Kuroki Meisa "UNLOCKED" Exclusive Interview Translation

Source: Excite


I think that I have to continually change and evolve


--Congratulations on the completion of your album. How are you feeling?


Meisa: I’m happy that I’ve gotten two albums done; 2011 was really busy. (bitter laugh)  “MAGAZINE” was released at the beginning of the year, and right after that I went to Spain for filming [of “Andalucia Megami no Houfuku”], but before filming was completed I did photos for a drama [“Shiawase ni Narou Yo”], and I also went into another drama [“Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Soukakei”]. Because of all that activity, I put everything I had into my shoots during first half of the year. But in the second half of the year, starting with my solo live preparation in about September, I focused solely on music and didn’t do anything with movies or dramas; I really concentrated on creating music.


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Kuroki Meisa "MAGAZINE" Interview Translation

Original: Oricon
Translated by Erin Grace

Even more than making music, fashion is the one thing I can’t live without

--Where did you get the idea of expressing this album as a magazine?

Kuroki Meisa: I’ve been a musician for 2 years, and the way that I look at music now has changed from how I looked at it when I first started. I realized that I want to convey that, and the idea of expressing it with a magazine came to mind. There’s even a 4-page interview included. Even more than making music, fashion is the one thing I can’t live without, so they let me create this volume like a magazine.

--You said that the way you look at music has changed. In what way has it changed?

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Kuroki Meisa - "LOL!" Exclusive Interview Translation

Original: Oricon
Translated by Erin Grace

I sang with the spirit that’s invited by the sound

--“LOL!” is a charming dance tune, a change toward lighter music.

Meisa: I wanted “LOL!” to be both an extension of my existing work as well as something completely new, all wrapped up in one song.  Until now my image has been kind of “single-toned,” and in contrast this song is “patterned.”  Marbled, sort of.  It doesn’t have so much of sparkling, crackling feeling; it’s more bassy and heavy.

--You also challenge yourself by trying out rap.

M: It was really fun!  When I listened to the demo, I thought, “Yeah, this’ll work.”  And I recorded after I met Angelina Jolie [who was in Japan promoting “Salt,” released 7/28], so I was in really high spirits.
--You’re using a rougher voice than you have in the past, and you have a better beat than would be expected for a first try.  It seems like you’re a real rapper.

M: Thanks!  Yeah, I rap everything this time. (laugh)  JUNE, the composer, gave me really detailed direction, and I sang with the spirit that’s invited by the sound.  She was like, “Badder!” and “More sexy!”  I was like, “OK!” (laugh) 

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