Exclusive Interview with ESIE

ESIE, Japan electro industrial pop punk artist. ESIE and Yoshimi, the great combination between model, fashion, and trendy electro industrial musics. From melancholic contemplative ballads to electronic punk. Mixes the beauty cute and electronica touch in fashion and music.  And this is the interview with ESIE.

1.Tell us a short history about ESIE.

I started my fashion model carrier from 15 years old and I won the Nonno magazine Model Grand prix in 2005. I was exclusive model for Nonno magazine until mid 2007. I stopped a while modeling and thinking to start something in music that I really love. That was the moment I just meat my producer Yoshimi. We started to work together with my artist name ESIE from the beginning of 2008.

2. It’s about your music, How to describe your music ?

Mixture of many kind of styles of music. The common background music with Yoshimi was contemporary music. From 12 to 15 years old, I was in a chorus group at school who won the contest for junior high schools in Japan. I learned a lot to sing and about contemporary music at this period. My music sounds likes a punk elctro on the first listening. But you can find that we have some different approach on the harmony between the melod, bass line and chord progression.

The main theme of my music is to express my ambivalent emotion. One of the characteristic is to keep the mood when a song will modulate. You have a kind of instable and strange emotion on the song and its fit very much with the noisy sampled sounds and heavy beat.

3.Some of your fans comparing ESIE with many musician. For an example Bjork, Siouxie, Eurythmics or even Marilyn Manson. Your comment about this ?

Many people especially comparing me with Nina Hagen when I was in France. It was a little bit strange for me that people comparing me with an artist witch I didn’t know. I don’t have particularly thought about, but sometimes it makes me idea on what I’m looks like for peoples. It give me opportunities to discover many artists who I didn’t know like Nina Hargen, Siouxie, Eurythmics etc…I was born in 1988!!

4. I’ve seen your picture and there is sweet sexy black latex cult. Music and costume, how ESIE makes the identity ?  (i’m looking at Marilyn Manson of course :D)

The idea of the black latex catsuit was at the moment we were thinking on the concept of my first single. First, we got the title “Under my skin” and we chain on the idea for the catsuit. It’s like my other skin, so smooth and artificial and minimal. The black latex catsuit has an visual impact and really fit to the concept of the single. I wanted to express my diverse and ambivalent heart squirming in my body. Music and costume has to be an organic fusion for me.

5. I’ve listened to your “Invasion”, why ESIE make this track is free to download ?

Free download is a promotion way but it is a kind of gift. I choose this track because it represents a lot of for my single.

6. Many bands and musician give their song, give their works for free now. Not only one track, i’ve found the band / musician that gives their albums/EP for free. What’s your opinion.

To give a free for a track or a full album depends to their mind. Give a track for free is not ease too. I think people don’t want a track if they don’t like even if it’s free. I think we must thinking on quality in the “free world”. Good quality and free could be cool but if not, it can really have damaged on the image. I think “Free” is also difficult as “sell”.

7. Japan, France, USA, which one makes you addicted most ?

I never been to USA for now and I really want to go there. My tour in France last year was my first time visit and I really loved the country!! I’m now travelling between Paris and Tokyo but it is really difficult to say which is addicted but when I in Tokyo, I want to go to France as soon as possible.

8. In my opinion, Japanesse culture specially electronic music and fashion growing up faster and faster. Fast and Furious’s Tokyo Drift is unforgettable. Till today. Does it means something to ESIE.

I think trends in Tokyo change very fast but I don’t know if it really growing up. We have some features in fashion but not so much in the electronic music. It is really difficult to create a musical scene here in Tokyo, especially in the underground scene. Japan go too fast for the mass and it is sometime difficult to keep the balance of himself.

9. Is there Another side project ?

It’s not a side project but an aim in my modeling work. I decided to retake my modeling activities also and I had a chance to sign with Nathalie Models in Paris. I recently become image model for a girl brand “GHOST OF HARLEM” in Japan and hope to develop my carrier in a world wide scale.

10. What do you think with “the potential musician with strong musical character”

I think the potential of the artist does not related to his “showy” things and depend the way of description for “strong musical character”. I think the difficult thing for artist is our life length. I also try to be creative as long as possible!!

11. Promotion for your works, how important it is and how you do the promo.

Promotion is important things and takes the major part of my team’s work. We are doing promotion activities especially on internet with Myspace, Facebook, Youtube etc… It is important not only in the way “TO SELL” but I learned a lot doing communication on the internet with many people around the world and I found always interesting artists and music.

12. Last word for the reader ?

I’m now recording my first album and I hope to be able to release in mid October or at latest in November 2010!!

For now, please find my first single “behind my skin” on iTunes!!!

ESIE@myspace

Download the Invasion for free

Interview with Mouse Trap – (USA)

This band originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. They play hardcore/metalcore/screamo. They are young and talented. And this is the Interview with the band.

1. Hello to mousetrap Please tell us your biography. Because there is just a limited info about your band.

Well, were called Mouse Trap! because of the infamous board game that we all played when we were younger. We started out as an alt rock band that sounded like Puddle of Mudd mixed with System Of a Down. then i went to a Silverstein show. “A Day to Remember” and “The Devil Wears Prada” opened for them and i was stunned. i knew i had to play hardcore after that. weve gone through many names. 6 including mouse trap!.

weve been:
genocide
a moments notice
there’s a way
for the forgotten
to the forgotten
and finally… mouse trap!

but other than that, were just a couple of suburban kids that love creating heavy music.

2. What happen to your guitarist ? and what’s the effects to the band ?

were starting fresh with a newer, permanent lineup. im not giving away any details but lets just say its going to be intense well we try to keep a steady 3 day band practice week. with his baseball and other stuff, he couldnt find time. he’s leaving on good terms and he remains very close. The effects? well it gave me the idea to just do vocals and to find new musicians

3. How do you write your music ?

Thats a hard question hahaha. i guess i just turn on the amp and play until i find something i like. then i try to make a good song out of it

4. Your Lyrics. What is all about ?

This is going to sound so cliche… mainly women. you don’t even know how those preppy chicks make you think they like you and then drop the bomb hahah. i guess i have to thank them for the writing inspiration. sometimes though i do write happy lyrics. this is because i think bands like “for today” or “underoath” are visionary with their christian, pretty lyrics, and they manage to make it sound so br00t4l hahah.

5. I’ve seen some band with hardcore/metalcore/screamo, and they looks similar one to another. and now this genre becomes trend in the metal world. What do you think about this ?

i disagree. i think they are 2 totally different genres. its not a good or bad thing. its just 2 different scenes. if you go to a show with like “liferuiner”, “maesion”, and “remember thy name”, its going to be a lot different than a show with like “lamb of god”.
and honestly, i think some metal bands sell out to the hxc scene because its more popular right now and they want money.

6. And what makes this band different than the other hardcore/screamo band ?

our musical backround. were so young that were influenced by other hardcore/screamo/metalcore bands. were listening to that and were trying to take it to the next level. were not there yet but i plan to be.

7. Studio or the stage. Which one is the best for you ?

hands down stage. live shows are the greatest thing in the history of the world! when people hardcore dance or mosh to our music, its the best compliment we can receive. im not saying people listening to m.t! isnt, i just think its more personal since theyre at a show.

8. Becomes commercial band or becomes indie band. Which one you choose and give us a reason.

indie. indie labels wouldnt force you to like change your style because a certain one doesn’t pay as much. and i dont think anyone could get screwed with an indie label.

9. With your demo. What would you like to achieve with your music?

were trying to get our music out in the open with this demo. just to give people a taste of what we sound like. so we get like our first little fan base. later on this year were recording a full length thats going to be for real! that should boost the musicianship and the popularity.

10. How important is it to you to stay close to your fans?

the only rule in the rule book, and that is ELE. everybody love everybody(will ferrell quote) hahahaha. but seriously, if you dont love, interact, and update your fans, you get nowhere in the music biz.

11. What are the best and worst things about being in a band?

really hard question. i love playing shows for people. just the energy in general is amazing. all of it what i dont like? waking up at a certain time and having to be strict and organized hahah.

12. With your experience. How the technology helps the musician ?

myspace is the most revolutionary thing in music since recording. hahaha without it, many bands would never be heard

13. Message to the metal band fans around the world ?

moshers leave the hardcore dancers alone hahah. its more skilled, and hurts more hahah.

Mouse Trap @ Myspace

This post originally made for Indiejember dot org.