Natsuki Mari, Katori Shingo, Fukada Kyoko, Ogura Yuko, Miura Rieko, Nomoto Karia, Negicco, etc. Konishi Yasuharu is a musician known for having produced or contributed songs to all of the aforementioned artists and more. While the only song he arranged for Hello! Project was Matsuura Aya’s “Ne~e?“, it’s a song that continues to pop up in conversation even today when talking about some of the best songs to have ever come out of Hello! Project as a whole. It was a question on everyone’s minds at the time of the song’s release: “What? Konishi Yasuharu?! How? Huh?“
— Please tell us about when you arranged Matsuura Aya’s “Ne~e?” What led to you working on it?
Konishi: They simply approached my office with an offer. “Please let your guy arrange our song.” Naturally, I said “okay.” Until that point I’d pretty much just met Tsunku♂ a couple of times while we were doing Pop Jam on NHK, back in the Sharan Q days. I didn’t really know him that well, to be honest, and I’m pretty sure he’d only just heard of the name Pizzicato Five up until that point.
— So they approached you pretty much out of the blue.
Konishi: Yeah. And that’s why I first just went, “but why me of all people?” They were like, “well, we want something that sounds French — aren’t you the guy to go to when it comes to French-sounding stuff?” (laughs) Their offer was very specific, so it was easy for me to get on-board, too. “Ah, okay. Gotcha.“
1: いち和食 ◆gohanXuCP. 2016/12/29(木) 23:17:37.46 0.net
I think it’d have to be the ones for Otona na no yo.
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All of S/mileage’s outfits were cute.
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The outfit Sayu was wearing at her graduation when she was reading her letter.
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Those suit-like things from Berryz’ last Budokan concert.
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S/mileage’s Mystery Night. I would’ve loved to see Kamiko wearing that.
Fresh Michishige Sayumi pictures are hereeeee━━━━━从*･ ｡.･)━━从从*･ ｡)━━从从从━━(｡.･*从从━━(･ ｡.･*从━━━━━!!!!
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The Michishige Revival is at hand!!!
Here… have a picture.
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Cha, Cha, Cha…. Chayuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!
— Today we’d like to ask you to name and discuss your favorite Hello! Project album songs.
Yoshida: Are you going to include in this book information about the Kamome Jidou Gasshoukan album that Nacchi was featured on? (Note: Abe Natsumi appeared as a guest on their album Yaita Sakana no Bangohan on the track “beautiful.”)
— Seeing as she only had a guest appearance on that one, it’ll probably just appear as a column later.
Yoshida: That really ought to be in this book. It was a collaboration with Kamome Jidou Gasshoukan, which means there is now a direct link between Hello! Project and Sakamoto Shintaro (who released the song “Anata mo Robot ni Nareru feat. Kamome Jidou Gasshoukan.”)
— I see that you’re immediately going to begin this feature with a curveball… (laughs)
Naka G: Alright! Listen, guys! I want us to talk about Berryz Koubou!
Yoshida: Yes, I was prepared for that eventuality, what with it being you and Minewaki in the room with me…
Beginning with Tanpopo’s “Koi wo Shichaimashita!,” Watanabe Cher has since gone on to arrange songs like Matsuura Aya’s “Tropica~l Koishite~ru” and “LOVE Namidairo,” Fujimoto Miki’s “Sotto Kuchizukete Gyutto Dakishimete” and Minimoni’s “Himihamuzu no Ai no Uta,” among others. Originally known by the name of WATA-BOO, the keyboard player in DANCE☆MAN’s band — where he played a large role in his arrangements as well — he went on to becoming an accomplished Hello! Project arranger in his own right. What has this masterful musician learned after having had a hand in such a lengthy succession of important works for Hello! Project?
— The first song you arranged by yourself was Tanpopo’s “Koi wo Shichaimashita!,” right?
Watanabe: Right. That was a bit over a year after I first became involved with Hello! Project — right around the time “Renai Revolution 21” had just been released. Hashimoto Shin called me up and asked “would you like to do Tanpopo’s next single for us?” I was going, “you’re going to let me arrange a song for a group that’s selling like crazy right now?” I loved the sound of “Otome Pasta ni Kandou” and so I was thinking “oh no, they’re going to make me go after Nagai Rui…” I remember feeling quite under pressure because of that.
— The group’s lineup and image had changed quite drastically with their previous single. Did they tell you that they wanted to keep it pretty much similar to that style with the next song?
Watanabe: They just told me they wanted something 60’s-like. No… actually, the first thing they said was that they wanted something Motown-like. Like, “Otome Pasta was British… so let’s go to America with this one!” It’s not like that genre was my strong suit or anything, but more than having that actually be the foundation for the whole song, I figured they’d asked for me just because of the stuff I’d done in the past — like the strings in “Renai Revolution 21” for example. So that’s the kind of thing I tried to give them.
Tanaka Nao is known for his numerous arrangement works incorporating the trends and mannerisms of American R&B, including Minimoni’s “CRAZY ABOUT YOU,” Goto Maki’s “SOME BOYS! TOUCH,” Morning Musume’s “It’s You” and High-King’s “Destiny Love.” We talked to him about his career thus far — which also includes some more eccentric works such as °C-ute’s 4/4 disco tune “Disco Queen,” Berryz Koubou’s very Japanese-styled “Kacchoee!” and Michishige Sayumi’s “Shabadabadoo~.”
— I want to begin by asking you about the origins of your career in music.
Tanaka: I was already doing piano in kindergarten — but only learning how to play it. I became interested in actually listening to music only when I came to like SOUTHERN ALL-STARS and one day realizing I could cover their songs on the piano. This was back when I was in junior high school. I also started playing the guitar around then. In high school, the popular stuff everyone was listening to were bands like BACK DROP BOMB, KEMURI and SCAFULL KING, and so I formed one of those sorts of “mixture rock” bands similar to them.
— I feel like R&B is one of the cornerstones of your arrangements, so I’m surprised to hear you were in fact previously playing in mixture rock bands — of all things.
Tanaka: Well, see, through playing in those bands, I realized that what appealed to me most were the riffs. The riffs were cool. Then I also started listening to hip hop and R&B with similarly strong riffs. The first thing that blew my mind was Noreaga’s “Superthug,” produced by The Neptunes. The whole song consists entirely of rapping, the drums, and a clavinet — nothing else. I was going “what the hell is this?!” (laughs) Around those days, there were quite a lot of producers like the Neptunes or Timbaland whose material was a bit “out there.” So I figured, if it was okay for them to do that kind of sound and have a battle of ideas like that, then maybe I could give it a shot, too. That’s when I started track making myself.
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Following a discussion about the band OKAMOTO’s on We are Juice=Juice:
Takagi: Just knowing your personality, no one would expect you to like any band type music, would they?
Miyamoto: But I love UK rock! I like bands such as Blur or Bloc Party. I think the fans have been surprised to hear this, too.
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I wonder who influenced her to listen to that sort of stuff?
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Blur… now that’s nostalgic.
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I’m not so much surprised as I’m… like… This is the first time in my life even hearing the name “Bloc Party.”
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ﾉﾘ・ ｡・ﾘ＜ So cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah. She’s become especially girly just as of late, hasn’t she?
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She really is cute.
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Every now and then I’ll notice a chubby girl who resembles Take-chan. But recently I’ve been wondering: do they appear chubby to me because they look like Take-chan, or is it just that all girls who are chubby remind me of Take-chan?