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 [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012

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PostSubject: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:17 am

Q1. What is the difference between the places that have impacted you the most?
Beauty Valley, a clean and natural place.
Chengdu, a city to nurture the heart and the starting place for my music.
Beijing, a tolerant city that's especially good for artistic people to live.
Tokyo, lonely, but it made my music and me to mature, so it's a hard-to-forget place.

Q2. What do you think is the biggest difference between Japanese girls and Chinese girls?
Chinese girls give people a very unified feeling. Japanese girls' style is very distinct with different types and they're very refined. Some are sweetly and dreamy refined. Some are skillfully refined. Some have very special looks. Japanese girls are not afraid to chase after the things they like. They are very confident in their style and they're great with styling their looks, so I'm very jealous.

Q3. What was your impression of Japan when you were little? Was going to Japan to sing your childhood dream?
I didn't have too much view of Japan when I was little. I only knew about Japan's anime and I never thought about going there to develop. It was only after participating in a singing contest did I get the opportunity to go develop in Japan. Leo are just like this. If they are faced with an opportunity, they will not easily let go of it, so that's why I just went to Japan to develop.

Q4. You were doing fine in Japan, so why did you come back?
Actually a lot of people have asked me this question. I want to have a new, challenging development. I chose this company because it made things a lot easier and I can put all of my energy on singing and making music.

Q5. When you first went to Japan, what did you need to get adapted to?
Japanese people have this habit of kneeling and sitting on the floor no matter if we're just eating or talking about music, but I would move a lot around. Also, I'm from Sichuan, so we love to eat spicy foods. There aren't a lot of spicy foods in Japan, so I would often bring spicy spices, so my meals could be more hot.

Q6. The first year you went to Japan, what was the most emotional feeling you experienced?
Loneliness. Since I was the only Chinese artist developing in Japan at that time, I had feelings of uneasiness and I didn't have anyone to depend on. I was only a little girl and suddenly leaving my family made me feel rather helpless.

Q7. In your mind, what was the toughest job you've had?
When I first went to Japan, I was a singer and also a model for ray. Sometimes we need to shoot 30 outfits in one day. We would go very far and then come back to the studio to shoot makeup shots. It's really hard to be a model. I need to have a lot of energy for every shoot, but after all of these years modelling, I've developed a nice feeling for the look of the shot. Actually I want to thank every experience that has given me a new ability.

Q8. When you learned that your producer would be Kazuhito Kikuchi, were you especially nervous?
Not at all. We're very relaxed around each other. Mr. Kazuhito Kikuchi is very low-key and he's not very controlling as a teacher, so I've become very comfortable around him. Actually in Japan and particularly in the music industry, a lot of teachers are very low-key. They're only focused on music and they're not as difficult to get along with as what everyone thinks.

Q9. Do you pay attention to Chinese news in Japan?
Of course. When I was in Japan, I would especially want to hear good news in China and I would watch Chinese news. I hoped to hear news from my hometown. A lot of people really look forward to hearing good news from their home country when they're in a foreign country because they want to see a strong homeland.

Q10. After working in Japan for these years, did you discover a new side to yourself?
I feel like I'm a very indecisive person. Sometimes I feel like I'm strong, but then sometimes I feel especially weak. Humans are really complicated. With the alternating emotions, I feel like there are a lot of alan's in my body.

Q11. What do you think is the biggest change within you?
Before leaving China, I was someone who wouldn't want to spend 1 minute at home and just wanted to hang out with classmates and friend. I was the "little crazy person" who kept on going out. Since returning back to China, I've became an otaku(*). I like to stick to my family and I especially treasure the time I have with them.

Q12. In regards to working in Japan, how has these 4 years changed you?
I feel like I've become more strict with work and I even make schedule tables. I really want to stick to the schedule to finish recording songs.

Q13. 4 years in Japan, who is your best friend?
I would say it's Seiko Matsuda's daughter. We often talk on the phone and text to learn more about each others' situation. I'm very happy that I'm able to have such a great friendship with her.

Q14. Will you still sing songs with Asian styles now that you've returned?
Actually every singer is still finding their own style. No matter if it's a style that wasn't looked upon positively in the past or a style that you have to work hard to push out in the future, it's still a period where you're trying everything out. I will find the best within myself no matter if it's for music or other things.

Q15. Have you ever thought about how hard it would be to develop in China now that you've returned?
I'm just doing my job, so I won't regret it. I will put 100% into it and work my hardest.

Q16. What are your plans for the future?
I want to make a good album and I hope to participate more in the production of my albums and to work with more top musicians in China. I also want to find a better place for myself with the help of my company's production, so I can let everyone see a brand-new alan that's worth waiting for.

(*) Otaku as in the sense that she just doesn't go out as much and not the anime-loving, never-getting-laid Japanese boys lol

=translated by pommy48=
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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:19 am

Thanks for translating~! Muah I love reading interviews Skip

30 outfits in one day o.o

Though I like to read about how she experienced Japan, I hope they won't stereotype her as "that girl that went to Japan".

I'm looking forward to seeing this "brand-new alan". Hurry up and show us, alan Handsome

(I think you forgot the word 'city' after "Tokyo, a lonely, ..." (Q1)
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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:28 am

Oh lol, that was actually an extra "a" XD


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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:05 am

Thanks for the translation ! I'm reading it :)
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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:17 am

thanks for the translations!
can't wait for alan's new album <3
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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:13 am

I'm just curious have they ever mention about her future plan in Japan ?
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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:37 pm

Thank you for translating, that was a great interview!
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PostSubject: Re: [Interview] Ray (Chinese) March 2012   Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:31 am

Aw, I'm sad that whenever tokyo comes to her mind she thinks of loneliness, she must have cried all those nights. I honestly hope she's a lot happier now. Aw at her for thinking she's weak, when in reality she may felt sadness but she continued to pursue her work and career. I love her Muah
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