Tainted Reality NARASAKI 12.1.2005 Interview

[special thanks to Tainted Reality]
TR - Tainted Reality
N - NARASAKI
[] - spoken in English


[transcribed by HT]


TR: Alright, thank you very much for sittin' down with us. Why don't you introduce yourself?

N: [Hi, this is NACKIE of the vocalist and guitarist from COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS.]



TR: Alright, for the people unfamiliar with the band's history. We're really gonna get some basic origin questions out of the way.
So, first I'd like to ask, how many years has COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS been a band?

N: We formed in 1992, so 13 years now.



TR: How were you guys formed?

N: I started the band the same way pretty much all bands were formed. From the beginning we had two guitarists.



TR: What music, personally, did you listen to when you were younger, is it different from now?

N: Shoegaze music of England, Junk music of America, and basically Metal, like Grindcore, Thrash, and Death Metal.



TR: COALTAR has a very unique ability to go back and forth between different styles such as soft and melancholy style riffs to
completely heavy style death metal. How are you guys able to do this?

N: I'm not really sure why, but maybe because I like so many different kinds of music. I listen to different styles like Death Metal,
Ambient, and Trance.



TR: Visual-Kei is a movement in Japanese Rock that a lot of Americans are familiar with. However, you guys avoided that whole thing.
Why'd you decide to avoid being a Visual band and what do you think of the Visual-Kei scene?

N: I guess I'm just not really interested in the Visual scene. Plus, there just wasn't really a Visual image that suited our style.
And I only wanted us to be judged for our sound.



TR: This year you guys have only really released one thing that was the live DVD. What's happening with you guys recently?

N: We're searching for what will become our next style. So that will take some time. Right now, we're creating a new sound for the DEEPERS.



TR: What, pray tell, is your favorite alcohol?

N: Tequila. I like it because it's the most vulnerable types of alcohol.



TR: What kind of movies do you generally enjoy?

N: I like Iranian movies. My favorite director is Abbas Kiarostami. I also watch a lot of movies by Czech director, Jan Švankmajer.
Oh and I also like Tim Burton.



TR: When you and the rest of the members of the band aren't together, what do you generally do in your free time?

N: On my days off, everything I do is both work and play. So, I guess there's not really much difference. Even on days off,
I write songs and stuff. I do like playing games like Mahjong though; I play it a lot.



TR: Here's something I'd figured you'd have a bit of a passion in answering. I keep hearing stories about how the Rap scene is kind of
dominating the music scene over there right now. What are your thoughts on the Rap scene and Hip-Hop music in general, and is it destroying
the Rock scene over there?

N: [It sucks.] When I listen to it, I don't even want to think that it's Japanese music. I do think it's destroying Rock.



TR: What is your general fanbase like over there in Japan, is it mostly boys, mostly girls, or is it kinda split even?

N: I think we have a pretty even number of guys and girls on our fanbase.



TR: A few other bands do this, I was just wondering if you guys do it to. Do you have guest musicians who help out lives and play support?

N: We're basically a three-member band, but we do have two support guitarists that play live shows with us. We also bring in a keyboardist
on occasion.



TR: Have you guys ever had the opportunity to play outside of Japan? If so, where?

N: In 2003, we played in New York and Hollywood. About 6 or 7 times total.



TR: If you had the opportunity to play anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?

N: If we get a chance, it would be great to play in America again.



TR: CDJapan, which is a popular way for most Americans to buy Japanese Rock music, has some of your catalogue, but most of it's out of stock.
Is there a more efficient way to purchase your music over here?

N: Please visit our label's official website. The URL is http://www.musicmine.com/



TR: In the album, Come Over To the Deepend, many songs introduced in different languages. Sometimes these can get to be pretty funny. Is there
a story about why you did this?

N: We did the mixing for that album in New York and there were people of many different races working there. So we asked them all individually
to help. An engineer in the studio even introduced us to Art Lindsay in Portuguese.



TR: What album of yours are you most proud of?

N: Penguin EP, even though it only has four songs.



TR: What are your future plans? What do you plan on doing in the near future?

N: Our goal is to continue playing music that no one else in the world except us can play.



TR: Thank you very much for sitting down with us. So, final question, or opportunity I'll say, please say something to your American fans.

N: Please tell your friends to listen to COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS!



TR: Alright NACKIE, thank you very much for sitting down with us and giving us the opportunity to interview you and once again, please check
out musicmine.com Please support COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS.