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Posted: Mar 31, 2007 10:15 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 07 Feb 2006 Posts: 362 Location: Vancouver, CA.
This thread contains the websites that have a special feature on Ai am BEST. Smile Most of these sites have videos of Ai's comments that you can view. I've ripped some of the streaming videos for download. Smile Enjoy~

Posted: Mar 31, 2007 1:11 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
Here's a translation of the Barks interview. Credit goes to Celsius005.

These past 2 years have been both difficult and happy. Iíve truly done my best.

Q: [Your new single [CHU-LIP] has been the talk of the town lately. Itís really quite a blast.]
A: [So I see (haha). The word has traveled far. My last single [Reníai Shashin] was very sincere and serious so I thought a more fun song would serve as a nice change of pace. It was very comfortable.]

Q: [Which direction does the sound lead?]
A: [Perhaps more rock; itís a song to dance to and have fun with.]

Q: [With the addition of blaring horns the song becomes very active and busy. However despite the wide variety of sounds, the overall sound stayed under control. To achieve that sort of balance is truly miraculous.]
A: [I always try to tone sound down a bit. For example, when I want to hear the strings I adjust the overall sound to accommodate for the audibility of what I want to hear. Those preferences can be heard in many of my songs, just as I like to fill all empty spots in more upbeat songs.]

Q: [The Ďmystery of geneticsí is very Otsuka Ai-esque concept found in the lyrics. I find it rather amusing.]
A: [Whether it is done out of passion or work, sometimes you just donít know why some things turn out so well. I think this concept can be found somewhere in there.]

Q: [Yeah, there are those times. And you discuss this concept in terms of genetics.]
A: [Yes, thatís the mystery. Behavior that seems to be taken from our parents is one mystery while the differences between an idealistic man and his realistic wife are another. Surely this is the mystery of genetics.]

Q: [This song comes with an exciting dance as well. I can see it in the PV.]
A: [We had to really work our dorsal muscles for some of the camera angles, but the photoshoots were very easy. I prefer singing and dancing to go hand-in-hand.]

Q: [And after that single comes your first best album.]
A: [Iíd like to take listeners back a little with my previous compositions. Itís nostalgic and for this reason Iíll have everyone listen to them. I can also look at myself taking my first steps and say Wow Iíve come quite a ways. Itís a considerably dense compilation.]

Q: [What are your current impressions of the 13 recorded songs in your best album?]
A: [I thought my debut song Momo no Hanabira was super-good, so naturally I remember how unpleased everyone was around the time Kuroge Wagyuu Joshio Tanyaki 680en was released. I hope for a consensus (haha).]

Q: [Ahaha. The main characters of those two songs certainly are different.]
A: [Afterwards when I released [SMILY] everyone was pleased with the girly image, which I still question. However when I listened to the song again I could hear that my voice was very much so. Itís so loud and annoying that you wonder where it all comes from (haha). Listener feedback for [Planetarium] consisted of comments such as ďItís a really good songĒ and ďItís become very important to me.Ē I listened to the song for myself and thought that it shined brighter than any of my other works. This is a definite plus to song writing. Each song carries its own weight, thus the swelling of feelings expands.]

Q: [At any rate itís color is impressive when compared to average works. To conjure a single image is something not easily done.]
A: [Thatís right. I believe that the fun style of [CHU-LIP] is possible only because I had my other works. I wonder if this has earned me the image of someone who undertakes a variety.]

Q: [Your upcoming CD seems to be accompanied with a DVD containing all PVs as well.]
A: [I think the most tearful of them would be Daisuki Dayo.. In contrast youíd get a laugh out of Kuroge. Also a new LOVE MUSIC PV was inserted for this special occasion. While the others may be worthless, I want everyone to see the hidden reflections on life (haha).]

Q: [Does this album serve as a turning point for you?]
A: [This album contains neither Reníai Shashin nor CHU-LIP so I donít think so. Itís more of a celebration or festival above all else.]

Q: [I see. However is this not the one opportunity to look back on your two years of activity starting from your debut to [Planetarium]?]
A: [Youíre right. These past 2 years have been both difficult and happy. I can now say Iíve truly done my best.]

Q: [Well then, any final comments?]
A: [A tour is scheduled after this. I want this to be a satisfactory live with plenty of laughter and moving moments. I have many things in store including self-accompanied singing so Iíd like everyone to get a taste of that. Oh, and weíre also planning the use of some very outrageous gadgets. Itís something youíd lay eyes on and say ďThatís so stupid!Ē (haha) That said, have fun everyone!]

(Interviewer/Morihide Yuki)
Posted: Apr 01, 2007 1:21 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 19 Feb 2007 Posts: 53 Location: Singapore
Ai-chin wrote:
Oh, and weíre also planning the use of some very outrageous gadgets. Itís something youíd lay eyes on and say ďThatís so stupid!Ē (haha)

that sounds fun..! haha.
something to imagine and look forward to, while battling with the mundane daily tasks.. =)
Posted: Apr 01, 2007 6:37 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 17 Feb 2007 Posts: 70
yeah thanks you for the translation! the are more websites Wink !
Posted: Apr 01, 2007 11:19 am Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 01 Jul 2005 Posts: 1117 Location: *mentally in: yamapi/keita's world*
thanks Celsius005 for the translation!! Boogie
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