hevn 008 - October 2003 | Ruki Personal Interview | Theme 【Past = Present】
-- Ruki-san, when you were little, what kind of child were you?
Ruki: I've often been told by my parents that I was a child who easily made friends. I've been told by them that even when we moved [houses] I was a kid who made new friends quickly and soon entered all my friends' houses. I was constantly moving from house to house... (laugh). I had a very active preschool live.
-- So you were a very affectionate child, right. This honest appearance really hasn't changed since then.
Ruki: Is that so?
-- And then, how was it in elementary school?
Ruki: I think what I remember from elementary school is that I forgot/lost a lot of things.... I also received physical punishment from my teacher all the time (laugh).
-- Physical punishment?
Ruki: What (s)he often did was clapping one's thigh with his/her hand while shouting "Momiji!" (laugh). I always forgot the apron we had to use in the kitchen.
-- You did, right, the only one in class. But I'm glad it was only such a cute punishment. During elementary school, did you take part in any clubs?
Ruki: Yes. I was in the manga club.
-- So this is why Ruki-san is so good at drawing!
Ruki: Well, let's quit this. It was a suspicious club, ne (laugh). I was in the basket ball club till my fourth year and after that I took part in the manga club for two years. Nevertheless, there were about 20 people in the club. Everyone was drawing manga all the time (laugh).
-- Even after returning home from school you continued to draw?
Ruki: No. Since we were little, we had secret bases where we would play, right?
-- Yes, and you would only allow boys to enter the secret base! What did you do and play there?
Ruki: We played things like making sand dumplings and then go all "This is our food!" (laugh). And then we also went roller-skating.
-- So you were kind of a sportsman?
Ruki: No. I was very poor at ball games. I wonder if I was any good at roller-skating though?
-- After that, what kind of club did you join in middle school?
Ruki: During the first year I did Judô, and during the second and third year I did basket ball.
-- Eh, Judô! Amazing!
Ruki: It's not amazing at all. There was a welcome assembly for all new students when I entered this school, right. At that time the club was on the verge of being closed and its advisor teacher was all "I don't want this club to go to waste!" and soon after seeing his face that was about to cry, me and my friends were like "Isn't he pitiable? We'll enroll in the club!", so we entered and that was it (laugh).
-- You were struck by how your teacher put his everything into it, weren't you. But was there something too intense, so that you left the club?
Ruki: The practice was intense, and also on Sunday it was always practice practice practice, there was no break and I didn't enroll in the club with this kind of motivation. I wanted to quit but I couldn't do that so easily. But I almost didn't go there anymore eventually (laugh). But that was already in 6th grade.
-- What [Judô] class were you in 6th grade, approximately?
Ruki: Well, generally people would have the white belt, right? I was one above that, I had the brown belt.
-- You were very strong!
Ruki: No. I just often won by being lucky (laugh). Even so, there were also proper tests. I was kind of forced to go to the dôjo to take the tests. First I was passive and then I did my throw... like that. Even my parents thought I was doing Judô seriously. When there was Judô on TV they would certainly call me and go "Hey! Look at this!".
-- And after that you did basket ball?
Ruki: I enrolled in that club because it looked like fun when my friends were doing it. But I didn't do anything seriously at all (laugh).
-- And yet you had the brown belt! Maybe you should continue with it now....
Ruki: Nooo, please give me a break! (bitter laugh)
-- When did you start doing music?
Ruki: In the third year of middle school we appeared as a band at a show in a camp. I did drums back then.
-- Was that so? Why did you want to do the drums?
Ruki: When I decided I wanted to be in the band I had a bad start (laugh).
-- And after that you decided to do music?
Ruki: No. As for highschool, I wanted to attend a design school and wanted to become a "Master Sculptor", but such a school was nowhere near where I lived, so there was no other way than to commute to another place. But if I went there I'd had to do things like pottery and oil painting and thought "This has got nothing to do with sculpturing!" and I gave up on becoming a sculptor. When I thought I wanted to do a band I formed one together with friends and we did mellow core and hard core style at the same time.
-- I see. So that's why you can hear these elements also if you listen to the Gazette's sounds. Did they originate from Ruki-san? They're too good!
Ruki: After I quit that band I was asked to do support for a Visual kei band and they told me "It's fun to wear make up!".
-- When did you become a vocal?
Ruki: Before we formed Gazette I was in a band for only 3 months together with Uruha and Reita but the way the vocal at that time was singing did not do for me, so I was wondering what the members should do. That's how it was. Just at that time I was creating songs, and also inserted the lyrics with my own voice. When Uruha heard this he supported my songs and told me "You! You're going to do the vocals!!" and I tried to change drums for vocals for the time being, but then the band broke up (laugh). I did vocals for a session band once and it was a lot of fun. After that I think I just simply wanted to stand out (laugh).
-- So due to Uruha-san's words you declared the vocal "Ruki" as born, that's great.
Ruki: (shy laugh)
-- So then let's move on to talk about the "present". You'll start your coupling tour with Vidoll in October but please tell us about your enthusiasm.
Ruki: I feel like winning! I have a lot of self-confidence! (speaking in a small voice...? Why such a small voice??? laugh.)
-- You're also releasing "Hankou Seimeibun", what kind of recording will it be?
Ruki: The songs for this time's recording weren't made easily and it was quite painful. The songs have been made while being cornered. One could say that's the pain of giving birth, but I'm glad that as for the result we could add spice in a good way. As for the musical composition, I think that we could fuse the Gazette we've been until now and a new Gazette into one. We just let everyone who listens to it judge freely, thus we also don't intend to change or anything, we just wanted to do what we felt like.
-- Compared to your older recordings, did anything change?
Ruki: I think I want to sing more honestly than before, and there are also English lyrics in the new songs, so despite thinking "This is so tireseome!" while consulting the dictionary, I really want to remember the English words. Then I also liked Hip-Hop lately, so I tried to mix this style with the song [DIS]. Since it's a little shabby if we added some mixture sounds I wanted to add them to create an impact. Although we're doing Visual kei, all of the members often say "We want to do various kinds of songs!", but aren't there not just a few people who are doing this? When I'm creating songs, I'm always dedicating myself to create songs which are like "Even when I'm listening to them at home, the songs I made myself should be something I can also listen to there". This is why "I want to do various kinds of songs".
-- So create a new scene! Please! Now please tell us a message [to our readers].
Ruki: I think that this time's songs are not easy to get used to... maybe... for sure.... But I don't want to defend ourselves, I just want you to accept us [as we are]. Therefore it's not like we won't play songs like before anymore. I just want the present Gazette to be cool. Please understand that. We still have a long way in front of us, but please treat us favourably.
1. Please tell us your: Name - Part in the band - Birth date - Blood type - Birthplace
A: Ruki - The guy who sings - February 2 - B Type - Shounan
2. What's the first thing you do after you wake up?
A: Smoke a cigarette
3. What's one thing you absolutely have to do before going to bed?
A: Put out my cigarette
4: Please tell us what's your favourite food.
A: Japanese style spaghetti
5: Please tell us what's your least favourite food.
A: Green pepper, shiitake, strawberries
6. Could you watch a movie lately? If you did, please tell us which one it was.
A: I didn't watch any.
7. Have you put any straps or something on your cell phone? If you have, what kind of thing is it?
A: A Tsurushiguma link
. I got it from a fan. Global Stone (fell off). Gaze-strap.
8. What's your strong point?
A: That I'm full of weak points
9: What's your weak point?
A: That I have strong points
10: When was your first love? What kind of person was it?
A: I forgot but it was a mature scent without being sweet...
11: What do you think about before going on stage?
12: What do you absolutely have to do before going on stage?
13: What do you absolutely have to do after being on stage?
14: Please tell us about your dream you had when you were litte.
A: I wanted to become a mangaka? That was during elementary school though (laugh)
15: Do you collect anything?
A: Lately I've been collecting hats... kind of.
16: What do you do to reduce stress?
A: Going on stage.
17: Right now, who do you miss most?
A: My dog who died.
18: Right now, what's the happiest thing you can think of?
A: That the band is doing well
19: What's the most precious thing to you?
A: Gazette (including the fans)
20: A word to your fans
A: Because we have you we are able to shine. This will be an eternal fellowship ☆
■Feature■ A Memory from Sports Day
Ruki: I remember at the time of the sports day in middle school, I ended up doing a splendid failure.
-- What did you fail at?
Ruki: We made a human pyramid. And then the very bottom tumbled and I fell...
-- Where were you when this happened?
Ruki: At the very top. It was regrettable, right. Fuu~... the silence .... I thought my parents would say anything.... But they, too, didn't say anything. It's a bitter memory.
That last part was so funny, but I also pitied poor Ruki a lot XD <3
If I feel like it I'll try to do the other members' interviews as well sometime >w<