With a fame not limited to Asia, and a music surpassing banal genre, the rock band that inspired other talented and accomplished artists is making a comeback in a world stage. X Japan fans are sure to be both nostalgic and excited with the announcement of Yoshiki for another world tour.
“Recently I came to think I’ll start a new era of rock,” Yoshiki said at the conference held in Tokyo last month. It’d be no surprise to find discriminating fans of music approving his proposal, knowing that X Japan is peerless. “I was often told that people feel that my songs represent a fusion of the Eastern and Western worlds,” said Yoshiki, who has long been the main songwriter of X Japan. Still, the Chiba-born artist shows preference to Japanese style. “I’ve lived in the United States for a long time. But when I make a song without any constraint, my Japanese-taste melodies may come out.”
In the world of music, electronic dance music, or EDM, has been making trends. Having lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, the trend did not go unnoticed to the master multi-instrumentalist Yoshiki. “Last year, the United States also was virtually saturated with EDM. As I make EDM sounds for fun myself, I got stimulated by it,” he revealed. “But rock also has a human side, and has accidents and dramas in many senses,” Yoshiki added, showing that his love for rock music remains unwavering.
Since their reunion in 2007 and their world tour in 2011, X Japan have not yet released a new album. Although the group has already recorded and completed some new songs, the selection has not yet been finalized. “We’re living in a world of information overload, so we can’t just relax and listen to the music. It seems to me that we can’t do it for much more than about 30 minutes,” Yoshiki shared. He even admitted having no hesitation to “throw away completed songs.” The passionate musician, who was also commissioned to compose the 69th and 70th Golden Globe Awards themes, remains fastidious. “I hope you will hear only good songs.”
Referring to X Japan’s world tour, Yoshiki said, “We’ve yet to have influence overseas, but we want to go all-out for that goal. We’ll make next year’s tour thrilling.”