What music did you listen to growing up?
Thanks to my father, I listened to the Eagles and The Beatles as a small child but I was not really into it. TV shows were not my thing so I didn’t know about one of the biggest Japanese Idol groups SMAP that everyone had heard of. Gradually, some of my friends influenced me to listen to music but I still could not even name any famous musicians until the end of my primary years and that is when I started liking Japanese rock bands such as BUMP OF CHICKEN or ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATIONS, or hip hop groups who were leaning towards pop sounds like RIP SLYME and nobodyknows+. It was during my junior high school days when I began looking for the sounds of foreign bands, The Offspring, Sum 41, Nirvana and Oasis. I then started digging more until I found out about The View, The Libertines and The Strokes who really made me think, oh this is the sound I was always looking for and this sound is what I was being called for. I remember seeing The View's first album on sale in a local store and I realised that their average age was 17 and wondered what kind of life I would have to lead to be able to sell CDs in a foreign country. I paid for a Japanese version with small change that I had as pocket money, then I read the liner notes and discovered that the man who discovered The View was James Endeacott from Rough Trade Records, who had also discovered The Libertines and The Strokes when he was an A&R. It was also around the time that YouTube was becoming more and more popular, so everything just started to widen from there. Eventually I started a band with a friend from junior high that we continued until about the middle of high school. Our dream was to be able to reach a global audience and we were uploading our materials to Myspace.