End Of The World or [SEKAI NO OWARI] as their known in their homeland, are currently one of Japan’s most popular and skilled creative groups.
The four members are Nakajin (group leader, lead guitar, sound production); Fukase (lead vocals, group conceptualist); Saori (stage production, piano); and the masked clown DJ LOVE (sonic palette, comedic stage banter).
End of the World have performed all over Japan, selling out crowds of 300,000 people.
They made their initial foray into the US market last summer, with headline shows at the Roxy in Los Angeles and The Bowery Ballroom in New York including a career highlight supporting Clean Bandit on their US tour. (An act who they’ve formed a collaborative relationship with having featured on their ‘Rockabye’ remix.)
This is a new start for End Of The World who are ready to take their music and imaginative shows to music fans all over the world.
Are you happy with the amazing success obtained by your album “tree”?
We are honoured that our album is reaching so many people. But now we’re ready to take our music international and pursuit music in both Japanese and English.
Can you share with us the most difficult moment of its preparation? And some crazy behind the scene?
As we’re not English native speakers, the vocal work has always been quite challenging for us.
Our vocal producer is really strict in that sense and we spent on average about 8 hours for 5 days straight in the studio to cut the perfect version and trying to express what we are feeling through music especially with English is one of difficult things.—Fukase
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Mostly I write about things I felt in everyday life, things that come to mind just strolling through cities.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
I would say the chorus for our song “ANTI-HERO”
It goes like
I’m gonna be the anti-hero
Feared and hated by everybody
I’m gonna be the anti-hero
So I can save you when the time comes.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
I was in love with computer games in my childhood. I would stop in the middle of the game to hear the background music.
My favourite was “Final Fantasy”. – Nakajin
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
It has been such a crazy journey, many ups and downs and believing in ourselves. But most importantly being able to go through this experience with all of us together and still being together now is something special.
What inspired “Stargazer”?
And, “One More Night”?
We picked up on “Love” which is a universal topic
Do you remember the day you wrote “RPG”?
I wrote this song when I got in one the most memorable severe fight with Fukase. It was so bad that I thought about quitting the band, a good memory now. – Saori
What is the best show you ever played?
Each and every show we’ve played, we play to our best.
What are your plans for 2018?
We want to complete our album as End of the Word!