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2008-11-06 Thu

GIRL NEXT DOOR

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Shrug it off. Even if you fail the audition!

With the avex World Audition close at hand, Chisa, Daisuke Suzuki and Yuji Inoue from GIRL NEXT DOOR agreed to do an interview!

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--Chisa, before you made your debut, what kind of preparation were you undertaking?
Chisa It was taking lessons every day, so that I wouldn’t be nervous, not for my debut, but for when my chance came. But, when I started to reach the end of my rope, I would always rest and take care of my body.
-- At what age did you start aiming towards this industry?
Chisa Since I was in elementary school. I started performing classical ballet in kindergarten, and I remember how good it felt to have people come and watch me.
-- When thinking about your future, what did you want to become?
Chisa I went to a prep school, but I didn’t want to waste the dance classes my mother took me too and picked me up from every week…
-- After that, how did you choose the path you wanted to take?
Chisa I was constantly bothering my teachers to give me advice; I was thinking that I wanted to be a nursery school teacher. But I wanted to test myself, so I entered a vocational school.
-- Did your parents object?
Chisa Uhm…they didn’t! My dad is always talking about studying and I thought he was going to say “Absolutely not,” but instead he told me, “If you’re going to do what you want, then do it all the way.” I’m really thankful to my mom and dad.
-- Is there anything you can say to foreigners who want to be successful in Japan?
Daisuke Suzuki When I spent 3 months in China, I realized that entertainment is totally different depending on the country. First, I think it’s important to listen and understand the characteristics of the music. In Japan, the Charts are becoming more Americanized, and there is interesting music in every genre. Rock, R&B, Ballads, orthodox music as well, even idols are only selling in Japan and the US.
-- I want to ask this of everyone, do you have any tricks when taking auditions?
Chisa I think you’re always nervous at first, but the secret is to have confidence that you can do it.
-- I think there are times when you fail, too. What do you do then?
Chisa Shrug it off. Even if you fail, it just becomes a learning experience for you.
Yuji Inoue When thinking about the guitar, you have to sharpen those surefire nobody-can-beat you skills. Also, you have to keep perspective with a little something extra, and you should keep having hope.
Daisuke Suzuki When it comes to composing, it’s better to send 2 focused and good songs at once than sending 10 songs just because you want them to hear you.



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[GIRL NEXT DOOR] Chisa was originally a dancer based in the Kansai area. Avex noticed her overwhelming performance  and stage presence skills, and encouraged her to take lessons in Tokyo. Chisa entered the Avex Artist Academy on scholarship, where she met Daisuke Suzuki (keyboard), a writer who was mainly contributing on songs for other artists. After recording several demo tracks, the two caught the attention of Avex CEO, Max Matsuura. Adding Yuji Inoue on guitar, their debut is set for September, 2008.