Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Interviewed!
1 April, 2012 Leave a comment
When we had the opportunity to interview our most favourite person in the whole universe, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (full name: Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), we obviously said a big ‘YES!’ and danced around like a happy, grinning prat for days on end. The interview was originally printed in NEO Magazine #91 as part of a feature showcasing the candy-loving Jpop star, before she became famous in Japan.
We love your music videos! Who comes up with the ideas behind your PVs?
I have a lot of discussions with the video’s director and we come up with an idea from there.
Can you tell us about working with Sebastian Masuda from 6% DOKIDOKI?
It was lots of fun working together and I got lots of inspiration through talking with him.
In the video to ‘Pon Pon Pon’ you ride a unicycle – did you learn how to ride it especially for this video?
I’ve loved riding unicycles since I was in elementary school. I taught myself how to ride it with my friends. It was fun to do it for this video as I haven’t done it for a long time!
Are the outfits in your videos designed by you? If not, which designers or brands are involved?
I draw the design blue prints and then we create the outfits from there with my stylist.
Who are your favourite designers, brands and fashion icons?
I love the designer Yoshie Itabashi! As for brand, I like Candy Stripper and I think Katy Perry is a fantastic fashion icon.
You’re still so young! What was school life like for you? Were you a typical good student? What were your favourite subjects?
I was a typical, simple high school student.
I always abide school rules and I enjoyed Art the most.
How did your path cross with Yasutaka Nakata?
I was DJing at a club event for teenagers that was hosted by Mr.Yasutaka Tanaka. We were just talking about doing fun things and it was so natural to get together and create something fun together.
Were you nervous to work with such a well-known producer?
Actually… at first, I thought someone was trying to trick me!
I was very surprised.
At Japan Underground, girls often request ‘Pon Pon Pon’, and they know all the dance moves! Can you tell us about the meaning behind this songs?
I’m so glad girls are copying my dance moves over there!!
This song’s message is to be positive and keep moving on!
Can you tell us about why you chose ‘Moshi Moshi Harajuku’ for the title of your debut mini-album?
Harajuku is the place that gave me an opportunity to be a model – it’s also a place I love. So I included Harajuku. At the time we were going to release the album digitally in 23 different countries, so we wanted to include Japanese words which everyone knows, like “Konnichiwa” and “Moshi Moshi”. That’s how we, Yasutaka Tanaka and I, came up with the name.
How would you describe yourself? Already the media is comparing you to Japan’s answer to Lady GaGa. What do you think of this comparison?
I personally like Lady GaGa so I am delighted that people have been comparing me to her. But, I believe she is unique, nobody can compare to her.
It’s unusual to see girls with their finger in their nose, or making silly faces – do you sometimes wish you were a boy?
No way!! I want to re-born as a girl again if I have a choice!
But, maybe it’s easier when washing hair as a boy!
Do you think we’ll ever see you in London?
No plan yet!!
But I really want to come!!!
What advice would you give to girls who want to be famous like you?
Hmmm.. maybe you’ll have a chance if you dress up nicely and cutely in Harajuku?
It worked for me.
Do you have any final messages for British fans?
I would really love to come to UK to have live show! And…
… I really love Harry Potter!