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Of course San Francisco is very good for me, I really love it. For Juno, Greece is very beautiful. Three years ago with Juno I visited Athens and almost four or five thousand people came. That feeling was amazing. Maybe 80 percent of our audience is party people, techno and trance people, but almost 20 percent are just gothic and J-Rock fans.
Ben has a slightly gothic look too.
Yes, Juno's style is very gothic.
It's not really happy-happy techno.
Exactly. More dark.
Going back to Luna Sea, are you recording any new material?
Yes. Right now we're making new stuff.
After the show in December is there a possibility of that opening up into a real tour here?
I hope so, but for the other members, some of them really really need Japanese food every day. (laughs)
So you, you've got all this different stuff going on, what's your goal as a musician? Is there anything that you still feel like you haven't done?
I just want to make my own music. And talking about the things that I haven't done
music wise, I feel that I've accomplished most of what I wanted to do.
Of course now I'm involved with X Japan, Luna Sea, I don't have time to work on my own music. I'm too busy and there's been too much going around me for last few months. I really need to have a good break from all that and I want to have some time on my own.
Moving away from music, you're also involved with Greenpeace. I heard you adopted a whale?
Yes. The whaling problem is very big in Japan. We shouldn't hunt whales and dolphins. And Japanese people still now want to eat whale and dolphin.
They still do?
Yes. It's very bad, I think. We shouldn't eat them. It's so sad. I think we should change our point of view about food. It's really a problem now and, we should know more about it and we should try to find a way to resolve it. This issue is very big and we should change. Of course for ecology reasons, ecosystem reasons, life, and of course, oil.
Why do you think people are so resistant to the idea of change?
I think people have become too egoistic. This planet is our mother. We need this planet;
we need this air, water, ground and forest. It's important, but we forgot because our ego is too big. Now we should change. We should shift our minds. Even a small shift changes things around. Maybe we don't need an extreme change.
Do you feel like it's something where you can make any difference? Is it frustrating to you that it's hard to get people to care? I mean, you have the microphone, you have a public voice. What do you hope to do with it?
I think we can agitate. It's a very important responsibility for artists because we have a very big chance to send a message from our hearts. I think artists are responsible for passing the right messages to the public. We should learn more about those issues so we can spread the truth about what is really going on, because it's our responsibility. I think for me to make new music, I need to visit and tour many countries and places to get inspired. I need to meet many new people, too. I just want to send an important message for our planet and for our universe. That is a very simple thing which human can do for our planet.
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