They have rocked many a house down in their storied history. Starting off with “Chain”, the main theme for Air Gear, they have ventured into making themes songs for anime, games and even their own brand of rock. They produced arguably their greatest hit yet “Nibun no Ichi”, the opening theme for Gundam Build Fighters and have since continued on for Gundam Build Fighters Try. They have also been regular international performers, with trips to North and South America and of course a Singapore stop earlier in June. Making their second appearance this year as part of Anime Festival Asia Singapore, we sat down for a simple chat session with Back-on.
What is the idea behind the band name BACK-ON?
Kenji03: The lead vocalist, JESSE, of our senior band group RIZE helped us to think of their band name – BACK-ON to represent our explosive music that we aim to achieve.
Having performed at Animelo Summer and also Inzauma Rock Fest this year, what other venues overseas do you guys want to perform next year?
Kenji03: We hope to perform in a Singapore Rock Festival or the Sundown Festival.
How do you feel about some of your new singles being used for some of the new Gundam openings?
Kenji03: Gundam has been already been aired in Japan for many years. I, and even people from my parents’ generation, have watched it ever since I was young, thus making Gundam a sort of very Japanese traditional anime. So having performed 3 songs for Gundam, we do felt very honored about it.
Out of all the anime/games songs that BACK-ON has performed, which one do you like the most?
Kenji03: It would be Chain from the anime Air Gear. It was our 1st song and the 1st anime main we were given to be in charge of and it was the first time BACK-ON would be heard throughout the world, that is why I do feel emotionally attached to this song.
When you are not performing or recording, what do you like to do in your free time, as in your hobbies?
Kenji03: Unlike the rest, I don’t do much gaming. I haven’t told all the other members yet, but I had adopted some dogs recently (laughs while other members goes ehhh), so I’m quite absorbed with my chihuahua and poodle.
Teeda: I have some classic bikes, so riding them during my free time is my hobby.
Shu: I watch oversea dramas from Netfilx, especially dark stories or suspense story like Narcos which i m watching it recently.
Gori: I like reading manga and building Gunpla and play games and sleep.
You said you like building Gunplas, assuming you can build any Gunpla just like in the anime Gundam Build Fighters, what type of custom Gunpla would you like to build ?
Gori: The strongest.
What type of weapons would you like to equip?
Gori: Nuclear bomb probably.
What sort of anime or games would you like to sing next?
Kenji03: Hmm, I would really like to sing for at least once for Dragon Ball. Since Dragon ball is sort of like a very traditional anime so I would really love to make a song for it.
Shu: How about One Piece?
Kenji: Yeah, One Piece would be good as well.
You have performed songs for many genres, which of these genres shows off BACK-ON’s ability the most?
Kenji03: Regardless of what kind of songs we created, we will go all out with full power, putting in a lot of effort into it. As creators and musicians, creativity is definitely what we aim for. Anime and games usually match our creativity, therefore it is always very exciting to create songs for anime and game genres.
How did BACK-ON members meet and started the band?
Kenji03: Originally, we were all friends, we were all from different bands, performing at small live house back at our hometown. Then we felt like creating original songs, so we began to form the band eventually and that’s how BACK-ON formed.
You are performing at Yokohama Event tomorrow, so how do you keep up with the schedule?
BACK-ON Team: Our manager was the one that gave us the packed schedule (laughs).
Manager: They like to do as much as possible.
What are your favorite artist?
Kenji03: My favorite band recently is 1975, from UK.
Teeda: My favorite band is Rolling Hill since way back, and The Fugees.
Shu: My favorite band is The Lemons from US.
Gori: I’ve recently been listening to Taylor Swift, because she is cute
As songwriters for other bands as well, what are your considerations when writing music?
BACK-ON: We want to write more songs for idols as much as we can, so we can make more money and come back to Singapore to perform, and possibility double that money (laugh).
You have performed twice in Singapore, before AFA 2015, what are your current impressions on Singapore’s fan base?
Kenji03: The previous two times were mainly like a showcase rather than a live. This time would actually be our first live, so we are looking forward to it very much.
Is there anything you like in Singapore?
Kenji03: Orchard Road (laughs), I love doing shopping.
Teeda: Clark Quay, especially the G-Max reverse bungee.
Shu: The scenic view of the night in my last hotel – I liked the the view from it.
Gori: The last time when we where in Singapore, the hotel had apples in the room and they were delicious.
What would be your future plans for 2016?
Kenji03: Produce the albums for next year. And maybe perform solo lives in Singapore.