I would like to focus on making more songs than doing gigs [in the upcoming year]” - HYDE
Q: 2015 has become the highest number of gigs in both foreign countries and Japan in a year.
H: I do not think so, though.
Q: Well, I thought you keep pressing the gas pedal to the max.
H: I feel like it’s just ok, hahaha.
Q: Do you think you could do more?
H: We could, but I would like to focus on making more songs than doing more gigs. I had time to improve myself this year, so if I feel 'okay, I might do such number of gigs. I just wanted concentrate my work in this year. I know I cannot take much time for that, which I wanted to do.
Q: I think releasing 'BLOODSUCKERS' was a huge event for VAMPS to make VAMPS' gigs more dramatic and dynamic.
H: Yeah, there are many songs that make the audience steam up crazily fast. We joined many metal festivals this year, and we could show the unique part of VAMPS...we could show we are neither a trendy band, nor old styled. So that album is like an invitation for our current style of VAMPS.
Q: You will release new DVD, which will contain the concert from last May in Japan. What did you want to do at that time?
H: I think that the concert experience was a bit different depending whether you were in a standing area or arena. If you are at the arena, the distance between the audience and us was like ZEPP (small live house style). Even the last people who stood at the end of arena were still pretty close for us. For the standing area, audience felt far from the stage, but they could enjoy more of our unique performance than the arena audience. We wanted to experiment with this stuff in the concerts. In the DVD, you can see more clearly about what kind of concert it really was.
Q: Indeed, I noticed various things. Like the huge slanted screen showing motion picture arts, and I could see from different point of view from these arts magically mixed with your exciting music.
H: I think you cannot see the whole picture of this gig if you see it only once. Of course you can enjoy at the same time, but you cannot see it all at once...We made it for fans who expected small live house-style gig. But you can see the standing view from this DVD. You can even see from the ceiling camera, so you will understand 'Oh, it was like this'.
Q: You planned this concert by imagining how you could make the audience enjoy in a big concert stadium.
H: Yeah, our style of entertainment does not use colorful lighting or actions, but simply with these motion arts instead, which is what we really wanted to do in our concert. You can definitely see what VAMPS' gig is like from this DVD.
Q: Yes, we can enjoy the world of VAMPS, which is beautiful but fierce through each lighting, and the show of stained glasses.
H: Thank you.
Q: What do you think about the concert when you watch the DVD again yourself?
H: Honestly, I would like to do it again, because we are still evolving. We would like to try the same show style again. Of course, at that time, we did our best and it was the best of us, but I feel that we are now better than that. So, we released many DVDs. Even though we feel that we are now better than in this DVD, I know it was the best performance for us at that time.
Translation by: Yumi