Now and then, the GazettE members wrote small columns in the jrock magazine SHOXX, called “Red Motel” and these can be found in the FiLE Editions. The texts are originally in Japanese, but I found some translations for you.
The funny thing about Red Motel, is that the topic was determined by the previous GazettE member, so it could be about absolutely anything!
First is Ruki (age 21)!
Red Motel #1
Ruki : My first band
Red Motel corner starts from now. I, Ruki will write the first entry. Hello all.
So where should I start… How about I tell you about the first band I joined. I’ll tell you how I got there first. I was in 3rd year Jr. High when I joined my first band. We were just a band who did covers. I was figuring out which equipment I should take and somehow, I choose the drums. I said “I’m going to take the drums~” lol. And then when I tried the drums out, I had sooo much fun, I felt that I was perfect for the drums! Or so I thought lol. That was around the first time I put on make-up aswell…. It’s not the same as what I wear now tho. I’d put on foundation and colour my lips black. It was the gloomy Visual Kei kind of make-up.
When I was in High School, I had a goatee and my band did covers of Hi-STANDARD’s and SEX PISTOLS’s songs. At that moment, I really thought that I have said goodbye to Visual Kei lol. Then I dropped out of High School. I was really serious about joining a band, determined to make it work. I got a call from a friend back at my hometown and he invited me to be his band’s support drummer. Then I realised everyone in the band had long hair…. I was like “Don’t tell me… They’re a Visual Kei band?” lol. And I kept on being in a band ever since. My band was really close with this other band Uruha and Reita was in. They were super cool. And then we thought, why not make a band together? And that’s how Gazetto was formed!!
Say what? Yes, I was a drummer but… Err- I wasn’t getting any better at it so I gave it up haha~ I have sang before whenever we did session bands. I had so much fun when I sang, it was amazing! I kept thinking, “If only I was the vocalist~”. Plus whenever I’d compose songs, I would properly sing the vocalist part and then send it to the other band members lol. Uruha was the one who said “Why don’t you be the vocalist.” At first I was really worried by that time, I have already made up my mind. I’m going to face this battle with Gazetto as the vocalist. And so I became the vocalist. Then afterwards we invited Aoi and our previous band’s drummer to join.
And then- eh what? What about Kai? Kai is fate. Our brother in arms. And there you have it. A looong history lesson of how I became who I am now. It’s something I will treasure. For the rest of my life.
And that’s the end of Red Motel’s first entry!! Next is Uruha. His topic is [Konyanyachiwa from the land of anal]. Amen. Good luck on that!! Uruha-chan lols.
Translation source: Gentle lie