Interview with ONE OK ROCK @ VANS WARPED TOUR (Toronto, ON)

This year, Visual Kei Heaven was able to attend this year’s VANS WARPED TOUR for their 20th Anniversary! Along with having the opportunity to review ONE OK ROCK's concert we also got the chance to interview the band. Taka and Ryota shared with us how their travels were going since they had been touring through North American a lot, recently. Read below to see what the two have to say!

VKH: Hello, welcome back to Canada! Your February concert was amazing, I loved it. I’m glad to see you back.

Taka: Oh, thank you!

VKH: It seems like ONE OK ROCK has been in North America for most of the year. Have you noticed a progression in the way you perform in North America, from the first concert you held to your performance today?

Taka: No, not really. In February, it was just one man shows, so they have a longer set list. Today is really short. It’s really different, but I’m going to try my best!

VKH: What do you like most about performing in North America?

Taka: Oooh I don’t know. Everything. (laughs) Every place is good.

Ryota: Yeah, we’re always having fun on this tour. It’s great!

VKH: What made you decide to do VANS WARPED TOUR?

Ryota: We love America, and we love Japan…

Taka: And we love Canada, too!

Ryota: Yeah we love Canada. This tour… (Gives up and hands it off to Taka to finish, English is a bit more difficult for Ryota but he is good natured about it.)

Taka: Yeah, WARPED TOUR is my favourite tour, actually. I’m really, really happy to be here. It’s like a dream come true.  I’m really excited.

VKH: This show is a bit different.  You perform next to other artists and it’s a large event.  How does it feel performing in this type of setting?

Taka: Oh, this is totally different, but the one-man show isn’t different… I cant explain it, it’s hard. (laughs)

Ryota: English is very hard.

Taka: Um, I don’t know.  It’s almost the same but…. Hmm, I don’t know. (laughs)

VKH: You incorporate both Japanese and English throughout your songs. How do you think this has contributed to your popularity in Japan as well as here in North America?

Taka: I don’t know. (everyone laughs) I hope so, but my favourite type of music is American and Canadian music. Of course, whenever I was listening to American, Canadian and UK music, there’s no Japanese, so it’s more “natural.” But I can speak English!  (Laughs)  At least, I try to.

VKH: When ONE OK ROCK first performed,  did you expect you would become so popular?  Not just in Japan, but globally as well.

Taka: My dreams are bigger than myself. Sometimes I wish we were bigger. Right now we’re really big in Japan, which is cool, but I still dream to become bigger in the U.S. and Canada, too.

VKH: Which has been your favorite show so far and why?

Ryota: My favourite show has been this tour. Us being here in Canada.

VKH: Was there anything you found surprising when playing in North America?  If so, what was it?

Taka: I have no idea. A lot of people have been waiting for us over here.  It’s our first time over here. I’m really happy and surprised.

VKH: I can imagine touring and being on the road between shows can be tiring,  What do you do to occupy yourself while on the road?

Taka: Actually it’s not really that tiring.  We sleep a lot ( laughs). We drink a lot of water and get a little bit drunk.

Ryota: Every day there’s a BBQ and drinking.

VKH: Next year will be ONE OK ROCK's 10th anniversary! Are you planning anything special for this occasion?

Taka: I want to go to other countries like Brazil, Italy, or Sweden.

Ryota: Many places…

Taka: Yeah, there are many places I want to visit.

Ryota: Same.

Taka: I want to travel around the world

VKH: Would you please leave a message for your fans?

Taka: We are really happy to be here. We are definitely going to come back to Canada, so please wait for us! Thank you so much. I love you guys, we love Canada.

Ryota: Yes, I love Canada. I love Molson, the beer.

Taka: Yeah the beer here is really good!

(*Note: Ryota doesn’t normally drink beer or like it, but he really likes Molson.)

Ryota: Molson. I want to drink Molson. (Everyone was laughing. Ryota was very intense about liking Molson)

Taka: Also, my favourite musicians are always Canadian artists, like Nickleback

Taka, Ryota: Avril Lavigne.

Taka: Avril is my favourite.

VKH: Well, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! It was so nice to finally talk to you.

Ryota: Thank YOU!

Taka: Thank you!




ONE OK ROCK - BEST ROCK VIDEO.. accepting their award.. As always they are bullying Tomoya again xDD

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Interview of Taka’s father about OOR on a TV show

I = Interviewer, M = Mori-san (Taka’s father)

I: [Both of you are] Really handsome and looks alike?
M: How to say… Our way of thinking is probably similar.

A small episode happened when Mori-san went to OOR’s live after receiving tickets from Taka.
M: [When singing Nobody’s Home] When the song ended, Taka made a deep bow towards my direction, but I was thinking like ‘it should be some kind of small mistakes’. However, my friend beside me said ‘He was bowing towards Mori-san’. Then I replied, “No, I think it wasn’t”. Though I did not believe in so, I called Taka after the live was over and asked, ‘Do you know where I was sitting at?’ Taka answered, ‘I did the reservation for [dad’s] seats, so I knew!’

Mori-san had a tumor in his lungs 2~3 years ago and had a surgery to move it. (He was also once hospitalized due to Hepatitis C) Another small episode happened back in that time too.
M: All of my 3 sons messaged me before I was hospitalized to encourage me. Right before my surgery, Taka went to the doctor and said ‘Please save my father!’
Mori-san’s tumor was proven not to be cancerous after the surgery, yet some parts of the lungs were removed. He is now recovering healthy.

I: Is there any feelings of a rivalry between Mori-san and Taka?
M: Absolutely not.
I: I see (smile)
M: It’s true. Probably our genre is not that similar, so I am supporting him wholeheartedly.

When discussing about Taka, it was not hard to notice that Mori-san was always smiling because he was so proud of his son.
The interviewer for the above was Masayasu Ishihara. Apparently, he researched on OOR for a bit before interviewing Mori-san and even told Mori-san that, “I think I had became some sort of fan of OOR!”.
Mori-san seemed to be very delighted and smiling happily after hearing the comment.
Translation by Margaret ♥
Source: Sina

[Translation] FLYING POSTMAN Special Interview: ONE OK ROCK


* Translation by me, prone to mistakes. Credit it used / posted elsewhere. Original article here.


This is ONE OK ROCK, whose popularity has been rapidly rising recently, even among the foreign people. Started from autumn last year in Paris and took a whole month, they went for their first European and Asian tour, which was held in 11 countries and 12 venues. Following these guys’ steps, their first Documentary Film [FOOL COOL ROCK! ONE OK ROCK DOCUMENTARY FILM] is currently playing in theaters. From the eyes of Nakano Hiroyuki, the person who produced Japanese and foreign artists’ music video and a feature film titled [SF Samurai – Fiction], and the person who happened to be the director of the mentioned documentary film, what kind of band is ONE OK ROCK?

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