【LOCAL CONNECT】Brush Up Studio LIVE!Special Interview

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    LOCAL CONNECT

    A five-person rock band from Nagaokakyo, Kyoto. Formed a predecessor band in high school. On February 20, 2015, renamed LOCAL CONNECT with the current drummer Natsuki. It is active nationwide, valuing the connection between people.

    Superb harmony of twin vocals woven by ISATO, a transparent high-tone voice with transparency, and Daiki, who emits a muddy heat.

    A melody that shines among the most orthodox rock bands. A sound that is both beautiful and powerful where sprint and transparency coexist.


    Interview

    2019.6.21


    Q.Could you tell us how the band was formed?

    The front four of us here

    were originally in a band together

    when were classmates in high school.

    It was as classmates

    that we formed our previous band

    But around the time we changed our name

    we ended up without a drummer.

    So as we were wondering if we knew anyone

    if there was anyone around that we could rely on

    we called out to Natsuki who was our junior

    And the band known as LOCAL CONNECT was born.


    Q.Please tell me the personality of each member.

    Something I really like about him is that he's reckless.

    He can also be a bit clumsy

    but that much hardly matters.

    The way he recklessly pulls the rest of us members along with him

    is something that I really love

    so I want to mention it any chance I get.

    He holds an attention to detail that I personally don't have.

    He's methodical

    he notices all sorts of things other people normally don't.

    I'm always forgetting things or losing things

    and he always tells me off for it like he should.

    I've got this impression of him as a real person of action.

    Whenever we reach some kind of standstill

    he's the one who suggests the first step forward.

    I think that's becoming the key to making this band work.

    Maki is pure.

    He'll eat up anything you say

    like he has a strong sense of curiosity

    He really gets into what the other members talk about

    and considers what they're saying really deeply.

    He listens to everyone with such interest

    that he himself won't end up speaking.

    He has such a deep sense of humanity

    and is strongly empathetic

    and I'm sure everyone here will agree with me 100%.

    Regardless of whether someone is older or younger than him

    ISATO will always be friendly and think of their feelings when he speaks to them.

    I feel like he's saved me too at a point

    and if the members have any worries then ISATO is there to hear us out

    and I think that side of him is wonderful.


    Q.Tell us about the one-man tour in July.

    We in LOCAL CONNECT

    will be doing a one-man tour meaning solo live shows.

    But it's not just that we're doing one-man shows

    this independently planned "connect year"

    right from the start we've put a lot of care

    into planning this all on our own

    and so for a pretty long span over 2019

    we're starting with a one-man acoustic show

    then next we're playing shows in Tokyo and Osaka with another band

    and from there we start our one-man tour.

    Obviously we have our original fans

    But I'm sure that there are plenty of other

    people who now know about us through them.

    People who learn about us from our one-man shows

    and get curious about us as well

    especially since we're doing one-man shows for such a long stretch of time

    and it's turning into this "connect year 2019" compilation

    even if it's just one more person

    we absolutely want them to come along to this one-man tour.

    We're doing 4 main spots across the country

    but we want to put everything into these shows

    so please please come and experience a LOCAL CONNECT

    live show for yourself on this one-man tour.

    I'd like to introduce our new song.

    This is the first new song we've released in 2019

    so with that please listen: "Hands".


    released our digital single

    Underground/Sailing on the the 6th of May.

    As for why we opted to release

    it as a digital single

    I'd like Natsuki to talk

    about that a bit more

    At a fundamental level

    We've decided for 2019

    that we in LOCAL CONNECT

    want to do all things

    we've always wanted try

    so of those things we want to do

    a digital single release was one of them.

    This applies to our song Hands that

    we released in February too

    but to try to just go

    with the source sound

    without making discs

    and to see just how much

    of a reaction that has

    as well as because

    we wanted to use a digital release

    to reach people all across

    the country as soon as possible

    we opted to try for a direct

    source sound digital single release.

    This is that knack for action

    we were talking about last week.


    Q.Tell us about Underground Sailing

    With Underground Sailing

    we've released two songs

    Daiki

    what was writing these songs like?

    The point of traffic of these two songs

    I accidentally said traffic cots

    Let me have another take

    at talking about recording these two songs

    With Underground Sailing

    we've released two songs

    what kind of songs did they turn out as?

    The common kyotsu point

    between these two songs

    Is that they're both

    about the strength to move forward

    For Underground

    I think there are often times where

    you try and try with all you have

    and still can't reach

    what you're after

    but it's nice to think that

    without feeling broken by that

    taking another step forward will give

    youthe strength you need to keep moving.

    I wrote the lyrics right

    in line with that train of thought.

    Sailing is a song I wrote

    together with Natsuki

    It was the first time

    we wrote together hey?

    It's the first song

    we've written together

    we secluded ourselves in the same room

    and wrote the song like

    how about that?

    and like this!

    As for the lyrics

    Daiki is listed in the credits

    for the lyrics on this one

    But I just put into words

    the kind of vibe and contents

    that I thought Natsuki wanted

    to make the song about

    so in writing the lyrics

    and in it being the first song

    we've made together

    it's like a wedding

    it's turned into a real

    auspicious song.

    That sounds so dumb.

    But it's so fun to perform live

    It's a song you can

    imagine being performed hey.

    Rather than it being feeling filled

    I think it's like

    the kind of song

    where you can take those gloomy

    feelings within yourself

    and let them all out at once at the live show.

    So please come along to a show

    and let's all go yeah yeah woh woh together.

    Hope to see you there.


    Q.Please give us a behind the scenes story of the recording.

    Behind the scenes story?

    VR

    Surely there's a good one.

    At the spot where we record

    there's VR hooked up in the space

    where we sort of take breaks.

    When ISATO was recording

    we told him to put

    it on and record

    as if he’s performing at Tokyo Dome

    then we took a picture of

    him looking like that

    and Shuma put a comment on it

    and uploaded it to Twitter

    like that's the only real memory

    I have of VR

    being related to the recording?

    Everyone was playing video games.

    Next thing I knew

    they'd brought it into the vocal booth

    after all when you're singing

    when you're recording

    what you're imagining is

    the most important thing right?

    What kind of form I’m singing in

    whether that’s imagining a live show

    or playing at a festival

    I was able to see it very clearly.

    I recommend VR.

    I was able to imagine

    everything really richly

    and record this song

    so that was really great.

    Not to be abrupt

    but we'd like you to listen to a song

    from that digital single

    we released on May 6th

    so without further ado here's

    Underground from LOCAL CONNECT.


    We've already spoken about Underground and Sailing
but this time we'd like to talk about their music videos.
Q. Tell us about the Underground and Sailing music videos

    First let's start with the video for Underground.

    What kind of work did it end up becoming?
Isn't the scenery just gorgeous?
We had this image of soaring out

    from a dark place

    and we found a location that was like

    it had been reproduced as is from that image

    and on the day of shooting

    the weather really came out for us.

    Came out for us?

    We were blessed yeah.

    What does 'the weather came out for us' mean?

    Your dumbass is showing.

    Again I thought that we might

    be a band where being outside suits us.

    We've had a lot of music videos

    where we've been indoors up until now

    I thought it was great that this one

    turned out in line

    with the feelings we had when we wrote the song.

    Yeah that's wonderful.

    Speaking as someone who wrote the song

    it really matched the image we had in mind.

    It was cold though.

    It was cold
and the wind was rough too.
But of course for Underground
like

    I think there's lots of people
who'll watch

    it after listening to us talk about it here
I think there are a lot of parts

    that really link up with the song
so please enjoy.

    The video for Sailing
was pretty incredible.

    We tried something different for it hey?

    What did we try?

    Say it yourself.

    What we tried for the first time
Was throwing

    a free one-man live for fans
that we also filmed

    for the music video.
Let's get a great group of fans

    to come along
and film them all really getting

    into the music
then edit it all together

    real nice
that's the vibe we were going for.

    Will you challenge that again?

    What details do you think we did well?
Talk about what we did in your own words.
For what we tried for the first time this time
we got all the fans involved in the filming

    for Sailing
and had everyone have fun

    swinging their towels around
in a way that fit the mood of the song
an we ended up with a fun music video.
That's the sort of thing we tried to challenge.

    Up until now
people swinging their

    towels to our music
isn't something we've had.
You remember the way it looked?
It was crazy.

    We did it so many times
speaking as a kind of

    behind the scenes story
originally we did

    Sailing twice
and thought that if we did it

    one more time
we could get a really

    great take of it
So for the encore

    I said
let's do Sailing one more time
and it was just so fun
I want to do it again.

    In the end we heard from the people operating

    the cameras that the third time was the craziest
like everyone had broken their limits
which was lovely praise to receive.

    We haven't really broken any limits
but that image of us enjoying ourselves

    from the bottom of our hearts
really matches the song.
Everyone please check out the music video for Sailing.

    With that time for the song we'll introduce you to this week.

    We'd like you to give
our ballad track a listen.
So without further ado
here's Futari from LOCAL CONNECT.


    Q.How do you pass the time before your live shows?

    So this time

    we'll go from the topic of what we do before our live shows

    like the ways we spend our time before shows

    but the main thing that comes to mind when we're asked this

    is that myself and Natsuki are probably the only ones

    who really pay any mind to this.

    Yeah probably.

    We're probably the ones who care about this the most

    and the way that Natsuki spends this time.

    Recently for half a year or so

    I've been going through like radio exercises.

    I relax my body

    also I get nervous

    so I try not to focus on that.

    It's not like the show is starting now

    or like how was this song

    more that so I can basically distract myself from a number of things

    and not pay attention to them

    I kill time by looking at my phone or reading manga.

    That's something that really differs from person to person hey?

    Conversely I'm different to Natsuki

    in that before the show I totally focus on it.

    I totally enter my own world

    and make a huddle with everyone.

    There I can sort of let loose a bit

    and when we're getting fired up there

    there may be someone thinking about like

    how the mic stand has fallen over or whatever

    but it's exactly because there's that dynamic that

    I'm the opposite of Natsuki

    and am the type that focuses on the show beforehand

    Because I'm singing the songs

    I want everyone to join me in more than just one

    but there was talk about how these are really effective

    so more than just before the live on the stage in rehearsals

    while thinking about just how much I can loosen up my body

    I take a lot of care to go through stretches.

    I jump a lot

    and thoroughly stretch until I'm dripping in sweat

    and just spend this time exercising

    this is especially because I'm the band's vocalist

    so if there are any vocalists out there listening

    I think you should definitely give this a shot.


    Q.What about the fun times and the hardships you've faced as a band?

    How do you feel Shuma?

    I'm weak mentally

    so as hard times and fun times come half and half

    to make those hard times half as rough

    and those fun times twice as fun like

    I think it's incredible how everyone can

    work together to make that happen.

    So for Maki.

    For the happy things of course

    there are all kinds of bands involved

    so it's not just about going on tour and going to different places

    but being able to get close and make friends with those people

    there are more happy things than hardships.

    For rough times there's the production periods

    or finding the rhythm between band life and daily life

    but that's about it.

    There aren't really any hardships being in this band.

    It's really just the scheduling

    that can be a bit rough physically.

    Talking about songwriting

    basically Daiki's the main songwriter

    but recently

    with everyone involved

    it's fun when everyone does it together.

    Everyone brings their own qualities and flavours to it

    and we can do it while thinking it through

    so in doing so together we can pour ourselves into each of our songs

    which I think makes it really worthwhile.

    No matter what we do

    there's always going to be great times and hard times

    But I'm really happy we're in a place right now where there are

    so many more happy moments.


    Q.Tell us your goals for the band.

    I would love to tell everyone listening all about

    that goal of LOCAL CONNECT as a band.

    In no uncertain terms our goal

    is a one-man live show at Osak-Jo Hall.

    It's a bit of a big goal

    and it's not somewhere we can reach just yet

    but certainly to stand on that stage is an aspiration we hold.

    We want all kinds of people to hear us.

    I'd say we're the kind of band

    that really suits a large stage

    so to make that reality a certainty

    I want to take steady steps from the small things

    to progress towards that reality.

    Everyone we're counting on your support.

    It feels lonely to say so but this is our last week here.

    Therefore this is our last song introduction

    so for this final song

    this is likely the one we've been doing the longest.

    It's a really important song to us

    as we as LOCAL CONNECT have been

    singing this song for so so long

    so we'd like to close out by having you all listen to that song.

    Thank you everyone.

    So with that please listen to this last song

    Cosmo Loop by LOCAL CONNECT.


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