Saki Fujita & Asami Shimoda - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, October 20th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Biography (BOOTLEG) (Yahoo News, October 30th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - BOOTLEG (Real Sound, October 30th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - BOOTLEG (Natalie.mu, October 27th, 2017)

40mP & Tama - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, September 27th, 2017)

marasy & kemu - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, September 20th, 2017)

Takeaki Wada (Kurage-P) - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, September 15th, 2017)

OSTER project & kz - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, September 13th, 2017)

10 Years of Vocaloid Producers - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, August 31st, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Sand Planet (CUT Magazine, September 2017)

wowaka & DECO*27 - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, August 22nd, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi & DAOKO - Fireworks (Natalie.mu, August 17th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi & supercell/ryo - Miku's 10th (Natalie.mu, August 10th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Peace Sign (Real Sound, June 19th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu & Kohei Horikoshi - Peace Sign (MHA Official, June 18th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Peace Sign (Natalie.mu, June 16th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - orion (Natalie.mu, February 12th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - orion (Real Sound, February 14th, 2017)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - 2016 in Review (Cakes.mu, December 30th, 2016)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Bremen (Rockin'On Japan, November 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - LOSER / Number Nine (CUT Magazine, September 2016)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - LOSER / Number Nine (Natalie.mu, September 28th, 2016)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - LOSER / Number Nine (Real Sound, September 28th, 2016)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Bremen (Cakes.mu, December 30th, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Bremen (Spotlight, December 16th, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Bremen (Real Sound, October 13th, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Bremen (Natalie.mu, October 5th, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Unbelievers (Natalie.mu, August 31st, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Flowerwall (What's In, January 14th, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Flowerwall (Natalie.mu, January 14th, 2015)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - YANKEE (Natalie.mu, April 24th, 2014)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - YANKEE (Real Sound, April 23rd, 2014)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - YANKEE (Real Sound, April 22nd, 2014)

OSTER project - Attractive Museum (Real Sound, April 21st, 2014)

OSTER project - Attractive Museum (KAI-YOU, April 21st, 2014)

OSTER project - Attractive Museum (Natalie.mu, April 17th, 2014)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - MAD HEAD LOVE (What's In, October 23rd, 2013)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - MAD HEAD LOVE (Natalie.mu, October 18th, 2013)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Santa Maria (What's In, May 28th, 2013)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - Santa Maria (Natalie.mu, May 25th, 2013)

Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi - diorama (Natalie.mu, May 16th, 2012)

DECO*27 - Light Lag (2.5D, July 27th, 2011)

wowaka - Unhappy Refrain (webDICE, May 20th, 2011)

Hachi - Rehearsal Stream (ASCII.jp, February 18th, 2011)

Hachi & Furukawa-P - Rehearsal Stream (getnews.jp, February 16th, 2011)

DECO*27 - Love-Lost Elegy (Luvits!, February 10th, 2011)

DECO*27 - NicoNico Daikaigi (ASCII.jp, February 4th, 2011)

wowaka - Two-Faced Lovers (ASCII.jp, February 13th, 2010)

Furukawa-P - General History (ASCII.jp, January 23rd, 2010)

Hachi - Vocalolegend (Dengeki Online, January 21st, 2010)

Original Article

  • I'm Playing By Myself Around the Clock. (Laughs)

-- So your PVs are all your own work too, but you started out drawing with a mouse...

Hachi: I didn't yet have a tablet or a scanner, so I figured I'd just use what I had. Well, I still don't have a tablet, but I can at least scan in drawings.

-- Creating everything with a mouse must have taken a lot of time, right?

Hachi: Nah, it takes more now.

-- Is that because you draw rough drafts and improve them through trial and error?

Hachi: No, I hardly ever draw rough versions. Drawing on top of something I've already drawn once? I'd hate that.

-- Truly a genius.

Hachi: No, no, no. (laughs)

-- Now, about your most popular work, "Close and Open, the Rakshasa and the Corpse." Users tend to wonder about the peculiar art and the deep significance of the lyrics.

Hachi: Everybody imagines all sorts of things. That people would read so deeply into it really surprises me. I just wrote that song with a theme of everyday life, but some people interpret it as being about the services of certain women at night.

-- That's a long way off from everyday life. (laughs)

Hachi: But it makes me happy. Because it means people like it enough that they'd think so much about it.

-- When you posted that song, did you expect to get so many views?

Hachi: No, I didn't think it'd get much publicity at all! In fact, I didn't think it'd get anywhere, much less a million... I couldn't have imagined it. I guess I was too busy thinking it'd be nice if it got 10,000. Not that it'd go so much further...

-- Were you thinking of making it Japanese-style from the start?

Hachi: No, nothing of the sort. I still don't have any idea why I made it like that.

-- When you're writing a song, how do you usually conceptualize it?

Hachi: This isn't just limited to when I'm writing songs, but I have a kind of diorama in my head. From there, I work on introducing the pictures and the music... which kinda feels like playing with dolls or something. When I think of a character, they begin going about their business in my head. What kind of personality will they have? How will they act? I try to imagine these things, then spontaneously come to discover that a situation like this will lead to a song like this. The melody and lyrics pretty much follow from there. After that, I just need to output it.

-- So have you ever suddenly gotten a diorama forming while doing schoolwork?

Hachi: No, I can't think about anything else. (laughs) But yeah, that kind of playing on your own is pretty fun.

-- On that topic, are there any songs that you've had to particularly contemplate?

Hachi: Qualia, definitely. I mean, the PV took tons of time to make, and while the melody of the chorus had been in my head since years ago, giving it form took some thought.

  • I'm Addicted to Vocaloid!

-- You play in a band. What parts do you play?

Hachi: Bass and vocals.

-- Though now deleted, you uploaded about 30 original songs you sang yourself.

Hachi: There were that many?

-- Yes. So why did you delete them?

Hachi: I'd put a lot into them, but listening to them again, it seemed like I couldn't understand them anymore, and I felt really ashamed. So I figured it was my duty to just delete them all already. (laughs)

-- And you began making songs sung by Hatsune Miku. Did you originally use Miku wanting female vocals?

Hachi: That was one reason, but the main one was that I had upgraded my PC. Until then, I'd been dealing with astoundingly terrible specs and could barely go on the internet, so I could hardly do anything. But when I got a new PC, all that changed, things were so much more agreeable. And feeling like I could do anything, I was introduced to digital music, figured I'd give it a shot, and bought Miku.

-- What did you think of Hatsune Miku?

Hachi: I always thought my songs would've been more suited to female vocals, so finally being able to have them that way made me happy.

-- Your songs get sung by a large variety of women. Have you listened to any of them?

Hachi: Yeah, I listen to them all the time.

-- Any singers in particular you like?

Hachi: It's not a woman, but I liked Sekihan singing Mrs. Pumpkin's Ridiculous Dream. He really mixed things up, but it didn't really get in the way of the song.

-- Would you want to write a song meant for human vocalists? And would you want anyone in particular to sing it?

Hachi: I have feelings that I want to sing, but Vocaloids don't have feelings at all. It may be a contradiction, but I really appreciate that they can express my own world views for me. So I really don't have any desire to sing now - I'm too addicted to Vocaloid! (laughs) But, still, people singing for me makes me really happy. I'm listening!

-- So far, you've only put out Hatsune Miku songs, but have you thought about any other Vocaloids?

Hachi: I want to try using Megurine Luka. Her English is supposed to be pretty good, so I thought I might check out her English pronunciation.

-- Any particular plans for her?

Hachi: No. I'm broke. (laughs)

  • As If I Know How I Should Feel About Changing Situations

-- With such popular songs, you must have had people asking you to contribute to collaboration CDs. What was your first contribution to a major CD?

Hachi: That was EXIT TUNES's Supernova.

-- When you were first talking about it, how did it feel?

Hachi: I was like, "really, me?" I felt that I stood alone, and thought that I maybe shouldn't go along. I didn't exactly have any "feelings" about it, though... Anyway, songmaking for me is like an extension of playing, so I figured it was fine. Even so, just like when I upload a song and have to pick out the thumbnail, I started to feel the tension rising. (laughs)

-- Afterward, you contributed "Close and Open, the Rakshasa and the Corpse" to the same EXIT TUNES's "Vocalolegend." Did you feel the same way then?

Hachi: I had more or less the same feelings of excitement, but... well, not quite. (laughs)

-- Both CDs were compilation albums with contributions from countless other Vocaloid producers. Do you listen to their songs?

Hachi: Oh, I definitely do. I really like Furukawa-P in particular. He just seems to have something other people don't.

-- Is there anyone you secretly consider a rival?

Hachi: Well, I don't have any reason for rivalries, but when I first started uploading Vocaloid songs, I was really worried about wowaka, who popped up at around the same time. He gave me a different feeling than other people did, too.

-- Worried that you were contemporaries? (laughs)

Hachi: Like you wouldn't believe! (laughs)

-- Lastly, a word for the fans.

Hachi: Thanks for always listening. I'll keep putting out songs, so I'd just appreciate your encouragement.