Interview with LITE

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Where are you from? We are from Tokyo, Japan.

What year did the band form? LITE was formed 4 years ago, in 2013. 

What's your style of genre? Our genre is called Math Rock 

How often do you rehearse? We rehearse about once a week. 

How is it that you started playing music? The other guitarist, Kozo, is a friend of mine from junior high school. In high school, I played in a band with Akinori, our drummer, and Kozo joined us. We got to know Jun later, during our university days. We started our activities as LITE in 2013.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Personally, I don’t have interest in doing music outside of our band. The reason is that I love to play the songs we made together, I like the fact to play in a band itself.

Who does the composing? It’s mainly me, but the other members sometimes compose too.  

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? It depends, when we are on tour to promote a new release we base our performance mainly on songs from the album. But there are also some songs that we feel like it’s good to play in order to please the audience and make them enjoy the show.   

Can you tell us about one of your latest gigs? We had a great live in London in October. We were very happy to see that even if it had been 3 years since we had played in London for the last time, there were even more people in the audience, and they knew our new album.

Where have you played live this year? We played in the US, in Europe, in China,…

Where do you plan to play the coming year? We have some gigs coming up in South America. 

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?

I myself think it’s a good thing that people can buy or stream our music on the Internet. It helps to increase the number of people listening to music in general, it makes our songs more reachable and, as a result, more people show up to our concerts too.

Yes, CDs don’t sell anymore nowadays, but with the spreading of music through streaming, there’s also the possibility for people that became fans to buy records and merchandising.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I was heavily influenced by European progressive rock bands from the 70’s.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? To keep on playing. And to go and perform abroad.

Do you have any new material? We’re planning on releasing a new album next year.

What are your plans for the future? To make new songs, and to tour all over the world.

What are your web sites? You can check out our official website (www.lite-web.com), or give a try to our music on the youtube channel “liteband”, as well as on Soundcloud, Spotify or Apple Music.

How can people reach you? We use Facebook (www.facebook.com/liteband/), Instagram (www.instagram.com/lite_jp/) and Twitter (twitter.com/LITE_JP), so please join us there !

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