Before their show at the Tivoli Spiegelbar I managed to sit down with the members of Plunklock for an (admittedly hilarious) interview. In which we speak about the meaning behind the name of their band, where they take their inspiration from and how important music is in their lives.
01. I understand this is your first time in Europe as a ‘relatively new’ visual kei band (I believe you’ve started activities in 2011, which is still ‘new’ to me). Some bands don’t come to Europe for the first few years. When you started Plunklock, did you ever expect to be able to tour Europe now already?
Haruka: It was one of things I most wanted.
Halo: Pinky and Haruka were posting on Facebook to gather fans a lot, and this year they gathered a lot more fans on there which made it possible for us to come to Europe. Of course it was one of our dreams when we started.
02. Plunklock is a very unusual name, even for me (I have heard some really weird ones over the years). What was the reason you choose this name? Did you have any other names in mind too, or was this the only one?
Halo: It’s one of the mixed words. “Plunk”, the sound a guitar makes when you push it, and “lock” like a key when you lock the door. And the music is the key that opens up the door to our world. But the second meaning is like the ticking of a “clock” in which we want to show our plan.
03. How does it feel to play with a band like Calmando Qual on the same stage?
Haruka: I was very happy to play with them, I’ve known them as friends for a really long time already.
Halo: They’re all very cool guys.
04. You’re currently on your 9th release as Plunklock. Did you ever expect to get nine releases in two years already, and do you feel like your music evolved through those nine releases already?
Halo: With each release our sound goes in a slightly different direction but we’re still not done so it will keep on changing slightly.
Haruka: I don’t think we changed that much, and before we release something we don’t think “oh let’s do this now”, it just happens.
05. Where do you get the ideas for your releases for? Do you take them from personal experiences or from for example, movies, other bands’ music or maybe even books?
Seishou: I get my ideas from the heaven.
Halo: Maybe god is blessing you with some good ideas. I get my inspiration from very good moments when I’m for example just walking around somewhere and looking for inspiration.
06. If you weren’t in a band right now, what would you most likely be doing? Since finding a job here in Europe is extremely difficult at the moment, would you even have a job at all in Japan? (And would you like that job, if any?)
Halo: I would die if I wouldn’t be a musician now.
Seishou: I’m not interested in work.
Pinky: I would like to get married and be a husband.
Seishou: How many kids do you want to have?
Pinky: Two. Oh, no, nine! I want to train a football team!
Haruka: I can’t even think of it, this is the only thing I want to do.
07. In your time off from the band, what would you most likely be doing? Gathering new inspiration for music and image, reading books, watching anime, or something completely different like a walk on the beach?
Halo: I drink alcohol… And when I have free time at night I like to bring some friends.
Seishou: I play the guitar, I like to walk and I rest.
Halo: You’re always in bed…
Pinky: I like cars, so I love to go for a drive.
Haruka: Watching American TV shows, dramas and movies.
08. What inspired you to go into the music scene? Were you in different bands before you joined each other under the name of Plunklock? Were the people around you supportive of your band(s) at first?
Haruka: Yes, I love music because I like it.
Seishou: I don’t know why.
Halo: Being in a band is similar to being alive, so if I wasn’t in a band, I wouldn’t be alive.
Pinky: I wanted to be popular with the girls…
Halo: When I was in school I was the best in baseball and volleyball. After that I worked as a cook and I was a genius in that too so I decided to try something new, and now I’m a genius in music too.
09. Looking back on the entire European tour, what were some things you will always remember? This can be both as a band on stage or during time off (I assume you did some sightseeing while you were here)?
Haruka: There are quite a lot of things that has happened which I will always remember so I can’t really choose anything that stands out in particular. I will remember the whole tour. When we were on a flight to Poland from somewhere in Europe I was sitting at the window drinking my favorite coffee I saw how beautiful the view was.
Pinky: When we finished the live in Sweden with a band called Overlord we had a really nice time drinking with each other, I will remember this because of the great time we had after the show.
Halo: When we were able to eat sushi in Europe too. It wasn’t that nice though…
Seishou: Because it was my first time in Europe all directions of the fans are a great memory because I didn’t expect this.
10. And finally, do you have a message for everyone out there?
Halo: I would love to come back again next year but I don’t know if it is possible. I will do everything to make this wish happen, so please support us to make this dream come true! Even if everyone is getting a year older in this year, when we meet again during a live we will still be the same in our hearts so please continue listening to us!
Seishou: Now it’s your turn to come to Japan, we will be waiting for you!