J-Pop Queens Perfume Talk Playing Coachella, Which American Pizza Is ‘Shocking’


With seven No. 1 albums (together with their present launch, Future Pop) and 21 consecutive high 10 hits of their native Japan, Perfume has been the main J-Pop woman group for over a decade, and now the remainder of the world is paying consideration. After a quick Cosmic Explorer American tour in 2016 that introduced the trio to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, Perfume is returning to the U.S. on the finish of March for performances in six cities, plus two weekend reveals at Coachella, the place they would be the first J-Pop woman group to carry out on the pageant. Billboard checked in with NOCCHi, a-chan and KASHIYUKA about their earlier American experiences, their private histories and their anticipation for this newest U.S. trek.

You’ve toured a few of America’s largest cities, however what are your ideas about acting at Coachella for the primary time?

a-chan: So nervous and so excited on the similar time.

You carried out on the Wiltern in Los Angeles in 2016, however have you ever been to the California desert earlier than?

KASHIYUKA: It’s our first time and I can’t wait! I didn’t know there was desert so near the town in America. It’s my first time in a desert, anyplace.

a-chan: When we went to Grand Canyon collectively, didn’t we drive by way of locations that have been tremendous dry and type of regarded like a desert?

NOCCHi: Yeah. We did.

a-chan: So perhaps, we’ve been to a desert or at the very least drove by way of one.

The each day attendance at Coachella is capped at 126,000 folks. How does this examine to your performances at Tokyo Dome with 50,000 folks and different arenas or festivals?

All: What?! 126,000 folks?

NOCCHi: Everything is totally different.

KASHIYUKA: Festivals, particularly worldwide ones, and our tour, the place our followers come to see us, are fully totally different. We will probably be performing for a global viewers that has no concept who Perfume are. It’ll be a little bit of a problem.

Are you already pondering of which songs you'll carry out at Coachella? And what's going to you do otherwise for the pageant than you'd do at different American venues? Will you sing in Japanese or English or each?

KASHIYUKA: It’s a particular setlist only for the pageant. We don’t know the way a lot manufacturing we will truly do at Coachella, however we’re able to placed on the best present, regardless of the situation! In phrases of a language to sing in, we are going to sing in Japanese as a result of we wish the Coachella viewers to listen to the fantastic thing about the unique Japanese lyrics.

NOCCHi: But we additionally selected songs with English lyrics, too.

How would you examine American audiences to Japanese audiences?

NOCCHi: American audiences are extra trustworthy with their emotions. Japanese followers are all about teamwork. They attempt to get excited and help us as a staff. But American followers are people. If they just like the track, they get excited but when they don’t care concerning the track, they don’t care even when the folks round them are getting excited. It’s easy and really useful for us to know what they like.

KASHIYUKA: U.S. followers appear to know a variety of previous materials and our historical past, past our expectations. Some of them additionally communicate Japanese very effectively. I used to be amazed by that enthusiasm.

Are you stunned how passionate your American audiences are?

KASHIYUKA: Yes. When we did a meet and greet over the last U.S. reveals, this homosexual male couple got here. One of them stated to me, “Hey, my boyfriend actually likes you and needs to marry you. We’re engaged however once I requested him if he desires to marry me otherwise you, he stated you! What do you concentrate on that?” I didn’t know reply however their love for me was overwhelming. 

This will probably be your newest journey to the U.S. What do you love to do when you’re in America, particularly by way of consuming, sightseeing and purchasing? Those issues have to be troublesome to do in Japan, the place everybody acknowledges you.

NOCCHi: We don’t get acknowledged as a lot after we’re alone however when three of us get collectively, they acknowledge us 100 %. So you might be proper, we can not buy groceries collectively in Japan. In the U.S., we will go wherever we wish and check out garments on and dine out. Everything is okay and it’s a lot enjoyable. Just to have the ability to stroll round with the three of us collectively with none disguise is thrilling for us. So I wish to buy groceries collectively.

a-chan: I do, too! We additionally love natural meals and merchandise so we’ll be going to numerous natural outlets throughout America, like Whole Foods.

What have been essentially the most memorable moments of your earlier journeys to America?

a-chan: I keep in mind consuming Chicago pizza, the deep dish pizza.

KASHIYUKA: We had varied sorts of pizzas from totally different locations.

a-chan: That Chicago pizza was stunning however wonderful. We had it earlier than the present and my pleasure simply spiked up! I believe there was one thing in that pizza (laughs). That was a magical meals.

KASHIYUKA: From the present, the memorable second was when everybody sang alongside to the English a part of the songs so loud.

We don’t actually know you very effectively in America but, so let’s discuss some private historical past. What is your earliest reminiscence of music – whether or not it was listening to the radio, or listening to your dad and mom’ music assortment or watching TV, or…?

a-chan: I keep in mind my dad enjoying Maki Oguro’s “Natsugakuru” on his guitar. Since that was the primary time I heard that track, I believed it was a male track. But I heard the unique model within the automotive and it was a girl singing! My dad truly sang within the unique key, too, and I used to be stunned by his broad vocal vary [laughs].

KASHIYUKA: My first reminiscence of encountering music is the SMAP track my household performed within the automotive. Until I joined the Actor’s School, I believed music was one thing to hearken to, not sing, so it was one thing I listened within the automotive or in the home.

NOCCHi: My mother preferred Lenny Kravitz and she or he took me to his live performance once I was actually little.

When did you first assume you'd have a profession in music?

KASHIYUKA: When I first moved to Tokyo with a-chan and NOCCHi.

NOCCHi: When I joined Actor’s School Hiroshima on the age of 10.

a-chan: When we had our break with the hit of “Polyrhythm” [in 2007].

Anyone who has seen your reside reveals or your movies is aware of that you're not solely singers, however excellent dancers. Which got here first, your curiosity in being a singer or a dancer?

NOCCHi: For me, it was undoubtedly dancing.

KASHIYUKA: I began taking singing and dancing classes on the similar time, however I preferred dance first.

a-chan: I preferred each from the start.

Who are your musical influences, both Japanese or worldwide?

NOCCHi: I’ve been influenced by Ringo Sheena. She was the music producer of the flag hand-over ceremony [closing ceremony] on the Rio Olympic Games. For worldwide, I prefer to hearken to Arctic Monkeys.

a-chan: I’ve at all times preferred Aiko and admired her music. I’ve additionally been influenced by OK Go. I like their music but additionally their method to music movies. They’re a band however they've a coverage to not maintain any devices within the video. I believe it’s actually fascinating.

KASHIYUKA: I grew up listening to Namie Amuro. It’s wonderful that in any case these years, she’s nonetheless contemporary and large within the music business. As for worldwide music, I really like Bruno Mars and his good relationship along with his band members. They dance collectively and appear to have a lot enjoyable collectively on stage.

Have you already began engaged on the follow-up to your present album, Future Pop?

NOCCHi: Little by little. Yes, we're beginning to collect concepts. I hope you stay up for it.

Perfume U.S. tour dates 2019:

March 30 New York City: Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom

April 5 Chicago: The Chicago Theatre

April 7 Dallas: The Bomb Factory

April 10 Seattle: Paramount Theatre

April 14 Coachella

April 17 San Jose, Calif.: City National Civic

April 19 Los Angeles: Ace Hotel

April 21 Coachella