Interview with Sunemegamafy

Please introduce each member.
** Vocal: Tomo

Toru’s comment: A living stoic guy.
Kyoushi’comment: A smart vocalist.

** Guitar: Toru

Tomo’s comment: A man who can say clearly the things he dislikes and hate. Great producer of the band
Toru’s comment: Troublesome guy
Kyoushi’s comment: A solid guitarist.

** Bassist: Ken

Tomo’s comment: A sensitive man with sympathetic honor. The mood-maker of the band.
Toru’s comment: Love’s baseball, elegant guy
Kyoushi’s comment: A fired up bassist.

** Drums: Kyoushi

Tomo’s comment: A calm man with a mild personality. Hidden boss character of the band
Toru’s comment: A guy who doesn’t panic or making any fuzz noise

How did the band form? How did each member join?

Tomo: From the bottom of my heart I talked firstly to Ken.
I remember saying to him; “Why won’t you play your final band of your life together with me?”
I begged Toru for about six months to make him join.
I forcibly asked Kyoushi to play the drums because a LIVE already has been decided.
Except for me everybody met for the first time. Even if I say so myself, amazing members gathered together, may I thank myself for it?

Toru: Maybe we are just supposed to be together someday?
From the start, I wanted to feel closer to Tomo’s songs.
But now, if one member is missing, our music won’t be born.

 After about an half year drinking and talking about forming a new band with Tomo, he suddenly said “I found the best members!”, and so the best members gathered together. ( ・∇・)

 I happened to meet Tomo, and then it just happened.

What does the band’s name 「SUNEMEGAMAFY」 mean?

Tomo: Before we started as a band, I woke up in the middle of the night and the name ” SUNEMEGAMAFY ” just flew through my mind. Later on it became the band name. So the name actually doesn’t make any sense. But I guess we picked the name because somehow the name fits us well.

Toru: I don’t know what the name means, but I image somehow the image of a big eyed fish.

Ken: Tomo said that he heard it in his dreams ( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: I guess it doesn’t mean anything.

Why did you choose this style of music?

Tomo: Our genre is not conscious from the beginning on, it variaties.
Since our music is made by us 4, it’s our own unique sound of “SUNEMEGAMAFY”.

 I would lie if I would say that I didn’t want to do it. I feel the chemistry between four members.

 I wasn’t aware of creating a genre from the beginning, creating music together turned into this style naturally. ( ・∇・)

 It only can be played this way isn’t it?

How does this band compare to the “members previous” bands? Any similarities?

Tomo: I think the difference in interest between members is close.

Toru: I wasn’t a skillful band so it’s not similar. However I think that there is a similarity because I can only play the guitar.

Ken: I don’t think you can’t compare people. But maybe it’s similar because “everybody likes to play in a band” ( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: I can’t compare, yet I think members that have a good chemical reaction with each other.

What are SUNEMEGAMAFY biggest musical inspirations?

Tomo: The kindness of the members.

Toru: The solid past musicality career of TOMO, KEN and KYOSHI. Also the love we have for creating music.

Ken: The humanity of the members.( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: Just the 4 of us. We inspire each other.

What inspires your lyrics?

Tomo: I’m writing anything about birth to death, so even if some lyrics are negative, they aren’t meant to be negative.

 I would like to write lyrics in the future, and I would try my best to not write like an elementary school kid.

Ken: Just keeping on thinking.( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: I don’t write lyrics, however I write the melodies.

What’s your process for making new songs?

Tomo: I want to create various types of songs.
Many songs are created by us together by tossing songs over to each other.

 Imagining an image like a video to the song TOMO wrote.

 Just keeping on thinking.( ・∇・)

 After Tomo wrote something we continue the story to give it a face.

How do you prepare before LIVE’s?

Tomo: After the LIVE rehearsal, I go to the gym and warm up.

 Doing some flexible gymnastics and preparing feelings.

 Drinking and having good fun feelings ( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: Eating banana…

What’s your favorite SUNEMEGAMAFY song? And why is that so?

Tomo: 道の先 (Michi no saki)
The first time we played it together at the studio, the song matched us with the first take.
Kyoushi’s drum sounded “huge(amazing)”.
Toru played the guitar after a long time again, and said that his fingers did hurt (laugh)
Ken was getting drunk and having fun!
Just like the initial impulse of that time, it’s a song which is still going on.

 ソノ先ノムコウヘ (Sono Saki Nomukou e)
It’s a song which doesn’t really fit in the ROCK gerne, because the emotions of the song are packed.

 陽のあたる場(Hi no ataru basho)
The song which we made the first PV of. I really like the song.( ・∇・)

 A song which is not recorded yet “無常の風” (Mujou no Kaze). It’s an easy song to get into.

What was your biggest challenge?

Tomo: The challenger is to also continue today.

Toru: After my previous band disbanded, I didn’t do anything for 3 years, then I joined SUNEMEGAMAFI, just as the other members I joined on my own.

Ken: Every day is a challenge. ( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: To play a LIVE without eating anything.

What’s your most memorable LIVE?

Tomo: 2014/06/28 Koenji CLUB LINER
Our first LIVE wasn’t? The performance was disorganized, Our costumes were scattered, the songs were ragged. But it was the beginning of SUNEMEGAMAFY.

Toru: 2018/07/14 Asakusa GOLD SOUND
My personal eternal goal was to play on the same LIVE event with Hide (from SOUL-D!). On this day my wish came true and it was the best live with grateful feelings!!

Ken: I would say our first LIVE! ( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: To have played a LIVE without eating anything… it was tattered…

What’s the most difficult part of being in a band? How would you describe your experience so far?

Tomo: I guess it’s having the same interest, I think a band can’t continue if there is too much difference in the same interest.

Toru: Putting the correct feelings inside music. The noise changes from the moment when you relax.

Ken: Being in a band can be really difficult, but if everything goes smoothly I’m just happy and glad!( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: To not give up, to continue.

Any plans for a new releases?

Tomo: I want to record some songs, make MVs, I want to be greedy this year.

 I want to release a CD, however I am not good at recording…

 If possible, I want to release something new!( ・∇・)

 It would be nice if something could be released again this year.

Please give a last message to the readers.

Tomo: First of all, I want you to come to our LIVE and experience SUNEMEGAMAFY.

Toru: It has been 30 years since I met ROCK, but it’s impossible to forget the first impulse.
I want to meet various people through SUNEMEGAMAFY. Please give me something that triggers me. Let’s play together at the venue!

Ken: I will continue to have fun, so let’s have fun together!( ・∇・)

Kyoushi: See you at our LIVE!

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