INTERVIEW WITH Mejiri
Why we do human being sing?
I've been taking picture as a job and
also just for fun for years now, but I often ask myself "why
do I photograph?" I think everybody who keeps
doing one thing; music, painting, even just a normal job or whatever for
a long time might be caught this foolish idea at least once- "What
am I fuckin' doing?"
When I first saw Mejiri's live show, they
just loughed away these negative feelings inside of myself. I felt
that they just loved to play music, and
being as what
they were. They just seemed to know what they wanted. Of course it's not
easy to keep doing one thing and being creative at the same time without
and skills, but I would say it's more difficult not to forget that how much
you love doing it for a long time. Someone who know the emotion deep inside
listen to and go with it always impresses me. Mejiri is one of such an attractive
group for me.
You will see in this interview that what moves them is giving
love to people around them and to music itself. As Mr.Mizuki says,
we need to think more
about what we can't see or touch in this age that is saturated with material.
I want to cause an opposite movement from Tokyo too! I don't think
Hiroshima is a boring town. Everything depends on what YOU want to
(Mr.Mizuki answered the interview as a representative.)
1.Please introduce all of the members in your band.
Tomohide Mizuki/Vocal & Guitar, Takao Hirose/Drum, Katsuhiko Minamizawa/Sax,
Kenichi Sasaki/Bass, Tomoko Nakayama/Percussion, and Maiko Itoh/Keybord. We have
now 6 members.
2.When you started activities as Mejiri?
In 1999, we started to play at live houses such as JACARA just for
fun. We didn't practice a lot at that time, but it was just a good
experience for us. In 3 years
we have changed members several times and became 6 piece band that we are now.
kind of artists influenced you most in your activities?
Every of one as the 6 members has different tastes and all of them
are contents of Mejiri, but I, as a composer, was impressed by
Organic Soul Music like Donny
Hathaway etc. I love artists who have strong emotion and make me feel their
soul from the works. I also get influenced from Tadao Ando (an architect),
4.Let me know about the single album you released recently.
It's been one year since the last one, and we had many new songs
to put out. We made the last 2 albums with a professional engineer
in a studio, but this
time we bought a recording machine and did all the processing- recording,
pressing, jacket making- by ourselves. Everything was a first experience
for us and we
had a hard time, but we helped each other to do the entire process. I want
to give our thanks to the staff at Cover, and Sumatora-Tiger. (They worked
We are satisfied with the album, and want many people to listen to!
is the title of the album? What does it mean?
"Rocka Ballade", the same title of the first song in the album. It
has 4 songs and every of them@is about "LOVE". We didn't have
any theme when we were recording, but now I would say it's the theme of
6.How do you usually compose songs?
Now I compose almost every songs at first, bring it to the studio
and others listen to it. We talk about each one's ideas, talk a
lot, then begin to
play toghether. While we play together we come to understand more about
ideas. Our way to practicing is really creative!
7.What do you think about
the scene in Hiroshima now?
If it's about music, the number of bands has been increasing and
it's sad for me. I don't feel energy in the town recently, and
be depressed. I want to say that we now need to pay attention to subcultuers
art, whatever) more and make our mind rich, not to only think about economical
things. I also think the media in this town should pick up artists here
to make an original scene in Hiroshima. I have many opinions about the
it would be just a complaint, so I'll stop now. We think we're a part
the scene, so we'll just keep doing live shows, as many as we can. People
to avoid real communication and use mechanical ways to communicate like
TV or internet,
but I believe we need to see each other, feel one's breath or body temperature
to get understand each other. That's why we love having live shows.
us about your future plans.
We are going have as many shows as we can not only in Hiroshima
but also in other cities. And we want to call more people into
this town from
boring to have only one way movement- people always go UP to the big
city and never pay attention to things happening in small towns. We want
We also want to work with other artists (not only musicans) in Hiroshima.
We organize "poetry readings" sometimes. It would be good if
we can make a big movement together.
9.What is your dream?
As a band, we want to keep a good relationship with music. We want
to meet people and share their excitement. If it's about myself,
my living as
10.Tell us about what the word PEACE means to you?
It means talking or discussing with, and understanding each other.
We are natural-born performer! Come to our shows!