Today, I have another idol interview for you guys! I had the opportunity to talk with Yanakoto Sotto Mute about their sound, what the members are like, their new album MIRRORS, TIF, East Meets West, what they’re looking forward to doing in America, and more!
Thank you for joining us here at Yes Tiger! Please introduce yourselves.
Nadeshiko: I’m Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s Nadeshiko, known as Nade-chan.
Mani: I’m Mani Mamiya 🙂
Ichika: I’m Ichika Minami and I’m 21 years old. I like chickens.
Rena: I’m Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s Rena.
How would you describe Yanakoto Sotto Mute? What makes it different from other idol groups in Japan?
Nadeshiko: I’m often told that our live sound is more explosive than other groups. We have a solid band sound.
Mani: The four of us are normally calm, but we sing and dance intensely with our band’s explosiveness. We use a raw band sound in our lives, so we can hold lives that are closer in intensity to a rock band than other groups.
Ichika: The concept of our activities is, “While muting the unpleasant things in everyday life might not solve anything, for the time being, let’s sing rock with a sorrowful melody”. We sing with our own white microphones, which I think is different from other groups.
Rena: I don’t know.
We’d like to know more about the members! Please tell us about your charm points.
Nadeshiko: I like Mani-san’s legs, she has legs like a model. I like Ichika-san’s nose, the shape of it is pretty. I like Rena-san’s cat-like eyes.
Mani: I’m the tallest out of all of the members.
Ichika: I like all of the members’ eyes. This is just my preference, but I like wide, almond shaped eyes.
Mani-san: The shape of her eyes when she laughs
Nadeshiko-san: Ability to convey strong emotions with her eyes
What do each of you like to do during your spare time?
Nadeshiko: I shop, go on walks, and watch let’s play videos.
Mani: I like to play games and watch anime at home. Lately, I’ve been playing Splatoon 2 a lot.
Ichika: I like to sleep in my bed at home, wake up, and laze around.
Rena: I do various things.
You recently released your second album, MIRRORS. Which songs off the album do you each recommend?
Nadeshiko: I think they’re all great, but I especially like Louvre no Sora. There’s a part at the end where all four members of Yanamyu sing, the fans raise their fists together with us, and there is a great sense of unity. The MV is also great, so please watch it!
Mani: Phantom Calling.
Ichika: I like Phantom Calling. Just listening to it is great, but I really like performing it live. When it’s part of the setlist, I get excited.
Rena: Louvre no Sora.
Last year, you performed at Tokyo Idol Festival, the world’s largest idol festival, for the first time. What was it like performing at Tokyo Idol Festival? Are you looking forward to performing there again this year?
Note: TIF 2018 happened last weekend, but at the time of the interview, it hadn’t happened yet.
Nadeshiko: I’ve always loved TIF, so I was happy that we got to perform there. I remember our Smile Garden live was really fun. Even people in the back were watching intently and we got a good response. I’m excited to perform at TIF again this year. A year has passed since the last time we were at TIF, so I want to make use of the things we’ve learned and entertain a lot of people.
Mani: Honestly, I wasn’t satisfied by my performance last year, so I want to make up for it this year. I like TIF’s festival feeling, so I’m looking forward to it this year.
Ichika: Last year was our first performance at TIF, so I was surprised by how many idols were there. This year, we’re performing on all three days, so I’m looking forward to performing more lives on more stages than last year!
Rena: There were lots of idols there, lots of fans there, and it was lively. I’m looking forward to performing there again this year.
The East Meets West Music Fest will be your first live outside of Japan. Are you excited to go to America for the first time? What are you looking forward to doing in America?
Nadeshiko: It’s my first time ever going abroad, so that alone is making me excited. I’m excited to see our lives reflected in the eyes of overseas fans, but at the same time, I am very nervous. I’m looking forward to trying to eat an American sized hamburger.
Mani: I haven’t been to America, so I’m excited about everything!
Ichika: This will be my first time going abroad, so I’m really looking forward to it! I’m most looking forward to our meals! I want to eat lots of delicious things.
Rena: The English speaking lifestyle.
Since the live is called East Meets West Music Fest, are there any Western artists that you like?
Nadeshiko: I’m not very familiar with Western music, but I often listen to Sia. I started to like Sia in high school when I saw a classmate dancing to one of her songs.
Mani: Because of my mother, I often listen to Queen.
Ichika: Recently, I’ve been listening to Basement because a fan gave me one of their CDs.
Rena: Michael Jackson.
Besides Japan and America, where else would you like to perform in the future?
Nadeshiko: I often see fans from other parts of Asia on the internet and some of them even come to see me in Japan, so I want to go see them. This has to do with food, but I love waffles, so I’d like to go to Belgium.
Mani: I want to go to Taiwan and Europe.
Ichika: Vatican City.
Rena: Saudi Arabia, because I want to live with lions.
Could you please give a message to your international fans, especially the fans attending East Meets West?
Nadeshiko: Getting to finally go see my foreign fans makes me really happy and I’m really looking forward to it. I promise that our performances will include and satisfy everyone, even people from outside of America! Wait for me, America~!
Mani: I’m looking forward to meeting overseas fans from the bottom of my heart! It’s our first time performing overseas and we’re going to have a lot of fun and put all of our energy into our lives, so I hope a lot of people will discover Yanamyu!
Ichika: I think it will be nice if people from overseas become fans of Yanamyu! We will hold performances that will make even the people who come from Japan glad they came!
Rena: The thought of Yanamyu’s first time going abroad is making my heart race! Fans who come can expect Yanamyu performances that can not be seen in Japan. We will deliver performances that will echo in the hearts of our fans abroad.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We hope you have a great time in America!
All members: Thank you very much!
I’d like to thank Yanakoto Sotto Mute again for working with Yes Tiger! and answering all of my questions, as well as Derek Vasconi for setting up this interview and giving me the chance to interview Yanakoto Sotto Mute.
Yanakoto Sotto Mute will be performing at the East Meets West Music Festival on August 18-19th at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. Tickets are $40 in advance for one day or $70 in advance for both days. VIP ticket packages are also available, starting at $100. If you can’t make it in person but would like to live stream the festival, you can buy a live stream ticket for $40 or a VIP live stream ticket for $400. Regular tickets are available here and VIP tickets are available here. If you’d like to learn more about the festival, you can read my interview with Derek Vasconi, creator of the festival, here.