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|Unedited Feed from the Nirgilis panel at Anime Expo 2011. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
13:27:28 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Minoru Kurihara [M]; Acchu Iwata [A]; Yuki Inadera [Y])
13:29:35 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Still bringing people in to the room)
13:34:09 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Introduction)
13:34:21 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Performed to a full packed house at the Club Nokia
13:34:41 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> 4 albums on toys factory and def star, and 4 anime tie-ins
13:35:55 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> biggest hits include Sakura from Eureka7, Kiseki from Birdy00 and Snow Kiss from D.gray man and mostly recently Shiny Shiny on Deadman Wonderland
13:35:32 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> please welcome nirgilis
13:36:07 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Good morning
13:36:14 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Opening statements?
13:37:02 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A; Today, it's close to morning, but it's afternoon, so have you had lunch?
13:37:07 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> We haven't, just for you guys
13:37:16 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Yoroshiku)
13:38:02 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> You were at Club Nokia and were Guest DJs...
13:38:19 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> How were the audiences in america compared to Japan, how were they different and how were they similar
13:38:54 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: Compared to japanese audience, you guys get excited easier...
13:39:10 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> of course, japanese fans get excited to, but the top peak level belongs to america
13:40:17 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: when i see the audience react to the sounds i make, it's the same in every country, so it gives a lot of meaning beyond the border of the countries, it gives meaning for us to keep making music
13:40:49 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: last night, the secret dj live, i was in the audience side, but when i was there, you guys have this distinct style of dancing...
13:40:56 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (mimics)
13:41:09 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> there was this guy making squares and circles (around head)
13:41:37 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> lead; My apologies i'm nervous
13:41:41 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A; no worries
13:41:57 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> What are your inspirations for the music you are creating for the fans?
13:42:31 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: each of us has a different background, but my inspiration is american songs... i really like prince and cindy loper
13:43:29 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: i like all sorts of music like club music, even the story line of the anime affects the stuff i make, even though the culture difference, i get affected by everything all around me
13:45:08 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: I always like something new from my perspective, something i've never seen or heard..and it's like that's cool, and when somethign like that happens, i look it up and get into and it's accumulation of that building up in my life
13:45:00 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> That being said.... are there any ways that you would like to progress your music? Any direction in the future?
13:46:09 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A; we've been doing a lot of anime themesongs but i like games so i'd like to be a bridgeline of japanese and japanese culture (into) international culture and mix it up ..and whatever comes in the next era and generation, i'd like to pursue
13:46:21 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Any possibilty of releasing an album with the same style for the american audiences?
13:46:40 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Them: ooooh)
13:46:56 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: That depends on the fans and you making your voice heard (para)
13:47:19 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Audience is pretty loud) Yea, it's going to happen next year...
13:47:36 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Audience: Album name? A; ....LA?
13:47:44 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q&A
13:48:07 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (they are surprised about having people line up)
13:48:12 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (and they are screening questions?)
13:48:39 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> For the people asking questions, tell us your favorite anime before asking question
13:49:02 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> So for the next performance, we can mash up the scenes from those animes
13:49:59 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: I like mech and magical girls... and my question and I enjoyed your single sakura for E7 very much, it's one of my favorite songs, and i wanted to ask in creating that single.. you used some lines from amazing grace, what was your inspiration for including that as part of the song and did one of you sing or it how did that come about
13:50:33 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Note, A below refers to Acchu, not answer)
13:50:57 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: Originally ther ewas a song for E7, but we really wanted the opening theme song, so i talked to the director and asked him what's in right now in this generation
13:51:04 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> What he told me was classical music like opera
13:52:26 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (the translator is getting laughed at because he said operah [like oprah] instead of opera)
13:52:12 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> so we looked into classical music and found something that didn't have a name for it.. a classical song that we didn't have to pay royalties for
13:52:47 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> in the beginning we had 2 songs, one was ave maria, the other was amazing grace and amazing grace fit better
13:53:22 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> and the singer for it was a professional opera singer to sing it
13:53:56 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> it was originally 1 person singing, but we added 10 voices so it sounded like it was a chorus
13:54:42 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: I attended your concert and it totally made the concert worth it, and thank you for the base, i felt it to my stomach,... would you consider having another concert in california again soon?
13:54:44 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: of course
13:55:27 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: I was wondering how you felt about your songs being in E7 and if you watched it, how did you think the scenes work with it?
13:57:03 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: after watching the story, especially in the last episode and our song came up, i really felt, this really meant something for us, it was really graceful that i could make this music for E7
13:57:39 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: so they aired the show at 7 in the morning, and it's a really upy song ...and ther ewere a lot of comments about it being an upy song and waking people up
13:58:17 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: Do you do something special when you aren't feeling inspired, have a mental block rather
13:58:34 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: I'm pretty negative to begin with...
13:59:04 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A by writing the song that makes me happy at the end, regarldess of when it is , that kinda balances things out...
13:59:49 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> do you know chuu ni byou (8th grade disease) .. i still have it
14:00:02 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: I purify my heart with anime
14:00:28 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> I like the comedy anime.. like gag anime and character ..flowery stuff...
14:00:33 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Like Azumanga Daioh
14:00:37 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Nichijou
14:00:48 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Keroro Gunsou (Sgt frog)
14:00:55 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> something that's based upon daily life
14:01:48 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: I don't really get all that emotional... i dont get angry and when it happens, it's short (lost)
14:02:31 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> But being so non-emotional, calm, composed,that's good in a way, but i can't bring up my emotion before lives and so i use dance music and heavy metal rock
14:02:49 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> So my music will usually be like Metallica, Slayer
14:03:04 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> I just get amped up with that music and dive in
14:03:31 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: Favorite anime is cowboy bebop...what instruments do you use, and which are your favorites?
14:04:35 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: well i use drums, the pc, and i even go out to just record random sounds on pc, and i think my favorite would be pc right now, the cute little mr mac i use
14:04:43 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: I just use synthesizer and PC... a mac
14:05:48 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: [lost] I just program for the PC and mostly bass stuff. All the members of Nirgilis love apple.
14:05:43 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> I just love the sound of the bass
14:05:54 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Even the clean ones that sound good and even the dirty ones
14:06:29 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: my favorite anime is currently nichijou and C.... ranrider has remixed your songs... will you ever collabroate with him?
14:06:49 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: we have... remrider did the remix of Sakura
14:07:00 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: the secret DJ concert, we even played that song
14:07:25 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Dropped)
14:07:32 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: What was it like collabroating with him?
14:10:10 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: He's really disciplined... he's reallys serious...but he's (censored and missed)... don't tell him we said that
14:08:19 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> I think we match up really well
14:09:15 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: Were you happy with the ending... do you think that the song and the ending worked together?
14:09:21 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (which was kinda asked before)
14:10:38 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: the whole concept was boy meets girl, and there are a lot of places in the song that have that... so i guess it matched up pretty well
14:11:02 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> And the director of that song loved techno, so I think that really matched up with our concept that we have for our songs
14:12:23 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: I really like Shiny Shiny and am really happy you performed it... but was surprised you had this dance movement for the song so i was wondering what inspired that?
14:13:11 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: we don't really have those kinds of moves or dance in our songs ever but since we're coming to the US and it's different, we made the whole (hand wavy motion)
14:13:43 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (wha, our tshirts, it looks nice....)
14:13:57 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: how did you decide to make the type of music that you do ?
14:15:08 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: So we don't really have a common factor or interest to begin with, so we aren't the kind that would come together in (missed.. regular?) life
14:15:43 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> But we wanted to unite all sorts of differents types of people, so having that in mind, that's why we make these kinds of songs, brining in all sorts of music and other factors (lost part)
14:16:38 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: so in my perspective, we have different types of personalities, we have different interests, so if we unite that...so it (missed) how far you can cover interest wise with our music
14:17:16 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: in the beginning, our band used actual instruments, and as time went on and as this generation changed, we changed our style to pc so, as time passes, it depends on what that generation wants and our style might change again and i think that's okay too
14:18:00 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: My favorite anime is kino no tabi...and .... do you think there is anything that is distinctively yours?
14:18:31 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: In my mind it's completely the 80s. (something got lost)
14:18:53 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: My strength is editing the music and the rhythm that's what I do
14:19:39 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: the strongest factor that i bring to the team is the beats, like the club music, because the basic thought of our music is music that the body moves to without thinking
14:20:16 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: (something about the mokura overseas fanclub)
14:21:28 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (no question was said)
14:21:45 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Q: My favorite anime right now is Nichijou, so what's your favorite right now?
14:22:18 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: the sad part of the japanese is you can't pick and choose a number one....
14:22:32 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> clarified: now...
14:23:00 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: last night i was watching Keroro and Gintama... but right now my favorite is Nichijou
14:23:26 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: I'm also an 80s for anime... Dr. Slump
14:23:58 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: this (holds up deadman wonderland poster with shiro)
14:24:06 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Audience: could you say zupashi
14:24:08 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (They say it)
14:24:21 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (Let's do it together)
14:24:30 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (with the arm motion for it too)
14:24:45 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> (awesome, nice)
14:25:08 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Any closing statements from our guests today?
14:25:44 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> A: So tomorrow is the last day of AX, but I really had fun from the begining to the end so I hope I'll see you next year as well
14:26:05 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> M: We have autographs today and tomorrow, so I really hope to see you guys
14:26:25 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> and i remember all of your faces so you better show up
14:27:53 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> Y: So I get to see you today and tomorrow right?
14:28:26 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> please put your hands together for nirgilis
14:29:07 <bay|AX|Nirgilis> End