Influences: Scandal

Scandal Band

First look can be so deceiving. Itulah yang saya rasakan sewaktu pertama kali melihat foto keempat gadis Osaka yang bernaung di satu band pop rock bernama SCANDAL di suatu majalah. Prasangka awal saya mengatakan mereka adalah unit bubblegum pop yang menari-nari ceria dengan suara imut melengking. Namun begitu melihat beberapa video mereka di YouTube, terutama live show mereka, saya menyadari betapa prasangka tersebut tidak bisa lebih salah lagi. SCANDAL benar-benar sebuah girl band dalam arti sesungguhnya. Terdiri dari Haruna Ono (lead vocalist/secondary guitarist), Mami Sasazaki (lead guitarist/secondary vocal), Tomomi Ogawa (bassist/secondary vocal), dan Rina Suzuki (drummer/secondary vocal), keempat gadis cantik ini memulai karier saat masih memakai seragam SMA dengan tampil di jalanan dan taman di Osaka setiap akhir pekan, sebelum tak lama kemudian dikontrak indie label Kitty Records dan diundang tur ke 6 kota di Amerika Serikat, jauh sebelum mereka merilis mini-album pertama mereka, Yah! Yah! Yah! Hello Scandal: Maido! Scandal Desu! Yah Yah Yah! di tahun 2008.

Pencapaian impresif tersebut mengantar mereka ke major label dan pendengar yang lebih luas, menghasilkan 4 LP dan banyak singles yang merajai chart. Tahun lalu, setelah menggelar tur Asia kedua, mereka pun merilis album terbaru bertajuk Standard dan melempar video untuk single “Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne” di mana melihat empat gadis cantik memakai dress putih dan memainkan instrumen masing-masing sambil headbanging menjadi bukti jika tradisi band-band perempuan keren dari Jepang masih terjaga sampai detik ini. Kali ini, mereka membicarakan influens awal mereka dan obsesi mereka pada diva-diva J-pop.

Apa yang membuat kalian ingin membentuk band bersama?

Haruna: Kami semua pertama kali bertemu di sebuah sekolah dance dan vokal di daerah Kansai (Jepang bagian barat seperti Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, dll), dan suatu hari seorang guru kami bertanya, “Kenapa kalian tidak mencoba memainkan instrumen?” guru yang sama juga menanyakan hal itu ke murid-murid lainnya, tapi akhirnya, cuma kami berempat yang terus lanjut bermain instrumen. Kami tak menyangka akhirnya bisa benar-benar menjadi band seperti sekarang ini.

Musik apa yang kalian dengarkan saat itu?

Haruna: Saya mendengarkan R&B dan J-pop yang waktu itu sedang sangat booming.

Tomomi: Saat itu saya sedang serius belajar dance, jadi saya banyak mendengarkan R&B.

Mami: Saya juga mendengarkan J-pop.

Rina: Saat masih kecil, saya hanya mendengarkan J-pop. Idola pertama saya adalah Ayumi Hamasaki saat saya masih SD.

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Lalu, album atau band apa yang berpengaruh saat kalian mulai membentuk SCANDAL?

Mami: Saat pertama terbentuk, kami semua menonton DVD SUM 41 untuk mempelajari penampilan mereka.

Apa album pertama yang kalian beli?

Haruna: “Don’t Wanna Cry” dari Namie Amuro.

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Tomomi: Album Greatest Hits Morning Musume.

Mami: Sama! Greatest Hits Morning Musume.

Rina: Saya juga! Waktu SD saya membentuk grup dance dan mengkopi gerakan mereka… ah saya jadi ingat masa-masa itu.

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Kalau konser yang pertama kalian datangi?

Haruna: Konser Arashi.

Tomomi: Morning Musume.

Mami: Ibu saya pernah bilang kalau saya ikut menonton konser Kome Kome Club saat masih berumur tiga tahun… tapi tentu saja saya tidak ingat. Haha.

Rina: Konser Kinki Kids di Kyocera Dome di Osaka bersama ibu saya. Itu pengalaman pertama saya datang ke konser.

Apa yang menjadi inspirasi untuk lirik di lagu-lagu kalian?

Rina: Saya biasanya menulis sendirian di rumah. Namun akhir-akhir ini kami mulai menulis lirik dan membuat lagu secara bersamaan. Terkadang saya yang menyelesaikan semua lirik dan membuat melodi untuk bagian chorus, dan meminta personel lain untuk menyelesaikan sisanya. Inspirasi selalu datang tak terduga, jadi biasanya saya segera merekam inspirasi dengan voice recorder atau menulisnya di buku catatan.

Apa rasanya berada di atas panggung?

Mami: Setiap pertunjukan live, kami selalu berusaha agar penonton bisa merasakan excitement seperti mereka seolah-olah sedang berada di taman hiburan, dan melupakan dunia nyata untuk sejenak.

Kalau bisa berkolaborasi dengan siapa saja, siapa yang kalian pilih?

Haruna: 2NE1!

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Boleh ceritakan sedikit tentang album baru kalian?

Tomomi: Sejak kami membentuk SCANDAL, lagu-lagu kami memiliki tema utama tentang impian kami untuk mengadakan konser di Osaka-jo Hall. Tempat ini adalah concert hall legendaris di Osaka seperti halnya Nippon Budokan di Tokyo, karena kami semua berasal dari daerah Kansai, venue ini adalah tujuan pertama kami. Setelah impian ini tercapai pada bulan Maret lalu, kami akhirnya mulai membuat lagu yang bercerita tentang kehidupan sehari-hari. Album baru ini bisa menjadi musik background bagi kehidupan sehari-hari seseorang.

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Kalian telah menggelar konser pertama di Indonesia tahun lalu, ada pesan untuk fans Indonesia?

Rina: Kami sangat bahagia melihat banyak fans di Indonesia yang sudah menantikan kami, dan kami merasa kebudayaan Jepang sangat diterima dengan baik. Kami suka makanan Indonesia dan ingin kembali lagi untuk bersantai dan liburan. Kami terus berusaha mengadakan konser di luar Jepang bahkan sebelum major debut kami. Terima kasih banyak untuk semua support dan sampai bertemu lagi di live show kami berikutnya di Indonesia!

Influences: Mademoiselle Yulia

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“Tokyo’s finest IT Girl” would be the perfect title for Mademoiselle Yulia. The 25-year-old Tokyo beauty became an icon on the city’s hippest scene thanks to her golden touch for every single thing she had done. Whether becomes a voclaist/guitarist of punk band when she’s just barely 14, a DJ and the creator of coolest underground party called Neon Spread when she’s on highschool, or a solo singer with debut album Mademoworld, one thing for sure, music always be her ultimate passion. Nevertheless, Yulia also pursue her other passion for fashion and art, with her endeavors as model, fashion designer, and a columnist for NYLON Japan. Inspirative and ultra cool, it will be exciting to know all the influences behind her works, don’t you think?

Hi Yulia, how are you? What are you doing before answering this email?
I was watching some youtube videos that my friend had sent me:
What first sparked your desire for music?   
I started a band when I was 14, and stayed in it until I was 17. I started DJing when I was 17, then started designing things at 19.
Tell me about your activities now whether its music, fashion, or your writing gig for NYLON Japan. 
Currently, I DJ, sing, and design accessories for GIZA. I also have a column at Nylon which has been going on for 6 years now, and I model on occasion as well. As for GIZA, it’s an accessories brand, however now we are collaborating with the clothing brand JOYRICH. Aside from our original accessories, we make T-shirts, sweatsuits, bags, sneaker, etc. I look forward to challenging myself in fields that I feel confident in, that also has a demand in the market.
giza
You’ve always worn a stylish stage outfits, who’s your favorite designer and why? 
I have so many that they won’t fit on this page.
 What was the first gig/concert you ever went to? 
I remember being taken to an Eikichi Yazawa concert by my dad when I was three. The first show I went on my own was during my first year in middle school for Summer Sonic.
How would you describe the feeling you get now when you go onstage? 
My main goal is to allow people have fun and enjoy my music, which makes me nervous when I go on. To think that they are having fun while I play makes it fun for me as well.
Who are your style icons? 
I can’t think of any.
First record you reach for when you need to be cheered up? 
QUEEN KYLIE
Kylie-Minogue
Best nonmusical influences? (movies/books/stuff) 
My mother was a big influence on me as far as film and books. And Gilbert and George’s works. Pierre et Gilles’ photography also influenced me since I used to look at their photographs when I was a child, and was influenced by their colors, clothes, set designs, among other things. As for movies I’ve seen most of the films that Eiko Ishikawa had worked on. I’ve also been influenced by animations, manga, and toys. Sailor Moon, Ninja Turtles, Versailles Nobara, Barbie dolls, etc. from when I was a child.
sailormoon
What artist whom you never got to see perform would you love to have seen? 
BEYONCE !!!!!
 If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? 
 
As an artist, A$AP ROCKY!! Sailor Moon, VERSACE, Barbie, olly pocket, etc.
Asap
What advice do you have for girls who want to get into music? 
When I was in a band, I didn’t think that I would end up becoming a DJ. I also didn’t expect to be DJing this long when I first became one. I also didn’t expect to become a singer. At the time, I studied what I wanted to do and somehow pulled it off. I think the important thing is to try.
 Next project? 
The plan is to release my 2nd album sometime in April. Also, the 2013 S/S collection for JOYRICH x GIZA has just been released. The original GIZA accessories will be up on the website soon.
Please come to Indonesia some day! 
I really want to visit some day!
Mademoiselle Yulia’s Mixtape:
MIA – BAD GIRLS (SURKIN RMX)
The original song is awesome, but I love the intro to this track.
A$AP Rocky – Goldie
 
I love A$AP Rocky. I like his music, as well as his fashion side.
GO HARD / Kreayshawn
 
Recently, I’ve been visiting LA a lot and have felt a certain energy from the women.
 GRIMES / Oblivion
I like her voice. When I saw live footage of her, I was impressed because she could sing there by herself and looked like she was really having fun.
EVERYBODY DAZ / BROOKE CANDY
I saw her DJ at a bunch of different parties in LA so I was curious about her. Apparently she has been featured in I-D Magazine.
Riot Rhythm / Sleigh Bells
It sounds like punk but it also has a soothing feel to it.
Snapbacks & Tattoos (Original Mix) / Driicky Graham
I play this a lot recently when I DJ.
WIZ KHALIFA / Black and Yellow (feat. T-Pain)
 
I like the way Wiz Khalifa dresses, and am also a big fan of Snoop Dogg so I am checking them both out.
Werkin’ Girls (Son Of Kick Rmx) /Angel Haze
I like her rap because it sort of sounds like Grime, and because there aren’t a lot of female rappers that sound like her.
ZODIAC GOLD
This is my song from my last album, which was used for the JOYRICH x GIZA video for this season.

Influences: Deap Vally

The narrative fact of Lindsey Troy (vox & guitar) met Julie Edwards (drum) at a needlework class is pretty much could misleading you to false pretense. It’s might sounds like a perfect background story of some indie pop girl duo, but interestingly, they bonded over their mutual affection to blues, banging rock and roll, and pretty much anything from The Doors. Now, after two singles “Gonna Make My Own Money” and “End of The World”, which described by critic as “a scuzzy White Stripes meets Led Zeppelin”, the Los Angelese duo set their eyes for their upcoming debut album, while sharing stages with Thurston Moore,  Dinosaur Jr., The Vaccines, and Muse, among others.

What’s your first impression to each other?

Julie: I thought Lindsey seemed pretty high maintenance.

Lindsey: I thought Julie seemed annoyed. Turned out she was! I walked into a knitting shop that Julie was working at and was asking her loads of questions about the different balls of yarn. I guess I was a high-maintenance customer, but hey, I spent money! I also thought she had great hair. I went into the shop a few days later for a crochet class. There were only 3 of us there. Julie and I stayed at the shop late that night, chatting for hours about our musical histories while we crocheted. We really clicked — she was one of raddest people I’d met in years. After that I kept popping into her work all the time to visit her and the rest is history.

What made you want to start a band together?

Lindsey: Since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to play rock n roll. It’s always been my biggest hunger, what I dreamt about. It must be in my DNA. Life didn’t make sense before Deap Vally. Now it makes sense.

What did you listen to as a teenager and how did that affect you now?

Julie: Nine Inch Nails, The Doors, Soundgarden.  I like heavy music with a good beat, and that is the music I make.

Lindsey: The Beatles, The Doors, Hole, Nirvana, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes. I’ve always loved rock’n’roll — the grittiness of it, the attitude, the inherent sexiness of it.

Do you still knitting right now? What’s your favorite pattern or things to knit?

Julie: scarves and handwarmers

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Lindsey: I’ve been knitting a lot of infinity-scarves recently. There’s a yarn I’m currently obsessed made by a Japanese company called Noro. It’s multi-colored hand-painted wool. It’s the most beautiful yarn I’ve ever seen. I bought every ball they had at the store, then made loads of Christmas presents with it! I think I’m ready to move into sweater territory though. I have a half-finished sweater that I started ages ago. It’s been neglected in my closet for a year and a half. I’ve decided I’m going to unravel the whole thing and start over. It’s been so long that I’m bored with the original design. Check back in a couple months and I’ll send you a picture…

What was the first concert you ever went to?

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Julie: Paula Abdul!

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Lindsey: Legend has it I rocked pretty hard in mother’s womb at a Bob Dylan concert she went to while pregnant with me. The first concert I ever went to without my parents was The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was madly in love with both Flea and Anthony Kiedis. That was also my first time crowd surfing, and I lost my shoe in the process. I was 12.

Can you name any particularly influential albums for you?

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Julie: Led Zeppelin’s Physical, Nine Inch Nails’s The Downward Spiral.

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Lindsey: Hole’s Live Through This, Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin I, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, The Doors’ Self-Titled, Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell.

Did you have any musical background?

Lindsey: I started playing piano when I was four. All throughout my childhood I was in a family band. It was real folky stuff, very family-friendly. We did mostly covers. The first time I plugged my electric guitar into an amp my life changed…for the better.

What was the first instrument you picked up? Did you teach yourself?

Lindsey: Piano. I started taking lessons when I was 4. My teacher was amazing. Super 80’s. She had died black hair with bangs and long red finger-nails. A total gem. I wonder what she’s doing these days…I think I should get back in touch with her…

Who are your style icons?

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Julie: Tina Turner, Madonna, Keith Richards.

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Lindsey: Thelma & Louise, Kelly Bundy, The Ramones, Madonna.

Do you have any favorite music video or movie or documentary?

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Julie: Some Kind of Monster!!!

Madonna

Lindsey: Madonna’s “Truth or Dare”

What’s on your iPod right now?

Julie: Chelsea Wolfe, Goat, Here We Go Magic.

Lindsey: The Black Angels, Queens of the Stone Age, Fiona Apple.

What records always cheers you up?

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Julie: Anything by The Meters (the original Meters from back in the day).

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Lindsey: Anything by The Stooges

Who’s in charge for the lyric and what’s the main inspiration?

Lindsey: We write everything together. Our inspiration comes from our lives and how we view the world–what we’ve experienced, what we see our friends experience, the things that go through our brains.

What does it feel like to be onstage?

Lindsey: The best thing ever.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start bands?

Lindsey: Just do it. Sit down and learn how to play an instrument. Don’t be afraid to make noise. Put the time in. Lose yourself in it. You won’t regret it.

Next project?

Deap Vally. 2013. World Domination.

http://deapvally.com/

Influences: Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead)

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Imagine having a crush with Italian guy, asked him to teach you to play guitar, and the next thing you know, you’re on the band with him and his twin brother. That’s what exactly happened with Kazu Makino, 20 years ago when she’s still studying art in school. Formed in New York City, Blonde Redhead that consisted of Kazu (vocal, rhythm guitar), Simone Pace (drums/vocal) and Amedeo Pace (lead guitar), already released 8 albums since 1995 and still counting. With the initial sparks of noise rock and no-wave from their earlier records that progress to more cinematic, dreampop, shoegazy sounds on 2004 release, Misery Is a Butterfly, until today, Kazu Makino and the Pace Twins still staying strong on their first and only band any of them have ever been in. While preparing their 9th album, Kazu makes an appearance here and there with her sensible style and hypnotic vocal, including the latest collaboration with the L.A bass music producer Nosaj Thing on ethereal dance-infected song called “Eclipse/Blue”. Now, Kazu talks about some early influences that shape her music and perspective.

 What first sparked your desire to make music?

     Not exactly a spark… I was just doing it.

  What three records have had the greatest impact on you and why?

Broadcast - Tender Buttons

Broadcast – Tender Buttons, made me realize how much I love Trish’s voice.

Tame Impala - Inner Speaker
   Tame Impala – Inner Speaker, made me realize how much I love guitars.
Colleen - Everyone Alive Wants Answers
 Colleen – Everyone Alive Wants Answers, made me realize that I may love electronic music.
What was your first concert?
       A classical concert  I went to with my father.

 What was the first album you ever owned?

Exile on Main st by The Rolling Stones

 Exile on Main St by The Rolling Stones.

Did you teach yourself how to play guitar? What the first song you played?

       My bandmate tried to teach me but I still can’t play.
1 song I played was one of our early songs called “Symphony of Treble”

 What does it feel like to be onstage?

      It always feels special… it’s hard to describe. a bit like the calm before the storm. I often feel quiet even though you are about to explode.

  What is your favorite music video, movie, or documentary?

        ‘Eclipse/Blue’ by Nosaj Thing
       ‘Le Mepris’ by Jean Luc Godard
       ‘Little Otik’  strangest Czech film

   Who are your style icons?

Jane Mayle

      Jane Mayle
Isabel Marant
      Isabel Marant
Anna Selezneva
      Anna Selezneva
Romy Schneider
      Romy Schneider
 What are your favorite love songs?
    “Alter Ego” by Tame Impala
    “I Went to the Hospital” by Cass McCombs
    “Im Bann” by Pantha du Prince

 What is your favorite book?

Ada or Ardor by Nabokov

   Ada or Ardor by Nabokov

What’s your next project? Do you guys already prepare for the 9th album?

   Yes! We have started our 9th album!

  What’s your advice for girls wanting to start bands?

    Just start and figure it out later. Don’t censor yourself.