Right smack in the middle of their run with Nikki Sixx on SIXX:AM’s Modern Vintage tour, VAMPS made a quick stop in Florida to perform in Monster Energy’s Loudest Month series, rocking the stage during Ft. Rock in Ft. Meyers and Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville. I caught up with Hyde and KAZ after their smoking set in Jacksonville on April 24 and, with the help of translator, Hiroki, chatted about touring with an American legend, performing in a foreign country and vampire evolution.
You guys have been playing a LOT lately. You’ve been very very busy. Do you do anything special to stay in shape, maintain your voice, anything like that?
H: We have kind of a hard time, of course. With the one man tour we get kind of tired, but everyday something new happens and it’s kind of refreshing.
Speaking of new things, Nikki Sixx recently played VAMPARK in Japan with you guys and now you are opening for him on his SIXX:AM Modern Vintage Tour. How did that come about?
H: Nikki knows that I’m a big fan of Motley Crue and Nikki Sixx. We recently had a big gig in Japan called VAMPARK Festival and we supported SIXX:AM and helped them get into the Japanese market. Now, we are with SIXX:AM because they are trying to give back for what we did for them.
Naka-kon marks the beginning of my con season and I have to say, it is starting out great! Thanks to a friend I had the chance to get out and enjoy this amazing convention, plus I had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with HIZUMI, of D’ESPAIRSRAY fame, to talk about his career in design and his company UMBRELLA.
Q. Thank you for speaking with us today. How did you enjoy Naka-kon? Did you have a chance to look around?
A. This is the first time I’ve really gotten to walk around and look through a venue where it is very concentrated on anime. It left quite an impact.
Q. You run your own company, UMBRELLA. Are the style of design you use and the name connected?
A. There is no real connection between the name and designs. The name for the brand comes from the fact that people call me the “Rain Man.” The name doesn’t have anything to do with my creative works.
Q. Can you tell us about overall influences? Such as other artists or things in everyday life that influence you to create your designs?
A. It mostly comes from talking with people. Like going out and talking with drinking buddies.
Formed in February 2010, Spacetime and Streams is a band inspired by a variety a music to create their own grunge alternative shoe-gazing style. Ever chasing after their inspiration, they have carved their own path and seek to free you from everyday, and introduce to you their unique creation of space.
Birthday: Sept. 11th
Favorite colour: Yellow
Favorite food: Japanese noodles
Most known for saying/catch phrase: Nothing’s real anymore.
Lead Guitar: bancho
Birthday: March 20th
Instrument brand of choice: FODERA、MOON
Favorite colour: Blue
Favorite brand of clothing: ZARA
Favorite food: Curry
Most known for saying/catch phrase: Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur.
Though busy with new PVs and member changes, the guys of Spacetime and Streams squeezed us in to talk a bit about what inspires them and the dreams they are chasing.