Vocalist Morrie is the mind and voice behind Creature Creature, a solo project of the former Dead End member. Check out Jpopexpress.com’s exclusive interview with the legendary musician on how his career in music began to the meaning behind the bands name.
Jpopexpress.com: Thank you for doing an interview with Jpopexpress.com. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Morrie: Hello, I am Morrie, creator and singer of Creature Creature.
Jpopexpress.com: At what age did you first develop an interest in music and what brought on that interest?
Morrie: My interest in music began at age four when I was exposed to the theme songs of TV Anime and Tokusatsu. My case was not exceptional since most Japanese children who were born in the dawn of Japanese TV Anime also saw these shows. I enjoyed singing from TV Anime, Cyborg 009, Ninja Boy Sasuke, Humanoid Monster Bem, and GeGeGe no Kitaro. From Tokusatsu, I sang to Ultraman, Masked Ninja Red Shadow, Lightspeed Esper, Giant Robo, and I especially liked Akuma-kun (Devil Boy).
Jpopexpress.com: In the early stages of your career as a musician, who were your biggest influences and in what ways did they inspire you?
Morrie: There were two figures who influenced my way of singing in the early stages of Dead End. First, I learned how to crush the treble pitches from Ronnie James Dio. Second, Baki of Gastunk influenced me in establishing my own style. In Deadline, the first album of Dead End, I combined two styles of dramatic contrast, a distorted voice and a clean voice. Baki made this contrast from one track to the next and I made this contrast within one song. Baki was indeed an artist of shouting with such exquisite overtones. And from Syoko of G-Schmitt, I feel that I learned how to correct a spirit. My present way of singing is quite different from my past vocal approach, which is another story.
Jpopexpress.com: When your first band Dead End disbanded in 1995 you were inactive for quite a few years after. However you made a come back in 2005 with Creature Creature. How did it feel to return back to music?
Morrie: It was in 1990 when Dead End disbanded. After that I was active with 3 solo releases. Although I had seemed to be inactive after the last solo album which came out in 1995, I never left music. When I came back to the stage after silence, I had complex feelings of love and hatred, an aggression with a simultaneous emotion of the embracing of the audience. I reconfirmed deeply that a live format is essential and inevitable to taste the pleasures as a musician and transform into another being.
Jpopexpress.com: During the creation of Creature Creature what direction did you hope to go in with it and did you achieve that?
Morrie: When Tetsu and Minoru and I decided to collaborate we hoped to achieve an album with a cohesive variety by using our different writing strengths. Tetsu writes a great pop tune, Minoru writes excellent heavy licks, and I write in an epic style. I think we achieved what we were after, a strong well balanced album.
Jpopexpress.com: How did you come up with the name Creature Creature and is there a specific meaning behind it?
Morrie: It growled its name, really. When I was thinking of names for the band I heard an unknown scream from outside my window. I thought, “what the hell was that creature?”, hence, its name.
Jpopexpress.com: Creature Creature has always featured guest members from popular bands such as L’Arc~en~Ciel, THE MAD CAPSULE MARKET and Luna Sea. Do you plan to feature other artists from well known bands in the future?
Morrie: Not necessarily. Simply speaking, I always look for a great musician. So if you want to collaborate, let me hear you.
Jpopexpress.com: When writing music where do you look to most for inspiration?
Morrie: Somewhere between external and internal.
Jpopexpress.com: Do you ever try to convey messages to your listeners through your songs? If so what do you hope reaches them?
Morrie: If there are messages, they would be the ones of a death drive.
Jpopexpress.com: What is most important to you when you write new lyrics and music?
Morrie: The most important element that I ask myself is “How much deeper can we go with this song? How can we transform ourselves to other beings with this song while performing it live?”
Jpopexpress.com: Since the beginning of your career in music till today you have seen many changes in the styles and genres. What types of those styles and genres that have formed over the years do you enjoy?
Morrie: I listen to all “genres” without discrimination. There is interesting and uninteresting music. Great music nullifies genre.
Jpopexpress.com: Being a rock legend in Japan, how does it make you feel to be an inspiration to Visual Kei artists today?
Morrie: I don’t know how the Visual Kei artists listen to me. But I’m afraid of being given a term which puts me in a certain place, namely the past. I’m not dead. There are many great artists who were not given the term “legend.” Should I be thankful?
Jpopexpress.com: What advice would you give to any future musicians who wish to have a career in music?
Morrie: Where you want to go depends on where you come from.
Jpopexpress.com: What can fans expect from Creature Creature in the near future?
Morrie: A tour and a new album release.
Jpopexpress.com: Thank you once again for doing this interview! Is there anything you wish to say to your fans when they read this?
Morrie: Reach high and float. If you fall, go under. Experience and observe the in between carefully.
Thank you very much, Morrie