(Questions by Alexander Recke)
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(Answers by Ken Suetsune)
Q: Another point of interest would be your name, “Tradjaig”.
As far as I can tell from my knowledge of Japanese,
it cannot be a native Japanese word, since it would be impossible to write.
How did you come to pick this name?
A: That is a frequently asked question along with how to pronounce it.
Well, it’s not a word that exists, and certainly not Japanese.
But I think the idea of the name was related, and came from the word “tradition”.
We’ve always thought that creating and playing music is a tradition.
And it’s a privilege to contribute to that tradition.
I am hoping it will become to mean what our music means.
The pronunciation is difficult to answer by text, but [ tr?dd?éig ] is the best I can do.
Pretty much the way it’s spelled.
Q: Contrary to the common musical mainstream of Japan,
the lyrics of Tradjaig are entirely in English.
How did this come into being, and do you plan to
continue this way or do you plan to publish some songs in Japanese?
A: I spent my early childhood in the United States.
So I think that would be the simple reason I write in English.
I do of course speak Japanese, but I don’t think I was ever
inspired by Japanese songs. I don’t plan to write lyrics in
Japanese because musically, it’s too difficult.
Q: Many of the lyrics of Tradjaig’s “Four of Hearts” album touch
important issues like love, loneliness and friends.
Would you be willing to give some information on where you
get your inspiration for your lyrics?
A: Well, every song is different. But I could say I get the inspiration
from the music and the melody itself. I don’t get the whole song at once.
I get bits and pieces of it from different places and different periods of time.
So when I’m composing the lyrics, I don’t really understand what they’re about
or have a specific idea or some kind of theme for it.
They have a lot of blanks in them for the listener to fill in.
But like you said, they seem to find their way to those issues,
and I just hope that the listeners can relate to the songs and to whatever the lyrics means for them.
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