the fool

Paparazzi, Japan's debt and Dirty lyrics!

Gunji of 'the fool' speaks to Kirin Works

Who are ‘the fool’ and what is your favourite thing about being in ‘the fool’?

Hi, Readers of Kirin Works and nice to meet you!

I am Gunji of Japan. I am the vocalist of ‘the fool‘, based in Tokyo in Japan. Thank you for reading today. ‘the fool’ is a very cool band, so check it out, yeah?


There are so many visual bands in Japan, how do you feel you stand out from these?

Gunji: First of all, I think that the sound of ‘the fool’ is special in a visual band in Japan.


‘The fool’ is three people and a guitarist coming together, making a creative sound as best as can be done. We take the music element of the lock, pop, and loud, techno, and the electro, and we make an original sound…yeah!


Are their any bands that have been a big influence to your music?

Gunji: I received a musical influence from...LUNA SEA,B-T, Slipknot, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, UNDER WORLD, Jimmy Eat World, MUSE, KEN ISHII, The Prodigy, Radiohead, Cold Play, Boom Boom Satellites, Lunatic calm, Fat Boy Slim, Maroon 5, Polysics, The Used, Weezer, Oasis, Marilyn Manson, LINDBERG, KoRn, JUNO REACTOR, Incubus, Disturbed, Deftones, the band apart, tool, U2...and more ahahahaha!!!


Would you ever consider playing in the UK or even a World tour?

Gunji: Sure!! I want to play in UK in the near future by all means. And, I want to do a world tour if there is a chance. I want to do lives in a lot of countries, and to meet a lot of audiences.


When writing songs do you focus on one theme or like to vary?

Gunji: When I compose a song, I think of one message to be passed on, then that one is often made into a theme for the song. I am expressing the message that I want to pass on to myself simply, and plainly…yeah.


If you could be anyone at all for one day, who would it be, and why?

Gunji: This is a Strange question?! I want to change into Lady GAGA for a day! Hahaha!!! Because I want to become a star and be chased after by the paparazzi like her. Huhuhu!!! Is this an interesting answer? Haha!


What do you like to do in your spare time away from the band?

Gunji: I play with a pet rabbit, practice dancing, and drive around. I also like travelling abroad for a vacation because I like nature…yeah…


What are the aims for the band in the next couple of years?

Gunj: The purpose for the band is to release a lot more of our work in the next 2 or 3 years of ‘the fool‘. I want to release more than one PV, and our new songs!!!

I want to go all the way with the band and take ‘the fool’ aggressively in an overseas tour. Of course, I want to become famous in the UK with ‘the fool‘. Kirin Works must make us famous in the UK!!! Hahaha just kidding!!!


You have a new single out "go motherfucker", for those who have not yet heard the single, how would you describe it in one sentence?

Gunji: "Go motherfucker" is a song with a positive message that expresses hope in the paradoxical way. I am assisting in fulfilling your dream. I defend your right to smile with the song. I hope to make you a smile at any time with it. It is an honest, strong power that ‘the fool’ has though a positive ‘assistance’ song- Plus! The words are dirty!!!


Finally, a message for the UK?

Gunji: Of course!!! I want to meet fans in the UK that have not seen ‘the fool’ live yet. We will surely play in the UK some time!!! I hope for the time when I can fulfil my dream and I can meet the people reading this article. Let's meet some time with the fool Thanx! Kiss!