GARNiDELiA interview about Gen’ai Yuugi’s new single, NFT Project – Bulletin Board

Garnidelia They are a J-pop duo who started their career on Japanese video sharing platform Nico Nico Douga and have since produced several songs designed for the animation business.

The male and female couple released their latest digital single, “Gen’ai Yuugi” on September 30, which was created to be the debut of the Japanese anime TV series. sir has no tail. The track, inspired by old Japanese pop songs and anime, opens up new horizons for the unit that has produced distinct tracks mixed with melodies with the flavor of traditional Japanese music.

In a recent interview with Japan BillboardGARNiDELiA’s Maria and Tuco spoke about the production of their latest single and shared their thoughts on the accompanying music for the animation.

I recently launched an art project for NFT using several stage costumes as decorations called Project GARNiDELiA 3.0. You always seem to challenge yourselves to try new things. Can you tell us your thoughts on launching this new NFT project based on your theatrical wear at this time?

Maria: We have many fans outside Japan That is why we are often asked to take on new challenges in the worldwide Scale. We experiment and challenge ourselves as we move forward. We’ve been involved in its launch, but we’re also looking forward to seeing how the project expands from here. I think there will be unexpected developments in the future that will make us go, “Oh, I wasn’t expecting this to go that way.” We think there are different ways to do this, so we’re still exploring and hopefully make this something we can enjoy with all of our fans.

I also rebooted your J-pop cover project, GARNiDELiA cover setin March.

Maria: This project was originally started on YouTube due to the pandemic. It has become something of our hobby, so we enjoy doing it just for fun.

Toko: The songs we cover are well known, so I thought people would enjoy the bands after we added some GARNiDELiA flair to them and gave them MARiA vocals. The series allows us to see people’s reactions right away, just like we used to upload our songs to Nico Nico Douga and get a reaction immediately upon release.

Maria: It’s really similar to Vocaloid cover challenges on video sharing platforms (which originated from Nico Nico Douga). We’re originally from that niche pop culture, so I think the focus has shifted from vocaloid numbers to J-pop songs. The boundaries between vocaloid culture and J-pop are now blurred, and songs written by vocaloid producers are now leading the mainstream J-pop scene. So a weird phenomenon when I cover a J-pop hit, I still end up singing vocaloid (like in the old days). [Laughs] I think this mix of cultures is what makes the current J-pop scene so interesting.

Cover “Kaikaikitan” by GARNiDELiA from the GARNiDELiA Cover Collection

Let’s talk about your new song “Gen’ai Yuugi”. It contains both old and current J-pop elements while maintaining the feel of the standard anime. The song is GARNiDELiA’s signature by the way the different gems condense. This song was created as the opening for the TV anime sir has no tail. How did the cooperation start?

Toko: The producers of the anime said they wanted “a dance track with a traditional Japanese melody, as well as adding horns to make it flashy.”

Maria: Our previous song, “Otome no kokoroe”, was the opening for another anime series from last year called Taisho Otome fairy tale which is set in the Japanese Taisho period (1912-1926), so this was the same (as sir has no tail). On top of that, asking for horns for a big band feel was the same as the previous track, so we had to find a way to differentiate the two. So after some discussion, we came to the conclusion that we want ‘Gen’ai Yuugi’ to have an outstanding brilliance feature.

What do you mean by “glaring edge”?

Maria: sir has no tail It’s a story about mastering an artistic skill, and while the anime’s visuals are great, the characters say some interesting things about the world they live in. The story begins with the idea that you have to be out of your mind to want to live in the arts, and I thought that applies to us (GARNiDELiA) too. [Laughs] As someone who has been in the arts for a long time, I felt a strong connection with (anime), so in the end we were able to differentiate the new song from the previous one.

Toko: sir has no tail Around rakugo [traditional comic storytelling], so I thought it would be a good idea to put words into it, with more notes in chorus than the usual numbers. This way, it will look shinier when the horns have been added in between. This is what I focused on.

Combined with the insight expressed in the lyrics, it makes for an exciting track, while also drawing on the old Japanese pop and anime music genres. All while maintaining your signature sound. So it really is a perfect balance.

Maria: In fact, we’re not sure how to compromise on GARNiDELiA anymore. [Laughs] We’ve worked on a variety of genres at this point so that everything we make together ends up being like, “Well, that definitely looks like us, right?”

Toko: The music of the anime itself is a mixture of different genres generating a lot of music that will become the vanguard of contemporary J-pop.

Maria: It also features rock, EDM, and even old J-pop styles as well.

Toko: Anything is possible, and can be considered cute or cool depending on the listener, so I think anything goes as long as it’s effectively connected to the work of the anime. I feel that people who listen to a variety of anime songs really get along with things. This is one of the things that makes us nervous every time we write a song.

And you’re already ready to drop your next digital single called “Oukaranman” on October 19th. This is the latest song from odocatimeta Dance Challenge series featuring GARNiDELiA tracks, differing from “Gen’ai Yuugi” in that it is a very lively GARNiDELiA number that blends modern EDM tracks with traditional Japanese music.

Maria: Miume, the dancer we’ve been working with on odocatimeta The series is retiring from theater at the end of October. This would be the last piece the three of us would work on together, so we started by discussing what kind of piece it should be. We wanted the song to be a culmination of what we built together.

Toko: I’ve included a few melodies and arrangements that glimpse parts of each song in the Dance Challenge series so far, so it would be great if listeners could take it as a summary of the series.

It’s an irresistible tune for those who enjoyed the series. You really came up with two completely different songs.

Maria: It’s fun, isn’t it? We have a lot of fun. Both titles are inspired by Japanese four-letter idiomatic expressions, and from the time we wrote the song “Kyoukiranbu,” we thought we’d run out of songs flavored with traditional Japanese sounds that have four-letter titles similar to the idioms. But we still managed to make a little more. [Laughs] Since we’re lucky that our fans, not only from Japan but from all over the world, are asking for more, we can’t say we’re out and we have to come up with what they want.

Toko: I was thrilled when the song was an extension of udocata The inaugural series was chosen for sir has no tail.

Maria: This is how much influence on odocatimeta The series was upon us. It is a project that changed our lives. It helped us get to know a lot of people and give us opportunities. I think that’s why we were able to compose the song “Oukaranman”.

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This interview by Tomokazu Nishibiro first appeared on Billboard Japan

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