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  • It's your 4th time in Poland now...

  • Fourth?

  • Fourth, yeah.

  • Really?

  • Yeah!

  • That's a lot...

  • If I count right...

  • So, how do you feel about being in Poland again?

  • I'm honored.

  • I'm very happy to be here

  • Always, Polish fans are really, really hot and enthusiastic

  • They really like rock music, I really feel it

  • And then, you know, even the hotel staff is really polite

  • they turn the lights on

  • Yeah, I always have a great time here

  • because the typical image of Poland...

  • Before I came to Poland for the first time

  • I didn't have an image of kinda "rock"

  • The same as Japan, I mean (there are) some rock musicians in Japan

  • but Poland - I didn't have that kind of image

  • I didn't even know how many fans I have

  • But the thing is, of course, people love music

  • and they're really, really enthusiastic

  • and really energetic

  • Do you have any special memories or specific things that come to your mind when you think about Poland?

  • So I, as an artist, always try to make new stuff

  • because that's what I feel, that's what I think

  • that's my responsibility as an artist

  • to take my audience, my fans to the next level

  • something that they never experienced

  • especially as a guitarist, I wanted to make something new, especially now

  • So always making new stuff and sometimes I make

  • what my fans do not expect me to create

  • So every time when I play old music, old songs, it's pretty special

  • for me and the audience as well

  • And then, maybe for the first time or the second time in Poland

  • when I performed one of my old tracks, "Selfish Love"...

  • That was the hottest moment I've ever had when I performed that song

  • I don't know how to describe it, it was really, really-

  • The energy level was really high

  • and then we became one

  • just really, really strongly united

  • Yeah, I was really happy to play that song

  • because, you know, that energy, the energy from the audience is really, really important, every show

  • So at that moment, I was blown away by my Polish fans

  • I actually have been there and I remember we were singing very loud-

  • Oh, you were there?

  • Yeah, of course!

  • Do you like when fans sing along or you're like, annoyed that they are interrupting you?

  • No, I love it, I love it.

  • You know, that's what I mean when I say we cannot make a show special without the audience.

  • We are making the show all together.

  • So the energy, and also the voice from the audience, from the floor, is really, really crucial for us.

  • So, you know, we are professional performers, musicians

  • Always take care of our health, condition, even on a tough road, we do perfectly

  • But also we are human beings and we get affected by the audience.

  • If the energy level form the audience is really high, we get affected and we go higher as well

  • So it's a mutual kind of energy exchange

  • Yeah, that moment- I strongly remember that moment, and I was really really happy.

  • On your latest album, "Samurai Sessions vol. 2" you work with many different artists with different styles

  • but you still managed to create a very consistent album.

  • What was the most challenging thing in the creation process?

  • Yeah, collaboration, you know, always need to make sure that the timeline and the direction of creation is okay

  • So of course it's harder that creating something by ourselves

  • But at the same time there's always chemistry during the session

  • So especially now I don't know how my fans, my core, strong fans might feel,

  • but as a guitarist I want to kind of find a new path

  • as a guitarist, as a rockstar

  • because you know, "rockstar" is not shining in this generation

  • Yeah, it's really crucial to find a way to be able to collaborate with other singers

  • So this time although it was not easy to handle the timeline and everything,

  • but it was great to explore the new style, new sound.

  • As long as you have your own style, I mean, as a guitarist

  • there's a signature tone there

  • I think we can say "this is the new Miyavi sound".

  • So, you know, I'm still singing, but like

  • When I was in visual kei world

  • I'm still visual kei kind of - I perform

  • I, as a rockstar, I'm here

  • But no need to be categorized or stuck in a box

  • You know what I mean?

  • Because creation...

  • The thing is, the way, let's say, the visual kei was born, is like freedom

  • of expression

  • But people say "Oh, you're in visual kei, you cannot do that, you cannot have a rapper" or "you can't have a tap dancer"

  • What does it mean?

  • Just putting make up on?

  • Is that visual kei?

  • No.

  • It's not visual kei, at all

  • That's just one of the styles, one of the expressions

  • To me, now, as a musician, as a creator, as a guitarist, I want to find something new

  • It's happiness, it's a pleasure

  • To be able to pursue and also challenge new things

  • And now I feel that's my responsibility

  • Which one, out of all of your songs, represents you the best? Like says: "This is Miyavi right now"

  • That's a good question

  • I mean, it's really hard

  • I mean...

  • It's not good to say this,

  • but "What's my name?"

  • But!

  • Which means

  • We haven't found the newer signature style yet

  • But - "Long nights", the track we just released last month

  • and we featured Sonita, an Afghan rapper

  • It's a really really meaningful track to me

  • The song I wrote right after I came back from the refugee camp

  • in Lebanon

  • And then, the message

  • I just thought, it's my message, but also important to

  • feature and support artists like Sonita

  • Because her voice is also authentic, from her experience

  • So, it's also an interesting, fascinating way of creation

  • As a composer

  • You know what I mean?

  • So that I don't have to limit myself, as a creator, with my voice

  • You were talking about performing older songs

  • I remember when I first heard "Kimi ni negai wo" back in middle school, it was almost 12 years ago

  • Are there any songs that you can't relate to anymore, that you wouldn't perform anymore? How do you feel about your older songs?

  • I still play "Kimi ni negai wo" with the acoustic

  • and actually I've been playing those old tracks recently a lot actually

  • because

  • I don't know, I feel strong enough

  • You cannot protect your people if you're not strong enough

  • So now I feel even if we have people who don't know about Miyavi or any of my tracks

  • I can rock them

  • 00:10:10,560 --> 00:10:14,939 Yeah that's why I can perform those old tracks as well

  • and then, it's really interesting, but recently I've been playing many old tracks

  • Because time is limited we need to make new tracks and keep moving forward

  • But the thing is, we cannot go back to the past, right. Playing old tracks doesn't mean that we go back to the past

  • As long as we see the future

  • That's the key

  • I don't want to just keep playing old tracks, it's good of course, I'm not saying that I forget the past

  • That's also a great achievement, it's also important

  • Without that we wouldn't be here

  • But

  • We need to face the future, we need to face tomorrow

  • We saw you on the big screen in "Unbroken" and then "Kong: Skull Island"

  • And this year we are already expecting to see you in two another movies

  • "Bleach" and "Gangoose"

  • What is it about acting that you like the most, that makes you want to keep doing it?

  • Fun.

  • It's very fun

  • I mean, especially villain, bad boy, bad guy in a film

  • Many, many layers of humanity, to get to that level

  • You know what I mean

  • So to follow their steps, is really interesting experience to me

  • And then, again, I'm always Miyavi on stage, even off stage I'm Miyavi

  • No matter where I am

  • But on the screen I can be somebody else

  • And it's also a really interesting experience

  • I learn somebody else

  • and their life. Why did they get to that point?

  • And also it gives me more capacity

  • Through the experience, to portray other people

  • And then expression wise, it's really, really similiar to performing on stage

  • So, we perform in front of the camera like this

  • In a different way, but it's same, it's all about expression

  • and message

  • So it's always important to hold onto the message of the creation you're in

  • What's the story?

  • Why are you there?

  • Why I'm a villain in that story

  • Why I'm needed

  • So it's fun

  • Also the music, acting, fashion - it's really close as entertainment

  • And now I'm doing humanitarian work, activity, so those three things are really important to explore the new world

  • So you're busy with all those projects and tours, but what do you like to do on your day off?

  • Kids.

  • I mean it's more tiring though.

  • It's even harder when I play with the kids

  • We go to the park, we play iPad together

  • They're 7 and 8

  • Although they're girls (they're) pretty physical

  • So we play badminton, soccer, basketball

  • I teach them how to do the Miyavi jump

  • Yeah, then we just chill

  • I just go to the gym, maintain

  • yeah, gym

  • playing with the kids

  • Going out with my family, Melody and the kids

  • Actually I don't have that kind of idea of a day off, you know, this is my day off

  • So the thing is, if you're really active physically or mentally

  • even if you're really busy physically, let's say

  • the travel day

  • So today is travel day

  • From... I mean we're done, we already came to Warsaw, but let's say when we had a show in Paris and the next day I had a meeting in Paris

  • And then also flew to London

  • But physically busy, I play and then just get to London, but

  • In fact, I can let myself take a rest mentally, you know what I mean

  • I'm taking a rest

  • So now I'm talking, but my body is resting

  • So even when I'm talking to you like this, if I close my eyes I'm resting, I'm letting my eyes rest

  • I'm not using my eyes

  • So something like that

  • That's what I'm saying, even on a day off, when I play with the kids, it's hard

  • It's not easy, travel day like this is even easier

  • I went to the gym

  • But when I play with the kids I cannot go to the gym

  • It's physical

  • But mentally I'm fulfilled, I feel it

  • When I don't have work, I mean I also work, when I play with the kids I also sometimes need to check the e-mail

  • Like today, right before I came here, we just posted the new track "So on it"

  • But this is day off

  • You know what I mean?

  • But the thing is how you manage your body and mental

  • It's the most important thing

  • Yeah, again, while I'm playing with the kids, mentally I'm resting

  • Can you share one of the things from your bucket list that you have yet to cross off?

  • I don't wanna say that

  • Yeah just one thing came up, but

  • Yeah, because I'm trying to make it happen very soon

  • But

  • Any trivial things? Simple things you want to do?

  • I'm thinking to buy a travel pillow

  • and a travel guitar

  • because I have everything I need on the tour

  • and a yoga mat

  • the powders for smoothie I make every morning

  • even army knife so I can cut fruits for the offering for prayer

  • What else?

  • Tube, TRX for training in my room

  • Because I don't sit down on a chair

  • I don't use a chair, I don't trust chairs usually

  • I always trust the ground

  • I always want to feel the gravity from the ground

  • Because chair sometimes... The good chair is fine

  • But sometimes it gets in the way, so I don't use chairs, always on the yoga mat

  • But sometimes I feel like I want to lay down, so I'm thinking to get a travel pillow

  • 00:18:40,520 --> 00:18:44,340 What are your plans after finishing the tour, can you share anything with us?

  • Make new music

  • I mean I'm constantly making new music

  • But maybe some other activities, going back to my another dimension

  • Acting, fashion, and humanitarian work, UNSCR

  • So I visited UNSCR in London after the show in London

  • And then we had a discussion and we were planning, the next plan

  • What to do

  • Now that's a really important mission to me, it's the life work

  • We don't get paid, we don't get money, but to me it's a destination

  • So that I can become more famous

  • That's my motivation

  • The more famous I get, the more things I can do

  • Even as an ambassador

  • More people listen to me

  • But sometimes the more I say the more people don't want to listen to me, but