AWESOME 4 will give you a peak into CHAI’s
2019 Spring European tour.
Let’s listen to the ladies talking about entering the world stage… YUNA: Our first solo tour? YUUKI: Yeah, yeah. YUUKI: We were always the opening act before that. MANA: The last time was at Primavera. YUUKI: Yeah, that’s right. MANA: プリマベーラで終わった YUUKI: We went to The Netherlands…Germany… MANA: Places in Europe I’d never heard of… YUNA: We hit Belgium too. YUUKI: Oh yeah, Belgium. MANA: We hit Belgium too. YUNA: We drove everywhere, didn’t we? MANA: It wore me out. KANA: Oh, and we were on the BBC! MANA: Yeah! YUUKI: Yeah! KANA: That’s right! YUUKI: That’s right! YUNA: That’s right! YUNA: And we went to that place… YUNA: The Beatles… YUUKI: Abbey Road! YUNA: Yeah, Abbey Road! YUNA: The one with the crosswalk. MANA: It was really long. KANA: Yeah, super long. YUNA: We were gone for like a month. MANA: We hit a ton of places. KANA: We were over there right up until the Japan tour started in June. MANA: Yeah, right up until the Japan tour began. KANA: We were like, “what should we do about the tour in Japan?” YUUKI: Yeah, yeah. MANA: We weren’t sure what we were gonna do. YUUKI: Before we left for Europe, we were planning what we were gonna do for Europe as well as Japan. KANA: Yeah, we were thinking about everything back in April. MANA: It felt like we didn’t have any time. YUUKI: We were getting hit… KANA: We were getting hit with all these other things. KANA: Before we knew it, we were in Europe. YUNA: We were practicing “THIS IS CHAI” back during the festival in France. MANA: We weren’t actually doing that yet in Europe. YUUKI: Yeah, not yet. We were just practicing and watching videos from our dance instructor. MANA: Just watching videos… YUUKI: Watching them…and just thinking, “like this?!”
It looked so hard. MANA: We practiced a bunch at the festival in France. MANA: This Is… This Is Not A Love Song… YUNA: That was Nîmes, I think. MANA: Yeah, yeah, Nîmes.
Out in the boonies. MANA: I remember practicing so much in the dressing room. KANA: Yep. YUUKI: That’s right. YUNA: We did a bunch there. YUUKI: We were super busy. YUNA: Suuuuper busy. MANA: I didn’t think we’d have that many people come out for our show in London.
We were sold out. YUUKI: Oh yeah! MANA: How many? 300? 250? 150? YUNA: There were a lot…like 300, right? MANA: Oh, and the venue was really cute. YUUKI: Suuuuper cute. MANA: That made me so happy. KANA: And Charlie came, right? MANA: Yeah, Charlie XCX. YUUKI: I totally forgot about that. MANA: I was really happy to see Charlie. YUUKI: I know, it was was amazing. I couldn’t believe someone like her would show up. MANA: I was shocked. YUUKI: So happy she came out. KANA: London and Manchester were totally different. MANA: Manchester was insane! KANA: Even for the UK, those two felt like when we played in the US. YUUKI: Manchester’s always like that. Even back when we opened for Superorganism the crowd was nuts. MANA: Maybe that’s just how they always are. YUUKI: It was such a welcoming atmosphere. YUNA: The vibe was amazing throughout. YUNA: Their energy was crazy. YUUKI: It was really hot that day. MANA: I felt like I could hardly breathe. YUUKI: Yeah, me too. MANA: There was like 100 people in this room with a low ceiling, and it was so packed that it was hard to breathe. MANA: Everybody was so into the show, I thought they were gonna start a mosh pit. YUUKI: I know, right? MANA: I’ve never seen a mosh pit at one of our shows in Japan, but it’s something you see a lot in America and Manchester…yeah, sometimes you see them in the US. MANA: There’s so much more to do when you’re touring outside Japan. You perform 3 days in a row, off for 1, and then back on the next day. Sometimes it all feels like a blur…3 weeks just flying by…doing performances just starts to feel like part of daily life…when you’re touring overseas. You start to feel like you need to be performing everyday. YUUKI: It’s not an everyday thing right now. MANA: It’s definitely not an everyday thing back in Japan. You’re only playing once a week on the weekend…it feels special.It’s a bigger deal to be performing.
When you’re on tour overseas, it just feels like something you do everyday. YUNA: Like the most natural thing in the world. MANA: Just feels like part of your normal routine. YUNA: You wind up playing old instruments that aren’t your own. They don’t work half the time. But it makes you tougher, I guess. There’s no sound coming out, and you just have to keep playing…Touring overseas will toughen you up. YUUKI: After touring overseas, I started to notice how spoiled we are in Japan…with all the staff around to support us all the time. KANA: There are always people helping you out in Japan…like, too many sometimes. YUUKI: I know! KANA: You don’t need that many people. I mean, we can do this stuff ourselves. YUUKI: It winds up being like that. KANA: It’s not a big deal, but sometimes I wind up thinking, “shouldn’t it be a little more like this?” Every time we go overseas, I start to see how isolated Japan really is. The audiences in Japan and overseas are so different. You can totally see it. The music feels like a part of your life when you’re overseas, and you get a better feeling of what it is you’re actually making. The Grammy’s feel almost unreachable. It’s important that we remain CHAI…every time we tour overseas, I feel that way. MANA: We’ve been talking about this a lot, but our audiences aren’t getting bigger.
We can always draw 100 people, but no more than 100. KANA: It’s the same in Japan. MANA: At first, in Japan, we didn’t get more than 100 people in the crowd. If people are digging our music, they’ll show up. YUUKI: We get great responses at festival shows. Tons of people. MANA: It’s hard to get the same thing touring on your own. YUUKI: But really, there are more people in New York and London than Niigata. We’re more likely to pick up new fans overseas than at home. MANA: Music doesn’t cross over language barriers. YUUKI: You can say that language doesn’t matter. MANA: It’s not totally unrelated. YUUKI: It’s something we need to figure out. KANA: We’re making music that crosses over now though. YUUKI: That’s wild. KANA: That?! That’s so wild!Just going on instinct. KANA: Just going on instinct. Humans are just monkeys. MANA: Yep. YUUKI: Yeah, and your instincts are more important that what you spend time thinking about. YUNA: Can’t lose to the boys. YUNA: Can’t lose. MANA: We’re just being ourselves. MANA: I don’t think we were really being ourselves up until now and I wanna change that. KANA: I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. MANA: I’ve been thinking about MANA: the same thing too. YUUKI: It’s the truth. We were up past 1am talking about it. MANA: It’s the most important thing to us. YUUKI: We’re really passionate about it. KANA: So passionate. YUUKI: I feel kinda frustrated. MANA: We’re dedicated to it. KANA: It’s frustrating… YUUKI: Yeah… MANA: You gotta follow through on what you say. KANA: We were just saying all these things we were gonna do, but we weren’t really doing them. YUNA: Yeah… YUUKI: We thought we could make it overseas, but we didn’t have the necessary level of commitment. Always surrounded by staff…expecting everyone to take care of you. expecting everyone to take care of you. I started to think that I should do the same things I learned overseas back in Japan. YUUKI: We just need to follow through. MANA: You’re totally right. YUUKI: I’m psyched about this. More than ever. KANA: I was super pumped about this yesterday. MANA: I feel inadequate after watching that Bill Gates documentary.い YUUKI: Don’t say anything…I haven’t seen it yet. MANA: That Bill Gates movie was a bit of a shock for me. YUNA: He’s hardcore. MANA: Super hardcore, right? If you’re gonna do something, do it all the way. KANA: I watched a bit of it this morning. It was amazing. KANA: You can’t just say what you’re gonna do. MANA: A lot of people say what they’re gonna go. KANA: I’m tired of people always saying what they’re “gonna do.” YUNA: Make your plan. MANA: Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates… YUUKI: That’s it. MANA: He’s a genius. MANA: If you put all four of us together, we’re just as powerful as Bill Gates. KANA: Just yesterday, Mana was saying the same thing. YUUKI: We’re stronger together. MANA: Following through… YUUKI: Stronger as a group… KANA: We can do anything if we put our heads together. YUUKI: CHAI is awesome. MANA: Just as awesome as Bill Gates. CHAI: Bill Gates! KANA: Who? YUUKI: Just as awesome as Bill Gates. MANA: CHAI is amazing. YUUKI: We’re already awesome. MANA: I think we’re the best there is. KANA: We are gorgeous. MANA: Don’t miss out! YUNA: YOLO. YUUKI: It might be your last day alive. KANA: Seriously. Make sure you don’t have any regrets. YUUKI: Gotta keep living. YUNA: Don’t worry about everyone else. MANA: Live, laugh, love… YUUKI: That’s how CHAI lives. KANA: Come see us live. YUNA: Bill Gates. MANA: Check us out. YUUKI: We are Bill Gates. KANA: Bill. Gates. MANA: We respect him so much. MANA: We are wild. YUUKI: Come see the wild and crazy CHAI. KANA: That’s right. Like and subscribe for more straight from CHAI! CHECKY-YO!!