[Exclusive] JpopAsia's Interview With LoVendoЯ

9yr ago   ·   Wednesday 24 Jul, 2013 - 04:55am UTC   ·   Aysohmay   ·   1 upvote   ·   0 comments   ·   10,337 views
[Exclusive] JpopAsia's Interview With LoVendoЯ
When November of 2012 came, it became apparent that not only would the year be coming to an end soon, but so would Reina Tanaka's stint with popular idol group Morning Musume. On November 18th, the singer announced during the group's "Morning Musume. Tanjou 15 Shunen Kinen Concert Tour 2012 Fall ~Colorful Character~" concert that she would be graduating from the group in the spring of 2013 after 10 years.

Before anyone had time to speculate what would come next for the popular idol, Tanaka introduced the world to three lovely ladies: Marina Okada, Marin Myazawa and Yuki Uozumi. Together, the four of them formed a new band, LoVendoЯ.

LoVendoЯ was formed in 2012 after auditions were held to find band members. Tanaka and Okada serve as the band's vocalists, while Myazawa and Uozumi serve as the band's guitarists.

The band began touring in the spring of 2013, holding their own performances and also opening for Morning Musume. So far, the band has only performed in Japan, but this weekend, they will be performing internationally for the first time as part of the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, an annual celebration of Japanese culture held in San Francisco.

JpopAsia had the chance to catch up with the band ahead of their first scheduled appearance in the United States. Check out our exclusive interview with the band below:


JPA: LoVendoЯ is a relatively new band. How would you describe yourselves to people who haven't heard your new songs?

Marina Okada: This band is a mix of several personalities, with its members coming from several environments, totally different from the others! Our other particularity is our formation. We have twin-vocals and twin-guitars, so we hope people would get interest in our music!

Yuki Uozumi: LoVendoЯ is a girls band with twin-vocal and twin-guitars members and their great individuality. During our lives, this is not like the usual ones. The singers dance on stage and the guitars get the attention while being intertwined, well, you will see lots of things. Our performances are furious, our MCs are interesting, etc. the full package.

Marin Miyazawa: Every member has her great character, her good sides. Some of our songs have a considerably powerful rock sound, some other nice songs are softer and there are of course some other ones who have to be performed in high spirits... We perform to deliver those feelings to everyone's heart.
JPA: Over 4000 people auditioned to join your band. Why were Tanaka's 3 band mates chosen?

Reina Tanaka: I was not the only to choose the members so I don't know the full details. But from my point of view, I can say it was our destiny to be together!

Marina Okada: I get through many tests successfully of singing, group interviews and private interviews!

Yuki Uozumi: During the 4 first steps of the auditions, I thought I was just going to play the guitar, but we also had tests of singing... During the last audition, I was really nervous because I had to face Tsunku and Reina Tanaka.

At first, Marin was wearing a pink dress and she really looked like an otaku. Then she said she liked Pokémon during the announcement of the members, I thought she was an eccentric young woman, with a bad image.

Marin Miyazawa: At the beginning I thought we were with Reina Tanaka, the leader, but we became what we are now also thanks to the employees of our label.


JPA: Many idols focus on solo work when they graduate from a group. Why did you [Reina Tanaka] decide to start a band instead?

Reina Tanaka: I had more interest into being in a noisy group than just singing solo. Some staff from the label told me to give a try, because this is what I wanted to do for a long time.
JPA: What are your goals for the band?

Marina Okada: I want to perform in many live houses!

Yuki Uozumi: I would like to go around and fill the live houses with the audience. Little by little, the stage will become bigger and then the production stage will get more appeal.

Marin Miyazawa: I want us to be BIG! I really want us to be more famous.
JPA: Do you have plans to release original singles and albums?

Marina Okada: For the moment nothing is decided but everyone will be soon able to hear our songs.
JPA: How is performing in a band different from performing as part of Morning Musume? Do you prefer one over the other?

Reina Tanaka: Hum... In fact, I didn't have this feeling when I was in Morning Musume, but now I don't feel I want to dance this much. Even though, in the band nobody dances so it appears I want at least to dance sometimes.
JPA: Do you keep in touch with any of your former group-mates?

Reina Tanaka: Not really.
JPA: As a result of your success as part of Morning Musume, do you ever feel any additional pressure to succeed with LoVendoЯ?

Reina Tanaka: Not at all! I will let nature take its course!


JPA: How does it feel performing outside of Japan for the first time? Do you hope to do this more often? What is one country that you would love to visit and play in?

Marina Okada: I am still so surprised and feel happy at the same time. I wanted to perform one day overseas so thanks to this opportunity, I hope that a lot of people will discover LoVendoЯ. This is why I am so happy to attend J POP SUMMIT for PES(Peace Eco Smile) Project presented by TOYOTA x STUDIO 4˚C.

Yuki Uozumi: I am really really happy to be able to perform overseas. I want to play at the House of Blues. I hope to go as well in Europe during the anime’s boom.

Marin Miyazawa: Because this is my first time I am totally thrilled. And of course if I can go to another country, I will, like England!


JPA: Japan's rock scene is mainly dominated by males. Why do you think this is, and do you think LoVendoЯ will help more female rock bands come to the forefront?

Marina Okada: The rock has a strong image, so perhaps it might be why this is mainly dominated by males. We have a good style but this is not the only thing. We are cute, our performances are enjoyable, so if everyone can begin to be interested by our band, I will be really happy.

Yuki Uozumi: Even if the proportion of women playing the guitar is increasing thanks to the influence of anime, men are much more active.

LoVendoЯ is a rock band but our singers also dance. During the guitar solo we are in the highlight of the scene, so we can show you many things. I will persevere and by watching LoVendoЯ, people will also get the motivation to be in a band and play the guitar.

Marin Miyazawa: I also think men really admire whoever is in the rock world. Undoubtedly everyone who will see us will receive all our energy used we will transmit to get further.
JPA: Give one final message to all of your international fans, especially as you prepare for your first U.S. appearance at J-Pop Summit!

Marina Okada: Thank you for your continuing support! It will be our first overseas performance so my heart beat fast, but I will be happy to meet all of you and to perform at J POP SUMMIT for PES(Peace Eco Smile) Project presented by TOYOTA x STUDIO 4˚C.

Yuki Uozumi: There are some live videos in our YouTube channel, so check it out! There are still many things which can’t be transmitted by video, so please talk about LoVendoЯ to a lot of people. I also know it is not easy to come in Japan, but I hope foreigners will come to our lives.

Marin Miyazawa: Nice to meet you, I am Marin Miyazawa, guitarist of LoVendoЯ.
This is my first time going to a foreign country so I am nervous, but I am also happy we are able to perform there. Even from distant area, if we can receive your support and be more famous, it will just be happiness. Thank you again.
LoVendoЯ will be performing in San Francisco as part of the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival at 5:15 pm at Pagoda Stage on July 27th and at 2:30 pm at Union Square on July 28th. For more information, please visit the band's event website.
Source: jpopasia.com
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