BABYMETAL was interviewed by NME from United Kingdom to promote their upcoming performance as support artist in the Red Hot Chili Peppers UK Tour in December. The girls talk about their expectations of playing with them, touring in 2017, and influence from Muse and Linkin Park, what other music they enjoy listening. Read more below.
BABYMETAL talk UK Tour, touring in 2017, influence from Muse and Linkin Park
BABYMETAL have spoken out about what to expect from their upcoming UK tour with Red Hot Chili Peppers – promising ‘a powerful performance’ and plenty of surprises.
The Japanese metal-idol sensation will be hitting the road with RHCP for a run of UK arena dates next week. Speaking to NME about the support slot, BABYMETAL described it as a ‘great honour’.
“It didn’t really sink in for me when I first heard that we would be supporting RHCP,” Su-Metal told NME. “But when I heard people around us commenting on how incredible it is to be on tour with such a celebrated band, that’s when it finally sunk in and realised what a remarkable honour it is to tour with RHCP.”
Yuimetal continued: “We met them during FUJI ROCK. Words cannot explain how surprised we were when we returned to the side of the stage and saw them checking out our performance.”
When asked how their live show for the upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers dates will compare to the visual extravaganza of when they headlined Wembley Arena earlier this year, Moametal replied: “Only the Fox God knows! Wouldn’t you think it would be boring if we already knew ahead of time? I am just so excited to be able to tour with such an acclaimed artist and am really looking forward to learning from their music, their performance, and as an artist. We have a shorter set length compared to our normal headline shows but despite that, we are hoping that we can warm up the stage for RHCP and give a powerful performance for the entire crowd.”
When asked if BABYMETAL would be back in the UK for headline shows of their own in 2017, Moametal replied: “I have no clue. I hope that we are going to be back on tour. For the upcoming year in general, I’m looking forward to meeting more people, acquiring more knowledge, and simply enjoying eating more delicious food!”
Yuimetal added: “We want to continue to challenge ourselves and make sure that we do not lose our unique identity as BABYMETAL.”
Speaking of their influences as live performers, Su-Metal said: “Like Muse and Linkin Park, we are also striving to be the one and only to create a new genre called BABYMETAL. We hope to be as cool as them”
And as for progress on their next album? “Only the Fox God knows!” said Su-Metal.
Asked about what other music they enjoy listening to, Moametal told NME: “I really enjoy listening to Japanese pop aka J-POP and I also like listening to anime songs as well. Both of these types of music are unique to Japanese culture and listening to these types of music gets me going. Being involved with BABYMETAL has allowed me to acquire more chances to really become involved with music. As a result, I find myself noticing each individual instrument the band plays and I feel that I have found a new way of enjoying music on a deeper level. I’m just so grateful to be a part of BABYMETAL because without this opportunity, I wouldn’t have had a deeper connection to music!"
Interview by: NME