Monday, November 4, 2013

Tetsuya Komuro: "The concept of 'hit songs' has collapsed"

1: :禿の月φ 2013/10/11 18:40:18
Musical producer Tetsuya Komuro expressed his opinions about the current state of J-POP on Twitter.

"The concept of 'hit songs' has collapsed. People have too many choices now, and there aren't a lot of things in common anymore." He points out that it's harder to make "hit songs" these days due to the diversity of music.
* (This was after a Twitter user told him, "Komuro-san seems to have taken a step ahead of the times, and you can't make a hit song if the listeners can't follow you. I get the feeling that Komuro-san can't make any more hits".)

He continues: "There will be people who will think that the Tokyo Sky Tree is the best, and there will also be people who consider the Tokyo Tower as the symbol of Tokyo." He also used Uniqlo, GAP, H&M, and FOREVER21 as examples and said "The quality of commodities have gone up, even music, everything is of pretty good quality", as he suggests that we are now in the times where we can easily get things that have pretty good quality.

A follower asked him, "Even still, don't you think that there's still 'something ubiquitous' that will not change?." Komuro replies, "I think I know what that 'something ubiquitous' is. It'll be a lot of manual labor so please give me some time. It's all a mix of music, words, and interval", as he shows his desire to create new songs.


1: :禿の月φ 2013/10/04(金) 05:06:33.62 ID:???P
6: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:42:39 ID:dvqKLsOu0
The era you're in also has to be considered.
Just because you come out with something of high quality doesn't necessarily mean that it will become a hit in that age.
7: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:42:39 ID:cbaRF9SWP
We had too few choices back in the day.
It seems that we didn't even notice that the music was forced onto us.
(Semi-related post HERE)
172: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:16:22 ID:KQqPKUke0
But a lot of songs in the '90s were truly memorable, regardless of whether you liked them or not.
You'd know the lyrics and the melodies of the songs even if you've never sung them before.
These days, you may know the names due to all the promotions done but the songs never last in our minds.
9: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:42:46 ID:A2kEzJ950
Looks like TK has learned to speak his mind, huh
10: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:43:19 ID:GKGwSdXk0
True, it seems that the amount of people who choose the option of 
"not listening to music at all" 
has increased these days.
116: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:05:42 ID:J8lxWVZpI
Because people are already satisfied with the music they heard in the past.
People who listen to the newest ones are being looked at as maniacs or something.
13: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:44:42 ID:q1EzR6n00
But seeing how those '90s singers are still singing the songs back in the day probably means that the songs back then truly were on a high level.
15: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:45:22 ID:DDZlL40CO
It just sounds like an excuse to me.
People may have more choices, but Hanzawa still became a hit.
16: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:45:23 ID:ZDdgDhhD0
I think this guy should first return to being a composer and have all his creations turned down numerous times, or else he won't be able to make any more good songs. He should break that hard head and sense of his first (´・ω・`)
18: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:45:39 ID:oOASyK4I0
I guess times are getting difficult for this guy as it's getting harder to make earnings with his single-minded approach
19: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:45:46 ID:uuxDGZO10
This is the sort of statement that someone who has made songs by using the greatest common factor of all those hit songs back in the day would make. 
25: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:48:04 ID:CfdOwAGN0

There's still a common factor.
That's if it will be a hit among the wotas or not.
26: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:48:19 ID:RNF6702z0
Well, this person did mass-produce all those dull songs that sounded alike.
He just wasn't able to cope with the changing of the times.
27:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 18:48:22.10 ID:YJBuo+Jl0
How many years has it been since Komuro-san last came out with a hit?
173:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 19:16:36.55 ID:2lRCwRAj0
安室のNEVER ENDが最後の50万枚超えだから13年
Amuro's NEVER END was the last one to sell over 500,000, so that would be 13 years
298:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 19:48:49.42 ID:nJc5IR3Q0
最後のミリオンは1997年、華原朋美のHate tell a lieだよ
His last million-seller was in 1997, Tomomi Kahara's "Hate tell a lie"
28: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:48:45 ID:8HcKC87zi

Komuro isn't someone widely accepted and supported by the masses; he's more like a frog trapped in a well, thinking that he's the ruler of all. It's just that a portion of otakus were so passionate about him. Because of that, he was even regarded as the most popular keyboardist despite sucking at playing.

The TK boom didn't happen because Komuro was able to grasp the air that was flowing with the public; it's just that Komuro's been doing the same thing for his entire life, and the times have just synchronized with him.
34: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:50:10 ID:1Yof3xEG0
Back then, all he had to do was get hold of the latest synthesizer and use the latest kind of sound to make songs. We're now in the age where these cheaper PC softwares can emulate all these synthesizer sounds, and that anything goes already.
38: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:51:37 ID:5EkktJ+V0

It didn't necessarily have to be Komuro back then.
It's just that the industry placed a heavier emphasis on how fast songs were composed.
He just hasn't noticed it.
39: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:51:42 ID:k5mtny9S0
The concept of creating a hit song is more difficult to grasp than the concept of making a good song.
There are too many factors that will determine whether a song will become a hit or not.
46: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:52:17 ID:Su9aXeRF0
He tried to cling onto Akimoto and was ignored.
He was also ignored by Hamada.
This is what it means to have fallen from grace.
48: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:53:16 ID:B+baYygH0
But I think that his lake of talent hasn't dried up yet
50: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:53:49 ID:2mdvgjVj0
I personally think that "TV" created the hit songs in the '90s.
The million-sellers were mostly the songs that were popular at karaokes, right?
If the popularity of JPOP is synonymous to the influence of TV, then true music fans wouldn't have been listening to JPOP ever since.
56: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:55:22 ID:RaITeLZ80
Most songs were tied up with TV programs, so it was like an advertising medium
76: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:58:53 ID:K6djb6x/0
The '90s was right before the Internet expanded, and was probably the age when media had the most influence over the consumers
51:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 18:54:26.76 ID:OaWXpaoV0
>ユニクロ、GAP、H&M、FOREVER 21のようなファストファッションを例に出し、

> He also used Uniqlo, GAP, H&M, and FOREVER21 as examples

I think this is precisely what Komuro's music is.
It's not about hits or ubiquitousness, but it's more like products that can easily be consumed.
54: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:55:13 ID:++D8BWFa0
All he did was come out with all these similar sounding songs one after another when there still wasn't this much variety in music, and he wasn't able to create these new sounds himself, so it's his loss.
64:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 18:57:24.22 ID:YcdjnBUm0

全盛期、一年に数千万枚という売上 数百億という金が動いたろう。

The passing of the times sure is scary.
He sold 10s of millions a year in his peak, and hundreds of millions of yen were probably flowing back then.
Now, all he can sell is maybe a few thousands.
73:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 18:58:40.36 ID:Ji8s/p6J0
Come to think of it, I don't think there's a hit song this year which everyone knows of.
Who would've thought that "Memeshikute" would be the last one.

74: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:58:50 ID:9tfsJcyn0

It's the end of the road for him if he thinks that way.
He will never stand a chance against the people who think that this kind of situation is normal, and against the people who think that this is actually their chance.
78: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 18:59:19 ID:k5mtny9S0
Compared to the times now, the standards were measured before by the influence of TV.
Though the total number of viewers may have decreased, I'm disgusted at how 10s of millions of people are still watching the same program that they've been watching since back in the day.
83:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 18:59:53.79 ID:PFpOCwcu0
There are no geniuses who will never run dry
104:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 19:03:56.82 ID:0124tmU60
No matter how many CDs they sell, no one will still know of Arashi's and AKB's songs.
Not a lot of people bought Golden Bomber's "Memeshikute" but everyone knows it.
Which one can you consider a hit song?
117:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 19:06:04.77 ID:VkjDBTUZ0
Even still, Japan is the country that has the highest number of CD sales
120:名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11(金) 19:06:50.95 ID:NjeZfnCy0
Well, we're now in an age where you're just making the same people buy the same product over and over...www
143: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:11:21 ID:nb2g3ww50
The absolute number may have decreased, but I still think that there are good songs out there. There's just too many overhyped artists now, the chances of finding and being able to listen to the former has definitely decreased.
145: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:11:26 ID:LD55X+ru0

Komuro-san has always had talent.
He just chose to make one-patterned, badly-made songs and mass produce hits at that time instead of making a classic song that will only sell a few copies.

And this is exactly the time when he should remember the past and make a true classic.
148: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:11:39 ID:srYkOTLN0
These words will really make you ponder.
It's true that there's no guarantee that the music will sell well even if the musical quality is high, and there's no difference in the types that would have sold back in the '90s.
Even the people releasing the songs have no idea as to what would become hits.
156: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:13:10 ID:J5GHqdoa0
I do think that the era where they were able to sell a lot due to brainwashing the consumers through tie-ups was pretty gross
167: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:15:49 ID:PkROtkFUP
I think that's what it boils down to.
It's not a matter of people having more diversified tastes, but it's because the media's ability to influence and brainwash the people have gone down, which results to the general public not even listening to music anymore.
170: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:16:07 ID:MeHuuuTm0
In a sense, it means that the media used to "select" the songs back in the day.
And that's why the truly good songs and singers sold well.
It's true that the consumers have more choices now, but since everyone's going all these different directions, the only ones selling well are the idols w
208: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/10/11 19:24:57 ID:HTqNF7xJ0
Asakura and YSTK Nakata are still doing their music earnestly.
Even Denki Groove who used to ridicule Komuro are still touring now.
Why is it that Komuro's the only one who turned out like this?

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