Tokyo Jihen’s new album “Dai-hakken [Great Discovery],” finally got released. Here, we’ll show you a “Dai-hakken” interview by all the members. A Great Must-See.
[The Creation of the Title]
“Dai-hakken” is quite the peculiar album title, but to start off tell us about the origin of that.
Shiina Yes. To begin with, when we had come to the studio to do pre-production (* the work of confirming the song composition, arrangement, key, etc before the actual recording) for “Dopamint!” in June of last year, it started during a silly break-time conversation with “Wouldn’t ‘DJ Mother Nature [lit. “great nature”]’ be an artful name?” (laughs). I feel a sense of rivalry that, as I suspected, how you think of the name “Ringo Shiina” is approximately the same as for “Sensha Yoshida”-san* (laughs). So, when we started to wonder if this was going to win out no matter what we did, we got talking like, wouldn’t it be good if we put “great” in there. Frankly, we’d thought we really tried our best with “Sports” and the “Ultra C” tour. For that reason, somewhere we probably had feelings like, for the next album as a reward to ourselves we could even put something like “great.”
Hata With that, we all made various contributions, didn’t we? Great Prairie, Great Plain, so on.
Shiina Coming out with everything all the way ’til things that would overturn what we’d set as our basis, “Great Love” and so on (laughs).
Kameda From there, it became all about, let’s contribute jointly to a title that has “great” in it, forgetting the channel connection once, but Shiina-san was struck by the idea that if it were “Dai-hakken” it would connect to the Discovery Channel.
Shiina I was already holding on to the conviction of “‘Dai-hakken,’ that’s it!” and went home that day in a spirit of satisfaction. After that I started my efforts to instruct or maybe I should say brainwash everyone by writing in a text to the members, “I think ‘Dai-hakken’ is good, but if there’s anything else good, by all means” (laughs).