An Cafe
November 2012


Kirin Works sat down for a talk with An Cafe before their 1st show back in the UK after their hiatus...

This is your 3rd time in London, what's your favourite thing about the city?

Miku: The landscape is important. When I'm in London I want to drink beer... I don't actually drink alcohol, however I feel like I would want to drink a couple when in London.
Kanon: Fish and chips, because it is delicious!
Yuuki: The landscape is very important to me to. I know the venue last time so I remember what it looks like inside and where to go.
Teruki: The last two tours I have no particular memory of London as a city. While on hiatus I was learning from a Master for drumming and my Master came here to learn, so now I am very excited to be back here.

Are you looking forward to the show tonight?

Everyone: Yes! Of course!

What have you been doing for the last couple of years while An Cafe has been on hiatus?

Yuuki: Half the time I was relaxing at home and the rest of the time I was making food. Beef on rice.
Teruki: I was supporting other bands and I was assisting my Master.
Takuya: I was also with other bands and I was writing my own songs.
Kanon: I was also writing other songs and working on developing my App.
Miku: I was in other bands.

How did it feel to get back into the studio?

Miku: When I go to the studio I always get there late. I get there 20 minutes later then everybody else because I don't have as much I need to prepare. When I got there I didn't know where I was going but I heard somebody playing guitar and I thought it was another band. Actually it was Takuya that I heard. It was very touching.
Yuuki: When we were jamming, I felt something like deja-vu, because of the dancing and the movement in the studio.
Teruki: Takuya was playing very well. I knew it was him we heard because I'd seen him perform with different bands while we were on hiatus. We didn't know if Kanon or Yuuki had gotten better, or if Yuuki had even learn any of the new material!
Takuya: During the hiatus I knew that each of us had improved a lot.

How long did it take you to finish 'Amazing Blue'?

Teruki: By February all of the songs were done, then it took about 2 or 3 months after that. The song writing, arrangements and the mixing actually didn't take too long because the demo songs were already done, so really it didn't take such a long time.

What was the inspiration behind the album?

Teruki: It is very difficult to explain. Every member provided songs they wanted to play after the hiatus.

What made you decide on offering a VIP package on this tour?

Miku: We don't really get circumstances where we can meet overseas fans. There aren't any instore events so we never get a chance to meet all of the fans. Yesterday we had one in Helsinki. It was very funny and went very well.

What's the strangest thing a fan has ever given you?

Miku: I got a red vest...but it had already been worn for abaout 15 years. There was a calender on it for each of the years and there were kisses on each date...
Yuuki: On the last tour in Finland, there was a bra thrown on stage and it was completely wet...
Miku: But it was okay because we could see how big it was!

Do you have a favourite song to perform live?

Miku: Snow Scene is my favourite because of the guitar at the start. This introduction gets me excited.
Yuuki: Smile Ichiban Ii Onna because this has my introduction and the power chord keyboard start.
Takuya: Maple Gunman, when it's played first I get very excited because it's fun to play.
Teruki: BondS because we play it at every show.
Kanon: Natsu Koi...

Did you do anything for Halloween?

Miku: I went to a Halloween party. I wanted to dress up but in the end I didn't. Japanese girls used to wear pumpkins on their heads but now they dress like cute demons. With mini skirts and like to show here...*points to chest*
Teruki: I was playing with other bands and I was wearing a fancy skirt.

What are your favourite songs at the moment?

Miku: I like to listen to older songs at the moment.
Kanon: I don't actually listen to other music but I like to listen to my own to make sure the sound is okay.
Yuuki: I listen to a lot of Vocaloid at the moment, Hatsune Miku.
Teruki: Raphael and other visual kei bands.

Finally a message for your UK fans...

Yuuki: Tonight we want to share unforgettable moments with the fans here in the UK. We would really love to play here again. So if you don't have enough time to see us this time. Come and see us on the next tour!