Photos: Amuse Entertainment Singapore
Ahead of their second concert in Singapore next month after their first two years ago, Japan’s most influential girl group Perfume took time off for an email interview with xinmsn, and surprised us with the most unexpected scents they chose to describe their individual personality and style.
Comprising of Ayano Omoto, Yuka Kashino and Ayaka Nishiwaki (better known as Nocchi, A-chan and Kashiyuka), the trio in their mid-twenties picked Vitamin B, vanilla or ylang-ylang candles and freshly washed laundries respectively.
Although that left us wondering “how exactly does Vitamin B smell like”, we gathered Ayano must have the abilities of Vitamin B – to energise (the group) in her own way, despite often giving the first impression as the most icy member.
Fans may already know Perfume got its name as all three of them had the Japanese character for fragrance in their names, but Kashiyuka finally explained how their nicknames came about.
“A-chan was ‘A-chan’ since she was born. Nocchi started with ‘Ayano’ to ‘Ayanocchi’ which finally became ‘Nocchi’,” Kashiyuka said, adding that people started calling her by her nickname as she had another classmate named ‘Yuka’.
No plans to dabble in acting and song-writing
Now into their 10th anniversary, Perfume has enjoyed sweet success with their singing careers, from their breakthrough hit single ‘Polyrhythm’ in 2007 which was featured in the movie Cars 2, to their four sold-out DOME TOUR concerts last December in Tokyo and Osaka.
Exclaiming that it is “unbelievable that we have come this far”, A-chan hopes to celebrate their anniversary next year by holding as many live concerts as possible to spend time with their fans.
Of course, the journey was not all smooth-sailing for the girls, but as the saying goes: “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”.
“We always try to stay positive and keep a forward-looking outlook to overcome the problems we may have,” Nocchi shared.
With their energy spent on doing an excellent job in singing and dancing, Perfume has no plans on venturing into other areas such as acting or songwriting and prefer to “leave the rest to the experts”.
Despite so, fans love them nonetheless and even helped them achieve a record position set by a Japanese female group when their latest album Level3 (2013) sat firmly at the top spot on Oricon Weekly album chart for five consecutive weeks.
Kashiyuka further told us of an interesting fan encounter where a fan proposed to A-chan with an engagement ring at a hand-shake session.
So what can local Perfume fans expect from their brand new state-of-the-art concert tour?
“We are so excited that more fans will be able to join us at our second concert with a bigger venue this time. We will do our best to make the concert as exciting and fun as those in Japan!”
Catch Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd Live in Singapore on 2nd Nov 2014 (Sunday) at Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa at 7pm. Category 1 tickets are sold out; tickets priced at $148 are available at all SISTIC outlets.