Some time ago we wrote a concert review on Zeroshiki in Den Hague, a show organised by Avo, and we finally had the chance to speak to the bands leader Mugi. He took his time to answer our questions. Which all the more proves how amazing this band is and that you should be listening to them any time you can. Below we’ll add all their social media once again for you to follow if you haven’t already.
Q1. For the people who don’t already know you, could you introduce yourself in your own words?
We are ZEROSHIKI, an alternative rock band based in Tokyo. We are mainly focused on creating melodious music in our writing process.
At the last show of my first band, my friend from high school who was there said that he was really moved by my playing and asked me to be in his band next. That’s how I started.
I am fortunate that every member I’ve ever played with have all been great. And since these two current support members, Toki (guitar)
and Hikari (drums) have joined, we’re an even greater band than before. Toki helps us with recording and arrangement of our new songs. He is like our producer. He is really talented and keeps putting his effort in on many levels. Toki introduced us to Hikari. Hikari used to play drums in the metal band called “abstract”. Now he plays in multiple bands in a variety of
musical styles. On one hand, he is extremely passionate about his technical skills and on the other hand, is a really playful and fun person as well.
Melodies often come to me when I’m driving. Other times I listen to music that moves me and become inspired to write new music
myself. When it comes to lyrics, I write when there is something that I really want or need to say. Otherwise, our vocalist Dai is in
charge of writing lyrics.
Q5. ZEROSHIKIは明確ではっきりしたバンド名ですが、どのように生まれた名前でしょうか いきさつを教えてください
I used to love Hyakushiki at that time, so much that I had no doubt in my mind that our band needed to be named after that.
However, when we were about to put the album “Attack to Japan” onto the Japanese market, in order to avoid trouble with the legal
rights, I simplified the meaning to starting from the beginning, hence changing our name from Hyakushiki (Type-100) to Zeroshiki
(Type-0). A few years ago we decided to change the way we write the band’s name from its original Japanese kanji to
as much as the band is.
Of course, I love playing all of our songs, but I can honestly say there are 2 songs that I like to play live the most.
One is Blue-ray. I personally love the songs 6/8 rhythms. I get really into it.
The other one is “ROU”. It is the most technical song we perform. I love it because I really have to focus playing my part to the point
where it begins to feel almost like slapping my own back really hard.
Especially when I see the big smiles from the audience. Watching them getting into us gives me a sense of real satisfaction.
Q9. Is there anything memorable that happened at the show in The Hague?
A lot of shows we play are only 30 minutes long. But we had a chance to play a longer set that day, so I really enjoyed that we could
play more of the songs we wanted to play. Maybe this is a little too personal of a memory, but oddly during that show, Toki’s guitar head hit my shoulder really-really hard! It was
quite painful! Haha!
Q10. Could you tell us Zeroshiki’s plans for the future?
We would love to tour in Asia, Australia, and of course Europe again too.
We are definitely open to playing shows in new and exciting places, wherever adventure offers to take us!
members from Textures! Whenever I listen to them I get the feeling of being transported to somewhere else in our universe… I really love them so much
regardless of the band having broken up. The other band is “Rise of the Northstar” from France. They love Japanese animes and mangas and are really good at putting these
ideas into metal music and making it great. I would love to collaborate with them if given the chance. I love what they do.
We might not have any big “claim to fame” achievements to speak of in particular from these past 20 years but it has never made me
want to hide the fact that being in pursuit of the things I still would love to achieve.
Ever since I started to play with our current members, not only has the quality of our music improved but the band started to tour the US
and Europe. I want people to see a person who has spent his life believing in one thing.
Although I am not young anymore, I want to show that there is something great waiting for you when you really try hard and have faith
in yourself. As people listen to our musical material I want them to pay attention to what our band is evolving into.
Please come and see us play if you have us in your mind. We’ll be back in Europe someday for sure.
Thank you Mugi for taking the time to answer and to Sho for taking the time to translate. It was great seeing you play, meeting you really quick after the show and for this interview. We look forward to new music and seeing you play again.