Japanese bands that visit Sweden used to be about as usual as snow in the middle of the summer, but thanks to the production company New Nippon we've been seeing more and more snowflakes through the sunbeams. Later this summer we'll be giving the opportunity to see two of the real heavyweights here in Sweden; D'espairsray and Dir En Grey. But today we're greeted by the up and coming Visual Kei-band Ayabie, who has released two albums so far. The remarkable thing is that these albums are easy to get through Swedish online stores, something that was close to impossible a few years ago.
You might be familiar with the term Visual Kei by now. It basically means that the visual side is just as important as the music - a big wardrobe is simply a must. The music can range from genres as disparate as hardcore to Britney Spears-pop, and it rarely feels forced in any way. The audience is also a large part in the show, dressing up in spectacular outfits that make them look like angels, pandas, Japanese schoolgirls, etc. Just a few hours before the show at Klubben in Stockholm in May, Metal Covenant sat down with the five gir - sorry: guys - to discuss what Ayabie is all about.
Niklas: Is this your first time in Sweden? How do you like it so far?
Niklas: Describe the difference between
Japanese audiences and the non-Japanese ones; do they react differently
to your shows?
Niklas: Is it mainly Japanese or non-Japanese bands that have influenced you? Or is it perhaps a bit of both?
Niklas: If you could only pick one song that people who have never heard Ayabie should start listening to, which one would it be?
Niklas: I've seen some of your videos, and they look really cool and expensive. Do you put a lot of effort into your videos?
Niklas: What do you think of the fans that dress up in spectacular outfits and come to your concerts? Aren't you afraid that they will "steal the show" for you?
Niklas: Finally, is there a new album coming out soon?