Through this tour, I strongly felt the encouragement from fans. When I have them, I could perform like the usual show. I’m glad to have them.
Here is tonight’s guest…
HYDE: Hi, this is Doraemon.
It is already the end of the year and your (Doraemon) special movie* is aired… but you are not Doraemon, HYDE! (laugh). Thank you for all this year too.
(* The end of this year in Japan, there is a Doraemon movie aired as special show).
HYDE: Thank you for having me.
On December 14th, VAMPS HISTORY- the complete video collection Blue-ray version and DVD were released.
HYDE: Thank you.
Well, do you have anything that brings back memory of the video shooting when you watched again?
HYDE: Ah, oh, I can hear the music playing now.
Oh, did you notice?
HYDE: Oh, is it because you joined our MV?
Yes, this is the bonus track for Blue-ray. I attended that!
HYDE: Yeah, when I looked back to the music videos, even after eight years, it was actually pretty nostalgic.
You went to shoot the music videos not only in Japan but also Thailand, Hong Kong and London…
HYDE: For music videos, we always think about how we can do the most effective filming and through this process, we decided to go to different countries.
So, when you watched this DVD, did you come up with other ideas that you would like to try for next time?
HYDE: Hmmm, yeah. Sometime I did. Like now, when I come up with new ideas I think ‘maybe one day I will use these ideas little by little in various songs’.
It depends on the directors who have different skills too, right?
I guess you had a surprisingly busy schedule in 2016 when you looked back?
HYDE: I don’t know. In the first half of 2016, I had plenty of time to create music, but the second half was super hectic (laugh).
How was the tour in North America?
HYDE: We had good results through the North American tour. I thought I would like to do tours like this under the new administration. This tour was intended to build a basic structure for that.
Did you feel any difference when you played at different locations such as Mexico and Chicago?
HYDE: Hmmm, well, there were many fans who came from Japan too. I felt very encouraged. And there were some local fans who are really enthusiastic - even some of them lined up the night before. Through this tour, I strongly felt the encouragement from fans. When I have them, I could perform like the usual show. I’m glad to have them.
When I saw your Instagram, I saw some of the pictures of you recording. Will you have a new song for VAMPS?
HYDE: Yes, of course.
Oh! Will it be released soon?
HYDE: We are preparing now.
What will it be like?
HYDE: I think it will be like Western music.
HYDE: Like the Western Hard Rock music.
You work with foreign producers to create music and will it be like more progressive version of previous songs?
HYDE: Yeah, it will be a little more Western than ‘INSIDE OF ME’.
Wow, I’m looking forward to hearing that.
HYDE: Please, look forward to that.
Speaking of excitement, L’Arc-en-Ciel will release a new single ‘Don’t be Afraid’ the day after tomorrow. And then, Christmas will come this week.
You won’t have a holiday, right?
HYDE: Yeah, I think so. I can’t be helped.
You will play in Music Station too.
HYDE: Yes and I really feel embarrassed to play twice. It became like this.
Why, you do not like it?
HYDE: I do not like it.
Why? We think ‘wow, lucky!’
HYDE: Of course, my fans will be happy, but there are many audiences who are not my fans. So, it looks like I am intruding myself, that’s why I don’t like it.
But, maybe some of the audiences will get to know your song from that.
HYDE: Well, maybe. But I am embarrassed; it looks like I really wanted to show up twice (laugh).
We will watch from that point of view when we see when you are talking with the MC in the Music Station.
HYDE: Yeah, like ‘I’m afraid I come back again’ (laugh).
So, you do not have any idea which you would like to spend this Christmas?
HYDE: Yeah, I will enjoy what I can do somehow.
If we talked about next year, a demon will laugh*.
*(proverb in Japan来年のことを言うと鬼が笑う): Nobody knows what may happen next year.
HYDE: Is that right?
Yes, they will laugh. So, have you decided any foresights for next year?
HYDE:…..( pause)… Yes, I have decided.
Okay, but seems like you cannot tell me, right?
HYDE: Oh, we will release a single and an album, then we will go on an overseas tour and Japan tour. Then, we might have the Halloween Party in autumn.
We wonder about what will happen to the siege-style tour** (**staying in one venue for a long time instead of moving to the next place after a couple of shows)…
HYDE: Next year, it will be like that.
I heard you will release the next album. We are looking forward that.
HYDE: Thank you. We are working on it.
Well, so it has already time for the good bye. I choose this song.
[DEPARTURES started to play in the background]
HYDE: Yes. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to it.