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Going Ballistic with BALLISTIK BOYZ

The explosive performers are releasing their long awaited second album – and they spoke to HYPER JAPAN and answered your fan questions.

BALLISTIK BOYZ haven’t been on the J-pop scene for long, but already have a lifetime of experience. Graduates from the EXILE EXPG school, and former back up dancers for Japan’s biggest boyband, their first full length album “PASS THE MIC” marks a breakout for an EXILE TRIBE group. Every member in the band has a mic, and alongside world-class singing and dancing, BALLISTIK BOYZ can speak English, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. We heard their voices – and shared your questions with the band (along with some of our own).


HYPER JAPAN
@HYPERJAPANevent
Please tell us about the new album, PASS THE MIC.

Masahiro Sunada:

BALLISTIK BOYZの今までの活動の第一フェーズを締めくくるアルバムになっています!

第二フェーズへの覚悟や決意表明なども新曲には込められています!

This album marks the conclusion of BALLISTIK BOYZ phase 1!

The new songs also contain some of our preparation and intentions for phase 2!

Ryuta Hidaka:

僕達BALLISTIK BOYZがメジャーデビューしてからの活動してきた2年半のすべてが詰まった、BALLISTIK BOYZ第一章を締めくくるアルバムです。

We’ve filled the album up with everything that we’ve done since our major debut 2 ½ years ago. This album is the completion of chapter 1 of BALLISTIK BOYZ.

HYPER JAPAN
@HYPERJAPANevent
What have you done for this new album that you’ve never done before?

Rikiya Okuda:

リード曲でもある「All Around The World」は僕たちのコレオグラフではなく新しく見せるためにダンサーの方にお願いしました!

そちらはとても新鮮な感じなので是非チェックしてほしいです!

The lead track “All Around The World” wasn’t choreographed by us, we asked the dancers to do it in order to give it a new look.

It’s got a really fresh style, so I hope that everyone checks it out!

Yoshiyuki Kano:

新曲の3曲は今までにない曲ですし、初めてメンバー以外の振り付けで新しいエッセンスを取り入れ進化できたのではないかなと感じています!

There are 3 brand new songs on the album! This is also the first time that we got non-members to do choreography, to give it a new spirit.

HYPER JAPAN
@HYPERJAPANevent
What are you most excited to share about PASS THE MIC?

Ryusei Kainuma:

結成当初からの夢である「世界進出」への意気込み、想いを1番皆さんにお伝えしたいです。

そう簡単に成し遂げられない夢ではありますが、「その覚悟はもう既にある」そんな強い想いが歌詞の一つひとつに込められています。

I want to share our desire to reach out internationally. It has been our ultimate dream from the beginning.

It’s not an easy dream, but in our lyrics you can hear how passionate and how ready we are.

Riki Matsui:

デビューからこれまでの約2年半のBALLISTIK BOYZの成長や目標に対する決意・覚悟をこのアルバムを通して感じていただけたらなと思っています!

特に、リード曲にもなっている”All Around The World”は7人の世界進出という大きな目標に向けた決意表明の楽曲になっているので歌詞にも注目して聴いていただけたら嬉しいです。

In this album you can feel how ready and how determined we are. It’s been 2 ½ years since BALLISTIK BOYZ’s debut, and we’ve really blossomed.

In particular, the lead track “All Around The World” was been put together from 7 members’ dreams to go global. The lyrics are really personal to us, so please listen carefully.

PAUL&YUKI
@jtE65iBcQDJhWHc
I like BBZ and UK rock. Are there any artists in UK that have influenced you?

Riki Matsui:

サムスミス。日本に来日した時1人でライブを観に行ったくらい好きなアーティストで、そのライブで初めて生で曲を聞い時とても感動しました。

Sam Smith. I like him so much that when he came to Japan, I went to the concert on my own. That was the first time that I’d heard his music live, and I was really moved by it.

Miku Fukahori:

ワンダイレクションはすごく好きな時期がありました。

There was a period that I was totally crazy about one direction.

naz | ricky day Yellow heart
@_tripleNn__
Are there any interesting stories that you guys want to share with us during the recording / MV shooting of Touch The Sky ?

Ryusei Kainuma:

MVの途中途中でカメラがメンバーの周りを360°回転しているシーンがありますが、その瞬間の撮影が実は怖すぎたということをお伝えしたかったです。笑

MVではゆっくり回っているように見えますが、回転速度が引くほど早くパフォーマンスするのが怖いくらいの回転速度でした。

In the music video, there’s a scene where the camera spins 360° around and goes in between all the members. I just wanted to let you know that moment was actually terrifying. Lol.

It looks like it’s moving really smoothly in the video, but in order to catch the performance, it was moving scary fast.

Ryuta Hidaka:

サビの360°カメラが回転しながら踊るステージは、EXILEさんのMVをオマージュして僕達もやっているのですが、カメラの回るスピードが想像以上に速くて当たったら危なかったので、皆少しビビりながら踊っていました。

In this video, we did a homage to EXILE in the chorus, a set piece with the spinning 360° camera. That camera was way faster than we imagined, it looked like it would really hurt if it hit you. We were dancing pretty nervously.

Miss Arq ~ A9 ~ The Rampage~ JO1 ~ SHIZAYA ~ Oryo
@ChirlyGalvan
Sometimes chasing our dreams is exhausting and you have to work hard, I would like to know how do you motivate yourself and your fans? I love BBZ

Yoshiyuki Kano:

今やっている単独ツアーでは楽しんでくれるファンの方々の笑顔があるからこそそのために頑張ろうと思えますし、お互いにとっていい影響を与えられると感じれば感じるほどやる気がでます!

I’m really inspired by seeing all the smiling faces of our fans on our recent solo tour. My motivation comes from sharing as much of a positive influence as possible with our fans.

Miku Fukahori:

いつも1番近くで支えてくれている家族がどれだけ期待してくれてここまで応援してきてくれたかを考えてモチベーションをあげています。

I’m always motivated by my how much my family expects of me and how much they’ve supported me up to this point.

Rika (new acc.)
@shtroberry
As Jr.EXILE, you were raised by EXILE. So, how does it feel to be able to cover one of EXILE’s famous songs and how different it feels compared to when you were dancing as EXILE backdancer’s back then?

Rikiya Okuda:

当時はキッズダンサーとしてEXILEさんのバックダンサーとして活動させていただいていましたが、今は自分が一アーティストとしてカバーさせていただけるなんて夢にも思っていなかったので初めは信じられない瞬間もありましたが、今では本当に嬉しく気合いも入ったので凄く良い経験をさせていただきました!

At that time we were kid dancers working as EXILE’s backing dancers. We never in our wildest dreams thought that we could cover one of their songs as artists in our own right. Now we are just really happy and grateful to have been given such an incredible experience.

Masahiro Sunada:

信じられなかったです!

素直に嬉しいという気持ちと少しプレッシャーみたいなのものを感じていました!

当時は教えられたダンスをやることに精一杯でしたが、今はその楽曲を自分の声と体を通して表現しないといけないのでそこが1番大きな違いだと思います!

I couldn’t believe it!

I was really happy, but to tell the truth, I also felt a little pressure.

As backing dancers, we just tried our hardest to pull off the dance that they taught us. The biggest difference is that we have to express this song our own way, using our own voice and movements.

BALLISTIK BOYZ rocking the mic


zaCrescent moon
@unrealistyc
What’s your new interest lately?

Masahiro Sunada:

ゴルフにハマっています!

休みの日があればゴルフに行くことがほとんどです!

I’m hooked on golf!

Whenever I have a day off you’ll probably find me golfing.

Riki Matsui:

MMA(総合格闘技)です。

MMA (mixed martial arts).

Hanbin’s Third Eye Stans LDH Boys
@Hanbins3rdEye
Hi boys!!! What are you wearing for Halloween this year???

Miku Fukahori:

イカゲームの兵隊を着ました!

I’m dressing as a soldier from Squid Game!

Ryuta Hidaka:

今年大流行中のイカゲームのコスプレをメンバー全員でしました。

We’re jumping on this year’s biggest trend, and the whole group is doing Squid Game cosplays!

Daesung’s Wife
@BriVIP
How are y’all going to end the year? Can we expect more music videos and performances to come?

Yoshiyuki Kano:

 これから年末に向けても加速していくつもりですし、僕たちの活動をチェックしていてほしいです!

We’re going to be doing even more up until the end of the year.

Make sure to keep following everything we’re doing!

 Ryusei Kainuma:

ひとまず今回のアルバムもリリースされるので、来年のプランをより明確にグループで話し合うと思います!

「世界進出」という夢を叶えるための秘策など色々考えながら来年は世界に飛び込んでいきたいです。

そして、より日本以外の国の方々にも楽曲を聴いていただけるように海外に向けた楽曲制作も行っていきたいと考えてます!

Since we’ve already released an album this year, the group members have to get together and clearly plan what we’re going to do next year.

Next year we want to break out overseas, so we’re currently making top secret plans in order to make our dreams of international superstardom a reality.

I want to create more tracks for our international fans, to encourage more and more people overseas to enjoy our music.

Kayla
@MissKaylaW
You’ve accomplished so much in 2021 already, but do you have any goals left that you want to meet by the end of this year?
 

 Rikiya Okuda:

グループとしては沢山の経験をさせていただいたので、このままスピード落とす事なく突き進む事と個人的には歌、ダンス以外でも他の事でBBZ Familyと繋がる企画が出来たらいいなと思っています!

I’ve had so many wonderful experiences with the group, and really hope that we can continue at this pace. Personally, I hope that I can do more to connect the BBZ Family outside of singing and dancing.

Ryuta Hidaka:

弾き語り動画をまたSNSなどに投稿したいなと思います!

I want to keep uploading my video content to social media!

Nathy
@Nathy2895
You have been together for years, Have you copied some of each other’s manners ?

Yoshiyuki Kano:

最近では話し方が移ったりすることがありそれで笑いあったりして楽しいなと感じています!

Just the other day, we were laughing about how we’ve picked up each other’s speaking habits!

Masahiro Sunada:

夜遅くまで起きてしまうようになったのは完全にメンバーのせいだと思います。笑

I definitely blame the other members for my staying up too late at night. Lol.

HYPER JAPAN
@HYPERJAPANevent
What can we expect from your new album? Do you have any messages for your UK/European fans?

Rikiya Okuda:

僕達は皆さんが期待していただけるものを何倍も超えるクオリティーの物を作ったので是非手に取っていただけたら嬉しいです!

イギリス含めヨーロッパはまだ行った事がないので早く行ってみたいです!

そして個人的な夢ですが、将来イタリアにも家を持って住みたいと思っているので夢でもあるヨーロッパにも沢山行ける機会が増える様頑張ります!

We wanted to create something so amazing that it would pay back our fans belief in us many times over. We’re really hoping that you enjoy it!

I’ve never been to the UK or Europe, so I’d love to visit!

My personal dream is to live in Italy in the future, so I hope to have lots of opportunities to travel around Europe!

Miku Fukahori:

自分達の第一章の集大成のようになっていて今までの自分達が全て詰まったアルバムになっています。

ヨーロッパにもライブで行ける日を楽しみに頑張りたいと思います!

This album is chock full of everything we’ve done from the first chapter of BALLISTIK BOYZ!

We are looking forward to the day when we can play a show in Europe!

HYPER JAPAN
@HYPERJAPANevent
How can fans listen to the album from overseas?

海外でもBuyeeというサイトからパッケージの販売を行っていますし、各配信サイトから楽曲配信も行っています!ぜひどちらもチェックしてくださいね!

International fans can get the album shipped from Buyee, or from any good Japan shipping site. Please check your favourite site for details.


So if you enjoyed the first BALLISTIK BOYZ album, check out their new release at the links below.

Read more HYPER JAPAN interviews with your favourite Japanese musicians HERE.

◆2nd album “PASS THE MIC” download & streaming links:
https://ballistikboyz.lnk.to/PTM_1124DLSTR
◆”All Around The World” music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiJpKiE0x_A
◆Purchase link: 
https://shop.buyee.jp/ballistikboyz

■ Official website: https://m.tribe-m.jp/Artist/index/195
■ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOB1X12CH6XJpgzOXZ2jqMw
■ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ballistik.boyz.official
■ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ballistik_fext
■ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ballistik_fext
■ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ballistikboyz.official