Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Interview with Dada of Velvet Eden

Dada of Velvet Eden has taken a moment of his time to answer a series of questions from Visual Keios for our readers in response to his views on the Visual Kei scene and about his music. Firstly, let's talk about you and your history in Velvet Eden. Formed in 1998, what has been some of the greatest moments in this groups history?

Me and Kalm worked very hard on the song La Fin, so it was an amazing feeling when we finished it.

Dada, if you could, please describe how you compose your lyrics?

I connect to the characters of my story and I become a tool for them to use so I can describe their feelings in words.

Some say, such as Sugizo, that the scene in Japan is going into a new era. In your opinion, where do you see the Japanese rock scene heading especially with the Visual Kei scene.

I think the Japanese rock scene will survive, but the Visual Kei scene might have difficulties with surviving from now on.

With the changes in the Visual Kei scene, with so many bands disbanding, do you find the concept and identity of Velvet Eden changing?

Many people misunderstood. There is no connection between the Visual Kei scene and Velvet Eden, since Velvet Eden is Darkwave. So Velvet Eden’s concept and identity won’t be affected by what is going on in the VK scene.

In past interviews, you discuss the identity of Dada as separate from yourself. With the changes in the Visual Kei scene do you see Dada changing as well?

I spoke with Kalm about it. I want to go back to the original Dada and style of Velvet Eden. It has nothing to do with the VK scene.

In your opinion, is there still a strong sense of originality or new material in the new wave of visual kei today?

I don’t think so.

What is your opinion about why so many Visual Kei bands are breaking up already this year?

Because of the big earthquake Japan had in March last year, Japanese economy is suffering. Also because of the yen is getting more expensive, a lot of bands are compelled to break up. It has become difficult to sell Japanese goods overseas. It is a very sad situation.

As an artist do you find it harder to reach international audiences because of the economy in foreign countries as well as in Japan?

I can reach a lot of people thanks to the internet, so about reaching an international audience, the economy is not the important factor. The economy plays a big role when it comes to doing business. It is gradually becoming more difficult.

In your opinion, how can international fans help musicians despite harsh economic conditions?

I have come up with an idea, please look forward.

As an artist and a musician, do you find yourself as an artist speaking through your music or as a musician speaking through your art or both?


If you could describe music in just five words, what would those five words be?

“It’s my mission on earth”

What inspires or influences the visuals, the images you show through your costumes on stage?

I am inspired by Madame Tarantula.

What would you consider the biggest advantages and disadvantages of the Visual Kei movement in Japan?

Previously most young Visual Kei bands made their appearance inspired by their soul. It was a way of expressing themselves. Lately the appearance has become duller, instead of expressing from the inside, it has become kind of a routine. A lot of VK bands doesn’t do their make up themselves, they have staff for that.

In 2002, when Velvet Eden broke up, can you tell us what happened and what made you decide to come back to the scene?

Velvet Eden never announced a break up. But at that time, the Visual Kei scene gained a lot of popularity, and I thought it was a good time to retire. If I had continued I might have lost my passion. The situation in Japan is difficult now, but I still have my passion, so I like 2012 more than 2002. Previously a lot of fans of Japanese pop music said that Velvet Eden was Akuma Ongaku & Akuma no koe (devil music and devil voice), but since Japanese pop scene is dead, you can hear the “devil voice” again.

What made you decide to restart the story of Velvet Eden?

10 years ago I tried to erase Dada and the characters from my memory, I tried to kill them. However I did not succeed in erasing them, they were still alive and was retrieved.

What do you believe is the future for the Rock scene in Japan?

I believe that from now on, Japanese people may loose interest in Japanese idols. Japanese people might seek artists who they can support spiritually.

If you could give a piece of advice to musicians who identify themselves as a Visual Kei band, what would you say?

If you could only play one more song in your life, please consider what kind of song you would want to play and then always keep that one song in mind wherever life takes you.

Do you have any final words for our readers?

I will continue making stories of despair so that people may escape into my stories and forget their own despair, even if only for a short time.

To see the comments by Dada that initiated this interview, see his facebook status from January 16th [ here ]

Find out more about Dada and VELVET EDEN at the following links;!/profile.php?id=100001109773009!/VELVETEDENDADA

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This interview with Dada of Velvet Eden was conducted by Rita Nokkaew (Ayva Trance)
Hi I'm Rita, I enjoy exploring different cultures, rocking out and research


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