BABYMETAL was interviewed by The List from Scotland in order to promote the UK Tour with Red Hot Chili Peppers to take place in December. The girls talk about the FOX GOD, their concept and the upcoming Tour with RHCP. Yuimetal says that they are looking forward to learn from them too. Interview below.
BABYMETAL talk FOX GOD, their concept & learning from RHCP in the UK Tour
"We were brought together by the prophecy of the Fox God who is the God of Metal".
Henry Northmore gets to grips with Japanese pop / metal phenomenon, who are touring the UK with Red Hot Chili Peppers.
It could have been cheap novelty, but the music stayed true to the genre, reminding headbangers that metal can be fun. "I think it's not only Babymetal's sound but also the fact that we dance to metal that represents a new way of expressing this genre of music," explains Moametal."I guess the British audience accepted us for being refreshing and interesting."
To truly understand BABYMETAL you also need to understand the concept of Japanese idol bands. A quintessentially Japanese phenomenon, these are huge multimember manufactured pop acts – the nearest equivalent in the UK would be The Spice Girls or S Club 7, but on a much larger scale. The most successful, AKB48, currently hold the Guinness World Record for Largest Pop Group with over 130 members who perform nightly at their own theatre, with sales of over $200 million in their home country. They are sold as accessible, super sweet, cute (or 'kawaii') role models who usually sing upbeat pop, as well as modelling and acting across multiple platforms. However BABYMETAL broke the mould, adding grinding guitars and pounding blast beats to the formula.
Existing within their own mythological world, their history is a wonderful mix of fact and fiction. "The three of us were brought together by the prophecy of the Fox God who is the God of Metal," explains Yuimetal. "Our actions are preordained by the Fox God's prophecy."
"We have never met the Fox God in person but he assigns us inconceivable challenges, so he is crucial for the progress and growth of BABYMETAL," adds lead singer Su-Metal.
In reality all three singers were originally members of idol group Sakura Gakuin (which translates as 'Cherry Blossom Academy') and didn't even really know what metal was before being asked to form the band. They originally sang live over backing tracks, but as their popularity grew, executive producer and mastermind Kei 'Kobametal' Kobayashi assembled the Kami Band, who dress in white robes and corpse paint, adding extra heft and weight to their live shows.
Now BABYMETAL are making their Scottish debut supporting funk rock veterans The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their UK arena tour. "We were able to see their show for the first time at Fuji Rock Festival in the end of July in Japan this year," adds Yuimetal. "Their music and live performance was so awesome!! I'm looking forward to learn[ing] a lot from them when touring with them."
Interview by: The List