We don¡Çt know what our future will be like, I have no idea what mine will be like either. We hope for BUCK-TICK to continue changing. As for Sakurai and Imai, I wonder what they think about their future.
Please tell us what are your thoughts on the future.
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡For the band, the ideal for us is always to be active. Apart from us, sometimes other people want to offer us songs.
¡ÈApart from us¡É, that is¡Ä?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡Someone could write a song for us, but the person¡Çs image wouldn¡Çt fit with us. When I write songs or lyrics, it¡Çs as if like it¡Çs stained. I¡Çll persistently want to write B-T-like songs. As a matter of fact, some time ago I wrote a song for ¶â»ÒÈþ¹á(Kaneko Mika)*. For reference, I was given a tape of that song, and to this day I haven¡Çt listened to it, because unintentionally, it reflects my and B-T¡Çs image.
You are stuck with B-T.
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡Yeah. I have this strong awareness that I am ¡ÈImai Hisashi of BUCK-TICK¡É.
That was your first time writing a song for someone else, right? What does it feel like?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡I was completely happy(laughs). After the song was completed, I listened to it and thought Kaneko-san¡Çs way of singing was excellent. ¡ÈEh?! That person did this song?¡É I think is an amusing reaction from people who listen to it.
Sakurai¡Çs future is¡Ä?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ If you asked me this 1, 2 years ahead or even 5 years, 10 years ahead, the answer would be ¡ÆI don¡Çt know¡Ç.
What about 1 or 2 years ahead?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ With my current state, I wish B-T to become better as a band, to achieve something better than what is now. I think what we do now has a direct connection to what we want to do.
Could you explain this ¡Æbetter state¡Ç to us in a more specific way?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ Have more people come see us at lives, get more people to listen to the album, etc. Be in a better shape than our current situation. It¡Çs not doing anything special, it¡Çs just us doing what we always did.
Have you, as a guitarist, ever had the desire to become the singer?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡I don¡Çt think I have enough stage presence for it.
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ Yeah, it¡Çs the presence. I feel satisfied being the singer. When I think the way I sing a song isn¡Çt very good, it makes me want to disappear. But it¡Çs more than that. No matter how many times I sing, the less I agree with it. Maybe I¡Çll be still saying this when I turn 40(laughs).
With Imai-kun composing a song for another person, have you thought about writing a song, outside of B-T, for another person?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ I don¡Çt think it would be possible for me to write someone else a song, because I have never thought about it. The lyrics I chose to sing are good with me singing them. These words are born from me, my image. I don¡Çt think I would want other person singing them. If I had to write a song for another person, I don¡Çt think I would be able the choose words that fit their image, for them. Because I¡Çm not skilful(laughs).
(Scan cut off most of this question) (¡Ä) Is it necessary?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡I think sensibility is a difficult thing, everyone has a different way to perceive things. Everyone has a different taste. Some people may perfectly like a song, but others may not stand it. I pay attention to people¡Çs different reactions, and I also try to polish my own sensibility. Even so, you have to believe in what you do, no matter what is said of it.
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ When you write lyrics, if in a certain part is vague, it troubles me. It¡Çs not just singing a set of combined words, I don¡Çt want to sing something I don¡Çt understand. Eventually, it is a world of self-satisfaction. Someone could say, ¡ÈI don¡Çt understand your lyrics¡É, but I could say, ¡ÈI like these lyrics¡É. I want to do what¡Çs the most important first.
Do you have any insecurities about the future?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ If I start to think about it now, there are endless insecurities. I think about things like, what would be good to do, if we should move on from our current way, etc. Choosing whether or not to run up the rail. Some people have been helping us, but there¡Çs still some way to go before we are accepted by the public. There¡Çs really no end to these thoughts. I try to evaluate, ¡ÈAre these good thoughts?¡É, but there is no response from my mind. Recently, I¡Çve been thinking about that.
In short, it¡Çs certain?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ In a way, yeah. But I¡Çm also sure that some of these thoughts are breaking through. Even if these feelings will always be near me. If I change, what I see changes too.
The album is at No.1, and the number of live audience has increased. But with that, similar sounding bands have increased too.
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ I¡Çm concerned, but I think they¡Çre not nearly as good as B-T. Not only for the looks or technical aspects, but they¡Çll never become us. Regardless of anything, I¡Çm not one who should decide what people can or cannot do(laughs).
For B-T, from now on, what is something you are not willing to give up?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡Surprising people. Absolutely, The stage presence and musical atmosphere of each of us in the band. I don¡Çt want to give up on ourselves. The way 5 cool people gathered together to be a band.
Don¡Çt you think you are cool enough?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡¡Ä Thanks. (laughs).
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ Well, I still don¡Çt know that myself. Yes, I don¡Çt know at all. I don¡Çt that¡Çs either good or bad, I haven¡Çt thought about it. Having confidence in yourself at a time, is different when it comes to the future or the near future, I don¡Çt know how much is needed. I always have this feeling that tells me to believe in B-T and in me, and that people believe in us. I don¡Çt want to ever forget these feelings, it¡Çs the most important thing for me, now.
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡We¡Çd like to have people think we are cool, since we don¡Çt have a ¡Æcool standard¡Ç now.
At the time when you formed B-T, how long did you have to wait ahead for you to do what you expected?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡I always thought I would like to do this during my whole life, so I want to keep going.
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ When I was the drummer, I never thought about that (laughs), but when I became the singer, started to pay more attention to the band stuff.
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡Such a self-centered guy (laughs).
Have these expectations progressed since then?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡Maybe I should say it¡Çs as expected. I think it¡Çs good if we turn to be more individualistic. Like, if we all get confident enough for each of us to make a solo album.
Was writing the song for Kaneko-san a first step?
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ Without any compromise, only doing it as practise, it¡Çs a very simple thing. After all, I don¡Çt want to forget my original intention. Also, if we want to express something directly, originality is more appealing, and we would just keep doing what we do.
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡So far, I don¡Çt think I¡Çve been doing all I want to do yet. This sort of awareness has been growing stronger.
Do you think you have an idol-ish perception?
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡People can say we have this and that around us, but we won¡Çt ever change our style. For example, if we¡Çre on teen magazines, I won¡Çt be doing a smiling face, I¡Çd be myself, the way I am. I¡Çd like to end the whole thing so-called rock bands have or not have to do.
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ We¡Çre confident about things like our image and style, and we want to do what is unconventional, sensational. We¡Çll always want to be an outrageous band.
Please tell us what you¡Çll do in the near future.
£É£Í£Á£É¡§¡¡We¡Çre going to London in September, to make a cool album. That¡Çs a fact(laughs).
£Ó£Á£Ë£Õ£Ò£Á£É¡§ We¡Çre stubborn. We¡Çre unusual, stylish and BUCK-TICK-ish guys (laughs).