was too afraid to sleep. I ended up drinking a lot in the air.
SHiNNOSUKE: So every time there was an announcement in English, we told him “Oh no, it’s engine trouble”.
2RASH: We were messing with him.
---SHiNNOSUKE and 2RASH have experience with international travel?
SHiNNOSUKE: I’ve been to London and New York. This is my first time on the West Coast.
2RASH: I traveled with my family a lot. I’ve been to LA once, but it was just a family trip, so I am really happy to be able to come back as a band.
---Is it that different?
2RASH: Huge difference! We get picked up by a limo!
SHiNNOSUKE: Like a superstar. (LOL)
---Just wondering, did your name “2RASH” has anything to do with Slash from Guns n’ Roses?
2RASH: Not at all. It came from my unique last name.
---Are you influenced by any American bands? Do you have favorites?
2RASH: Huge influence! I started liking music from Bon Jovi. Then got into West Coast bands like Limp (Bizkit) and KORN, we also love ZEBRAHEAD.
SHiNNOSUKE: BLINK 182, too. When ZEBRAHEAD released “Playmate of the Year”, we were subscribing to Egg magazine (Japanese magazine for Gyaru), so we decided to make “Eggmate of the Year” and sent it to him and we got a comment back from him for it!
----That reminds me that you talked about California girls in the show.
SHiNNOSUKE: Yes, I did. I love them.
TAKUMi: In the letter we received from a fan, she said she wants to go for a cup of coffee (referring to the comment that SHiNNOSUKE said that he learned how to say “Would you like to have a cup of coffee in my hotel room?” in English while emceeing).
2RASH: We were prepared for our first live show overseas.
U: I got a pocket English conversation guide and studied it before coming here.
2RASH: In that book, there was a chapter on “Relationship trouble”, and the coffee line came from there.
U: That’s right. Asking a girl out for a coffee. There are few pick up lines that we practiced, too.
2RASH: He used it on an Asuka cosplayer at Fanime and she replied “Are you Baka? (Anta Baka?)” (LOL) She was a little embarrassed, I think.
U: That was fun. Very good memory of Fanime.
---Lastly, any message to your fans overseas?
SHiNNOSUKE: Our main location will still be Japan, but anime became the vehicle for us to come to Fanime, come to the US and we received lots of positive vibes. That makes me want to go to more places in the world and make lots of new songs so I can bring them to you. Please wait for us to come back to you with new music.
2RASH: Due to our appearance at FanimeCon, our music became available for download in iTunes (in selected countries including USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Canada, United States, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand), which expanded our possibilities. It’s amazing how our songs can be available overseas instantly and see people cover “Complication” on You Tube. Through anime, the world is within our reach. I would love to do a live show here again. I loved the audience here, that definitely made me want to come back.
TAKUMi: We did an autograph session yesterday and we had a good amount of people come, but after the live show last night, there were a lot more people lining up for an autograph. I was ecstatic! This is my first time overseas and it’s for a live show and that’s enough to make me happy, but we had so many people at the live show and lots of them wanted our autograph and some even asked for a hug and that just really made me happy.
SHiNNOSUKE: But the hug requests were mostly for U.
TAKUMi: Even after crossing the Pacific.
2RASH: Pretty boy is pretty.
TAKUMi: The rest of us were hopeful at first because it’s the other side of the ocean, things should be different, but it was still the same, it’s U that girls want.
U: Thank you very much.
U: It was all very new experience for me, especially the fact that I experienced that we could not communicate with words but music unites us all was precious. I was almost teary-eyed during the live show, too. We will be mostly working in Japan, but we would love to go outside of Japan and for you to see us on our site and Twitter and keep cheering for us.
May 25th, 2013 at San Jose Civic Auditorium
- Intro to IN MY WORLD by Okumura Yukio (Fukuyama Jun)-
1. IN MY WORLD
2. Evil Messenger
3. Dance in the floor
~Intro to DROP: Special message from Kida Masaomi (Miyano Mamoru) ~
5. Ohyeah ~”I Gotta Feeling” San Jose mix~
6. BUMP ON the STYLE
7. Song for...
8. California Ninja
9. eggmate of the year
10. BUCHIAGE MIXTURE
Not only did they rock 3000 people on Saturday night, you can see how much fun that they had at Fanime from their album on their Facebook filled with private shots taken during their stay. I wish for their continued success and possible return to the US again soon.
Photos by Yoshi Sawa c/o Bunka:Extend