Interview With Japan Metalcore Band Graupel

Interview With Japan Metalcore Band Graupel

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Last week I talked with Japan Progressive Metalcore band Graupel about life and music. Graupel’s music can be found on the bands official band pages on .

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What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before?

We are Graupel. We wanted name our band something related to winter and searching on Wikipedia, we got the word Graupel. We have never changed our band’s name before.

Oh wow that’s actually pretty interesting. Tell me a little bit about yourselves?

I’m a guitarist and composer for Graupel. My name is Yuta and live in Tokyo.

Cool, nice to meet you Yuta. I play guitar myself. I rock a black sparkle Fender Stratocaster. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Our music is categorized to metalcore and we define our music as “Progressive Blackened Metalcore.”

I got the influences from many genres. At first, I started playing guitar inspired by melodic hardcore like NUFAN, Greenday, Rufio. Talking about Graupel, I’m influenced by melodic hardcore, new school hardcore, post rock, black metal, J-POP, soundtrack for video game and cinema and of course other metalcore band like IKTPQ, Parkway Drive.

Very nice very nice. I like all those bands as well. How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

Original member is me and drummer(Julien). We know each other from 2014 spring. We met in music club in the university. I asked him to play drum in my band. At next, Takuma(guitarist) entered the same music club and I asked him to join Graupel in 2015 spring. We did audition for bassist and vocal this spring and autumn. Then, Kai(bassist) and Sota(vocal) joined Graupel .

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

I started composing some demo song played in Graupel in 2013 but they were not for Graupel then. They were just composed for my solo project. I decided doing band in 2014 summer, started some rehearsal in 2014 autumn. We started using the name of Graupel in 2014 winter. Uploaded a demo in 2015 May. Started to play some show in 2015 October. Only groove inspired us.

Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?

Not yet.

What can you tell me about your instruments?

I use a black telecaster deluxe made by Fender Mexico. I like a shape of telecaster.

Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Friends, family, staff and fans.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

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And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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