RAN: What are some of your expectations for this short tour through the US?
Naoko: I think this 5 weeks tour is not “short” tour for me. Anyway, I expect to see many fans of Shonen Knife in the US and share happy moments with them at our shows.
RAN: Are you visiting any US cities that you have not been to before?
Naoko: I think I’ve ever been to most of all cities in the US.
RAN: You have been playing rock and roll for a long time and have traveled extensively all over the planet. What are some your favorite places to go that love rock and roll and appreciate your music?
Naoko: I can’t choose one but I like every city which there are our fans. Fortunately, there are many Shonen Knife fans in the US. I really like to rock and roll in the US.
RAN: How does the music industry in Japan differ from the US?
Naoko: We don’t have so many music venues at local cities. Many of the US venues have enough space of bars and sometimes they have diners, too. Japanese regular venues don’t have enough space for eating food. In the US, local music clubs are popular to neighbors but in Japan, only enthusiastic underground music fans come to music clubs. Regular Japanese music fans listen to domestic bands. The music genre is different from the US.
RAN: Do you think women in music are treated better or worse in Japan or the US and why? Please give a few examples.
Naoko: When I started Shonen Knife, many bands invited us to play with them because we are unique and prominent because of all female band. Everyone was kind to us. The only disadvantage for us is that it is difficult to carry heavy equipment.
RAN: So you have a new album…”Alive in Osaka.” Can you tell us a bit about the recording of that, the particular show or shows, the venue, etc.?