[INTERVIEW] Yoshiki: Big in Japan

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Yoshiki may not be a household name in the United States, but he’s a superstar in his native Japan.

The drummer and pianist, who founded the glam-rock/metal band X Japan, has sold 30 million records worldwide, and has sold out the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. He’s one of the creators of the popular “visual kei” rock and fashion movement.

Yoshiki composed the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, and wrote and performed the theme song for Expo 2005, the world’s fair held for 185 days in Nagoya, Japan. He played an original composition for the Japanese emperor’s 10th anniversary, and even served as the inspiration for a Hello Kitty character and a Marvel Comics hero – Blood Red Dragon.

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I feel greatly honored to write the theme song for SAINT SEIYA.
I truly believe I have created a touching song with a beautiful melody using a hero as the motif. I very happily accepted this offer since I of course knew SAINT SEIYA and I am a great fan of anime. I saw the manga a long time ago.

Before writing the song I had the chance to see the new movie, which feels like it was created at a magnificent scale.
I actually faced a big struggle with matching my music with the movie. The result is a sort of ballad, rather than a loud piece. I think the song suits the magnificent scale sensitivity of SAINT SEIYA. I will play this song during the upcoming Yoshiki Classical World Tour at 13 venues in 10 countries.

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Yoshiki about “Hero” [ via Music Japan Plus ]

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simonucha:

Theme song performed by Yoshiki 
featuring Katie Fitzgerald
from
VIOLET UK - Hero (Yoshiki Classical
II Version)
(written by Yoshiki)

Global Artist Yoshiki Pens Theme Song for Globally Anticipated SAINT SEIYA (a.k.a Knights of the Zodiac) Film World’s hottest collaboration finally a reality.

Saint Seiya: The Movie 2014 Official Site: http://saintseiya2014.com

Source: Yoshiki Official YT Channel

Interview with “YOSHIKI”, 24.3.2014

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1. Let us talk about your latest album ‘Yoshiki Classical’. It is your third album within the classic genre after ‘Eternal Melody I’and ‘II’. The first of them was produced in 1993. Have there been any differences in the process of producing the music if you compare it with today’s possibilities?

YOSHIKI: During that time my manager asked me if I would like to work together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra or Giorgio Martin. I liked the idea, so I made an album. The focus of these albums had been a classical interpretation of "X JAPAN" songs. The newest one ‘Yoshiki classical’, had been kind of an accident, because I composed the theme song for the Golden Globes Award. A friend of mine from the USA said to me, why didn’t you release it? Well I thought that should be a great idea, so released it.

The Golden Globe song release would have had been merely one single, but he asked me to release a full album.

As I have already written the theme song for the 10th year anniversary for our Expo, why not combining these songs?

OK! Great! (laughs) I thought that was an end of the classical thing, because I released that one.

But due to my friend’s friends and the fact that I’m also a Grammy voting labor, we had the idea of presentating some showcase at the Grammy museum. I thought, I will do this one show. (everyone laughs)

Well a lot of people,mostly Asian people, visited the showcase- in the end my management came to the show also. They asked me, whether I would like to go on tour. My first thought had been ‘HELL NO!’. (everyone laughs)

I had a lot of things to do, so I’m not going to do a tour of classical music, especially a world tour. But eventually my agent, the best agent in the world, with whom I went to dinner a couple times, eventually convinced me. About 3 months later I was like:’ Ok I will do it!’ (everyone laughs)

In the end it had been an accident, as I have never thought about this classical thing at all. It’s very strange.

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a-pinkspider:

hidexjapan1312 asked:

@aPinkSpider Really? Yoshiki don’t use twitter anymore?

Well… from my suppositions, It has to do with what happened few days ago with Tomo fans (30 Seconds to Mars).Yoshiki submitted a picture with these guys, he tagged Jared and Shannon but forgot to tag that Tomo guy or the 140 characters from Twitter weren’t enough to do so. Whatever was the reason, it just wasn’t a big deal for what happened afterwards. Tomo noticed that and twitted:

@tomofromearth GUESS IM NOT IN THE BAND ANYMORE. LAME DUDE. “@YoshikiOfficial: Amazing show in #Tokyo! 

I don’t like 30 STM so I don’t know a thing about them, but I think this is impolite enough, I mean is just a picture, a picture doesn’t define if you’re part of the band or not. He was in his right to be upset but “lame dude” or that conniptionwas really necessary? I don’t think so.However, this isn’t the worst part. Tomo fangirls got so mad because he was upset and started to tweet rude stuff, some of them even mentioned Yoshiki, so he could read them all:

@tomofromearth Yea you are and you are the fucking amazing Mofo!!! And who is @YoshikiOfficial? I really don’t know hahahaha@tomofromearth Well I guess the people who truly matter would never forget your impact on the band. X@tomofromearth I mean forget Tomo ??? Did she knows who are @30SECONDSTOMARS ?

Even if Yoshiki apologized with that guy, no mattering how rude he was, his fans started to spread this on Facebook etc. and making something really stupid onto a big trouble. Most of X JAPAN fandom is mature enough to fight with fangirls or even care about their shit, so we didn’t pay attention to that. I really understand if Yoshiki quits Twitter, although it gonna make me so sad. Few weeks ago I’ve been insulted for making a mistake. I don’t know if people here thinks that running this blog is my responsibility or If learning Japanese rock stars names is my life goal. Of course, it isn’t. Same with Yoshiki, he’s not perfect, he makes a lot of mistakes and so what? That doesn’t give you the right to being a fucking cunt and insult him behind a Twitter account. He’s a human, he has feelings like everyone else and also gets tired of all this unnecessary drama or getting insults for free, just because some spoiled diva decided to cry about a tag. Jesus. Well at the end that’s my suppositions because that was his last tweet, because all we know he read his Twitter mentions as possible and because he’s hyper stressed because Yoshiki Classical Tour as he mentioned in his last interview. I might be mistaken, but his stress and his last LINE message is real. So if you as X JAPAN MATURE FAN want to do something meaningful for him: 
IGNORE this issue (that’s the main reason why I didn’t post that here, because we don’t need a bigger fight) It hasn’t to do with 30 STM members just with their childish fangirls. So NO fights with 30 STM fandom please. We have education, let’s represent Yoshiki in a polite way, just as he is.
TWEET support messages to Yoshiki. As I said before, he’s being through a such stressful moments with Yoshiki Classical Tour. If Twitter has to be meant, then let’s make it a nicer place for him tweeting love and support messages. That’s cheers him up a lot. 
RESPECT his final decision. What he need less now is incomprehension. Even if we all want to be in touch with him like forever maybe he needs a rest from everything, so don’t make this difficult for him. Tweet your love & support even if his account won’t last that much as we would like.

a-pinkspider:

hidexjapan1312 asked:

Really? Yoshiki don’t use twitter anymore?

Well… from my suppositions, It has to do with what happened few days ago with Tomo fans (30 Seconds to Mars).

Yoshiki submitted a picture with these guys, he tagged Jared and Shannon but forgot to tag that Tomo guy or the 140 characters from Twitter weren’t enough to do so. Whatever was the reason, it just wasn’t a big deal for what happened afterwards. Tomo noticed that and twitted:

@tomofromearth GUESS IM NOT IN THE BAND ANYMORE. LAME DUDE. “@YoshikiOfficial: Amazing show in #Tokyo

I don’t like 30 STM so I don’t know a thing about them, but I think this is impolite enough, I mean is just a picture, a picture doesn’t define if you’re part of the band or not. He was in his right to be upset but “lame dude” or that conniptionwas really necessary? I don’t think so.
However, this isn’t the worst part. Tomo fangirls got so mad because he was upset and started to tweet rude stuff, some of them even mentioned Yoshiki, so he could read them all:

@tomofromearth Yea you are and you are the fucking amazing Mofo!!! And who is @YoshikiOfficial? I really don’t know hahahaha
@tomofromearth Well I guess the people who truly matter would never forget your impact on the band. X
@tomofromearth I mean forget Tomo ??? Did she knows who are @30SECONDSTOMARS ?

Even if Yoshiki apologized with that guy, no mattering how rude he was, his fans started to spread this on Facebook etc. and making something really stupid onto a big trouble. Most of X JAPAN fandom is mature enough to fight with fangirls or even care about their shit, so we didn’t pay attention to that. I really understand if Yoshiki quits Twitter, although it gonna make me so sad. Few weeks ago I’ve been insulted for making a mistake. I don’t know if people here thinks that running this blog is my responsibility or If learning Japanese rock stars names is my life goal. Of course, it isn’t. 

Same with Yoshiki, he’s not perfect, he makes a lot of mistakes and so what? That doesn’t give you the right to being a fucking cunt and insult him behind a Twitter account. He’s a human, he has feelings like everyone else and also gets tired of all this unnecessary drama or getting insults for free, just because some spoiled diva decided to cry about a tag. Jesus. 

Well at the end that’s my suppositions because that was his last tweet, because all we know he read his Twitter mentions as possible and because he’s hyper stressed because Yoshiki Classical Tour as he mentioned in his last interview.
I might be mistaken, but his stress and his last LINE message is real. So if you as X JAPAN MATURE FAN want to do something meaningful for him: 

  • IGNORE this issue (that’s the main reason why I didn’t post that here, because we don’t need a bigger fight) It hasn’t to do with 30 STM members just with their childish fangirls. So NO fights with 30 STM fandom please. We have education, let’s represent Yoshiki in a polite way, just as he is.
  • TWEET support messages to Yoshiki. As I said before, he’s being through a such stressful moments with Yoshiki Classical Tour. If Twitter has to be meant, then let’s make it a nicer place for him tweeting love and support messages. That’s cheers him up a lot. 
  • RESPECT his final decision. What he need less now is incomprehension. Even if we all want to be in touch with him like forever maybe he needs a rest from everything, so don’t make this difficult for him. Tweet your love & support even if his account won’t last that much as we would like.
yoshikiofficial:

Amazing show! #JaredLeto #ThirtySecondsToMars in #Tokyo

yoshikiofficial:

Amazing show! #JaredLeto #ThirtySecondsToMars in #Tokyo

hopeatuuli:

Yoshiki’s Press Conference 03.04.2014

Source: barks.jp