HYDERoom Staff Diary – 06.01.2018
Malaysia ~ Taiwan
*Original Japanese to Spanish translation by Danyciel Takarai.
And Malaysia is the first site where most of the staff was removed. There were many people who went to Singapore, but that is a different country from Malaysia (although it was originally the same country, but became independent).
And I was not very aware that we were close to the Equator line. In short it is hot. More than “warm,” this place is “hot.” And this type of feeling must activate all kinds of strategies. That is, people begin to prepare their coats. That’s right, even if you can not believe it, the interiors of this warm country are quite cold. If only one shirt is worn, one freezes. And there were many Japanese people who were having whose nerves were stressed because of that temperature difference.
Today’s venue is the MCA HALL.
It is the smallest of the venues of the Asia Tour, but in terms of its status, this is a splendid place with a structure that has two stories. And I was the one who noticed that, on these two occasions, the performances of the members had improved moderately, after we left the past places, however it seems that HYDE is still pursuing something else.
On this tour, Hyde gave a somewhat nervous speech in the last Hong Kong live.
“This was the only day in which I think the acoustic performance has progressed”
I do not know what was the exact intention with those words, but I think it was a proactive mechanism on the HYDE’s part so that this tour continues to improve.
Classical music is universal and in no way would it improve if one thinks in a common way. Since it’s a genre in which the melody is expected to go in perfect harmony with the lyrics.
And I can perceive in the air the “answer” to that expectation, although perhaps that expression is not the correct one.
However, HYDE’s music has gone through a wide variety of experiences, and has constantly changed without those answers, I suppose what he does is improve is pointing to “the answer that is expected.”
However, it is difficult for a musician to express the connotation of the letters he carries in his heart.
HYDE continued to change his way of singing in each moment and situation, and has continued in his attempt that this occasionally emotionally moves people and makes their hearts beat.
And I can always feel that, somehow, he has been fighting alone.
However, members of the acoustic band seem to have become sensitive to HYDE’s changes. And on each occasion after the shows we talk with the members so that our conviction deepens.
The scores of chamber music are absolute. However, the margin of interpretation remains. They are maintaining the same interpretation as they go in the direction of the evolution line with HYDE.
And I wonder if HYDE feels that flexible attitude in them.
Then we went out to meet the live in Malaysia.
I am sure that today’s concert will be something different!
HYDE made his faltering appearance in the food catering room an hour before the live, while hiding his expectation and mental stress, and began to eat and eat saying, “I do not know what it is, but it looks delicious.”
Eh? Somehow it seems to be exceeding expectations…
And the live in Malaysia was the most powerful in terms of the emotion of the audience, as well as the greatness of the songs on this tour.
The venue is the Plenary Hall. This is the largest of this Asia Tour, it is huge and even more beautiful than the Japan International Forum and Orchard Hall.
Looking at the steps from the stage, you can get a wonderful view, but at the same time it conveys a sense of mystery and oppression.
And on the final day, at last a spirit of emotion took part of him, of the members, and the staff, personally and that is when the good times were finally fun.
By the way, at the Beijing live, Hyde planned a kind of trick to surprise us (he put sushi on the string equipment chairs when they went on stage) and has since continued to do so.
In Hong Kong, they were barbecued pork loaves that had been offered to us and we had eaten together, in Malaysia we put something called petit boom “that was a kind of popcorn that looked more like bird food” inside the dressing room as a joke. On that occasion the girls did not stop laughing and smiling, that’s why here in our last destination called Taiwan we hope he tries something again in that same prankster nature.
But this time what was on the chairs on the stage were… bouquets of flowers!
What an ostentatious thing!
And although we expected it to be an extreme joke with the “Xiaolongbao*” (*A kind of steamed dumpling stuffed with a dough similar to bread) and the “Chòu dòufu*” (*“Stinky tofu” is a Chinese form of fermented tofu that has a strong odor), wasn’t this a very nice surprise?
More than that, was something as intriguing as these bouquets necessary? Wow!
Even for people around the world who could not come to this venue today, I tried to set up a small part of the live from a different angle.
And to fulfill the requirement that HYDE has to obtain and transmit a beautiful angle of the stage, the staff ran in the middle of the night to a night market to buy a smartphone tripod. However, would it arrive on time? 30 minutes of the live have already been lost!
But it arrived on time.
The last concert would start solemnly.
And I tried to interview him just before the live. Finally, I wanted to investigate what had been worrying me for a long time, so I used it as a topic, and since he was kind enough to hear me, our conversation will be in a formal style.
J (Jin): This Asian Tour is done without using the Iyamoni*, and instead using the Air, what is the reason for that?
(*Note: “Iyamoni” is the abbreviation for the intraauricular monitors that combines hearing aids and ear plugs, it is basically a hearing aid used in concerts and that has a high sound quality, the “Air” refers to the atmosphere, but in this context refers to hearing the step marking on the monitor of the speakers without using the Iyamoni and only using one’s ear)
H (HYDE): As I had thought, it feels very good for the one who sings with such only heard in the Air. I know that for those who sing using the iyamoni it is easier to sing and it has its advantages, but this is different from a rock concert since the stage is not an explosion of sounds where there are many limitations, so in that situation one sings freely. And I think it’s okay to give priority to the ways of singing that are simpler by making them yourself.
J: How do you explain that although the Iamoni method makes singing easier, the Air feels better?
H: To some degree, with the iyamoni, I hear my own sound, and thanks to that it is possible to do something delicate. And I think it’s feasible for the first time since Iyamoni’s invention that the correct way to express myself is: “I can sing in a whisper within an explosive sound,” that’s how I can interpret freely within VAMPS and L’Arc~en~Ciel. There is an advantage in leaving out all the noise, but it’s like a double-edged sword because it also blocks the response of the audience and the feeling that you have in the Air, and the best thing is that the range of the sound is completely different. Since the Iamoni is a hearing aid itself, and if you think about it, it is easy to understand that in a certain way it feels good to listen to music with headphones or listen to it on a big speaker.
J: I see, the explanation is very easy to understand, but is it not surprising that you return to the Air after a long time of not doing it?
H: Surely it will change the way I hear the sound just by moving from the position I’m standing in. To be honest, when you move around the back of the stage there are a lot of sounds that can barely be heard, so I prefer to believe, “Well, it’s a concert, right?” and that includes that kind of thing, and if I think about it, that was natural 15 years ago. Tokyo Dome or another large stage without the Iyamoni, surely it would have been impossible.
J: If you look at the images of that time, surely now you will devote all your energy to concentrate on the speakers (XD)
H: It’s like I want to breathe and there’s no air. With the repercussion of the exterior sound of the places where there is no monitor, the sound diminishes completely. Because the sound of my singing voice is delayed by 1 second.
J: Doing that was a sublime experience, wasn’t it?
H: Yes, but I realized that my skills have improved compared to those days. As I sang well, I did not feel that any problem was taking place, since I endured them and with the presence of the Air, I had a lot of fun and had a genuine feeling of wellness.
J: And when in the future you return to Rock, do you plan to return to Air?
H: Of course not. Because you can not make a delicate musical expression with the Air in an explosive atmosphere, besides that I must always sing with a strong voice, because of that I have not been able to interpret the songs from before.
J: Sure, thanks for the easy to understand explanations, and I really am very grateful to the responses to the concerns I had since the end of last year.
….Yes, yes, I know it was a specialized subject, but I think knowing that I was able to have an exchange of words with him that way was very good.
HYDE’s ideas are always clear and simple.
Adjusting to his style, for him it is easy to change by himself, regardless of the type of clothes, they way he dresses immediately and for him, that is so natural.
And finally, something that everyone will be able to enjoy.
Since we heard a beautiful story before the concert, we will surely be able to enjoy this last live with very deep feelings, right? Since among you, some are amateurs.
Having heard a talk like that, you absolutely can not make a mistake in today’s live. For those of us who always work from behind the scenes, there could not be a better “motivation switch” than that.
The final concert of this Asian Tour of six lives was a complete success.
And again looking like Jekyll and Hyde, we also saw a Dark HYDE again.
So I want to finish the International Staff Diary by sending an image that will not be seen again for a long time.