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YUI talks about her latest album, "HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE", with Oricon

November 3, 2011 @ 4:41 pm
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Oricon recently conducted an interview with singer-songwriter YUI for her latest album, "HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE", which was released on November 2nd.

Check out the full interview below!

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Interviewer: First of all, give us your thoughts on the album title.

YUI: It holds the meaning of how much is your affection. I used the word LOVE in the title, but I wanted it to mean a big emotion. Like support or a guideline for life In a broad sense, I think it turned out to be an album that asks, 'What are your emotions?' By using LOVE, I felt that it was the best way to deliver these feelings in simplest form.

Interviewer: What kinds of emotions were stirred when you wrote these songs?

YUI: When I made my debut, there was a time when I only sang for myself. Now, I have the opportunity to meet many people, and by remembering those peoples faces, all kinds of feelings surface. I write songs while thinking, I want them to smile or I want them to do their best tomorrow.

Interviewer: Various emotions are expressed in your songs; its hard to believe that one woman wrote them.

YUI: Thank you. As one being, I have these feelings and emotions What I hate, I hate; and what I like, I like. I want to be able to express them properly. I wanted to bring out that breadth and waves of emotion. I usually write what I feel directly. Im happy when people tell me they can relate to those things. That is why I want to have a communication where I can ask the listeners, How do you feel? So I chose to put Green a.live at the end of the album, since its a song that contains many questions. Although I sing calmly in the song, the wave of emotion is so big.

Interviewer: Its a song that was written after you visited the disaster-stricken areas right?

YUI: Yes. There are a lot of question marks, but its a song with many factors. It was hard to put them into words because I wanted to make it carefully. Also, when I finished the song, I was able to think, This is me right now. There are a lot of emotions within me that I havent unraveled yet. So I realized that I have to face it, instead of putting an end to it.

Interviewer: Other than Green a.live, how did you figure out the order of songs?

YUI: With every work, I make the order of songs with variation rock songs then acoustic songs; like that, I make efforts to create ups and downs so people wont get tired of it. When I make a rock song, its strange, but I want to make an acoustic song afterwards. This album has many new attempts, but I worked hard to make it balanced. Tthe song I wrote while wanting to change the scene is Good Night. At first, it was a song you could hum to but as I was making it, I became greedy. In the end, I recorded it properly and added a chorus to it.

Interviewer: To be specific, what are new attempts?

YUI: For example, Separation has a funky rhythm, something Ive never tried before. I made it while imagining bits and pieces of rhythm quickly being added into the song Although I was told, "Thats not a funk rhythm", I feel I was able to bring out a groovy effect. Then, I thought it would be fun to add painful lyrics, and started writing. I wrote Lock On as the theme song for Kaito Royale, so I made the song with the theme of thrill. Since the drama is set in a world of treasure stealing, I wanted it to have a kind yet fun outlook on the world. To make it even more thrilling, I changed the key during the middle, but it was difficult. When I first received the offer to write the theme song, there was no script, so I read the draft. I knew a little about it through games and CMs, which helped me to create an image of the drama.

Interviewer: The music video is also thrilling.

YUI: It was a fun experience to run around here and there. I was exposed to many new things, such as dressing up as a casino dealer. Its fun to take a look into a world you dont know. I had a real dealer teach me the behavior, and was told that I couldnt even smile. I thought it would be impossible for me.



Interviewer: You challenged yourself to simple triple (three beats in each measure) in Cooking.

YUI: Ever since my debut, I always wanted to make a song with simple triple. But back then, I couldnt operate a computer that well, and I wasnt able to step record Now, Ive become accustomed to a computer so I typed in the drums myself, then created the melody. It was by feel, but I had fun. The song had a warm feel to it, so I think the kind lyrics accompanies the song's outlook. I felt that every girl has the feeling of wanting to make food for the person they love, so I sang the song while imagining I was near that person.

Interviewer: YUI-sans tone of voice is gentle, so I felt that atmosphere.

YUI: Thank you. Im usually gentle Im lying. Get Back Home sounds like I mixed more sighs than usual. It could be a song to myself saying, "Youhad a bad day, but lets be thankful to the people around you".

Interviewer: What kind of message do you want to deliver through this album?

YUI: I challenged myself to all kinds of new things in the album, so it would be nice if people who listen to it are able to think, Lets try something new. I want it to become a strength for people to move forward. I continue to make music exactly like the days when I first moved to Tokyo. The excitement when I listen to music has never changed. As the sender, that is what I want to deliver. Tell them, "I'm doing it so freely!" Freedom could be something you can do at ease at a limited extent. It's different from being able to do as I please, but I want to become a person who can tell people that I'm doing it freely. Although to be honest, I actually like doing as I please.

Interviewer: Your nationwide tour will start soon.

YUI: The album jacket was shot on Hikawa Maru (ocean liner) in Yokohama, but it was also taken in the image of the tour. I want to create a place where people can relax and enjoy.

Interviewer: In June, you held your first overseas live in Hong Kong, and in September, you held a street live in Shanghai. Have your thoughts on the live concerts upgraded?

YUI: The minute I stepped on stage in Hong Kong, my heart was about to break by seeing the amount of people. However, during the street live, I felt alive. Lives aren't about 'you against the audience', but , 'you and I'. So I was able to sing while thinking, "I am singing to you alone."I hope to sing again somewhere else. For this upcoming tour, Im going to places I havent gone before, so Im looking forward to the beautiful scenery and the delicious food. Also, meeting new people.

Source: Oricon

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