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Hi guys~ Finally got a bit of time to have a squizz at some of the stuff. Took a look at file "401".
@Witchka Refreshing green tea for me please. Extra bitter.
Ok~ This file was mid-interview.
The first section is the interviewer speaking about the publication and that this is the first time in 13 years that MM has appeared in it. She then goes on to say that most of the publication's current readers are likely unaware of who exactly MM is and the fact that they have a 25th anniversary planned.
"But even so, much like Kiryuuin Shou (Golden Bomber) who graces the cover of this edition, MM is surely a band that maintains a fervant following to this day. Do people still confess their love of MM to you and say things like, 'I looked up to MM' ?"
Mana-Sama: Yes, they do.
"I'm sure that is something that makes you happy"
Mana-Sama: To be honest, yes it does. Those roadies who had always stuck close to us and will be performing at Deep Sanctuary 6, the likes of Shuuji (Cali Gari/ Goatbed), Kamijo (Versailles) and Hitomi (ex-Moran, UmiYuri), were the same. They were touched by MM and wanted to become roadies. Those kinds were always at hand.
"In fact, I am also one of the people who have been impacted by MM. Back in the day, I was in the editorial department and would oversee MM appearences in music journals. I first saw MM in the flesh at the Hokkaidou and Shibuya 'Last Indies Live" shows, it left such an impact on me that I could not help but dance and jump for joy. lol"
Mana-sama: Around the time we formed, Visual Kei as a genre was just beginning to take shape. Even so, we were quite distinctive (from other acts at the time) and were seen as heresy (not fitting in).
"But, there were such groups as Kome Kome Club ( soul~funk band from 80s) and Seikima 2 (80s heavy metal band of 'demons') that had thoroughly different visual and performance aspects even before MM (or V kei as a whole. Not 100% sure which she is implying)."
Mana-Sama: Well, they are of an entirely separate genre to MM.
"True. Kome Kome and Seikima tended to focus their performances on simply playing the instruments passionately. To have a gituarist not playing his instrument but dancing instead, was probably unheard of lol. MM was formed with yourself and K(that character- sorry guys Cantavanda might scold me)zi at the core, what kind of concept did you guys build the band on in its inception?"
Mana-Sama: We had a foundation in a Visual Kei scene that was still establishing itself to some degree and we said, "We want to do something new that has never been done before". That is where our twin guitar style came in...(end of page)
Not sure when I'll get to "400", I'll see if I can have a crack at it tomorrow.
Thank you for all the translations!!!!
Mana confirmed in Rock and Read that there were interviews with the band after Gackt left. So that mysterious one with the four remaining band members...yes.
Did anyone ever figure out what magazine it was in? Vicious and DM were mentioned, but what DM stood for was confusing.
I didn't know that was news. The photoshoot with the 4 members as "popes" was from an interview in UV.
This. The RR interviewer was a fan of Malice Mizer back then and she said there was a lot going on at the time. I would guess that Gackt's announcement of going solo and press of him then overshadowed a lot. Mana said some of the music magazines did ask about their thoughts at that time.
Outside of Scape, pretty much everyone I talk with still believe Gackt's story as to why he left. Press has gone with that also. Mana said that the information (their side of things) did not get out at that time and that has continued to today. He mentioned Gackt's books and interviews and all.
(added in the first part of the interview which is important because it's where the members said Gackt stopped showing up for meetings, aka as he was not kicked out of Malice Mizer)
My issue of this RR volume finally arrived today! I'm so excited to read more translations of the interview!
Awesome! I have one coming soon! (as in, I will be dropping a translation soon > . < )
Incredible stuff to read!
Just walking by to thank everyone for your amazing efforts! ♥
Thank you so much for these translations. I always hope there is some chance of a true reunion. . . It is nice to hear that there was plans with Gackt to actually come together again. It is definitely true that lots of young people here in Japan do not know MM as stated in the interview haha.
I've been waiting to see if anyone translated the full interview. Since I got a copy of RR back in May, I did a rough translation for myself. It was the first time doing something this long. I'm not experienced in this so I ended up writing up a synopsis of the interview on my blog. Since it may be some time before a full translation is posted, here are links to my blog.
Part one http://blukats.blogspot.com/2018/05/part-one-from-rock-and-reads-interview.html
Part two http://blukats.blogspot.com/2018/05/part-two-from-manas-interview-with-rock.html
My favorite part:
"One of the stage sets was so large it would not all fit in Mana's room. He didn't think of finding a warehouse he could borrow space at, so he tried to hide the Parthanon pillars in his apartment parking."
"Those were always there."
Yeah the old stories about Malice Mizer are some of the best parts of the interview. I enjoyed when he tweeted some things in the past, like having to put on his stage outfit in the car or how either he or Közi only had a day to practice a song and had to do it from a cassette tape, but the speed of the tape was wrong so when they played the song, they were out of sync with each other.
It's sad he deleted a number of those tweets. I hope he has saved a lot of what he's written somewhere. I wish there was someone in Japan that would be able to put together a book with him, Közi and Yu~ki about Malice Mizer. I'd buy it.
Don't worry, it'll all be in his autobiography which is coming soon!
Anyone remember that?
He has mentioned the book. I'm trying to remember where. I thought it was the interview but might be in something else recently. That it was being worked on but then a while back (five years ago?) something happened so nothing since then. My impression is that K passing away changed a lot of things including wanting to work on the autobiography. Which is why it's good that Mana is becoming more active again and getting out to different places. Getting to see he still has a lot of support I hope is a positive thing for him. Because more than a book, having new music would be amazing.
Anyone remember something about a new album?
Supposedly he put it on hold because he was looking for one specific person (unnamed) whose input was crucial to the book.
But among the cognoscenti, the theory is that the book's actually done except for needing editing, but there's only one Gothic Master/Editor Master up to the task and he's not available
And then while I'm out running errands I remember where Mana talked about the book. At the Seattle Q & A. Which I wrote up back then.
"He was asked if he thought about releasing an autobiography. His response was that there was a plan five or six years ago but due to circumstances it did not happen then. That it would be great to do one day."
Well if he can keep dropping stories in interviews, on Twitter and in his blog (which would be a really good place for it) it's good. Even without a book.
It takes time, patience young Jedi. I really do think he is working on music. That was also mentioned in Seattle. In a definite way. " Any news about a new album? He will be entering the recording process soon after he returns to Japan." Having a little experience with recording and engineering, I can say Mana's music is not the typical rock band production. It's not going into a studio for a few days, having the band play and then someone mixes it, masters it and it's an album. Plus we don't know what else he is doing. He said he is going into the recording process...something he has not said previously.
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