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08 August 2012 @ 07:02 pm
Yamashita Tomohisa: 0409 Vol. 89  

Vol. 89 "nice!"
With an new album to be released on July 25, and a nationwide tour soon after, Yamapi is hard at work recording in the studio. We asked him about his album production, and his current "likes"! Looks like he's not much of a techie...?

     Lately I've been busy recording. My new song LOVE CHASE is currently airing as the ending theme of the anime Toriko. I think some of you have probably heard it. MONKEY MAJIK produced the single, and he was kind enough to attend recording sessions as well. He told me to just enjoy singing, so that's what I tried to do. It's an up-tempo number and a lot of fun, so I think it's perfect for summer. I'm also recording other songs for the album. It's a diverse album with everything from surf music to J-pop, plus two songs that I wrote myself. The songs I've written are club-style dance tracks. This time I was able to help arrange the tracks as well. Not by myself, but I had fun working on the tracks with the arranger. Sometimes it's hard to make a decision, but I felt we finished the track quite quickly without a lot of problems. Since I've changed record companies, the staff is all new as well. The director is a passionate guy who loves to talk, and he kind of set me off as well. When deciding songs for me to sing, there is a slight difference between the songs I myself like, and the songs that the much older staff thinks are a good fit for me. We have to discuss our opinions as we choose each song. That's when our voices tend to get really loud. When we've gone as far as we can during one session, I like to clear my mind by watching TV or reading a book. Even then, sometimes I reach my limit and I just want to shut up like a clam! (Laughs.) Then when I get home, I take notes in my phone of things that I've noticed or that are bothering me. I actually had a lot of notes in my phone, but I lost the phone. It was devastating! Well, I guess it's okay, because it was a bunch of things that no one but me would understand anyway. But I had written down a lot of words and phrases that I liked... I guess I really like the process of talking things over with the staff as we make a new release. We have to weigh everyone's opinion and pay attention to what the fans want as well. (Laughs.) That's my job. And I get to go on tour this summer! There is really nothing as invigorating as being on stage. I can feel the audience's reaction directly, and that's what I work for all year! I'm already excited!

     Some of my favorite things right now are my new brown sofa and projector. It's like a movie theater in my house! But I also like to go to the actual movie theater. I want to see Johnny Depp's new movie (T/N: Dark Shadows). Also, I've been getting a lot of use out of the cell phone app that tells you what song is playing if you just point the phone toward the music.

     I never look at Facebook or Twitter, even when my friends are using them. After you upload something, there's a time lag before others see it. You look at the person's pictures, like "I did such-and-such!" "I went to such-and-such!", and it's like "Okay...?" I still don't quite understand what's so interesting about it. I think I would feel the same way even if I wasn't in this business. Oh, but sometimes I do check my fan's blogs to see what they are saying! It teaches me a lot. Whether it's my acting or concerts, I wonder what people think. Recently I was reading a blog about "Yamapi", but in the middle I noticed something was off. Turns out "Yamapi" was a nickname for the blogger's friend. It wasn't even about me!! (Laughs.)

     Everyone has a cell phone anymore. That's why I feel like everywhere I go, there are cameras watching me. Even when I'm eating dinner, there's always a picture taken and instantly uploaded. That's a problem. I prefer to talk on the phone rather than use the web. If I really do "like" something, I'd rather call the friend and let him know directly. I know, I know, I'm behind the times. (Laughs.)

[Seventeen, August 2012 / translation by amapi - Please credit if using/quoting]

  Scans provided by watchful21. Please visit her blog for the originals!

  Happy Belated Birthday to July babies: sasupi, liucchan, ky_pi_jin, zuppie, 090407, pila7, tngocmy, net_darling, luvartie, lietacincay, and haruko90!


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(。◕‿◕。) Weedweed_pi on August 9th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
thank you! really enjoy reading this.
sayasasupi on August 9th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
thank you sooooo much for the translate and thanks about my birthday i love what he say about fb even i used it so much
i really enjoying reading his mind
yuna_chayuna_cha on August 9th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing.its always enjoy read his interview.
hana_rahana_ra on August 9th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
thanks for the translation :)
Aiyamaedneichon on August 9th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
awww, i just conected to read this :P
i would love to see his cinema room *o*
Im glad he is a guy from the old times <3
thanks a lot x sharing this darling, hope u are doing ok, take care :)

Edited at 2012-08-09 07:23 pm (UTC)
momopiimomopii on August 9th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
I love when he talking about his works.
really?he read fans blogs?Hope he's not read bad and harsh comments(lol)..
Thank you for sharing ^^

Edited at 2012-08-09 07:53 am (UTC)
skize101skize101 on August 9th, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
Well, that was a fun read. I like the part where he thought he was being talked about but it turns out that it was someone else. He used to say that he'd rather not know how famous he is, or how much he sells, but revealing the fact that he actually reads about himself on the internet is interesting. Thanks for sharing.
michiyo_7michiyo_7 on August 9th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Oh I'm like him! I don't really like to go on FB. I don't see the point of posting stuffs. Glad I'm not the only weird one. XD
cheekmunkcheekmunk0409 on August 9th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for translating as always. So he reads fan blogs? I wonder if he reads English ones too like the _yamapi community...

I wish he could give more input to what he wants to do b/c I feel like he has classier and better taste than his management sometimes (like comparing Loveless/SBS for which I think he decided a lot of things on).
miyamapimiyamapi on August 10th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I love this volume! He's so cute, the way he thinks. It's interesting that he doesn't use Facebook or Twitter. He's pretty old school for being so young lol. Omg, I wonder if he knows about livejournal! He said he reads fans' blogs but probably just the Japanese ones... Anyways, thanks for translating! This one was really interesting.
yuyaryopiyuyaryopi on August 10th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
I don't like FB too
really happy that I'm just like P ..though it's weird XD
Thank you so much
lietacincaylietacincay on August 14th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much ^^
lalitasilalitasi on August 15th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your beautiful translation. It is quite interesting to know that he doesn't like to go on FB. I hardly use FB usless for some inportant purpose. Sometimes it could be useful.Every time I've read his 0409 interview it bring me lots of happiness and also make me understand him more as a normal good guy. : ) Thank you for your beautiful work.
lil_evilishlil_evilish on August 19th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
aaah! it's been updated! it seems like i missed a lot of new ones! thank you!
luvartieluvartie on August 25th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really enjoy reading his thoughts about internet. And thanks for the birthday wishes too though i don't think i was mentioned here, haha ^^ Have a nice day!

Edited at 2012-08-25 03:06 pm (UTC)
polgas_eivinejpolgas_eivinej on November 8th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
gee.. his out of our time.. poor guy..

thanks for the translation..