Christmas arrived early at Tobacco Dock, with the presence of a Visual Kei legend: HIZAKI at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market! With over 20 years experience in the Visual Kei scene and with his adoring fans all screaming out his name before he even took to the stage, HIZAKI’s set was to be a memorable event for all those in attendance over the weekend. HIZAKI took time to address his fans in between songs and played a jaw dropping, riff flying set which had to be experienced live to appreciate HIZAKI’s incredible guitar skills!
If this was the first time you’ve witnessed HIZAKI live, don’t miss his upcoming tour with VERSAILLES, coming to Europe this January! Tickets are now on sale, directly from B7KLAN.
KAKKOII CLUB spoke to HIZAKI during his memorable time at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market:
Q. WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE UK FANS?
HIZAKI: “Last time I was here was four years ago and some of the fans from last night (HYPER JAPAN – Friday’s performance) came to see me four years ago, so it was really nice to see them again!”
Q. WITH OVER 20 YEARS WITHIN THE VISUAL KEI SCENE, WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT THIS GENRE?
HIZAKI: “It’s a place to express my artistic visions which includes the looks and also music, so everything (inclusive) is part of Art.”
Q. WHAT IS THE REASON YOU CHOSE TO PERFORM SOLO FOR THE FIRST TIME OUTSIDE OF JAPAN?
HIZAKI: “I wanted to go (travel) as a band but it can be quite expensive, as the more members you have, the price increases. I wanted to try this as a solo artist to ‘test the water’ and hopefully in the future I can bring the band with me.”
Q. YOU’VE WORKED WITH MANY INCREDIBLE MUSICIANS THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER SO FAR, WHICH COLLABORATION HAS BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE?
HIZAKI: “I came on stage with YOSHIKI from X Japan at an event recently, when I was on stage with him I felt quite emotional!”
Q. WHAT INSPIRES YOU WHEN YOU’RE CREATING NEW MUSIC?
HIZAKI: “When I go abroad, I often go to Churches and I get inspiration.”
Q. DO YOU APPROACH WRITING YOUR SOLO MATERIAL IN A DIFFERENT FASHION COMPARED TO VERSAILLES?
HIZAKI: “The music I make for my solo performances, I create so that I can also perform it in VERSAILLES as well. When I’m creating music, that’s what I have in mind.”
Q. WHICH MUSICIANS CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE YOUR OWN MUSICAL BOUNDARIES?
HIZAKI: “X Japan.”
Q. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST ALBUM ‘ROSARIO’?
HIZAKI: “This is my first official solo album which is a pure guitar instrumental album. Of course it’s great for the people that love guitars but hopefully everybody can enjoy it!”
Q. WHICH WORD WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO DEFINE YOUR 2016?
HIZAKI: “Passion! There’s something that’s on fire inside of me, that’s how I felt this year!”
Thanks to HYPER JAPAN & HIZAKI for this opportunity.
What did you most enjoy about HIZAKI’s performance at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market?? Are you looking forward to VERSAILLES London show in January?? Rate this post and share your experiences in the comments below!