Akane Kumada and Honey-chan met on a hot summer day to talk about her first album, Sekai ga Haretara!
Interview with Akane Kumada
Congratulations on your first album, Sekai ga Haretara! Can you tell us about your feelings about this album? What does it mean to you?
The world feels a lot more gloomy than it used to. As a 22 year old, I’m no longer a child, but not quite an adult, so I don’t know what I can do, but I thought that if I shared my gloomy feelings without hiding them, some people out there might empathize with them or reminisce about times when they felt the same way.
I hope that everyone who listens to this album will tell themselves “Iindayo” (It’s alright.) I produced this album in the hopes that it will add a little good cheer to the world!
You are credited as the lyrics writer of the song “Kurage”. Can you tell us about your ideas, motivations 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 a right answer. I’m going to start drawing with colors that make my heart sing!”
I hope that everyone who listens to this song will have a moment in their daily lives that makes their hearts beat faster.
You had your first solo live “Sekai ga Haretara” on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the Science Museum in Tokyo. Can you tell us about it? Can you share with us your favorite moments on stage and also backstage?
When I saw everyone’s faces from the stage, I got so excited that I skipped songs from the set list and cried during the MC segments…
It’s thanks to my fans that I could do my first live performance as myself, without pretending to be something I’m not. Thank you so, so much!
What does your daily routine as an artist look like?
Before a performance or recording session, if I have time, I’ll soak in the bath and do a myofascial release with a roller massager before going to sing! When I get home, I’ll drink a warm glass of vegetable juice while reading everyone’s impressions on social media.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not working?
Sleeping in or going out without worrying about the time! I also enjoy shopping, having lunch with friends, and talking to lots of people.
What plans do you have 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 lots of fans! I love to sing, so I hope that I can do another live concert at some point.
Thank you so much to everyone who found me!
Video Interview with Akane Kumada (2020)