Musical Inspiration; hide

Inspired by SaSa’s posts about her musical inspirations (check em out!), I also wanted to join in and tell my story of one of my biggest inspirations, as well as how it turned out that I became a musician. Consider this as much of an origin story of AREKU, as it is a story about my inspiration hide.  Buckle up for story-time!

It all begins when I was a youngster and constantly contemplating which direction I should take. I had been into the photographic endeavors for quite some time, and had dipped my toes into trying to paint, but despite enjoying both art-forms not feeling that any of those would be my big adventure. At the same time I had an growing interest for Japanese music, beyond the old classics I’ve mentioned before like Mr. Sakamoto. More noticeable and undoubtedly vital for this story, was my discovery of Visual Kei, or rather one band in particular which was quite a staple for this scene. Sometime around age 13-14 I found a group which would shape my artistic view for many years to come; X.

There were something absolutely extraordinary about them – their appearance, their speed metal sound blended with melodic lines, how an artistic expression blended with music evoked a greater appreciation of what music could be. It was something so very different from all that I had experienced before, yet familiar in how I could see their influences. It was like someone had taken glam rock, speed metal, punk attitude, and the world supply of hairspray – just to throw it into a mixer.

I was hooked.

After a couple of months of casual listening to this newly found gem, I begun to dive deeper into the history of the band, and found out that the members for a while in “94-“95 embarked on solo careers, most noticeable the lead guitarist hide. This caught my attention and I dove head first into his discography. I must admit that my first impression was that his works on “hide your face” was very different from what I’ve heard him do on the X -records, but soon enough I found myself listening more and more to his solo-works and what was different, diving deeper into his discography, all before realizing;

He was dead.

Long gone was this interesting character. It took me somehow by surprise – many of my previous musical favorites had been gone for centuries, but this felt different. After shaking off this realization, I continued to devour the works of both solo and band, before a feeling; first slowly, then more and more fiercely occupied my brain;

Guitar – I shall play guitar

Before this I had very few encounters with instruments. There were basic understanding of how music works, I could play harmonica, and I enjoyed listening to music – not just hearing music. But I wouldn’t have imagined myself at that point picking up guitar. Just a couple of months before, my mother had lent me her old acoustic guitar and suddenly it came to use. It would take a couple of months before I discovered a song, or rather a solo which would both increase my motivation and probably change the outcome of my live onwards; the solo of Endless Rain.

X-Japan  – Endless Rain

Then it truly hit me; I want to play guitar, not just knowing some chords on the acoustic, but really PLAY guitar –  Electric guitar.
I searched for a suitable “first guitar” like most determined to-be guitarists do. There were some interesting objects, and I were soon to close the deal when I while browsing a nearby music store saw a very familiar shaped guitar: a Mockingbird.
It was a bit out of my price range, and I was dead set on having a black finish on my guitar (because that’s cool), but somehow I still came back to looking at this silver (“Tombstone Grey”) guitar. After securing a two week job, I called the store which had the Mockingbird and asked if I could come and test-play it. I could – but I had to hurry as this was the last example left in Sweden, and were due to be shipped back to U.S.A, at least according to the sales clerk which in that case was a very good pitch. So I saved up and went to the store on pay day.

The guitar felt great.

So great that I decided to buy it. I still had a very narrow knowledge of how to play, but I thought that if I would ever truly learn, it would be on this guitar. Weeks turned to months, and I improved. I played without an amp (instead using an LP-players tiny amplifier), as I hadn’t saved up for one yet, but soon enough I got that as well. Which is when I begun confident enough to begin writing my first songs. I’ve never been to much of a cover guy, I guess my ego gets in the way. In retrospective it sounded very tame, but I was proud. And this is where I pick up the thread and go on about my inspiration from before, from throughout this period of time, and until now; how and why is hide such an inspiration to me? 

Areku musical inspiration hide

Beside being the reason I took the step forward and begun playing guitar, hide have been a big inspiration and motivation in general for my creativity. Here was this bullied boy who thought of being a hairdresser but turned into nasal singing rockstar. Flamboyant yet compassionate, who shook, grabbed and held a nation. His musical variations have always been one of my favorite things; as someone whom self don’t want to stay in the same genre, his variety was familiar and inspiring. Changing from rock, industrial, pop, jazz influenced rock, electronic music, ska, fuzz faced B-tracks and back again to rock, he felt like a suitable inspiration for my indecisive mind. Just to point out what I mean, here’s a few examples of the variate:

hideDOUBT

hide – Squeeze it!

hideBlue Sky Complex

But if I had to choose one, and only one track as my favorite, it would be this:

Genkai Haretsu

Then there’s the thing worth mentioning that he had a certain way with words in his lyrics, often using pro-verbs/idioms and interesting play on words.

From music, style, to lyrics, I would say that throughout my years as musician hide have been a huge part in where I am today. He is not by far the only influence, I could tell you that, but he was and to some degree still is.

I’m not sure about how much of his influence is noticeable in my works as of today, but I know one thing for sure – I owe him for being a musician today and being where I am today, and very much appreciate the music I got to discover.

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