I can still hear the panic-y voice in my head, or maybe I was really squeaking .. er.. speaking in a high-pitched voice the entire time? All of it was a blur! The event was almost ending that day but 3/5 of The Micro Head 4N’s- Shun, Ricky and Zero were kind enough to sit down at the edge of the Hyper Japan stage and have a little chat whilst I scribbled, which went like this:
Have you ever visited the UK in the past?
Zero: Once with my old band
Are you just here in the UK for Hyper Japan? Or do you have any other shows lined-up?
TMH4Ns: Just Hyper Japan for now because we are on a tight schedule.
What was your impression of the UK audience?
Ricky: They were nice enough to laugh at our jokes and take pictures with us during our meet and greet, even though it is our first time meeting them.
Shun: But we would like to know, how could we get a really good reaction from the UK audience when we go on stage? Because in Japan we throw in some comedy here and there to get keep them hyped.
What is the band up to at the moment?
Zero: We just released our European album last September.
Ricky: We are also in the middle of our national tour in Japan where we perform our new songs.
Who are your musical influences?
TMH4Ns: We listen to Marilyn Manson, Korn, Radiohead, Linkin Park
Shun: Personally, I like Eric Clapton for his awesome guitar skills.
Since you are a visual-kei band, who do you look up to for style?
Shun: I like the style of Sex Pistols 10 years ago, especially that of Sid Vicious.
Ricky: I prefer a more unique and out-there experimental mix of style. Something like Lady Gaga and Bjork.
Zero: No one in particular, but I do have a penchant for leopard prints.
If you were given a chance to collaborate or perform with a UK act, who would it be?
TMH4Ns: Beatles (laughs). It would be cool to perform with Garbage, Bullet for My Valentine, Oh and Coldplay to name a few, but we don’t want to get our hopes too high.
Any particular place you’d like to perform at?
Shun: The Red Hot Chilli Peppers once performed with a castle as their backdrop and I think that it was in the UK, so somewhere cool like that.
How about in the future, what areas/ cities in the UK would you like to visit?
TMH4Ns: Aside from London, we’d like to visit Manchester, Birmingham and Ireland.
Do you have any message for the UK J-rock fans/ audience out there?
Ricky: Our music is pretty cool so you should come check us out when we perform live.
Shun: The UK is full of cuties and I am looking forward to coming here more often.
Zero: The UK is renown for the soccer (football) hooligans, and when we do perform here in the future, we want the fans to be as hyped up as them.
Zero, Ricky and Shun at the Meet and Greet ^^, too bad I didn’t get an autograph T.T
(Originally posted on: UnitedJpop)
Thank you to Mary Moreton, Yukiko Takahashi, and the band’s management for making this last-minute interview possible!