D'espairsRay: Interview with Hizumi at Taste Of Chaos
Asbury Park Convention Hall - Asbury Park NJ, United States - March 15, 2008
Co-authored by Kathryn Biskup
My sister and I arrived at the Asbury Park Convention Center over two hours early and were surprised to see a line for the Rockstar Taste of Chaos was already forming. It was not until we were in the catacombs of backstage that we saw how the line extended across the boardwalk of Asbury Park. This nationwide tour featured many popular American bands, but what made it unique was its integration of Japanese Rock bands. Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu had a large fan following, but MUCC, The Underneath, and D'espairsRay were the Japanese bands that had a great turn out as well. Proof of this was at the JROCK signing where the line for autographs stretched from one side of the building to the other.
D'espairsRay has been gaining fans and recognition so I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in an interview with the vocalist, Hizumi. With the help of a translator, we briefly touched on topics from music to tour experiences.
How did the band start? How did you meet each other?
Which US city is your favorite so far and why? How would you describe your US tour experience?
What are some major differences of concerts/lives in Japan than in the US?
If you remember one thing/event from this tour, what would it be?
What do you think of the American music scene today and how would you compare it to popular music in Japan?
What song are you the most excited to play today and why?
Which song do American audiences respond to the most? What song does your Japanese audience respond to the most?
What is in your cd player/ music player right now? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
If the world were to end tomorrow, what is one thing that you would want to do?
Thanks again to D'espairsRay, our translator, and those who made this interview possible. Make sure to check their album, Mirror, which will be released in the USA along with a new single in May.