Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK may have performed in many countries, but writing a song about one is something entirely different.
Still, it’s something lead vocalist, lyricist and composer Takahiro Moriuchi, better known as Taka, is willing to try.
“I’ve never tried writing about some country,” he told Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore ahead of ONE OK ROCK’s concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday (20 January).
“If they (the crowd) have some good energy, if I can feel it from today, I’m gonna write a song about Singapore, but we’ll see,” the 29-year-old said.
Taka and his bandmates, leader and guitarist Toru Yamashita, bassist Ryota Kohama and drummer Tomoya Kanki, will be performing at their biggest Singapore venue to date. They were last in Singapore for their 35xxxv Asia concert tour in 2016.
With the band doing more tours in Asia, Taka also said they would be hoping to collaborate more with local artistes within the region.
“When I was young I listened to a lot of American music… But now we’re touring the world and also here in Singapore, China, Philippines… Maybe we’re gonna check out some artistes in Asia, and in the future maybe do some collaborations,” he said.
The band also reflected on their beginnings in music, with Toru, 29, reminiscing about starting a band in high school and having an ambition to perform overseas.
“Performing in Singapore, I guess that ambition has come true,” he said in Japanese.
Making it big was also an ambition shared by Tomoya, who moved to Tokyo to get involved with music activities.
“It was my childhood ambition,” the 30-year-old said, with Ryota adding that he was grateful for the international recognition the band has been getting.
That was on display even in Singapore, with some ONE OK ROCK fans seen waiting around the Singapore Indoor Stadium since 9am (the band’s concert starts at 8pm) just to purchase special merchandise only available on concert dates.
Moving from the past to the future, Taka said that the band was entering its “next chapter”.
“The first chapter has come to a close, and we’re ready to take on a second chapter,” Taka said in Japanese.
“Whether the next ten years will be very different from the past ten years (in terms of music concept, activities), I have yet to know what it will be like, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The concert in Singapore is part of ONE OK ROCK’s Ambitions world tour. After performing in Singapore, the band will be headed to Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and South Korea.
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