Interview with Ryota & Shota


AnN: Can you introduce yourself?
Ryota: Nice to meet you. My name is Ryota Sakai. I'm from Japan and I live in Tokyo. I'm a photographer.

AnN: What camera are you using?
Ryota: I use a Canon 5D Mark III

AnN: How do your find inspiration?
Ryota: Actually I don't think about from where I get inspiration. So it is a difficult question. I don't think and just shoot photos, if the photo is good, I'm happy, but I try not to think too much about it.

AnN: Is it different for you in taking pictures for ADAMS and doing other pictures?
Ryota No, not really. But it is different to photograph people than objects.

AnN: How did you become a photographer?
Ryota: I started to try taking pictures when I was in high school. After this I studied photography at university, before I worked in a cameraman office.

AnN: How did you and Shota meet?
Shota: I met him before I worked with ADAMS. I played the guitar, he was a cameraman.

AnN: Do you have a favorite object you love to take pictures of?
Ryota: Everything. I like everything. I think I like some beautiful lightning the most.

AnN: Does the music of ADAMS have any influence on how the artwork looks? Did you have a certain approach for the pictures for the new album?
Shota: Basically I tell him (Ryota) before the shooting about the concept and of course he listens to the songs, but in the end he decides on how he shoots.

AnN: The new album is more electronical, right? Why did you chose to do that?
Shota: You know, my first work for ADAMS is NEOSEXUAL. The second album is SIXNINE and for this album I wanted to change. Why? Because ADAMS have some market, where there are people who like another ADAMS style. But my target is an always new, but strong market. So, the change in style was very naturally. Because if I don't change, it's not the hardest work for me. Because, NEOSEXUAL, SIXNINE...which one is best? So every time I want the challenge of change.

AnN: Where did you get the inspiration for the new album?
Shota: From natural sounds. Like when I go to town or to a drugstore, then I listen to a lot of music. So it comes very naturally.
My actual sound is a little bit electric, maybe because I came to Europe often. That's why I wanted to try this sound too.

AnN: In some songs you also sing, too. Did you have to practice singing for that?
Shota: No, I did not practice.

AnN: Is it strange for you to see yourself on the artwork? How do you feel about that?
Shota: I'm proud of them.
AnN: I think you can be!

AnN: What music do you listen to?
Shota: Actually I don't have a favorite genre. But, as an example David Bowie, where I like the image. I think it's cool and the whole character he represents is something, why I want to check out the music. So, actually I don't have a sound style I prefer. I think I can find a good point in every genre.

AnN: Is there some music genre you don't like at all?
Shota: No, I don't have that. I listen to everything. Basically it's true to say, I'm not a good listener. I don't buy CDs, I don't check youtube, but suddenly music became something; you know, it just was there.

AnN: Do you like going to concerts?
Shota: As a fan?
AnN: Yes.
Shota: The last two years I didn't go. But basically I like to go.

AnN: From all the concerts you went to, do you have a favorite?
Shota: I have. Izzy Stradlin came to Japan. Izzy Stradlin was the first guitarist of Guns'N'Roses. You need to know he is something like a legend to me. When he played, it was like “My God” (laughing) “My God came to Japan”. I was so excited. Right after his big carrier, he became so very natural.

AnN: It's your third time in Europe. Is it different than the times before?
Shota: It is exciting every time.

AnN: What is your best memory about Europe?
Shota: The first concert 2013 was in Luxemburg. I can't forget it, because I didn't know how it will be in Europe, how the fans are, how everything will turn out but I had super big passion. There were not so many people, but it was an amazing experience in my live.

AnN: And what was the worst thing in Europe?
Shota: With the food and hotel is everything fine. Maybe almost everything is fine, but sometimes, as you know, we have super many many shows. Also this time: 30 shows. Sometimes, more during the show - and it's not fan's fault, it's completely my fault – I feel that my motivation is super small. It is a little bit difficult to give 100% of motivation all the time.
But, how do I say...In conclusion everything is fine (laughing) And my promise to myself is always that I want to keep motivation up. If we can not keep motivation running, not everything is fine.

AnN: So, you have a special technique to keep motivation up?
Shota: Actually...(thinking)...no. I don't know whether it is good or bad, but now I try to not think too much. Before the show, like today, and also when we have schedule tomorrow. After the show I would have time to think about tomorrow's show. But I try not to think about it too much. It's my way of keeping motivation up. Suddenly, back on stage, my motivation pops back up.

AnN: Thank you for your time.
Shota: Thank you too.
Ryota: Thanks.

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