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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

X Japan's Yoshiki on Touring the U.S., the Loss of Hide, and the Future of the Band

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I'm going to finish recording the album. Then we may tour Europe. And then we come back here for round two.

You were sort of talking about this during the show - so far there really hasn't been a Japanese band that's crossed over to the US. The closest is Dir en grey, and even they're having issues.

What kind of issues, do you think?

Well, they don't speak much English; I think that's part of the problem.

I produced them, you know.

Yep, I know.

They still don't speak English?

Well, I don't know if they can, but they don't.

Why not?

I don't know. Maybe you should ask them!

OK, I will! (laughs)

But anyway, they're probably the closest to crossing over, but still not really there yet. And Miyavi, his tour went well, but he's not really there yet either. How do you feel about that issue? Are you really planning to make a concerted effort to invest the time and the money necessary to really try to break through to the American market?

Well, I would say there's no right time for anything in life, you just have to do it. So I don't know. If you wait for the right time probably you'll never try. I just feel like, I know there are a million reasons why we may not be able to make it, but we just have to try.

In terms of America, what would make you feel happy, like you've accomplished what you wanted to do ten years ago or twenty years ago when you first though about wanting to tour the US?

In terms of the big picture, as you said, I'd like to break down the wall between West and East, the culture and the music scene.

Is that what's at the back of your mind, that you want to be the one to do it?

If someone could do it that would be cool, so I'm going to try. It's not easy.

I guess what I'm getting at is, for you personally, what would be the point at which you feel like, yes, I've accomplished what I set out to do?

(Laughs) I don't know, it's like, the sky's the limit, right?

In Japan, where else is there for you to go? You've pretty much accomplished everything you possibly could have.

Yes. So perhaps playing a stadium show. It's not album sales these days with downloading and whatever, so probably playing Madison Square Garden. I don't know, I don't really set goals, my goal is just trying.

Are you a glass half empty or glass half full kind of person? Like, whatever happens it's good and you're happy you've reached that point, or are you the kind of person who if you don't hit the point you had in your head then you're going to be disappointed?

I think a bit of both. Also I've been living here for a long time, it's not like I just came over from Japan, so obviously I've been thinking about this. Actually that might be kind of an advantage, that I know the music scene and what's the right way to do things.

Why did you move to LA anyway?

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