Interview by David Cirone
July 22, 2011
exist†trace members Jyou, miko, Omi, Naoto, and Mally gave this interview on April 25, 2011, just 2 days after their debut American live show at Sakura-Con 2011.
There’s a sexy moment in the music video for “RESONANCE” where miko…
All: Ohhhh! We know what this question’s about!
…where miko gently licks Omi’s neck. It’s a very popular scene among your fans. There are a lot of comments about it on YouTube.
miko: In Japan, when we first released the video, it was instantly a topic–
Mally: Everyone was saying, “What’s miko doing???”
Jyou: We didn’t even see it when they were shooting — we saw it later! They were just… in their own world.
Mally: We were really shocked.
Naoto: Because those shots came out so good, something else we planned for Jyou got cut.
Jyou: But I had some other cool scenes, so I got over it.
Is there competition for “cool shots” in your videos?
Jyou: We’re all pretty competitive. We all want to have something cooler than everybody else.
miko: Sometimes, when we see the other members’ scenes, we say “Aw, man…! I have to beat that!”
Jyou: In the video for “TRUE,” Naoto got a really cool scene.
(Naoto gives an intentionally evil laugh.)
Jyou: I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Mally: The drums were shot at an interesting angle, too. I think it’s going to look great.
Naoto: But… the miko and Omi parts… we haven’t seen those yet–!
What can you tell about the relationship between the bass and drums in exist†trace? How do you work together when you’re creating a new song?
Mally: We start out with just a basic beat. Then when we feel solid about that, I’ll add some fill-ins. Naoto comes in and she adds things on top of that. She’ll push harder on a certain moment, then I’ll pull it back, or the reverse. I usually record first, so I actually have a lot of freedom, and the rest I leave up to Naoto.
Naoto: Mally starts, and there are certain kicks that are decided. I’ll match them and decide what to do, but sometimes there are things that shock me. On the day of recording, all of sudden the drum parts have changed. I think, “What am I going to do?”
Mally: I’m passionate even during the recording, so sometimes things change.
Naoto: She surprises me a lot. But I like that. You have to go with the flow.
So you two have a strong trust.
Mally: Yes. Definitely.
Jyou: From our point of view, it looks like they’re really good rivals. That type of feeling comes out in their music, that’s how we get such strong rhythm.
Naoto: We’ve known each other for so long, we know each other’s habits.
Mally: I’ve never said this to her, but sometimes I put in a weird kick rhythm. I think “What’s she gonna do?” It’s a challenge. I don’t tell her where, or anything.
Naoto: No matter what she does, I work with it. I think, “Bring it on!” But nothing ever comes out that I don’t like. She does really cool things.
miko: This is rare!
Jyou: They’re complimenting each other — they’re both probably shocked!