【MMN Interview】Interview with J-POP SUMMIT Performing Artist May’n

10.September.2017 | FEATURES / MUSIC

“I want to sing songs that will become everybody’s main theme.” May’n began her activity as a singer back in 2004 based on this very desire. Since then, she has gone on to leave her mark on the world stage, having embarked on an Asia tour, a world tour, a tour around all 47 prefectures in Japan, not to mention a solo concert at the world-renowned Nippon Budokan.

Autumn this year marks 13 years since May’n made her debut. Her appearance at J-POP SUMMIT is imminent, as is the release of her new album in October. It will be her first appearance at J-POP SUMMIT in 3 years and her first album in 4 years. Looking back over her career, we spoke with May’n about how she has changed over the years and her outlook for the future.

Mayn

—Your appearance at J-POP SUMMIT is drawing close, isn’t it?

 

It’s been 3 years since I’ve performed there, so I want to give it my all like I really have been away for 3 years. Back then it was held outdoors, but this time it’ll be indoors. It also seems like I will have more stage time, so I want to deliver the full package of something much closer to my regular live shows.

 

—Is there anything that has held a place in your heart these past 3 years?

 

The last time I was given the opportunity to perform at J-POP SUMMIT. I was on my 10-year anniversary world tour. Experiencing it was like I had reached a plateau, like all of the scary things had disappeared, in a good way… It was as if I had started from the very beginning again.

 

—So, you’ve gone through changes these past 3 years?

 

When I reached my 10th year, I started thinking deeply about the kind of image I want perceive for myself as May’n, what kind of figure I want to become for everyone else – those kinds of ideals. But I settled on believing in my own feelings and in my fans to do the things I love. When I look back at photos on stage, I think how happy my face looks (laughs).

 

—Do you think you have become free in expressing yourself in recent years?

 

I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was 3 years old, so I think I’ve always been pursuing that ideal. Especially during the time when I did the singing voice for Sheryl Nome, the Galactic Fairy from “Macross Frontier.” I was desperate in trying to become like her.

 

—From 3 years old!

 

That’s correct. Thinking about it now, it started back when my teacher praised me at Parent’s Day (laughs). My mother saw that I loved songs and let me go to a concert at 3 years old. From there it was set in stone – I loved songs. Even now, my kindergarten teacher from back then comes to my concerts.

 

—That’s a wonderful story.

 

My true self, which my mother and teacher know about, does have its relatively idle moments, but when I look back, I think I might have stifled my true nature until the moment of my 10th anniversary. I’m concentrating on looking after my throat, and it seems taking a break has been a huge turning point for me.

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