Interview Translations (from Japanese magazine)
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 95 12:54:09 JST
From: ohsawa at csg dot sony dot co dot jp (T. Ohsawa)
Subject: Interview Translations (from Japanese magazine)
I am translating some of the articles that appeared in Marquee, a Japanese
magazine, which did special interviews to KC members and ex-KC members.
Please note that the original interview is written in Japanese. So
actually, the real spoken words in English are not known.
Interview with A. Belew
M: Why did you put out a CD that is actually a rehearsal tape? Who's
proposal was it?
B: It was Robert's idea to put out "Vroom" in that form. In order to arouse
interest in people. Probably he wanted to do something special for Japanese
fans. It was also a good start for us to seriously work on the band. It's
just like dipping your feet into water before jumping into a pool.
M: How did you feel about releasing this album (Vrooom)?
B: I also thought it was a good idea. I wanted the band to go further. I
needed something that proves the ideas we have been nurturing. Probably
Robert wanted to show to everybody that the band had reached this much
before releasing Thrak.
M: What do you think of the album Thrak?
B: In Thrak, there is a relection of a band that is in full swing. It's the
album we made after we've played together for a while. We have truly become
a band, playing in front of audience based upon the ideas and ways that we
have been thinking.
M: Is Thrak a development from Vrooom? Or is it something else?
B: It's a development. At the time of Vrooom, it wasn't even decided that
we will record the Thrak. Many things happened at that time of Vrooom. We
had more time for Thrak so we could integrate our ideas. In that sense,
it's more perfect. We had re-recorded all the songs that were in Vrooom for
Thrak. It's because I qthink we wanted people to compare the band of the
beginning and the band a year later. To see the difference. Since the old
days, Crimson played live when a new song was written. But we didn't do it
at the time of Vrooom. We put our initial ideas on the tape. Thrak is a
result of time spent after playing live in front of people. So naturally it
would sound different. I think it has become more exciting because we
gained more confidence.
M: Were all the other songs written at the time of the mini-album Vrooom?
B: There were no single song complete but we had ideas for the songs. I
knew that Robert was working on Vrooom Vrooom and I had an idea for Inner
Garden. Dinosaur was about to be born at the time of rehearsal but was not
complete enough to be put into an album.
M: Please describe the process of making Thrak as detailed as you could.
B: Usually everyone would gather in a studio. I was in a room. Tony was in
a different room. I think Pat was also in another room. Robert, Trey and
Bill were in the same room. That's how the actual recording was made. After
each one completes his own track successfully, corrections will be made per
person, especially the drumming. We may overdub some ideas. We don't
overdub that much because the band itself makes big sound. The songs in the
album are very close to the live versions. In the end, we record the
drums. I like to record the vocals by myself alone after having dinner. Of
course, with David, our engineer.
M: Have you discussed on the direction of the album while you were making it?
B: We discussed per each song. The members involved were different. I and
Bill discussed while eating. Or, Robert, Trey and me together. There was
always somebody talking about the possibility of some song or some idea.
But it's difficult to talk about the overall sound of the band. You rarely
can say the sound will be like this or that. Most of the time, a song has
its own life and we try to put it together as we like it. Both Robert and I
had overall ideas on how the band should be but we left it to the songs,
and the band took care of the rest.
M: Have you changed your plans after seeing the reactin to Vrooom?
A: No. When Vrooom came out, all the songs for Thrak were complete. Even at
this moment I don't know the reaction to Vrooom. I feel that there are many
people who are excited about this band, which I am pleased with, but I
don't make music on the basis of people's wish to hear something they like
to hear. This band is only making something that we can get excited about.
And we hope that it is also exciting for the audience.
M: What is the band King Crimson to you?
A: I think you know that I do a lot of other activities other than King
Crimson. I have my own recording studio, I have my own record label. There
are many other things I do in music but King Crimson is for me a very
special thing. There are not many bands that I would like to join. The
reason why I'd like to join King Crimson is that its members are excellent
musicians and great people. There are complicated ideas. There are ideas
that makes me think. My ideas change as well. There are influences on my
ideas. I cannot make this music alone. I can make my music alone and I'm
satisfied with that. But it's also nice to play music which can only be
made with an unique combination of musicians. In short, King Crimson has a
perfectness which other bands don't have. We can do without fearing
anything (laughs). And overall, the band is surrounded by seriousness.
This band is not for playing around. It's an intellectual band. It has a
music concept that other bands do not possess. That's why I want to stay
with this band.
(to be continued)