International interview with singer Seiya by Radio Blast
Hello how are you? I am Faylors and now I'm bringing an interview with the International Singer Seiya. Check out there!
Seiya (清矢) is an international musician mostly known for his recent work with ‘Ghost in The Shell’ singer ORIGA. Educated in the piano, guitar, composition, and voice he embarked on his professional career 10 years ago as the co-founder, lead guitarist, and singer of the pop/rock group ‘On Shore’. After leaving the band in 2007 he went into a hiatus from his musical activities in order to focus on his studies and other parallel projects. In the meanwhile he partook in cover bands, performed numerous acoustic concerts, and ventured into the field of electronic music.
As we’ve mentioned, Seiya worked with international singer ORIGA partaking in tours, performing in anime conventions around the world, and other Japanese-culture related activities. Now he is set to release his first solo CD, a 4 track E.P. called ‘Reminiscence’. The album is to be released in Early November.
Seiya has agreed to a request from Rádio Blast! and took some time to sit down and have a chat with us about his new project, current plans, and some of ORIGA’s posthumous releases. Read below our exclusive interview. At the end of the article you will be able to check out one of his new songs ‘Change’, kindly provided to us.
Faylors: Seiya, first of all I would like to thank you for providing Radio Blast! with some of your time to sit down and talk about your personal life and professional career.
It’s my pleasure!
Faylors: To start things off, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers by stating your name, age, and where you currently live.
Hard Questions. Hm... My name is Seiya Shinta. As I am uncertain of my age let us say around 20. I currently reside in Tokyo, Japan.
Faylors: What was the adaptation process like after leaving Brazil?
Moving away was a decision I took in childhood, as far back as I can recall. The adaptation process itself mostly took place before I even left, so the cultural shock was minimum - In particular because I’ve never felt very connected with the Brazilian culture to start with.
Faylors: The next question is for your current and future fans: What is your current romantic status?
Hmm... At this moment I am deeply involved with my piano. Romantically.
Faylors: What anime do you like? Which ones would you recommend?
Another difficult question. Hm... I like a bit of everything, but tend to lean towards thought-provoking, philosophical anime. Recently I really enjoyed Charlotte! And would definitely recommend Elfen Lied, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, and Shingeki no Kiojin.
Faylors: Which bands are you currently listening to? Which ones would you recommend?
Recently I’ve been listening to lots of L’arc~en~Ciel and the Brilliant Green. It depends on people’s tastes, but I would recommend those two in addition to X Japan, Hamasaki Ayumi, Versailles, and See-Saw.
Faylors: What was the reasons for your recent move from Canada to Japan?
Music. From this EP onward my intention is to focus on the music industry over here. In my opinion it is a much more interesting, diversified, and dynamic industry when compared to most occidental ones.
Faylors: Who are your musical idols? Why have they influenced you?
This is another delicate question. First because my greatest influences come from Art Music, so listing each composer that inspired me would be a challenge. Some of them, however, include Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Saens. In popular music my strongest influence, and one upon which I mirrored myself since childhood is Yoshiki. Others include Laruku, Hyde, Luna Sea, The gaZette, ORIGA, and Hamasaki Ayumi to list a few.
Faylors: Why did you first get involved with Oriental culture?
I’ve always had a certain attachment to the oriental culture as far back as I can remember. I grew up surrounded by such influences and I think getting involved in it was just a natural result.
Faylors: How heavily do you feel the oriental culture is present in Brazil now?
I’ve left Brazil a very long time ago so it becomes particularly difficult for me to have a realistic opinion. However what I see is it gaining ever-growing presence in form of events, concerts, and fan-projects, and that makes me glad. In reality this is an interesting movement I’ve noticed happening all around the world.
Faylors: In which countries will your EP be released?
The EP will be available worldwide through digital stores by November 20th. As far as physical copies, they will be eventually printed and sold in concerts and perhaps through internet order.
Faylors: How was your first contact with music? And when did you decide to become a musician?
I started studying music theory around 6. After that I moved on to guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, voice, piano, violin, etc. I’ve always been interested in performing but the idea of becoming a musician raised from the heavy influences I suffered from X Japan. Watching their concerts and analyzing their songs opened my eyes to the enormous capacity of expression that music holds. This is mostly why I chose this path.
Faylors: What was the CD’s recording process like? And how did you choose the musical style and songs that would comprise it?
As this is a concept EP its musical style developed from the message I wanted to deliver. It all started with a simple idea that I wished to develop further, it was mostly something spontaneous and reflected my thoughts at the time. I then searched for works that pondered upon the same question or that fit the theme and there onward it was as simple as sitting in front of the piano and start composing melodies.
Faylors: Who wrote the melodies and what was the process of composing each of them like?
I was the only composer on this EP. As I often start with the melodies they tend to take shape somewhat easily, the real lengthy processes are the composition of harmonies and the instrumentation. As I usually do, I implemented unusual instruments which I’m very fond of. In the beginning of “Change” and throughout most of “Alice” the Celesta is prominently present along with tubular bells, the glass harmonica, and sections of Cor Anglais.
Faylors: Is there a team working with Seiya?
Yes and no. The majority of the team works from backstage, including make-up artists, graphic designers, etc. During the composition and recording processes I enjoy working mostly alone.
Faylors: What can be expected from this new CD?
I’d say listen to it without any pre-conception or comparison to other works. It carries a somewhat deep message which I believe may take some time to digest. In retrospect, given the different nature of its style, some might find it interesting while others might not like it at all. I think it’s all part of it.
Faylors: How is the hype for the release? Are the fans already being noisy?
This is an interesting point. For some reason I chose not to come public with the fact that I was recording until very recently and as such I think we will find out how the “hype” is from now onward (laughs).
Faylors: Are concerts already scheduled for after the release? How do you expect people to react to it?
It is still early to predict what will happen after the release. I might go on a small tour or I might focus on my next CD right away. I also want to wait until the release of ORIGA’s posthumous cd’s and decide whether we will embark on a tribute tour, as we have talked about. We were fortunate enough to have a music video recorded late last year of her very last song. This will also be something I want to look closely at and make the best possible release for it.
Faylors: What are your expectations for the upcoming months following the release?
I do not yet know. As there are many things happening at the same time I will wait for the release first and then decide what I will do. I might embark on a small tour or simply head back into the studio and start working on my next album.
Faylors: Now in regards to your work with ORIGA. What was it like?
Another interesting question (laughs). It was extremely joyful and a little intimidating. She is one of the most talented and skilled musicians I’ve ever heard and working with her has helped me to grow unmeasurably.
Faylors: What was the project’s development like?
As we had a little over 6 months to develop our concert routine the begging was rather easygoing. However, even though time was not an issue, the project demanded a lot of focus and effort. While ORIGA was still touring, recording, and partaking in other projects I was working out the specifics inside the studio. Throughout that time we would meet once in a while to go over everything and rehearsal. Our first concerts took place in Holland and in Germany, both really nice.
Faylors: Has she influenced you?
So much! Her most recent works in particular. ORIGA has dedicated her carer to experimenting with diverse rhythms, instrumentations, musical styles, and gathering them into a single song, and this is something that has always greatly interested me. Also her Crystal Voice has inspired me to dedicate a good deal of time conditioning my own voice, which is mainly what I have focused on for the past 8 months, while I was “missing in action”.
Faylors: One of your functions with her was of a DJ. Why the sudden change?
Though we (Origa and I) have worked vastly with vocal trance her intention was to gradually return to her roots of acoustic, classical-oriented music. This is my speciality as a musician. "Djing" was also great, as we got to explore different harmonic structures and instrumentations in the digital, synth world, but little by little we tended to incorporate acoustic elements into our concerts.
Faylors: What will happen from now onward?
Even though I had the EP mostly finished by January, what happened back then led me to review it and adjust some messages that became clearer to me at that time. Indeed all the influences I suffered from her will remain embedded within my music forever and, in time, I will search for methods to make justice to all she has taught me and to celebrate her memory accordingly.
Faylors: How about your contact information?
At this point I’d say the easiest way to contact me is through twitter, @scarletseiya. My concert representation is still a little undecided but as soon as I have more information on that front I will make an official announcement. Further, Radio Blast can always be contacted and they will relay the message to me.
Faylors: To wrap things up, I’d like you to leave a message to all Radio Blast! listeners who have been following your work!
Thank you so much for being with me. I hope you enjoy the CD as much as I enjoyed making it and that you carry on following my work!
And to finish this interview with singer Seiya, I want to offer one of his songs here exclusively. Check exclusively Change the song by Clicking Here!
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