Taka looks back over a big year for OOR.
ONE OK ROCK were winners of Best International Band at the first ever Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP.
In the magazine, vocalist Taka Moriuchi looks back over what has been a wild year for the band. Here's a snippet:
IT'S BEEN A CRAZY YEAR FOR ONE OK ROCK, TOURING AROUND THE WORLD AND IT ALL KICKED OFF AT THE START OF THE YEAR WITH THE RELEASE OF 'AMBITIONS'. HOW WAS IT RECORDING THE ALBUM?
“’Ambitions’ was difficult to put together into an album because I wanted other countries to understand the songs and make more ONE OK ROCK fans around the world, so I tried to be less about the Japanese style and include more accessible lyrics and more simple melodies on the ear and stuff like that. I was listening to the songs over and over again and trying to choose 12 songs. We made two versions of the album, an English one and a Japanese one, with a few different songs on each, so it was hard to put together as an album but also a really good experience for me.”
HOW DOES IT FEEL LISTENING BACK TO THE ALBUM NOW? ARE YOU VERY PROUD OF IT?
“I’m actually getting used to it already as we’ve had a lot to play from it while touring, I’ve wanted to put more new songs in the set and try out a lot more new and different kinds of music. There are small things in the songs that I hadn’t noticed originally and after performing them live, I’m thinking, ‘Maybe, I should’ve fixed that here or there’ but overall I’m very proud of it.”
YOU WORKED WITH ALEX GASKARTH AND 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER ON 'AMBITIONS' TOO, HOW WAS COLLABORATING WITH THOSE ARTISTS?
“We did a tour together in the States and it’s kind of the same thing, when you’re touring with a band, there are good conversations and sometimes it doesn’t work, but these guys are fucking great bands and people and are really interested in Japanese bands. Touring around the world, we’d done big places in Japan but smaller places in other countries like the United States; we’re more of a baby band in those regions right now. So they were really interested in us as a band - seeing a band come from Japan and do all these big things. So we had some great conversations and our friendships grew organically from there.”
DO YOU THINK THERE'S A REAL POWER IN COLLABORATION AS A METHOD OF BREAKING DOWN MUSICAL WORLDS AND GENRES?
“I think it’s just the fans coming together! We’re not collaborating all the time so our fans have mostly found our music by itself, but with some artists collaborating with us it’s going to create something new. It’s more simple really, it’s less breaking boundaries and more having fun and creating something new.”
YOU HAD FALL OUT BOY SUPPORTING YOU IN JAPAN...
“Yeah! When they were in Japan promoting a new album, doing interviews and we wanted to schedule some shows with them. So this time, they were touring in Japan at the same time that we were, so we said we should do some shows together, they said yes and we did it!
“It was an amazing experience. I think we had first met in Japan when they came over for promo and we did an interview together. During the interview we were both like, “we should do something together sometime. And we ended up making that a reality, which I’m really glad we were able do.”
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