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.
Ken: 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. ( ・∇・)
Kyoushi: 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”.
Toru: I would lie if I would say that I didn’t want to do it. I feel the chemistry between four members.
Ken: I wasn’t aware of creating a genre from the beginning, creating music together turned into this style naturally. ( ・∇・)
Kyoushi: 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.
Toru: 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.
Toru: Imagining an image like a video to the song TOMO wrote.
Ken: Just keeping on thinking.( ・∇・)
Kyoushi: 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.
Toru: Doing some flexible gymnastics and preparing feelings.
Ken: Drinking and having good fun feelings ( ・∇・)
Kyoushi: Eating banana…
What’s your favorite SUNEMEGAMAFY song? And why is that so?
Tomo: 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.
Toru: 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.
Ken: 『陽のあたる場所』(Hi no ataru basho)
The song which we made the first PV of. I really like the song.( ・∇・)
Kyoushi: 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 the 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.
Toru: I want to release a CD, however I am not good at recording…
Ken: If possible, I want to release something new!( ・∇・)
Kyoushi: 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!
Japanese -> English: Translation: Ryu
English <- Japanese: Collaboration with vk.gy
Introduction Japanese translation check -> RIORIO