Translated by Erin Grace
--Last year marked the end of 10 years as a professional singer, and this year you’re breaking into your 11th year. Has the way you think about music changed at all?
Crystal Kay: Up to now, I’ve gone through periods where I think “I’ll try this,” or “I’ll try that,” and every time I make new album, I have this feeling of wanting to create something new. I’ve discovered that when I do that, I take elements from various kinds of music and add them into my style. When I encountered a new style, I found new elements to incorporate into my own sound. But this is my first album since my 10th anniversary, so there I didn’t have a feeling of tension. I make the best use of the sound I’ve created up until now, and I’ve really been thinking about how from now on I have to center the work around making the music that I, and no one else, can create.
--And that’s how “Spin the Music” began.
C: That’s right. I’m not trying to create something “new,” I’m trying to create a “base.” Of course, when I thought of that, my second thought was “What does that mean?” and at first I was worried. But I thought about it, and the result was a sound that allows the listener to hear more of my voice and pushes forward the parts that had been more internal. I focused on this and wrote a lot of lyrics for this album, and I was also very particular about the sound. That is, there’s a lot of variation, but I think there’s also consistency.