“It is my duty to continuously answer expectations”
Following his solo project T.M. Revolution, and band abingdon boys school, Takanori Nishikawa is releasing his first album under his own name SINGularity, set to release on 6th March 2019. This is the first of 4 parts we are covering in this interview.
Could you please tell us again about re-starting your singing career under your own name?
There’s actually two big reasons for this. The first is that i’ve been T.M.Revolution for 20 over years, and I’ve more or less done whatever I have promised to do. So I’ve decided to move away from it and find a different way of expressing myself.
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As you have said Mr. Nishikawa, you’ve kept the importance of T.M.Revolution’s style throughout your career. Can you change that promise you have made?
T.M.R.’s promise wasn’t just something I made overnight, it is a culture made by the fans naturally. It is something raised by everyone for everyone, not a movement I decided by myself. Therefore I decided, for now I want to try something different.
A change of attitude, and a new project to boot?
I’ve also done theater in the recent years, and I’ve had all sorts of non-T.M.R. related singing opportunities. One of the things was “Shoushuuryoku” (A Brand of Japanese deodorizer). Through that, I realise that even without the T.M.R. sound, or the lyrics, or the costumes, people still enjoy my voice. With all that experience, I want to express myself with my own voice and I feel I should pursue that more.
I see. What was the other reason?
The second reason is that I want to enjoy the pleasure of having to creating a team from scratch all over again. My current team has no experience of the early days of T.M.R., they’re doing work with on top of an already existing format. But it would be even better if we could say “this is something we created from scratch”.
Not just the staff, but you yourself want to enjoy that feeling of starting from zero again?
Yes. That’s why for this (project), like I’ve done 20 years ago, I’ve been going around Japan doing radio shows again, going to CD shops again. I’ve been going to different areas, seeing the person in-charge, bowing your head down and saying “please”. I feel that it is very important. Maybe in this era it doesn’t work at all but I feel that if you don’t try it, you won’t know if there’s a result.
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