INTERVIEW WITH AUDIO ACTIVE
The Audio Active, a Japanese DUB music group, had a live show at club
Quattro on 3rd of November. There are many crazy fun of them in Hiroshima.
The last time they had a live show at China Town, they made kids in
this town crazy about their sound. It was a so cool show.
So we were really excited when we listened their rehearsal in the lounge
We had an interview with them after the rehearsal. They didn't talk
a lot, but they answered to each question politely. Here are the interview,
and some photos from the live.
Peace: So, this is the second time for you to come to Hiroshima, right?
Please tell us your impression of this town.
Masa: I love the food here!
And the last time we had a live show here, I felt hot viberations
from the audience, so I'm really excited about
Nanao: I just remenber "ei chan" (a Japanese famouse
singer who is from Hiroshima).
2DD: I think Hiroshima is really
kasai: Yes, I think so. I saw many people who have strong power.
But I've heard of many complaints from the artists who did live shows
in Hiroshima. They said the audience was so calm......
M: That's the
artists' fault! Well, but I'm not sure we can make the audience hot
2: We tend to calm the audience down sometime! (laugh)
P: I think
you've been around to so many places in this tour. Where is your
M: That's a difficult question....
E: I love everywhere we went this
time. I just have so many good memories in each town, so I can't
deside which one is the best.
P: OK, so give us some places that you
like to visit.
M: Oh, I can't compare one to the other!
2: I love Hiroshima.
M: Me too! 'Cause the last time was great...
2: And I like Sapporo,
Fukuoka, and Nagoya.....
M: You mean everywhere! Yes, that ends up
being the answer.
N: Yeah, every place has a different atomosphere,
and good vibes.
P: Let me ask a little bit about your new album. I
think the title, "Back
to the Stoned Age" is unique. What does
M: It came from the words "back
to the stone age" which was
used by American soldiers during the Afghan
war. It means "send
all the Afghan people back to the Stone Age":
attack them excessively. And I just added a
letter "d", and it totally changed
the meaning. "Back to the Stoned Age" means
PEACE, and it's motto that guides us.
P: I see.
That's a really intersting story. So please
tell us about the music. Is there
recommend the most?
M: The recording for this
album itself was one process, so the whole album is one big
for us. Actually
in order, instead we decided nothing and
just took some ideas that came to us during the
recording. Which means
the songs at once, and tried to make all
of them to our taste.
P: When did you meet "DUB" music?
M: When I was an teenager.
It was a long time ago!
2: Me, too. " High-Teen DUB"! (
there is a famous old Japanese song called "High-Teen Boogie" which
was in when they were teenagers.)
P: Who did you get influenced
N: King dubby....
M: Yeah, and Lee Perry.... Adorian....
2: We kiked out the
first record from the Adorian's lavel, so
we were definitely
M: There are so many artists!
P: You did many live shows
in many different countries,
to ask you if you
can see any differences
between the countries,
such as the atmosphere
of the audience or the people.
M: Differences? Well I think
it is natural that there
history, and different
people live there, they've
built up different cultures.
see the same
chain stores anywhere,
So I like a place with
P: This is the last question.
Tell us about your
M: Well..... dream....,
I have many dreams.
thinking about how
to sell many CDs
without being famous.
I've been thinking the opposite. I wanna
care how many
you sure? I didn't know that
I'm the type of person
I hope to be BIG!
2: That's a