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Kai (The GazettE) Rock and Read 043 Interview [Part 3]
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[Yay! It's finally here! The third part!

I've figured out a way to integrate translating into my school life. Heh. Heh. Heh.

Hopefully with this I'll be able to upload these faster >.< I'm so sorry they take so long!

I hope you enjoy this part. It's about Tokyo Dome, and the next part will be centered around it as well!

Remember to credit me and tell me when you translate this or post it elsewhere.

And here is the third part of Leader-sama's interview ^^]

--Everyone is rising higher together. How do you feel about the transition of the GazettE’s musicianship?
-I have the impression that we’re all on the same page when it comes to musicianship. In other words, that means that we are a group of people who can match paces. I sense that we have that as a base, in addition to our good relationship, and how we don’t want to get in the way of the band’s success. I feel that we definitely have excuses to try new things and change. Ruki’s sudden comments, for example. Since we are all on the same page, at those times it’s natural for everyone to think, “Oh, that’s not bad!”, and if a new path is created, we would, of course, walk it together. So, it’s normal for our musicianship to change and broaden, we’ve never hesitated once. In a sense, it’s the ideal condition for us as a band.

--Really. The GazettE that steadily became bigger eventually stood on the stage of Tokyo Dome in December 2012.
-That’s right.

--Tokyo Dome is the place you aspired for when you just started the drums. Nonetheless, didn’t you think that there was no way that the day would come where you would perform there?
-No, I thought that I would eventually (laughs).

--Oh, is that so?
-Well, at first. I had this weird confidence when I started playing the drums, since I didn’t know anything then (laughs). Before I was in the band, I felt that I could do it if I gave it my all. After that though, I would open my eyes to reality and that confidence would gradually fade. I was all “I bet I can do it” at the beginning. I was so stupid (laughs).

--No, no (laughs). In that case, when did you decide to take on Tokyo Dome, which used to be a fantasy, as a reality?
-I wonder? For a long time, whenever we conversed, it would come up, but when we decided to take it on...we performed at Budokan, and then we performed at Yokosuka Arena...the venues kept getting bigger like that. When we arrived at Saitama Super Arena, there was something like an implicit understanding between us. Like we were saying, "What's next?" The only thing was, a chance never came, so we were sort of waiting for one. But in actuality, the idea of "Tokyo Dome" came from the staff, and the members were divided between those who said, "It's now or never," and those who said, "no,no, no..." We really divided into two.

--Conversely, we can tell that Tokyo Dome has held much meaning to all the members. In that case, which of those did you choose?
-I was one of those that said not yet, not yet...But, even then, I understood both sides.

--It was the first time in the GazettE’s history when you divided like that, right?
-Yes. We were divided perfectly in half, we would have been held back at that rate, so we decided to fortify this with just the members. So we all gathered and went to a bar, but we started out talking about old times...Even though we were supposed to talk about Tokyo Dome, we ended up having a conversation like something like this happened, something like that happened, the whole time. As we were doing that, we started talking about our first performance at Budokan. As I was listening to our conversation, I thought, “The feeling of all of us facing it as one at that time was awesome.” At that moment, my feelings changed completely, and I felt, “If we’re going to do it, let’s do it.” Once Budokan was brought up, it seemed like everyone’s switch was turned on. Our conclusion was “...why not.”

--What a nice story. It’s good that you’re still gathering the members only like when you were still amateurs, and that the hearts of you who inquires subtleties can still start with something completely off topic.
-There was something unique about the atmosphere that time. Everyone knows this, but no one can talk about it (laughs). Even though it wasn’t a serious conversation at all (laughs). It’s wonderful that the band made it so far to the point that Tokyo Dome wasn’t a fantasy anymore and the staff saying, “Let’s do it” was also great. Even though no one thought negatively about it, we didn’t want to talk about it in a severe, business-like way. At that time, I really felt that we were a good band.

--I think that it’s great how you deepened the bonds among the members before facing Tokyo Dome. But, were there many more troubles even after confirming the Dome performance?
-That’s right. I can only say this now, but it may have felt different from our Budokan times. Though I think that it’s mainly because the scales of Tokyo Dome and Budokan are different. The company and record label like factors that surrounded us were big compared to Budokan as well. I thought that if everyone involved with the GazettE that faced Tokyo Dome became one, the experience there would be very good. Frankly, we weren’t able to grasp that.

--Before when I asked, “Wasn’t it troublesome?” I meant that the GazettE in 2010 was extremely busy...when you say you weren’t content, what things were related to that?
-When we decided to perform at Tokyo Dome, it was about one year before the actual performance. I had the impression that everything from the year and then on went really fast. Our minds work as one, but the surrounding ones did not. LIke I said before, the project was so big that everyone just couldn’t grasp the situation. That included us too. Simply put, the things that the company and record label could do were really fast. Everyone understood that everything that was going on was done with the utmost effort just for Tokyo Dome, it wasn’t working out very well. Like there was an inaccuracy between what was needed from the band and what was thought. Everything continued on while we were in that situation.What I wasn’t happy with didn’t have anything to do with mobilization. I didn’t care about that since we decided to perform. Instead of that, we wanted the reality of everyone lumping into one and facing it together and it’s result. But we weren’t able to obtain it. There is some regret in that sense.

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Tokyo Dome in December 2012. ??
I think you should double check that.

Whoops! Thank you for catching that!

Thank you so much once again! Much food for thought :)

Thank you so much for translate this long interview with him!

I finally got the time to read it and as always, it's really interesting to read. Thank you again~

Very interesting!! thanks
This is the last part? over? poorly ((

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