Vidoll, a band of beautiful aesthetics, work together by drawing in five unique personalities and preferences of their group. Having gone from indies obscurity to international fame, Vidoll is now trying to keep up with their fans!
JRR: I heard that there was a dual meaning for the name Vidoll. What will Vidoll be like at J-rock Revolution: insignificant puppet or pretty doll? And the other artists, what do you consider them to be?
Vidoll: Oh actually it wasn’t meant to have a double meaning. We picked this name for the sound and inspiration, and that dual meaning came along later when we released our first album. So we chose Vidoll because we liked the sound of it. …Actually we were supposed to be called “Spoon”, right? No…no, we were thinking about calling ourselves “Knife” – not “Spoon.”
JRR: How did you become involved with J-rock Revolution? How were you approached about performing at the festival?
Vidoll: We had never performed overseas when we heard about JRR, but we had heard that there were some fans out there. We had seen some foreign fans at our lives in Japan and also received letters from oversea fans. This made us very happy. So we thought it would be a great opportunity to perform.
JRR: Do you think J-rock Revolution will differ from or be similar to your past musical experiences?
Vidoll: This is our first time to perform in the US, so we feel that it will be very different from our usual live in Japan.
JRR: Are you looking forward to seeing any of the other artists perform? If so, which ones?
Vidoll: D’espairsRay… but we have to go back to Japan that day…
JRR: What kind of impact do you want your performance to leave? Overall, what kind of effect do you think the festival will have?
Vidoll: We speak different languages so we hope that we can express ourselves more than usual. It just makes everything more interesting because it’s a new challenge for us. We believe that emotions and feelings can bond people, and so we are excited to see how much we can reach out to the audience.
JRR: Do you have any other plans for your visit to the U.S.?
Vidoll: I want to see the Hollywood sign up-close.
JRR: If you could describe your music in three words, what would they be?
Vidoll: Occult romance, Party, Beauty
JRR: What are some of your fondest or most memorable moments during Vidoll’s career?
Vidoll: 2 guitarists quit at the same time but now we have these two great guitarists. We are happy to be together as these 5 members. And this gives us great confidence.
JRR: What was it like working with Under Code Productions? Was there anything particularly easy or difficult about "graduating" from it?
Vidoll: Nothing became easier or more difficult – just smoother. We graduated to go forward and now we are actually moving forward. This makes us feel good!
JRR: Many visual kei groups eventually adopt a more mainstream look. Why do you think this happens?
Vidoll: Other bands express their style as the way they feel it, even we change how we are many times. But being able to express ourselves in the best way at the certain moment is what I think Visual Kei is.
JRR: What are some of your plans for the future?
Vidoll: We just released an album at the end of last year, and a new album is coming out at the end of this year. We hope, in the future, that overseas fans will be able to get our music easier.
JRR: Would you ever consider living and working outside of Japan?
Giru : I like soccer and art, so I want to live in Italy.
Rame: I like Mötley Crüe & Poison, so I dreamed about living in Hollywood and LA.
Jui: I have been to France once and really liked the style there. So I would like to live in France.
Tero: I would like to live in Switzerland. I would like to be like Heidi and ride on the big swing in the Alps.
Shun: I like the NBA so I want to live in the US. I want to go to Casinos too, so maybe Las Vegas.
JRR: What are some of your current influences or favorite artists? (They don’t need to be musicians.)
Giru: I can’t listen to any music when I make new songs because I get too influenced.
Jui: I am the opposite as Giru. I listen to many artists when I am creating songs. Today, I was listening to Angela Aki. I like songs that clear my mind.
Rame: Maximum the Hormone and Zazen Boys
Tero: Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Whitesnake
Shun: Mr. Children
JRR: Message to American fans:
Vidoll: We speak different languages, but music is the universal language. We hope many people will listen to our music. It would be amazing if our music becomes supported by many different people. Thank you for having us, and we are looking forward to seeing you!