.:: INTERVIEW of SAEKO KITAMAE ::.
Par Michael Duval
Kitamae, the new Japanese woman media star of Heavy-Metal came in visit
in our capital to answer to the specialized press on its not very common
course. It is a determined and ambitious woman who answered to my interview.
Metalisforever : Hello Saeko, before presenting to you, can you say to me, since how long, are you in Europe exactly?
Kitamae : At the end of 2000, I became ill and quit my band to went
into a hospital in Japan. After getting out of the hospital, I still needed
to have more rest and visited Switzerland in 2001 where I stayed 2 months
and a half. This was the first time in Europe.
Metalisforever : Can you give me the true reasons which made you leave Japan for Germany? Do I have to believe that with the country of the raising sun, metal is in perdition?
Saeko Kitamae : Actually it was just like an urge and is hard to explain by words. When we feel something very strong---when we fall in love, for example, we, ourselves, don't know why, don't we? Anyway I felt something is calling me very strong to leave the country. Of course I was afraid of the idea. There was nobody to turn to. I didn't even understand the language. But I'd been singing to believe in ourselves and to face the fear to get over it. I should face my fear in the first place if I want to keep on singing like that, for I can't sing things which are not true. So I left the country. About the metal scene in Japan, I cannot say many things about these days, for I quit my band more than 3 years ago.
Metalisforever : How was made your meeting with the musicians of Metalium? One fine day, you knocked on the door of Lars? Why Metalium, more than another band?
Kitamae : I was alone in Hamburg and had no idea about how to meet
musicians. So I handed out the fliers with my contact address, which you
can see in the booklet, at concert halls and heavy metal bars. One day
I got a call from a guy. I met him at a café. It was Lars Ratz
(METALIUM). He asked me if I can copy others' style. I've heard this question
several times in my life from labels or producers. Every time I answered,
"no, because I'm not doing this to be famous. Music is my life."
According to my past experiences, when I answered this, they walked away
or tried to persuade me to copy others. So I expected the same reaction
from Lars. But he said, " perfect! I don't need anybody only coping
others." So I felt I might have met a right person finally.
Saeko Kitamae : Yes of course! I left my country only to find a heavy metal band to join. From the beginning I was thinking of making an album. That was the only reason I said good-bye to my friends. But, of course, Lars and other musician supported me a lot and we talked a lot. Nobody can make anything alone. Me neither. I'm happy to have nice people around me.
Metalisforever : With through Metal, what do you want to transmit? Your inspiration comes it from your Japanese origins or that what you live, now?
Kitamae : I just want to express everything in me. This is my life.
Sadness, pain, happiness
all the beauty I see before my eyes
everyday. Sometimes it's hard to explain by words, that's why I'm trying
to bring it through music. But it's still very hard and I've been looking
for the way. Anyway, my music comes through my existence itself. That's
it. The life I have now is also one part of my existence. Japanese origins
are also parts of it.
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