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Old 3rd June 2016, 12:37 AM
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ayu x TA 15th anni. interview pics from TA magazine vol. 46

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The first part~

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INTERVIEW
ABOUT 15th HISTORY


A special plan has been realised to celebrate Ayuís 15th anniversary! Ayu answered questions sent in by TA members about her music. Please experience the various emotions and thoughts Ayu puts into her work which you couldnít have known until now.

Which song would you recommend to sing to someone you like?
Days comes to mind first. Maybe because it has the image of a love-struck maiden? The line, ďIs it okay if I love you?Ē But if youíre singing to your long-time boyfriend, I guess you could sing it in the sense of remembering how you felt in the beginning..? (laughs)

When do you come up with the idea for the jacket cover?
First of all, it often doesnít end up how I planned it. Usually I get a flash of inspiration during the actual shooting and things change more and more, I guess?

Please tell us your rules to decide an albumís song order?
That wouldÖ take a week to explain, you know (laughs). I have rules that I use every time, and certain albums will have their own set song order ó I have quite a lot of different rules. But, be it an albumís song order or a live performanceís setlist, I have reasons for everything, so please try to look for them ♥︎

Does Ayu think of the design for the tour goods?
I do!

With what intention did you write Ruleís lyrics?
Rule is the theme song for Hollywoodís Dragonball. I thought ďGoku is cool, huhĒ while reading the script. When I thought about why I felt this way, I realised itís because he doesnít let anything bother him, because he isnít tied down by anything. Thatís how the lyrics were born. In other words, Rule is like a collaboration between Goku and Ayu.

What song makes you think "This is Ayumi Hamasaki"?
WhoÖ, I think? Both as Ayumi Hamasaki and as the real me.

What song gets you pumped up?
Feel the love ó the song which I sang at the Countdown Live opening recently ó really energised me. I sang it while thinking, ďThis song is really fun~Ē

If you had to pick one song which youíre unable to forget even now in these 15 years?
SEASONS. Thatís because I feel like SEASONS helped to not only let everyone know the name Ayumi Hamasaki, but also the atmosphere in my lyrics.

Which songís lyrics took the longest to write?
Hmm, nothing comes to mind right now. I think I would start again if it took too long.

What phrase do you feel the most for?
WhoÖís chorus. I donít think the current me could think of it. Itís really universal, how to say, I could sing it back then but also right now ó Iím positive Iíll feel the same 10 years from now. The fact that I wrote such amazing lyrics when I was still quite young surprises even me (laughs).

What is Ayuís favourite music video?
Right now GREEN comes to mind. ShimoKo shot the video and I really like its Shanghai atmosphere. In first place, ShimoKoís music videos are really hard (laughs), but I also really like them. He always suggests unexpected things and his sense of art and fashion totally exceeds my imagination. I think itís amazing. I usually hardly ever watch my own music videos, but there are times when I feel like watching GREEN or Mirrorcle World. Now I think about it, both were shot by ShimoKo, huh. I digress, but I have a feeling he directs by replacing himself with me. Thatís why his directions are always really precise. Things like, ďTake two steps and then please point your finger.Ē He says cut if I donít do it exactly like that (laughs). He has a crystal-clear vision, and Iím like Shimokoís other self as I move accordingly, how to say, Iím playing ShimoKo. Thatís how it feels. But I donít dislike this kind of AyuKo ♪
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Are there any songs you wrote with TA in mind?
Many. Out of my recent songs, Iíd say Pray. It seems the writer TsuriKo thought it was a song about an affair, but when it comes to TA, that might also not be completely wrong, huh (laughs). We donít tie each other down. Because thereís always a bond between us whether weíre together or not ó I wanted to express that kind of feeling.

My impression of a song can change depending on how I feel when Iím listening. Does the same thing happen to Ayu?
It does, it does! For example, when Iím touring, I can suddenly hate the part of a song which I loved last week. I donít know why. Thereís no reason. Sometimes Iíll think, ďAh, I hate this song todayĒ or ďThis song is scary todayĒ. Or, on the other hand, Iíll think a song is gentle although I previously found it difficult to deal with. I think itís strange, as well. It happens quite a lot.

Whatís your favourite jacket cover?
Eh~ arenít there too many to pick just one? I like all of them, but if I had to pick one, Iíd say Trust. Itís not square like the current format. Itís now a nostalgic single CD. I still love it. I donít know why, though.

Ayu-chan is always busy. Do you write lyrics according to a schedule, like "today Iíll write"?
I do, because I have deadlines, but it never goes completely according to schedule (laughs). If I canít get into the right mood, I could try for hours but I would still end up rewriting everything. Iíve learned this from past experience. Thatís why, while apologising to everyone in my mind, Iíll simply wait for inspiration to hit me ♥︎

Which song did you write while feeling the strongest?
Thinking about it now, I can only remember songs when I felt weak (laughs). I guess theyíre mostly born from weakness, and hardly from my confident side. I think strength is on the other side of weakness. And maybe, the stronger you sound, the more your weakness shows. Maybe itís exactly because Iím weak that I want to create strong songs that boost me. Decision is a song thatís like that.

Is there a reason why all your song titles are in English?
The meaning would be really restricted in Japanese, how to say ó for example, if I use RED instead of 赤, wouldnít you wonder, ďWhatís the meaning? Itís not 赤, right?Ē I want to evoke more ideas that way.

What song makes Ayu feel more energetic?
During rehearsals and things like that, the song that often fires up me, the band and the dancers is Mirrorcle World, I guess. Chased by the tempo and melody, how to say, the song feels like being barraged with questions. We get really worked up (laughs).

What was your biggest mess-up during a music video shoot?
It wasnít a mess-up, but Virgin Road was absolutely the hardest music video. We used realistic guns, which was scary, and when we shot the ceiling of the gas station, rubble came flying down. And during the explosion scenes, an explosion went off by mistake near me. In the end, it turned into a powerful performance, but if you watch the video again, youíll notice Iím actually running away because I was genuinely scared (laughs).

Where do the words for your lyrics well up from?
Iím not at good at talking. Iím the type who usually doesnít say much. But people all have their own thoughts and feelings, right? Rather than discussing those with others, I can understand them better by writing them down, alone ó that kind of feeling.

How you would you express 15 years of music, aside from using the word "treasure"?
"History".

How do you decide on a song title?
There are times when I make up one myself, and there are times when I leave the title which the composer used for the demo as is, because the title already matches the song.
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How many lyrics did you write for TA?
I write for myself, but thatís for me to be free in my songs. Because thatís the place where I can be free ó in that sense. However, doesnít that in itself equal making songs for TA?

What is your large number of songs to you?
Theyíre children that are all standing on their own, independently.

Which song will you find yourself humming subconsciously lately?
Often Feel the love, I guess. But, for some reason, I hum the verse, not the chorus.

Do you remember anything special about the day you released your debut single?
I do remember the ďpoker faceĒ period, but I was insanely busy and I donít remember whether what I remember happened on the actual release date itself. I didnít know anything back then. Adults would go round the record shops and bow their heads, standing next to me, saying ďPlease support Ayumi HamasakiĒ. I thought it was normal for me to bow because this was about me, but I remember thinking bewilderedly, ďWhy do those adults have to bow too?Ē. I was grateful of course, but I think I was also quite scared, wondering what I was getting myself into. Because I got the adults around me involved, I wondered, ďWhatís the right thing for me to do from now on?Ē ó

You have secret tracks of which the official lyrics havenít been made public. Did you make those songs with that in mind from the beginning?
No. Itís not after singing either. Itís after writing the lyrics that I think I donít want to see the lyrics in writing. I want you to listen to the words along with the music. I want them to exist only like that, how to say, the songs that I donít want to put into writing become secret tracks.

What song took the longest to create? Not the lyrics, but the entire creation process.
Rainbow. We accepted phrases for the lyrics from TA. Creating the song with those phrases at the root took really long. Making a selection out of the large volume of words was really hard. And then there was the cycle of having the composer DAI-kun add and cut melodies for it. The sense of accomplishment was big when we finished the song, like ďWe did it~~!!Ē.

What were you thinking when you created SEASONS?
I donít remember what I was feeling, because I had a very hectic schedule back then. I didnít have the sensation that I had created a song that would receive so much love. But after a very long time I could admire the song, thinking ďI was thinking about those kinds of things. I did goodĒ. If I do say so myself (laughs).

Are there any other songs that you canít sing anymore now, aside from Secret?
None in particular. I was even able to sing ďpoker faceĒ, which I stubbornly hadnít been singing, during my 15th anniversary performance. But I may not have been able to sing it without KO-chanís choreography (laughs). I didnít know how to sing ďpoker faceĒ until then. But it naturally dug itself into the ranking*, didnít it? (laughs). When the song got the new choreography, I finally felt, ďI think I can sing it if itís like thisĒ.

* T/N: Fans could vote for the 15th anniversary tour setlist.

Compared to your debut and now, how did your feelings towards your fans change?
During my debut, every part of me was weak and I didnít have any confidence. But now, if anyone in TA is unable to get back up, Iím confident and strong enough to lead that person by the hand. In the past, if Iíd take someoneís hand, I would think ďWhere could I lead you to?Ē and weíd both end up lost. But I donít have such fears and unease now. Thatís the biggest change, I think. For example, weíve changed from lovers to family? In the past, it felt like boyfriend or girlfriend ó always feeling unsure and uncertain somewhere. But now weíve become family and attained something unshakeable. That kind of feeling?

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found it! sorry, it's blurry at the middle

The closeups I took are VERY big. It's a bit difficult to get images easily, lol. You will need to click to preview since they are a bit large for just spoiler tags.



I have some to retake because of how blurry they came out.

Seems they discuss secret tracks and Ayu's favorite PV among other things.

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Old 3rd June 2016, 01:12 AM
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Looks like an important interview! We must know what she says.
Hopefully someone will translate.
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Old 3rd June 2016, 04:42 AM
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I do like that at the time she mentioned her favorite PV from her career was GREEN. However I wish she said it was one of her edgier works, lol.
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Interesting interview!! (as far as I can interpret)

Apparently Ayu likes her old stuffs too. Haha.
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Old 3rd June 2016, 07:32 AM
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Thanks for the pictures, truehappiness!

Seems very interesting. Might translate bits/summarise tomorrow if no one else does.
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Old 3rd June 2016, 07:36 AM
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I think I made scans of this interview... need to check it
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Old 3rd June 2016, 07:53 AM
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I think I made scans of this interview... need to check it
Hope you can find some! I can try to break my books down though if we need scans for some of this since they were pretty cheap on Surugaya.

And looking forward to your translations, tenshi!
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Old 3rd June 2016, 06:28 PM
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found it! sorry, it's blurry at the middle

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Seems very interesting. Might translate bits/summarise tomorrow if no one else does.
You are way too generous for us. I'd love a summary!
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If I had anything even remotely approaching enough time to translate, I certainly would - would love to see tenshi's translation though! My Japanese is still only so-so, it's way easier to read translations still XD
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Old 4th June 2016, 09:04 AM
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The first part~

Interview Translation 1/3:
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ayu x TA
INTERVIEW
ABOUT 15th HISTORY


A special plan has been realised to celebrate Ayu’s 15th anniversary! Ayu answered questions sent in by TA members about her music. Please experience the various emotions and thoughts Ayu puts into her work which you couldn’t have known until now.

Which song would you recommend to sing to someone you like?
Days comes to mind first. Maybe because it has the image of a love-struck maiden? The line, “Is it okay if I love you?” But if you’re singing to your long-time boyfriend, I guess you could sing it in the sense of remembering how you felt in the beginning..? (laughs)

When do you come up with the idea for the jacket cover?
First of all, it often doesn’t end up how I planned it. Usually I get a flash of inspiration during the actual shooting and things change more and more, I guess?

Please tell us your rules to decide an album’s song order?
That would… take a week to explain, you know (laughs). I have rules that I use every time, and certain albums will have their own set song order — I have quite a lot of different rules. But, be it an album’s song order or a live performance’s setlist, I have reasons for everything, so please try to look for them ♥︎

Does Ayu think of the design for the tour goods?
I do!

With what intention did you write Rule’s lyrics?
Rule is the theme song for Hollywood’s Dragonball. I thought “Goku is cool, huh” while reading the script. When I thought about why I felt this way, I realised it’s because he doesn’t let anything bother him, because he isn’t tied down by anything. That’s how the lyrics were born. In other words, Rule is like a collaboration between Goku and Ayu.

What song makes you think "This is Ayumi Hamasaki"?
Who…, I think? Both as Ayumi Hamasaki and as the real me.

What song gets you pumped up?
Feel the love — the song which I sang at the Countdown Live opening recently — really energised me. I sang it while thinking, “This song is really fun~”

If you had to pick one song which you’re unable to forget even now in these 15 years?
SEASONS. That’s because I feel like SEASONS helped to not only let everyone know the name Ayumi Hamasaki, but also the atmosphere in my lyrics.

Which song’s lyrics took the longest to write?
Hmm, nothing comes to mind right now. I think I would start again if it took too long.

What phrase do you feel the most for?
Who…’s chorus. I don’t think the current me could think of it. It’s really universal, how to say, I could sing it back then but also right now — I’m positive I’ll feel the same 10 years from now. The fact that I wrote such amazing lyrics when I was still quite young surprises even me (laughs).

What is Ayu’s favourite music video?
Right now GREEN comes to mind. ShimoKo shot the video and I really like its Shanghai atmosphere. In first place, ShimoKo’s music videos are really hard (laughs), but I also really like them. He always suggests unexpected things and his sense of art and fashion totally exceeds my imagination. I think it’s amazing. I usually hardly ever watch my own music videos, but there are times when I feel like watching GREEN or Mirrorcle World. Now I think about it, both were shot by ShimoKo, huh. I digress, but I have a feeling he directs by replacing himself with me. That’s why his directions are always really precise. Things like, “Take two steps and then please point your finger.” He says cut if I don’t do it exactly like that (laughs). He has a crystal-clear vision, and I’m like Shimoko’s other self as I move accordingly, how to say, I’m playing ShimoKo. That’s how it feels. But I don’t dislike this kind of AyuKo ♪

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^ Thank you so much!

The last question and answer is interesting to me, because she says she barely watches her own videos. So if they shoot a PV she never watches the finished product in the end?
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I'm sure she checks every second of new music video before production. But doesn't watch it after that.
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I forgot to say it just now, thanks for the scans, Aderianu!
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^ Thank you so much!

The last question and answer is interesting to me, because she says she barely watches her own videos. So if they shoot a PV she never watches the finished product in the end?
That would explain so much..
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That would… take a week to explain, you know (laughs). I have rules that I use every time, and certain albums will have their own set song order — I have quite a lot of different rules. But, be it an album’s song order or a live performance’s setlist, I have reasons for everything, so please try to look for them ♥︎
I knew it. I knew ittttt! Wish she'd tell us the rules one day, lol.

I feel like they should have asked which song she took the least time to write, because the longest time would be something that she would not answer because that's how Ayu likes to dodge questions.

This whole Ayu being Shimoko thing explains a bit regarding their photos and videos.

And thanks again so much, tenshi!

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Thank you for the first part..really interesting
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