It was actually hard to pick a fave member out of them. It’s just, every member just attracts me idek Toru with his mysteriousness, Tomoya with his happy spirit and Ryota with his baka-ness(is that even a word lol)
But in the end, I chose Taka. His stage presence, his adorkable personality and ughh that voice uGHHH you all know that feel, right? （。ˇ ⊖ˇ）
Day 18 → Which OOR is the most nostalgic? The Beginning, because I remember this song was released just days before I went on holiday to Canada & America - just last year in the summer of 2012. I vividly remember repeating this song countless times while on the 12 hour coach journey from Toronto to New York. Every time I listen to this song, it just reminds me of sitting on the very front seat of the coach by the driver, with my headphones on, feet up on the bar, while taking in the hot summery and fascinating views of North America for the first time - to these British eyes of mines c:
Translation for the article found here. Personally I feel that this is an interesting and really great interview, and I tried my very best to translate it as closely as possible to the original article to let non-Chinese speakers enjoy this interview as much as I did. If there are any mistakes, please do not hesitate to let me know! _____________
Being on stage makes me look like a ‘Human’ — ONE OK ROCK
ONE OK ROCK has visited Taiwan for two consecutive years. Even though they have never release their works in Taiwan, their music uploaded on mainstream music websites are enough to have the support of a huge number of fans. The concert tickets were sold out quickly, which shows the charms of their music (?). Choosing the date before the concert, ONE OK ROCK had an interview about music and tour.
Released last year, 【人生×僕=】album took second place on the chart and the sales also broke 200,000 record. This is undoubtedly the new generation bands leading’s success.
Regarding the name of the title which is just like an equation, ONE OK ROCK expressed that 「人生」 and 「僕」multiplied the answer will be the rock music produced by the band.
—Soft feelings in manly rock (haha this sounds weird and it’s a literal translation, please correct me!) Listening to ONE OK ROCK for the first time, most of the time people will be attracted to the vocalist’s, Taka, fluent English. In their lyrics there are a huge usage of English language. They laughed and said personally they love western rock music, also during their recording their crew are mostly foreigner, so it is unavoidable that they head towards western rock direction during composing. English is also added pretty much in their lyrics.
Also, ONE OK ROCK’s works are composed by the members themselves. The movie 「SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK」theme song, 《Be the light》, has been translated into several languages. Taking the role of composing, Taka said that this song is written because of the Tsunami disaster. Even though he couldn’t expressed 100% of how the victims felt, he hoped that through the MV and lyrics everyone in every parts and corners of the world will know that Japan is doing her very best in regards to the after math of the disaster. Taka has also told fans during the concert to pray very hard to God that this same disaster will never happen again. This shows that even with their manly style of songs, they have a soft side in them.
— Feeling the real ‘me’ during concert This year ONE OK ROCK held a magnificent tour in Europe and Asia, and named it 「Who are you??Who are we??」. They explained seriously that this sentence is actually them greeting the fans. Performing in different parts of the world they are very curious who are the fans? And they also want to know if the fans really know them? That is the reason why they named this tour as that. In the recent years, ONE OK ROCK has successfully toured in different countries and this has widened their knowledge. However, ONE OK ROCK doesn’t feel deeply enough (?), they are looking forward to seeing the fans in the concert introducing ONE OK ROCK music to their friends, and the next time they will bring their friends along.
For bands, concert is the best stage to showcase your talents. Usually performed in LIVE HOUSES in the past, ONE OK ROCK recent tour stages are bigger. Drummer, Tomoya, said actually it doesn’t matter where it is they all like it the same. However, with small venues the distance between the fans and them are closer. This will let them feel the passion of their fans even better. He also added that the difference about rehearsal is that during the real performance there will be audiences, so it feels entirely different. What he likes most is the “togetherness” of those on stage and those below the stage during the concert. Bassist, Ryota, said that concert allows him to relive stress. Guitarist, Toru, added that communication barrier occurs in many countries where they performed, but through concerts he deeply understands that music is something that doesn’t involve where you come from. Coming from the vocalist, Taka, who always speak with charm, said that on stage he can show the real ‘me’, and so through the concert he then will feel ‘Human’. This brilliant sentence made the other members shown praises through their eyes. This is really a charming answer!
—Many habits during performance, members understand in a glance (?) When chatting about the habits during performance, ONE OK ROCK said before performing they will gather in a circle and shout to lift up their spirits(?), at the same time a large number of fans have also noticed that Ryota don’t usually wear shirt during concert. He frankly said, performing with a shirt on can only show 70 to 80 percent of his strength, but if he takes off his shirt he will be able to reach a full outbreak of 100%.
Not only that, fans have also noticed Tomoya is often the victim of the other members pranks. With a grievance expression he laughed and said everyone likes to play around especially Taka who loves to bully him. But as the oldest in the group, he said that if being bullied brings entertainment to everyone, he wouldn’t mind so much, not forgetting laughing at himself for being masochistic. (this is really difficult to translate argh)
Such a speech not only made the members laughed but also the crew who were at the side laughed out loudly, the closeness and friendships between the members can be seen from here.
—The passion of Taiwanese fans cannot be resisted Because of the tour this year ONE OK ROCK has traveled to Europe and Asia, and even make the grand final stage for the fans in Taiwan. Already been here several times, before the interview they familiarly went around and ate their favourite 滷肉飯 (minced pork rice) and 擔擔麵 (dandan noodles).
Towards the end of the interview, suddenly realized that the answer which ONE OK ROCK gave for 【人生×僕=】, what if it is changed to 「ONE OK ROCK X台灣 (Taiwan)」what will the answer be? To this question, Taka thought for the answer for a while, he said every time they are in Taiwan they cannot resist the passion of the fans. When performing, they always feel as one with the Taiwanese fans. Therefore, 「ONE OK ROCK X台灣＝台灣」 is the best answer in their hearts.