Interview by Nhu Nguyen
March 23, 2015
VAMPS are a busy group in Japan and their busy schedule is bringing them stateside! The men are gearing up to support their international release of BLOODSUCKERS with the Sixx:AM tour and two Florida rock festivals in April, and a New York headlining show on May 1st at the Best Buy Theater. JRock24’7 spoke with the two about the tour, music, and of course, vampires.
VAMPS has mentioned before that Motley Crue among other groups has been an influence on VAMPS’ music. How did VAMPS get invited to open up for Nikki Sixx’s band, Sixx:AM?
HYDE: I’m a big fan of them. Our management talked to them and we started communication from there. Then we invited them to Japan, and the rest followed after that. I think that’s what happened…
Even though you’re well known in Japan, you’re going to tour America where not many people know you. What are the pros and cons of building a new audience for VAMPS?
HYDE: I grew up listening to American music, but it’s not everything. Each band has their individuality and unique style. I think that we get to show something refreshing to international fans. We haven’t seen any example how to build international fans, so we need to find our own way to do it. There’s no easy way, and there’s no path to follow. We have to make it happen.
K.A.Z: We don’t have enough recognition in America yet. We need to perform more and have them experience VAMPS live. I think it’s a good thing we’re “rookies” in other countries! (laughs)