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Indie post-punk band Radwimps is i of the most-known names in Japanese music scene. Inspired by the music of many great rock bands, such equally Haven, Radwimps was formed in 2001 when the ring members were notwithstanding in high school. But it’southward not until 2006 when the band has reached its fame with popular albums such as
Radwimps 4: Okazu no Gohan
Altocolony no Teiri
(2009). Their striking singles like “Order Made” and “Dada” won several music awards, including Best Rock Video from MTV Video Music Awards Japan and Space Shower Music Video Awards. The band, at present consisting of Yojiro Noda, Akira Kuwahara and Yusuke Takeda, was dorsum into the spotlight last year with their latest album,Human Flower, and their collaboration with a megahit animated movie,Your Name.
If you can describe briefly, who is Radwimps?
We formed this band when we were 15 and it’s been what…xvi years? With the current band members, it’due south been 12 or xiii years, already. Information technology’south been a long fourth dimension. We are mainly a rock band with a combination of many genres. We incorporate the music we like and make them into what’s interesting at that time. That’s how nosotros ever make our music updated.
You lot have been in the Japanese music scene for a decade, how has your music changed over fourth dimension?
We try to breathe in “time” and grasp the “reaction” and react to information technology. We want to exist conscious of “the time” and “atmosphere” and effigy out how we tin can stay ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ as a band.
How did y’all get involved with
The director, Makoto Shinkai, came to us through the movie producer. He has been listening to our songs so we met and, in that location, he offered united states of america to do the entire soundtrack. Nosotros’ve been doing music for more than 10 years and nosotros were merely looking for new opportunities and challenges. We merely thought that information technology would be fun to try.
Are you lot surprised by the huge success of the movie besides as the soundtrack?
Yes! Very much!
What is your favorite song from
For me, it’s “Nandemonaiya.” A lot of people are covering this song and, recently, I found out through twitter that a Thai musician is also covering it. It’s great to see how this song has spread out that far and information technology makes me very happy.
I would say “Sparkle.” I love information technology when I hear the song with the scene of the movie. It’s so magnificent.
I like “First View of Tokyo.” Taki, which is really Mitsuha inside, visits Tokyo for the first fourth dimension. That scene is so cute and I love it.
That scene is and then touching.
Your new album,
Human Blossom, has just been released too. Tin you tell u.s.a. a picayune flake about information technology?
Later 10 years of going circular and round, nosotros are back at where we were and so this album is similar some other debut anthology to us. We all the same feel very blest and happy to be able to do music, and all “know-how” from our experience till now has been put into the album. This is such a pure anthology fifty-fifty afterwards 10 years since debut and 15 years from the formation of the band. Information technology’s full of happiness that we can still feel like this and be a band, creating music. Yous accept to mind to it!
Takeda and Kuwahara:
I call back it’due south the coolest anthology in Nihon now!
are likewise included in your new anthology, why practice yous pick these songs?
Well, information technology’southward the record visitor … LOL
Putting that aside … “Zenzenzense” was originally recorded in the version of
Your Proper noun‘southward movie soundtrack, but during the movie production process, we’ve decided to add lyrics to it. We all loved the lyrics and wanted to properly tape another version. That’s how this complete version ended up in the Human being Flower album. “Sparkle” was also kind of betwixt the film version in the movie and the complete version so nosotros also wanted to record the complete original version and put it on the new album.
Is there whatsoever chance you’ll come to visit Thailand in the near future?
All: Aye!! We’ll get!
Lastly, you have been together for ten years, what or where exercise you run across yourself in the next 10 years?
I don’t call up nosotros’ll change that much.
I agree. From being twenty to being 30, it’s a big change. Merely from here…
Past 10 years, fifty-fifty if we didn’t inquire for changes, they all came to us. A lot of stories, accidents and dramas happened. But from here, I remember nosotros’ll be like an “old married couple”—try to keep it fresh, care for each other and encourage each other from fourth dimension to time. I think we’ll have that “old married couple” feel from here on.
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