I second hapihapi.
_JC_ wrote:This also shows that the "recruitment" in the team was based on something else that technical skills. Was it the look? Some feeling? Or just the fact that you are somebody close age-wise and location-wise?
How would be the band today if Tomomi actually decided to be the drummer? Or Haruna the lead guitar?
And Haruna, Tomo and Mami all started with the guitar, but Tomo switched to bass because it is less complicated according to her (some old clips, anyone? haha). Tehn Rina came and she's assigned to drums. But Rina has been playing the piano since she was little. She struggled with the drums that made her almost quit the band (somebody have the link for this documentary called Uta Tane
(Music Seed)? I'm too lazy to look for it haha). But look at them now, they're very good at their respective instruments! Those visible stressed nerves in their hands and Rina's muscled arms are not for nothing. XD
I have doubts about the look also; they're so much your average Japanese girls back then (oh well most Japanese girls are cute haha). As for the "recruitment" process, who knows? They only said they met at a dance and vocal school. Age wise, yes. Location wise, no.
_JC_ wrote:Most band members initially started to play music for either the sake of playing some specific instrument, or some specific music style. Later they usually dream of fame and money. This does not look like to really apply for them. They formed before practising and they played live before being paid (somebody correct me if I am wrong). Then what triggered the gathering of the band, and what kept them together since this time?
I also doubt they're after the money, I have this feeling these girls were born rich, that is Rina's piano lessons at an early age (and to think she have 3 younger siblings, there's only a few Japanese families with that much kids which means they're doing well), them attending a dance and vocal school and having their instruments immediately after they thought of forming a band. And if my memory serves me right, their very first one-man live is only attended by their parents so I do not think they're very much after the fame. They started in the streets, in some famous clubs, got signed for an indie label and eventually into the mainstream. And that is, for me, a humble beginning of SCANDAL. And they're carrying their instruments themselves whenever they're going in a tour!! They deserve what they're getting now, both from their label and their fans. And if you watch more vids of them, you'll learn that the girls only want to connect to their fans through their music and they enjoy their lives as much as we fans do!
And I can say that it is friendship that kept them together all these years. It's been six years and they're still Haruna, Tomomi, Mami and Rina. No additions. No one quit. And to quote the girls during their hardest times: "No Rina, no SCANDAL" (from that Uta Tane vid) and from their latest documentary when Haruna lost her voice: "We can't do live by three, 'cause Haruna is the face of the band." And they're much willing to rest just to get Haruna's voice back.
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