Meet the group tearing up the J-pop rulebook!
FAKY are a breath of fresh air in the world of J-pop. Their international outlook, authenticity and attitude separate them from the stereotypical bubblegum idols groups that have come to the forefront of the Japanese music scene. Fashion, friendship, fun and their fans make up the FAKY Formula.
After a year of suspended tours and only interacting with their fans online, Lil’ Fang, Mikako, Akina, Taki, and Hina have just released their latest single “The Light”. We found out about their new projects, their outlook on life and music, and how much their fans mean to them.
Can you tell us about FAKY’s philosophy and what makes FAKY stand out from other groups?
I think it’s because we use our voice to express the same emotions that everyone shares regardless of country, time period, gender or genre.
What makes FAKY unique is our individuality. We were all born and raised in different places and each have something different to add to the group whether that be in style, fashion, culture, or even languages we speak. We make music that feels authentic to us and our main philosophy is to be 100% ourselves.
Your music video for “The Light” is straight out of the 1990s! Were you inspired by any girl groups from the 1990s?
We weren’t inspired by any one group in particular but inspired by cute and powerful women who lived in the 90’s.
We felt that the sound of the song went with a late 90s to early 2000s atmosphere, and it just became that sort of thing. I love that people can experience our music visually as well.
We make the music video on the theme of late 90s to early 2000s fashion, objects and that period’s kawaii!
We filled the video with loads of little touches, like flip phones, tamagochi, film cameras, see if you can spot them all!
“The Light” is featured as the campaign song for Jukaimura (Suicide Forest Village), new horror film by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge and Howling Village). How does this upbeat song fit in with a horror world?
After you watch a horror movie you always feel scared, right ? Having a cheerful / upbeat song just makes you forget about what ever fear you had and I think that is why we got the chance to make this song.
At first I was excited to see how an upbeat pop song would fit with a horror movie. I couldn’t wrap my head around it.
All of us really loved the film. It’s pretty scary, but we all watched it together so we managed to enjoy it all the way to the end!
We want this song to make everyone feel the same sort of joy when you’re screaming and shouting at a horror movie!
Many of your members have dual nationality/identity – how important are international influences in your music and shows?
Being a Japanese group and being international is not a must. But it is something to help us connect with our different roots . it also gives us an opportunity to connect with our fans , by language and by culture and blood . every countries have their own way of thinking and i think that it is a big influence to our music because we speak from our heart and we really don’t think the same way than other members because we were raised differently . we sometimes see things the same way but sometimes we accept our feelings from a different angle . and that is a big difference and change . we are alike without really being the same .
Our international influences are so important to our music and brand! Although we are based in Tokyo, each of us grew up listening to all kinds of music outside of Japan as well. Taki and I, being raised primarily abroad, share what we love about western and international music to our Japanese born and raised members and we create a balance in which feels good to everyone.
You have collaborated with lots of different artists from different genres – what have you learned or what has surprised you most from these collaborations?
I learn so much every time.
They help me to express something that I wouldn’t be able to express on my own. No matter how many times I do it, the feeling of working together to create something never gets old.
We’ve had the privilege to work with many inspiring people over the years and each time we are always just as excited. As it is that we collaborate with many different types of people, we are able to experiment with many different types of genres too. We are labeled as J-Pop, however, in working with these incredible people I feel as if that barrier is pushed and challenged with the type of sound we make that you don’t hear very often from a J-pop girls group. I am grateful that we work with such amazing people who can push us artistically and creatively.
How do you think that J-pop has changed over the last decade?
It’s been about 10 years since I started music, and I feel like everything has changed.
The way that we listen and the situations that we listen in, and what is required from artists.
More recently, it has become easier to connect with music, so there’s a feeling that the fan communities have become more close knit and stronger.
In my opinion, recently J-pop isn’t just expressing positive feelings any more, but also negative feelings are becoming much more common. I think that those songs really resonate with people and create a strong impression, as everybody has those unpleasant feelings sometimes.
How have you been connecting with fans during the pandemic?
During this global pandemic, we got the opportunity to be more active on social media, we got to connect and find ways to be more active on any kind of platform we were given and I think that it helped us also realize that we do have a support system not only from our fans here in Japan but also from all around the world. This whole pandemic just made us feel closer to everyone and that is when we started FAKYWORLD and other projects. About ABEMA – to be honest I never really felt that I would be open to that idea but then the pandemic made me realize that when you are given the chance to do anything you just have to grab it because you never know when it will stop. You never know until you try.
I was always wondering whether communication with everyone via social media would really work.
Even though we were doing our online concert, we couldn’t do as many live shows as usual, so I tried to bury those doubts deep inside.
But then, at the end of March last year, I started my own personal YouTube channel, mostly to give myself more opportunities to connect with everyone during the pandemic.
Until now, when I received a comment on Insta or Twitter I wasn’t able to react personally. Now I can like it and my fans understand that their message has reached me directly.
Have you ever been to the UK? What is your impression of England? What would you like to do when you visit?
When I used to live in Paris, I would take the euro train and go to London. My first trip to London was when I was about 7 years old to watch a play of high school musical. It was a British version and that is when I feel in love with the English accent. I remember having a great time and that it was gloomy , I visited all the tourist spots and also remember having the memories that London was quite expensive. I’m looking forward on visiting London again and have a total different experience .
I have never been to the UK, I’ve always wanted to visit though! I love watching dramas and movies set in the UK and fall head over heels in love with the accent every time! Lol. I would love to eat proper fish and chips while I’m there.
What are your lifelong dreams?
I just want to make music that adds a page in the listener’s book of their life.
First and foremost, I want to be able to share music with lots of people with FAKY, but I also want to perform on a stadium size stage on my own.
I personally have big dreams about fashion that I also want to come true.
My lifelong dream is to continue doing what I love! Making music and sharing it to the world is the biggest blessing and I’m so grateful to be able to do that with the girls by my side. It would be a dream come true to travel the world one day and set world tour dates as FAKY.
My main dream is really to make my mom proud – to show her that I was able to make good choices and that I didn’t let her down. But if we talk work wise my dream is to be known for what I am good for not for my name. One of my dreams for FAKY is also that when you talk about J-pop the first name that comes out of your mouth is “FAKY”.
To be honest, I have so many that I just can’t choose one to talk about. There are so many!
But, when you put them all together, I want to be successful so that I can give something back to everyone who has showed me kindness and support.
My dream for the near future, is to do a FAKY show at the Budokan, the most famous venue in Japan. After that I have even bigger goals!
Do you have a message for your English-speaking fans around the world?
Thank you for all your support!
Even though we are far apart, we still feel your love and support, and that keeps us going!
I never want this to end! Thank you so much!
Thank you for always supporting FAKY!
Although we’re in these terrible situation at the moment, I’m looking forward to the time that we can meet again as soon as possible. Be a little more patient please!
Thank you so much for your continuous support all these years! We appreciate everything that you all do to support us. I hope in the near future we are able to go to where you are and thank you in person and return all the love you’ve given us! We have a lot in store this year and can’t wait to share new projects! All the love and stay safe xx
Hi everyone, I am Taki and I wanna thank you all for the support that you give us. We wouldn’t be where we are right now if it wasn’t for you. We wouldn’t have the power / creativity during this hard times if it wasn’t for your support. We are trying our best to make sure to spread our songs to you. Don’t worry we know you are somewhere over there, your sweet words, your efforts are not taken for granted. We wish to be able to meet you all, if even possible one by one. But when this all over the only promise I can make you is that we will try our best to perform for and in front of you. We will see you soon. Keep safe and healthy and keep a smile on.
Thank you for always supporting FAKY. Even though we speak different languages, or are in different time-zones, we are so grateful for all the love from international FAKY MANIA that we get to see via social media. I just want to let you know that it reaches us!
Whenever I see messages from overseas, it motivates me to do even better! Thank you for being my inspiration!
It’s difficult to meet right away, but we want you to know that we’re doing our best to bring FAKY to your country, wherever you are! We love you! ❤
We are excited to see what’s next from the FAKY girls and how they are going to continue their new age!
Make sure you follow them on social media and send some love to them, to show your support until we can all meet again.
Catch FAKY on their socials
Latest single “The Light”
FAKY YouTube Channel：https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB0bl5q4gqVxwiygBwi-HKQ
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