Akane Kumada and Honey-chan met on a hot summer day to talk about their debut album, Sekai ga Haretara!
Interview with Akane Kumada
Congratulations on your first album Sekai Ga Harter, Can you tell us about your feelings about this album? what does it mean to you?
The world feels a lot more sad than it used to be. At 22, I’m not a kid anymore, but not quite an adult, so I don’t know what to do, but I thought if I shared my sad feelings without hiding, there might be some people out there. Empathize with them or remember times when they felt the same way.
I hope everyone who listens to this album will call themselves “Indayo” (It’s OK.). I made this album in hopes that it would add a little good cheer to the world!
You are credited as the lyricist of the song “Kurge”. Can you tell us about your thoughts, inspirations, and writing process for the lyrics of this song?
My favorite part is at the end of the song, where it says “I don’t need the right answer. I’m going to start painting with colors that will make my heart sing!”
I hope everyone who listens to this song will have a moment in their daily life that will make their heart beat faster.
Your first single live was “Sekai ga Haretara” at the Science Museum in Tokyo on Sunday, June 12, 2022. Can you tell us about it? Can you share with us your favorite moments on stage and backstage?
When I saw everyone’s faces from the stage, I got so excited that I dropped songs from the set list and cried during the MC segment…
It is thanks to my fans that I was able to do my first live performance as myself, without pretending to be something I am not. thank you so much!
What does your routine as an artist look like?
Before a performance or recording session, if I have time, I’ll soak in the bath and release myofascials with a roller massager before going on to sing! When I get home, I’ll drink a hot glass of vegetable juice while reading everyone’s impressions on social media.
What are your favorite things to do when you’re not working?
Sleeping in or going out without worrying about time! I also enjoy shopping, having lunch with friends and talking to a lot of people.
What are your plans for the rest of 2022 and next year?
Thankfully, I’ve been given a place to perform, so I’m going to work even harder to meet a lot of fans! I love to sing, so I hope to do another live concert at some point.
Many thanks to everyone who found me!
Video interview with Akane Kumada (2020)