You've just released a new
album several months before the worldwide release. Are their any particular
songs or any particular part of the album that you want to recommend
to the fans of Japan?
Well, I think this album
has to be more accepted as a collection. The album is a collection
of a lot of soul songs from the late 70's and the early 80's, so they
were all hits at one time or another in their span. So it's a collection
of hit songs. So you kinda wanna accept them all as a unit to a degree.
It's just that type of album.
The title of your album,
"Throwback." Could you elaborate on that? What does the
the title means a new vibe to the old school. Like Nate said, we took
some older records from the late 70's, early 80's and put a new twist
to them. As you've heard in the past couple of years, teams like sports
teams have been dealing in throwback jerseys and this has become more
popular. And this is our interpretation of the throwback of those
songs, just to give the audience a new view of those hit records.
I noticed listening to one
of your songs from the album, "Human Nature", it had a different
Yes, yes, you know? And a
lot of the songs have different arrangements to them. There were some
that we kept straight out, but even still, our vocals have given it
a different twist as well.
How did you choose the songs
for the album? Why did you guys decide to come back with cover songs?
This is something that we've
wanted to do for sometime, and it was also something that our fans
wanted us to do for a long time, too. During the course of making
the records that we've done in the past, we would occasionally run
across a fan requesting a certain song that was done back in the day.
"You guys should do this by the O'Jays." "You should
do this by the Temptations." So that idea kinda stuck with us.
So we felt like it was an opportunity time to do this album because
it was something that would be a great springboard for our new label...just
kinda release the whole thing, and present to the world our new adventure
as far as being on our own, and having our own independent label,
which is called MSM Music Group.
And as far as picking the songs, it was just more or less, just us
writing down or just thinking about all the songs that we"ve
liked when we were growing up as kids, and it was kinda like a process
of elimination type of thing, and we came up with these few, which
is why we're calling it, "Volume 1." There's no real way
to put all the songs that we like on one album. So this is volume
1, and probably a series of many.
僕らが独立した今、ライブはこれまでとまったく違うものになるよ。僕らはMSM Music Groupという自分たちのレーベルにいるわけだから、もうレコード会社の言いなりにならなくてもいい。以前レコード会社に、あれもダメ、これもダメ、と言われてやらせてもらえなかったことが、今はすべてできるんだ。
You've come to Japan for
tours before, and what can we expect from the upcoming tour? Any plans
for any surprise?
Well, of course we'll be
doing new records. We'll be a lot more mobile. It's the three of us
as you've seen in the past, and we feel like now is just a time to
step up a notch. Not that we were not giving our all in the past,
but it's time to give more energy, the vibe with the people, become
more in tune to the culture. We'll interact with the audience a little
bit more than we normally do. The capacity has changed a little bit
to make it more intimate for us, and that's gonna be a good way to
reach the audience. Up close and personal, and we'll be doing some
signings, and gonna be giving out some Throwback jerseys, and selling
our own records and all kind of things like that. So it's going to
be totally different because we're our own entity now.
You know, we're our own MSM Music Group. We don't have the reigns
of the record company tied around our necks saying, "You can't,
you can't, you can't, you can't, you can't." We can do it all.
So we can expect the tour
to be more personal.
Yeah. There you go.
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