GARNiDELiA’s newest single REBEL FLAG was released on 13th March 2019. It currently serves as the ending theme song for the TV anime Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. This is the third of 7 parts we will be covering in this interview from Natalie.
We want to rebel against the usual pattern.
Are MARiA’s vocals also recorded at toku’s home studio?
toku: Yes. All our creations hasn’t changed. Every time MARiA comes over to sing.
MARiA: You wouldn’t believe that we recorded everything in a home studio. However, REBEL FLAG was recorded just before he moved. It was the last recording done at toku’s old home studio. It’s the place I always go to so I can sing without problems.
T: We even do less takes for recording now.
M: We do a lot less takes now.
T: The time it takes to judge has also reduced. I think it’s thanks to the equipment. (laughs)
M: Yeah. I think one of the biggest influences is the change of the microphones. Also, I have a clear image of how I want to sing, and how I want to be heard. I think it’s mostly because I can sing without needing to practice a lot, or perhaps it’s because I can sing without hesitation nowadays. All thanks of 5 years of recording.
For REBEL FLAG and the coupling track PASSION, you didn’t stick to the usual A-melo, B-melo, chorus pattern. You’ve been using this style increasingly lately.
M: Since a while back, I feel we’ve been released from that thought pattern.
T: Yup. Of course it’s all above having to record a 90 second part for the TV airing. Also lately, I’ve taken a liking to recording songs just under 4 minutes.
All 3 songs in this single are around the 3:30 mark.
T: I felt that going above 4 minutes is very long. I want to create and develop songs within a small range. When we perform these songs live, we also feel this range is just right. Rather than using the same style in both parts, i’ve taken a liking to introducing a different world (for the b-melo), and then returning to the chorus. The tempo for REBEL FLAG is pretty fast and I think the band members feel it’s more fun that way. It’s also because I create everything on the PC that I feel it’s also part of the rebelling process.
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