Teeda and Kenji03 interviewed by Jennifer Ho on Alchemy’s Asian Pop Show on SBS Australia!

BACK-ON have been featured on several local radio (and TV!) programmes recently, but availability aside, there is always the difficulty of fully understanding any questions or answers. However, back in December 2008 (18th to be exact) Teeda and Kenji03 were interviewed by Jennifer Ho on Alchemy’s Asian Pop Show over the telephone, with the translation provided by their Japanese interpreter Mika Nakamori.

What makes this particular interview rather different from others before is that firstly, there are two versions. One version is Japanese-only, where you hear Jennifer Ho ask Teeda (and Kenji03) the question in English – in an Aussie accent (as expected) – which is followed by their reply in Japanese.

The other version is almost exactly the same, except that now Teeda and Kenji03‘s replies have an unobtrusive English voice-over, which enables us to understand what they are saying!

Without spoiling the interview for you (although we have provided a full transcript below the cut) there is a really funny moment where Kenji03 launches into an answer and then forgets the question (best heard in the Japanese version) and it seems that Teeda really likes koalas? It is also interesting what he says about how the band came to work with GReeeeN:

GReeeeN and BACK-ON have the same producer known by the name of JIN. Sometimes he brings GReeeeN’s new tracks for us to have a listen to or take our tracks to GReeeeN, vice versa, which has made us realise we had the same message to tell, even though we come from different backgrounds.

What we want to express with our music is no different, and we thought we could make
something really cool together – mixing rock and Jpop – that’s how we ended up together.

Teeda then talks about what BACK-ON brings to Ashiato, their first single with GReeeeN as BAReeeeeeeeeeN:

GReeeeN’s music is more of a pop music, with a kinda popular straightforward sound, whereas BACK-ON has been playing in the underground rock scenes in Japan and occasionally overseas.

We’ve brought that kind of BACK-ON taste into the collaboration: we’ve turned it more ‘rockish’ by adding some features like rough raps or distortion to the sound.

Of course there is more, and you can listen to the interview for yourself by visiting the link below:

Listen to the interview on Alchemy’s Asian Pop Show

I would really highly recommend it, although here is some breaking news about their plans for 2009: BACK-ON‘s first full album YES!!! is going to be released in Europe! Apart from doing more live gigs, they would also like to do a tour in the US and possibly Europe and Australia.

Hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as we did :) A big thanks must go to Jennifer Ho and Mika Nakamori for their fantastic work! As mentioned above, if you are unable to access the audio, you can read the full text transcript of the interview below:

Interview Transcript

Teeda (and Kenji03): To everyone in Australia, including the koalas, this is BACK-ON’s MC Teeda and Kenji with Jennifer on Alchemy’s Asian Pop Show!

** Chain plays in the background**

Jennifer: Recently one of the things about you guys is the new collaboration with GReeeeN. What are some of the things you guys have done to promote your collaboration with GReeeeN?

Teeda: Well, GReeeeN actually keep their identity a secret and never show their faces to the public. To keep it that way, they can’t perform live or appear on TV shows with us. For that reason promotional activities from the BACK-ON side were restricted as well.

We only did TV ads and commercials.

Jennifer: What do you think (of) the idea that they try to hide their identity?

Teeda: The positive side of it, I think, is that no one would recognise you, so you could walk on the streets without being spotted. That would be one of the good things about it I guess.

Jennifer: How did you and GReeeeN end up together and become BAReeeeeeeeeeN?

Teeda: GReeeeN and BACK-ON have the same producer known by the name of JIN. Sometimes he brings GReeeeN’s new tracks for us to have a listen to, or take our tracks to GReeeeN, vice versa, which made us realise we had the same message to tell, even though we come from different backgrounds.

What we want to express with our music is no different, and we thought we could make something really cool together – mixing rock and J-pop – that’s how we ended up together.

Jennifer: What role does BACK-ON play in the new single ‘Ashiato’?

Teeda: GReeeeN’s music is more of a pop music, with a kinda popular straightforward sound, whereas BACK-ON has been playing in the underground rock scenes in Japan and occasionally overseas.

We’ve brought that kind of BACK-ON taste into the collaboration: we’ve turned it more ‘rockish’ by adding some features like rough raps or distortion to the sound.

** Ashiato plays in the background**

** BLAZE LINE plays in the background**

Jennifer: Now let’s focus on BACK-ON. How’s the new album YES!!! special to you?

Teeda: Is it ok if Kenji, our guitar/vocalist takes over from here?

Kenji03: Domo. Good morning. BACK-ON’s guitar and vocalist Kenji03 here.

Since it was our first album, we wanted to create the best thing possible… I’m sorry what was the question again? It was a rather… complicated question.

Teeda: No it wasn’t.

Kenji03: What was it again?

Mika Nakamori: *repeats the question*

Kenji03: There are no special thoughts as such, but this is our very first album. We’ve always wanted to release one for so long, so we’ve tried creating the best thing ever, which makes it a very special album for us.

Jennifer: So tell us about the process of putting this album together, for example the recordings and some of the difficulties you guys have faced?

Kenji03: It took us a while to select the first track. We wrote several songs to use as the first track, but we couldn’t decide it. What we thought was the right one was actually the first… I’m not really sure what I’m talking about *laughs*

But, anyway, what I meant is it was difficult to write a song for the first
track of the first album.

This is because when you listen to your CD or samples at the CD store, you’re most likely to start from the first track, right? The first track is always the key track of an album, so we considered it more seriously.

** Hate Naki Michi E [LA mix] plays in the background**

Jennifer: And what is one of the most unusual ways you guys have come up with a great song that you love?

Kenji03: Teeda will take over from here.

Teeda: For the song called ‘Color’, it’s actually for BAReeeeeeeeeeN. I came up with the verse and the pre-chorus sections whilst I was having a bath in the hot spring.

** Color plays in the background **

Jennifer: And I hear that you guys have been trying to film the new music video for the new single ‘flyaway’ and the weather hasn’t been too good. So share with us a little bit – what’s this single going to be about?

Teeda: ‘flyaway’ will be the opening theme for the sequel of Namco Bandai’s popular video game: Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology.

Jennifer: Are there any plans for 2009 that we can look forward to?

Teeda: We were too busy with recordings this year and didn’t get to do gigs very often, so we want to get out and do more gigs next year and hopefully do a tour in the US.

As our album ‘YES!!!’ is set to be released in Europe, we’re hoping to go to Europe as well. It would be great if we could also have a chance to go to Australia. We would love to kangeroos and koalas, and of course Australian fans.

Kenji03: Yeah!

Jennifer: Yes, I will take you guys to see kangaroos and koala if you come.

Teeda: Yatta. Kenji is also saying Yatta!

Kenji03: YATTA!

Jennifer: If we were going to visit you in Japan, where will you take us?

Teeda: We’re from downtown Tokyo, so we can go on a pub crawl in Asakusa to eat monjayaki, okonomiyaki and udon. How does that sound?

Kenji03: I’d like to recommend a track called NEW WORLD, simply because it rocks! YAY!

** NEW WORLD fades into the background **