There was a hashtag: “#私を構成する9枚” translating to “nine CDs that inspired me” which was trending on twitter two days ago amongst musicians. We noticed this was very popular in the Jrock circles, and some of them actually made us chuckle. You’ll notice that when bands are interviewed, they will be a little reluctant to talk about their inspirations, so this was a very interesting insight for us.
As expected, many of the artists were inspired by Western metal and rock bands such as Korn, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, Metallica, Motörhead and KISS. We should add that it’s always amusing to see Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols album cover. As we started to dig deeper, we started seeing Avril Lavigne, Killers, DURAN DURAN, and even Maroon 5.
Then there’s albums like Lion King’s soundtrack. The most funny one we found was D.I.D.’s drummer tagging pretty much all of the DIR EN GREY albums. Misaruka listed a couple of anime releases too. Other Jrock bands which came up over and over includes L’Arc~en~Ciel, the GazettE and in particular, but what was most surprising was that X Japan’s Blue Blood album came up more than any other albums of theirs. We’ve picked a couple of the #私を構成する9枚 tweets below, but check out the hashtag on Twitter for even more.
Let’s start with D.I.D.’s drummer Issei:
— D.I.D.壱世 (@did_issei) January 27, 2016
Ruki from the GazettE had X Japan, Swindle and Skid Row.
— RUKI_THEGAZETTE (@RUKItheGazettE) January 30, 2016
Doujin artist, Papiyon included Avril Lavigne and Nickelback.
MASASHI from FoLLoW included SID, Plastic Tree and Miyavi!
— 蝶々P＠黒タイツを愛でる会会長 (@papiyon_cyoucyo) January 25, 2016
— FoLLoW MASASHI (@follow_masashi) January 29, 2016
Iori from the Raid. picked L’Arc, GRAY and coldrain.
— the Raid. 庵 (@theraid_iori) January 29, 2016
REIKA from zonbi was inspired by Rentrer en Soi and Alice Nine.
— ぞんび REIKA (@zonbi_reika) January 29, 2016
Synk;yet’s Yuiha likes violinist Vadim Repin, ANGRA and X Japan.
— Synk;yet 唯依葉-yuiha- (@synkyet_yuiha) January 29, 2016
Azami from Misaruka has a couple of anime tracks on there.
— Misaruka azami (@azami_sixx) January 29, 2016
LIPHLICH’s Kuga seems like a well rounded listener with Michael Jackson, Dragon Quest music soundtrack, Lion King and Kiyoharu.
— LIPHLICH 久我新悟 (@LIPHLICH_KUGA) January 28, 2016
GAK from Purple Stone enjoyed Bon Jovi, Limp Bizkit and the GazettE!
主にTrance～J-POP,Rock～Mixture Rock pic.twitter.com/08gt1ZNl3z
— GAK @ Purple Stone (@GAK0116) January 27, 2016
Zillapark’s Aki listened to Mr Children, L’Arc and Janne Da Arc.
— Vo.逢希 (@zilla_aki) January 27, 2016
ASH DA HERO is a fan of Western rock including Queen, Sex Pistols and Rage Against the Machine.
— ASH (ASH DA HERO) (@atsushi_koepray) January 27, 2016
Shellmy’s Hyo is a fan of Porno Graffiti and DIR EN GREY.
— Shellmy 豹 (@hyogala) January 26, 2016
GAGA’s Rio likes Iron Maiden and Porno Graffiti too.
— GAGA 理緒 (@GAGA_rio0916) January 26, 2016
Roji from xaa-xaa likes Nirvana and The Mad Capsule Markets.
— ザアザア ロ弍 (@roji_xaa) January 26, 2016
Shounenki’s Rei seems like a huge Janne Da Arc fan.
— 怜 / 少年記 (@ore_rei) January 28, 2016
What did you guys think? Do you guys have any particular releases which have inspired you? Tell us in the comments below.