anibee Features: Sforzato!
The indie scene in Japan is a dynamic and exciting one, and we got to experience a piece of it at D'J Party 2012 in the form of hot new Japanese indie Visual Kei Band - sForzato! Hailing from Shibuya, this rocking quintet sets any stage ablaze! We managed to ask them a few questions to find out more about them.
anibee: Welcome! Please give a brief introduction of your band!
Cedo (Band Leader & Vocalist): We are sForzato, a Visual Kei Band from Tokyo, we played mostly in Tokyo area and this is our first time performing overseas together.
anibee: How did the band start?
Cedo: In the summer of 2011, being from the same music school, we decided to challenge the visual kei scene starting from zero.
anibee: The band has a really unique name! Is there any background behind it?
Cedo: sForzato, or "sFz" is a notation used in music to strongly accent on a note or something similar.
anibee: Cedo, you are Singaporean yourself! How does it feel to be performing back here in Singapore?
Cedo: It's been awhile since I've been back to Singapore, so it's actually very exciting for me to be back here and being able to meet all my friends and the other bands.
anibee: Cedo, you are in a fairly unique situation of being a non-Japanese that has started an indie band in Japan. Was it challenging to do so?
Cedo: It's actually is very challenging, especially starting from zero. There are many indie bands in Japan so competition is really tough. Also writing lyrics and composing music quite a challenge when your mother tongue is not Japanese.
anibee: What do you all think makes Sforzato unique?
Cedo: I would say our music and our attitude makes it special, we try to combine our influences to make music unique to us. Also for a foreigner to be in the band would also make us different from other Visual Kei bands in Japan.
anibee: What plans do you all have for the future?
Cedo: Hopefully we will be able to tour other countries besides Singapore. We are also planning to release our 2nd single at the end of 2012.
anibee: What advice can you give to other indie bands who want to break into the Japanese music industry?
Cedo: My advice is to start by taking the leap of faith by heading to Japan if you wanna break into the Japanese music industry. Things are very different over in Japan and it's only best to experience it yourself.
It's a tough road ahead, but certainly one that isn't impossible and has its rewards!
Learn more about sForzato at their websites!
http://www.sforzato.net (Japanese only)