First of all, could you
give us a short introduction of Cold+Sleep?
Since we formed Cold+Sleep in 2002, we are mainly
performing live in Tokyo, Japan. We've stopped our band
activity since last year, but were going to restart it.
I just registered for MySpace 4 weeks ago,which makes it
possible for Cold+Sleep to get more known all over the
world with our tracks, songs, videos and so on.
Why was Cold+Sleep formed, and how did things get
Before Cold+Sleep was formed, I’d been a supporting
staff of another band. I have never thought I would
gather members to form a band like Cold+Sleep myself. In
fall 2002, I helped on some events, which exhausted me
and a man who is the member of Cold+Sleep. We were
talking, drinking beer and suddenly we knew "Now,we are
just one of the supporting members, but we can surely
beat them with MUSIC!!",which sterred us up to form
Cold+Sleep. Since my partner left Cold+Sleep,I am the
only member of left. I am in charge of the vocals,
arrangements and all of Cold+Sleep. Only when I perform
on a stage, my live members help me with the live
In May 2006 you decided to quit with Cold+Sleep, but
one year later you revived it again. Why did you quit in
the first place, and second - why did you decide to
There are two main reasons for this. First, it is
because one servant's maintaining the first project
named Cold+Sleep has become difficult. Cold+Sleep is a
project to which everything is controlled as one servant.
It is proud that it has an original concept that differs
from other bands, on the other hand, the risk of
happening to me is large a large, mental load. Moreover,
pressure and the attack from a surrounding band were
also terrible because it was an original concept at that
time. I was terribly confused. Itrealized the
limitations alone compared with doing everything.
Secondarily, it joined the band named ?marlee?. Because
the my space page of marlee is scheduled to be opened
soon for marlee, that is seen. Saying even if it wants
to stop acting temporarily, and to regain oneself who
started losing sight again in a new band activity by it
is a reason because it becomes tired when bringing it
together of doing Cold+Sleep.
On your MySpace there wasn't any information about
your releases. Did you have any releases yet, and if
yes, can you mention them here?
There were no official releases yet, although I had
distributed some CD-r’s here and there in a concert hall
in the past. To tell you the truth, the plan is to
reprint it as some kind of MP3 download for the sound
source in the future. I will put the first full lenght
of Cold+Sleep on the market next year. However, ‘Raid
The Trap’ is already quite an open door to the audience
because of MySpace, and maybe there’s a new full remake
How do people reply on your music?
I am really surprised about the replies I recieved on
MySpace so far. It exceeds my expectations by far.
People in Japan don’t really seem to be interested in my
music, but people from native countries give very
positive feedbacks. I didn’t even knew the name of the
other side of the planet, and can’t understand a word of
any of their languages, but when someone’s replying with
‘Quite cool music you make’ it gives me an undescribable
According to your biography, you played several live
shows in Tokyo already. How does a live show of
Cold+Sleep look like?
Since I put many different music styles in my songs, the
audience is very various (and so are their replies on
the live show). “Cool!”. “Wow, the guitars are very
heavy!!”... you know what I mean? People are dancing and
moshing at our live show, no matter the melody. My main
matter is that the people who visit the show enjoy it
How is the electronic/alternative scene in Japan?
Well, I don’t really think we have one over here. The
Japanese race is a race who reacts only to music that
got into the news terrible through doing the packaging
perfectly and the mass communication. Therefore, the
same thing can be said for the electro music and
alternative. There were some ‘...core..’ fans over here
for a long time before the electro music however.
There’s still an enthausiastic but terrible community
existing. The alternative scene is quite existing here,
since recently bands like KoRn, NIN and Slipknot also
visit Japan while they’re touring. The livehouse of
Japan should pay the appearance fee though I want to
tell this to everyone all over the world by all means.
It is not, and the charge is the said troublesome
system, and, then, because the appearance band should
treat to the drink that everyone of the audience drinks,
to Japan that much. The band that cannot do this cannot
even perform no matter how it has ability. It doesn't
have ability if an opposite expression is done and a
trivial band can perform if there is money. In a word,
the influence of the gap between rich and poor goes out
to doing live in Japan.
What can we expect of Cold+Sleep in the near future?
A live revival after a sabbatical of one and a half year
is sceduled for autumn 2007, as well as the online
salling of ‘Raid The Trap’. Furthermore, I’m planning
quite some live shows already, which will of course be
announced on the MySpace page when everything is
confirmed. Next year, I hope to have the album ready
next year, and I’m waiting an opportunity to play live
outside of Japan as well.
The interview ends here, thanks a lot for your time.
If you have something to add, you can do it here.
Allright, I want to say a big “thank you!” to everyone
in my friends list on MySpace who gave the band a fair
opportunity, and to Gerardo for giving me the space to
express the word. Cold+Sleep absolutely goes to
Interview by: Gerardo (August 2007)