We’re so excited about Hyper Japan festival this year, which is going to be from July 14th to 16th. This year’s going to be lit and if you buy your tickets you can enjoy all of this, but before that happened we chatted with Reol, one of our favorite bands from Japan about their inspiration and what they expect during their stay in London. Hope you like it and if you’re in London don’t miss out this band or you can regret it!
WHO IS REOL?
REOL is a three-person creative unit made up of singer-songwriter Reol, sound creator Giga, and video creator Okiku.
Born 9th November 1993 145cm tall
・Giga: MUSIC CREATOR
Born 15th December 1991 165cm tall
・Okiku: MOVIE CREATOR
Born 22nd September 1991 155cm tall
HOW AND WHY DID YOU START MAKING MUSIC?
Reol : As far as songwriting goes, I started learning piano at age 3 and wrote my first song with my piano teacher at age 5. My teacher was an arrangement major at music school, so when I said, “I want to make a song,” s/he replied “Okay, let’s give it a try” and wrote it with me.
I started to get interested making music when I met Giga and decided that I wanted to write lyrics for programmed music rather than for a band.
Giga: By the time I started writing songs, I was already doing remixes. It all started when I uploaded a video with one of my original songs in it to a video sharing site. The video got really popular. When I looked at the composers around me I thought, ‘I could do that too,’ and started to make music seriously.
WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT ABOUT WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Reol: While what we make is music, it’s also a sort of “comprehensive art” which requires a variety of other artistic disciplines as well. These other disciplines play a very important role in the creation of our musical world-view.
The other thing that I find difficult is the deadlines.
We have a finite amount of time, so while I used to create as and when I wanted to, I now have to be creating constantly. That change has been pretty hard.
ASIDE FROM WRITING MUSIC, WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ALSO INVOLVED IN THE CREATIVE ASPECTS OF YOUR MUSIC VIDEOS AND BAND’S IMAGE, PLEASE TELL US ANY SPECIFIC PARTS OF THISTHAT YOU FEEL VERY INVOLVED IN OR IN PARTICULAR ABOUT.
Reol: I don’t like the idea of redoing something that someone is already doing, so I’m always trying to do something new.
I strive to do things in a way that only I can so that I don’t go down the same path as anyone else.
Giga: There isn’t one particular genre that I like more than others, so I make everything from electronica to R&B and mix a variety of genres to make something new.
Okiku: I’m quite particular about all things video-related, and I’m always focused on creating something new. I think of each project as its own piece of art and approach it with the mentality that there’s nothing I can’t learn to do. When I do find something that’s difficult for me, I push on through – even if it’s a struggle – and make something that I couldn’t have made previously.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO HYPER JAPAN?
Okiku: Definitely! It’ll be our first time in London, too!
Reol: Me too! England has a really long musical history, so much so that it’s known as the “holy land of rock.” Music is such an integral part of London and feeling that atmosphere for myself is something I’m really looking forward to.
Also, I like the Sex Pistols.
Giga: It goes without saying that we’re excited for HYPER JAPAN, and we’re also really excited to see the city. I’d like to go see Big Ben.
Okiku: London shows up in the music anime “K-on!” so I’m really excited to be able to actually go.
PLEASE TELL US SOME MUSICIANS YOU’VE GOTTEN INTO RECENTLY.
Okiku: I like Hoshino Gen.
Giga: I listen to a lot of BTS. (K-pop group)