Having just performed their largest Singaporean show to date, Japanese rock giant ONE OK ROCK proved to audiences that a foreign language or point of origin is no barrier to international success. However, despite its growing global audience, the band’s Japanese identity and influences can be both a hurdle and advantage in making music with universal appeal. They are certain of one thing, though: that Japan still needs rock music.
Expanding on our previous chat, frontman and vocalist Taka shares, “Japan has ‘closed’ parts and ‘open’ parts.” Describing the general timidness of Japanese people, he continues, “but to show those open parts, Japanese people need the help of alcohol, or something that makes them explode,” which is precisely the kind of incendiary reaction ONE OK ROCK sets off at its shows.
Watch our interview with the band below as we seek insight as to what fuelled their entry into music, the direction in which they’re headed, and why rock bands will never die in Japan.