TOKYO: X Japan drummer, pianist and composer Yoshiki, one of the biggest rock stars in Japan, believes that entertainers have a duty to try to make their world better.
In an interview with Arab News Japan, it was suggested that art and music might save the world. He replied: “I agree, 1,000 percent. It may sound a bit of a cliché, but I would like to contribute to world peace. What we do for ourselves, we do for everyone. We feel powerless because we can’t solve problems, but we can put out a positive message to people. It may not seem a big thing, but it’s something we can do.”
Yoshiki recently formed a Japanese supergroup with Miyavi, Hyde and Sugizo called The Last Rockstars. They have produced two singles and plan to play overseas. “I am fortunate to have had a band supporting me for such a long time,” he said.
Yoshiki has endured a fair amount of challenges in his life with close people to him losing their lives tragically.
“I guess life depends on how you look at it,” he said. “I try to stay positive about what I have. I’m still alive, I think I’m OK. We carry on, so we have a responsibility to convey our experience through art.”
Yoshiki was commissioned to write a concert for the 10th anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Akihito, while (former) Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi used one of his songs in his campaigns, but Yoshiki says he has no ambitions beyond music.
“I’m still trying to study and learn and just be a composer, player and rock ’n’ roll star, so there’s no ‘Rock and Roll Party’. I just try to concentrate on my music.”
To date, X Japan has sold over 30 million albums, with Yoshiki also having considerable success as a solo artist and collaborating with stars such as Brian May, Sarah Brightman and Bono.