Back to the USA for their second tour, this time on the east coast, Versailles ~Philharmonic Quintet~ took some time out of their busy schedule to sit down with us for an interview.
This is your second time in the USA, and in the same year. Again you’re doing an anime convention, followed by a concert in a different city. How do you like this schedule?
We can promote ourselves, and also have a full live. So we are very thankful for this opportunity.
How does performing at a convention differ from performing at a live house?
When we’re at a live house, usually there are more people who come just because they love the band. At the conventions, there are a lot of people who have never heard the band before, so it’s a very different feeling.
How’s your experience at a convention? Do you get to walk around at all, or see the cosplayers?
If you roll out the red carpet, I will walk around.
Are you looking forward to doing anything while you are in America this time?
I’d like to compose a song.
Your recent album, Noble, also has the subtitle, Vampires Chronicle. Why is Versailles so fascinated with vampires?
Kamijo: We are decendants of the rose. Our concept is that we are decendants of the rose, and the rose is the blood running in human veins. That comparison is our aestheticism. The rose takes power and energy from our blood. Vampires Chronicle is the bloodline of our aestheticism.
Kamjio, you especially like Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, right?
You have many similarities to the main character in those books, Lestat. Is there a reason for that?
Kamijo: Because I like him. I like his beauty and his character.
What about the rest of Versailles, have any of you read Anne Rice’s books?
I am halfway through The Vampire Lestat.
Do you like it?
Yes, I do!
Are there any other vampire stories that you like?
(English) Mmm….no. Only Anne Rice.
You released the special song Prince recently, available as a free download, and also available on the re-release of Noble. What were you trying to convey with this song?
It’s a bonus track on Noble, and it’s connected to the album. It is a continuation of that story.
Speaking of Noble, it’s now available in the USA, through Maru Music. How do you feel about that?
We are very happy. Though, if you download it, you can’t see the CD jacket, which is a vital part of enjoying the music itself.
Versailles’ costumes are very elaborate and even a little bulky. Does that make it hard to travel?
How do you overcome that?
Not all the costumes fit in the suitcase…so…I use magic! (everyone laughs)
For the rest of you who don’t have magic, how do you do it?
I wear it on the plane.
(laughing) What does security say?
It’s ok. There’s so many people all dressed up like us in Japan, so it’s no problem.
Is there a difference between your onstage and offstage personalities?
The way I look on the outside is the same as who I am on the inside.
Teru: There is a difference, but I’m not willing to say.
How do you guys deal with the long flights?
Yuki: Watch movies and drink alcohol! There were no individual screens, only one big screen, so it was hard for me to have my own time with the movie.
What movies did you watch on the way here?
Jasmine You: Kung-Fu Panda.
Versailles is French. What would you say is your favorite French food?
I don’t like French food at all.
I like American steak better.
And the rest of you?
I like French dressing on my salad.
Teru: France? Escargot!
It’s good, isn’t it?
I’m joking! (everyone laughs)
Yuki: I really love French bread!
Do you guys have a final message for our readers?
Simply, we will always be there for you. Hizaki: America and Japan are far in distance, but if we can bear the long hours of the flight, and we have patience, we can always come and see you guys. If you read this, we will always be there for you, because we love to see your smile.
interview by Melony; photos copyright Versailles ~Philharmonic Quintet~
Thank you to Versailles ~Philharmonic Quintet~ for taking the time to answer our questions; thank you to Anime USA and Tainted Reality for making this possible.
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