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post May 4 2007, 02:42 PM
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http://musicshelf.jp/?mode=static&html=special_e01/page7

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post May 4 2007, 08:30 PM
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Thanks ANNA. I can't understand japanese but the Ryo's pictures are very good.
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post May 4 2007, 09:45 PM
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Translation:
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Ryo Owatari hit the major scene as the former guitarist for Do As Infinity. He is actually an old friend of mine – we were members of the same back-band before he joined Do As Infinity – and this meeting is the first we’ve had in 5 years. I had him talk about his ongoing activities with his current three-piece band, Missile Innovation, what he’s been up to recently, and what event in his career left the deepest impression on him. His style is rock while also pop, and pop while also rock. A unique guitarist who is able to keep that kind of miraculous balance – we approach the essence of Ryo Owatari.
First, I’d like to ask you about your roots musically.

At first, I was interested in Western music during my first year in middle school. It started with me thinking that music in English was cool, and then I bit into a local television program that did a Bill Board Top 40 thing. (laughs) Groups like Culture Club, or Duran Duran. Then, there were two guys in my class that had awakened to Western music before me. I had their guidance and joined their circle. One of the guys had cassettes of Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, and an L.A. band called Ratt. Then, they said “You’re still listening to Duran Duran?”, and I got a feeling that I had lost somehow, and that it wouldn’t do being this way. So I began to steadily listen to their music, until I got “Ears of Steel”. I became a metal king by my second year in middle school.

Did you start playing guitar around that time?

Yeah. It was winter of my second year. There was a high school in the neighborhood, and I went to see the performance of the easy-listening music club at their Culture Festival. There were these high school students who could quite easily play songs of my favorite groups then, like Kiss and Night Ranger. At the time, I thought you had to be a foreigner to be able to play electric guitar. (laughs) So after seeing those guys play, I was like, “I can do it too if I practice!” So I immediately took out 55,000 yen from my savings and bought a Fernandez guitar.

And soon after you started a band?

I felt that “After buying a guitar, the next step is a band!” So I went to my friends and was like “Bass definitely suits you, so give it a shot!” or “You’re in great physical condition, so why not try drums?” That’s how I gathered members and created my band. (laughs) I like to sing, so I’d sing while I played.

I see. When did you sense that you wanted to become a pro?

While I continued with my band, I had a boundless supply of self-confidence and courage - “I’m definitely going pro!” kinda feeling, but my parents said “Go to school only”, so I entered a music academy. Thoughts like “can I really make it as a musician?” were some of the fears I had, so I first thought I’d study engineering, and entered the acoustics department. But I’m weak at mechanical things like the order of connecting wires, so I got frustrated. (laughs) After that, I transferred to the guitar department and studied the fundamentals. After I graduated, I had the help of the upperclassmen musicians while I did activities with my band. When I look back at it now, I think this really became a good study of human life. (laughs)

Then your activities with Do As Infinity started. In the beginning, you developed with street performances, right?

At the time, even the staff banded together as one to back-up Do As Infinity. I am extremely grateful to them. As for the street performances, we all had experience in doing them, so it began with the idea of “let’s challenge ourselves!” And the result was that many fans were able to listen to our music.

What is the event that left the most lasting memory from your activities with Do As Infinity?

Everything was fun you know. The most profound memory would be the performance at Budoukan. That’s because it’s, after all, normally an impossible thing to achieve. So when I look back, that’s the event in my activities with Do As Infinity that I’m moved by the most. Up until then, I had watched various artists perform at Budoukan as a spectator, so the instant when our performance there had been decided, I cried like a girl in the bathtub. (laughs) Even on the day of the performance, it felt like the audience was descending upon us when we took the stage, and I was shaking before we started. Even today, that is my most beautiful memory. That was a great band.

Presently, you are doing activities with Missile Innovation while also acting as a support musician.

Missile Innovation is a band I had established on the side of Do As Infinity, to pursue what I wanted to do. Since I was gonna do it, the message was that it’s alright for me to sing, so I started with a trio. Recently, I finally understand what I want to express with Missile. It took a little while though. (laughs)

So from now on, you’ll be focusing on Missile Innovation?

Well, while doing my best with Missile, I’ll continue to act as a support member, as I want to be connected with a wide variety of music.

Any upcoming performances scheduled?

On May 5th, we’re doing our first one-man performance. It’s at Planet K in Kichijouji. Since it’s a one-man performance, this time we’d like to steadily play different types of music, and with the abundance in variety, if it becomes a lively, fun rock band concert, it’ll be great. Please, by all means, look forward to it.

What is the attitude of a pro?

The people who come to see you, they go through all the hardships to get tickets, and finally are able to meet the person they admire. I think those feelings are tremendously genuine. Being able to give back an enjoyable and moving performance in response to those genuine feelings – that is what I think a pro musician is.

In what situations do you normally listen to music?

Mostly when I’m in the car. I listen to music a lot when I’m on the go.

One memorable song:
“Missile Innovation” from Missile Innovation


This is the song we put the band’s name on. I strongly believe it’s a song that carries what I feel, and that I wanted to make a group.

“Fukai Mori” from Do As Infinity

This was my favorite song. I’m proud that I was able to perform such a good song.
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post May 4 2007, 10:06 PM
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omg. ;-;

thanks shido... bleh, gotta go now -__-
I'll be back later to talk more about this ;__;'


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post May 5 2007, 12:50 AM
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he likes fukai mori!!! ok...haha anyway, nice interview thanx for translating!

and the pics, he looks a lot younger!


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post May 5 2007, 07:47 AM
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Thank you for the great translation! The pictures there are also real high quality rolleyes.gif


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post May 5 2007, 08:00 AM
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arigatooou Shidosan!!! wub.gif


finally I can post a Ryo's interview in my blog!!! bunlove.gif


all credits to you, of course! bungood.gif


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post May 5 2007, 09:06 AM
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post May 5 2007, 03:17 PM
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so Today there will be the first one-man performance for Missile Innovation! Gambatte Ryo-kun!!! foxheart.gif


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post May 5 2007, 04:32 PM
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T____T I miss my man!!!

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post May 5 2007, 05:08 PM
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This should be the Missile Innovation's "first one-man performance" (at Kichijoji Planet K) tracklist:

1.SUPABADD
2.Monic Monday
3.チャリンコ
MC
4.鮮やかな花
5.踊ろよハニー
6.Flying High
7.ヒトリゴト
MC
8.遊びに行こうよ
9.777
MC
10.オヤスミ
11.砂のお城
12.Be a man
MC
13.西へ東へ
14.Here we go!
15.Shout!!!
16.モロヘイヤダンディー
17.Fit
18.ミサイルイノベーション
(EN1)
19.I shall be
20.ジューシーな日々
(EN2)
21.赤いスイートピー

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29.09.2008 - DO THE BACK!!! O_O
29.09.2009 - 10TH ANNIVERSARY *O*
29.09.2012 - 13TH ANNIVERSARY + "Ban-chan got married!" announcement!!!
01.01.2014 - The Best of DO AS INFINITY + 15TH ANNIVERSARY
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post May 6 2007, 02:17 AM
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post May 6 2007, 06:54 PM
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OMG!!! "Akai Sweet Pea" is the perfect number to end with... and "SUPABADD" is the perfect song to start with!

The whole set list is perfect tehehe (it has like all their songs on it). And I spy a few new songs.. number 3 "CHARINKO", number 10 "OYASUMI", number 13 "Nishi e Azuma e", and number 19 "I shall be". Those are either cover songs or new stuff... could this mean a new album soon??? =]]

Oh man... I really want to see it =[

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post May 8 2007, 09:21 AM
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Thank you Anna and shidosan! Nice interview, and the gesture Ryo does in the last picture is cool cool.gif


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post May 10 2007, 01:42 AM
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QUOTE(ANNA @ May 5 2007, 05:08 PM) *

This should be the Missile Innovation's "first one-man performance" (at Kichijoji Planet K) tracklist:

1.SUPABADD
2.Monic Monday
3.チャリンコ
MC
4.鮮やかな花
5.踊ろよハニー
6.Flying High
7.ヒトリゴト
MC
8.遊びに行こうよ
9.777
MC
10.オヤスミ
11.砂のお城
12.Be a man
MC
13.西へ東へ
14.Here we go!
15.Shout!!!
16.モロヘイヤダンディー
17.Fit
18.ミサイルイノベーション
(EN1)
19.I shall be
20.ジューシーな日々
(EN2)
21.赤いスイートピー

bunspark.gif bunlove.gif bunspark.gif

Wow, that is an awesome tracklist! They practically played every MI song they made so far, and I see some unfamiliar ones. Wonder if those are new songs, or cover songs. Anyway, I'm sure the one man went well. MI rocks!!
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Late to the topic, but it's nice that MI is getting more exposure and I liked this interview. Ryo is just too cute. The group seems under-rated compared to Ban-chan, imo. That aside, I haven't heard much by MI or Ban-chan, but MI is pretty good from what I remember. I need to listen to more by MI in general. I should just listen to their first album (not the mini one that MI released before DaI's break up).
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post Nov 10 2007, 06:46 PM
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Thanx ANNA for the info....
OMG...I'm so loving Ryo!! I wanna be as good as him!!
RYO ROX!!T_T....
& he likes Fukai Mori...same like me!!xD
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