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[Translation] D'espairsRay - Sonic Seducer 12/2006

D'espairsRay

Children of the night


The stylish dark boys from Japan called D'espairsRay were one of the high-flyers of the last season. With a great deal of darkness in their songs and in their look Hizumi, Karyu, Zero and Tsukasa captured the sympathies outside their own scene. Their vast tour with Limbogott was a success story and as a thank-you a new DVD will be released on 16.02. with the title „Liquidize“. Starfacts coverboy Tsukasa and colleague Karyu let us came even closer...

Who were the heroes of your youth?

Karyu: At that time there was this manga character, half mouse, half cat which had a magical bag in which was everything you wished for or rather what you needed to help people or to solve problems.

Tsukasa: Mangas are part of the japanese culture and influence many young people. And so my idol was a manga hero, just that he was an evil spooky demon...

Karyu: Okay, I would've tried what happens if one's doesn't conjure helpful things out of the bag...

Tsukasa: This mafia demon was really cool. He lived in the shadows and went other ways than the usuals. This really shaped me.

Do you have any hobbies or do sports?

Karyu: We play videogames at the weekend.

Tsukasa: Currently no sports anymore, but I paint from time to time.

Oh, how do your pictures look?

Tsukasa: I paint a variety of pictures, from fairytales to girls – everything. For me it's important that the inner mentality comes through, scenic if possible. That's very typical for my pictures.

Do you have a favourite painter?

Tsukasa: Clearly Dali!

Was it your childhood dream to be a musician or did you have other visions?

Karyu: Actually I wanted to open a sweets shop, but I think I would have a different shape and different teeth now...

Tsukasa: At first I wanted to be a singer when I was little. I wanted to sing Japanese, but not pop songs. [T/N: He said „Schlager music“] More likely folklore with pop elements.


Could you imagine to move out of Japan?

Both: Yes (enthusiastic)!

Karyu: We really liked Germany, we could nearly imagine to live here. The architecture in the cities have a very nice style and the attitude towards life is more relaxed. It's like as if the time runs slower. Everything's not as stressful as in Tokyo. Everytime you hear a ticking noise in your ear. There are no places to relax, you won't find peace.


What is true beauty in your eyes?

Tsukasa: Hard to tell. It is something what you can't see on the outside, but rather in character.
 
Karyu: Exactly! One says: beauty shows based on less cruelty. You can't see it because it's hidden and a fascinating phenomenon since then.

When did you put make-up on for the first time?

Tsukasa: (laughs) Me? In this band, pretty at the beginning.

Karyu: Before D'espairsRay I already had the chance on a traditional japanese summer festival, including parade. I was a human puppet and had to put on make-up. It looked a little bit like kabuki.


Why do you wear it and which effect do you hope for? Is it more like a mask or do you want to shock? Do you find yourselves more beautiful [with it]?

Tsukasa: The true identity of our songs conveys better with make-up. They belong together and you can't seperate them. That how you understand our art better. Visuality plays a main role in Japan.

Do you have certain fears or phobias?

Karyu: I hate insects.


Tsukasa: I noticed, when I was a child I was a fearless, brave boy. I climbed on everything, I dared to touch anything. But the older I got the more I started to get afraid of things. I don't know a extremly pronounced phobia, but I'm more thin-skinned nowadays.


Characterise each other.

Tsukasa: He is a deep, versatile personality, but it doesn't free him from quirks...


Karyu: He's a motivator and the „courage maker“ in the band, even though his speeches have always a strong dialect. In a certain sense Tsukasa is stubborn and doesn't listen to others.


Imagine your house would burn. Which things do you save first?

Karyu: Of course the money (laughs)! Surely my mobile phone either. Nah, I have a big aquarium which means much to me. But unfortunately it's too heavy to easily carry it outside.

Tsukasa: (very cool) I wouldn't save anything, really (Karyu looks horrified) I don't have anything I depend on. Ok, maybe my cats...


If you could travel with a time machine, where's your trip going?

Tsukasa: Oh, I would've witnessed the Edo era around 1600 in Japan very much when many foreigners and different cultures came into the country. This time fascinates me and influences me.

Would you say you are religious?

Both (shaking their heads): Actually not.


At the end any words to your German fans?

Karyu: Sadly we don't make it very often to Germany, but we are happy every time that the attendance is very strong! [T/N: He means many people come to their concerts]

Tsukasa: I know that Japanese music is currently very popular. But, just listen to whatever you like and don't get too influenced by trends.

Original Text: François Duchateau
Original Article: here 

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TSUKASA Enka Comment

Da Ameba sich mal wieder entschieden hat, Wartungsarbeiten durchzuführen, hab ich gedacht, ich poste es einfach hier. Passt ja auch ganz gut zum Rest. 

So as many of you noticed, Tsukasa is going to be a guest at an Enka event on June 8th.
And look how happy he is about this opportunity. And he's a very good example that it's possible to achieve your dreams.
In the past we'd always said that he could sing Enka to public, but he always said "no, I'm not a singer". But still we believed in him and supported him, even though he kept himself small.

And now, he was asked by Koji Handa to be part of his Friendly Concert.
Really, even this is kind of old news, I'm still very happy for him, because it's that what he always wanted to do. And in return he inspired me to stick to my own dreams, no matter how hard it is.
So I'll say thank you, really really thank you. I love you from the bottom of my heart.

Sorry for any sentimental words... or not (laughs)

-M