Rock and Read:I actually don't think you're the type of person who gives off sempai airs, Tatsuro-san. By the way, the other day you uncharacteristically tweeted that "There are a lot of bands now with no individuality", and that everyone is going along with the same trends. Was that brought on by anything?
Tatsurou (MUCC):No, not really. I've just found myself getting into those moods lately. I think it's all declining. When I talk with my musician friends lately, we agree that since there aren't any young artists now with enough power to make us feel threatened, we just keep getting older. There's no one that makes us feel like we'll turn into fossils if we're careless. So I guess I thought it'd be good if saying something like that stirred things up a little. You know, there's no one who really puts themselves out there. No one who's really sharp. Everyone is just copying someone else, and everything is borrowed. The sound, make-up, lyrics, singing style. There aren't any bands who for better or worse are too unique. Since the fans also seem to want "whatever's popular".
Rock and Read:I wonder why it's turned out like that?
Tatsurou (MUCC):I'm thinking it's because what the companies are doing isn't good. To go even further, it's also because of how things spread on the internet. Things are so easy to get now. First of all you can listen to music without buying CDs. Which means mainly that people only buy the CDs they really want. There aren't as many anymore who care about listening to music in really good quality. So the people selling music decide that the bands they have aren't enough, and look for new ones to make up for it. And they all pick bands who aren't ready yet. Companies are inviting bands who before wouldn't have been at that stage yet even if they wanted to get into one, so bands that haven't even done a one-man show are joining some company. And then the adults start deciding things for bands who don't have a set direction or individuality yet. They have to listen to what they say and are at their mercy, and the band fails. Then the bands start saying weird things like, "They didn't help us sell"..... We're in that kind of vicious circle. And there's no one who resists it. There aren't many who'll say, "Yeah we're getting offers all over the place but we haven't taken any, aren't we awesome!?".