[Exclusive] Anime Expo 2015 – TheAkiba Aimer Interview

Just as the mystery genre captivates its viewers, Aimer’s mysterious identity and finesse with her voice has captivated her fans. These fans were lured to Anime Expo from July 2nd to 5th, braving the brutal heat and traffic of Los Angeles, with the hopes of catching a glimpse of her hidden beauty and the opportunity to listen to her live. With a large number of dreamy, high energy, and genial works in her portfolio, it’s no wonder that Aimer drew in thousands to her mini-concert.

Before entering the stage, the lights dimmed so that one could barely make out the outline of her body. Illuminated from behind, she began with an acoustic rendition of “Last Stardust”, the opening for episode 20 of Fate/Stay Night. Her lineup of three songs offered the audience the chance to experience her music in a never-before heard way and allowed Aimer to demonstrate her graceful mastership of her voice. There was no doubt of her talent, which caught people’s attention back in 2011 with her pre-debut concept album “Your Favorite Things” which covered a large number of popular songs, including a jazz rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, which peaked to number 2 on the music chart.

Personally, Aimer’s creative vision and talent is what caught my interest. She has worked on several collaborations, including one with Galileo Galilei, a popular and catchy Japanese rock band. Aimer actively participates in the production and songwriting process, allowing her to bring her own burnished touch and colorful sound to her songs. Much of her influence comes music coming from the 50’s and 60’s period, which can be noticed, especially with her vibrant cover of “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka. Very few artists can boast the breadth and the quality of Aimer’s works, which can turn sorrow into liberation.

Moving along the tracklist, the audience was graced with another acoustic version of a song, this time being “broken NIGHT”, the opening to Fate/hollow ataraxia. Aimer’s sensitivity and singing tone only enhanced the experience for the fans, enrapturing them with a tension that had the audience mesmerized. Finishing with “Believe”, a cover of Kalafina’s ending for Fate/Stay Night, it was the perfect end as the finale of FSN Event at Anime Expo, leaving the audience in awe and admiration.

During Anime Expo, I was granted the opportunity for a short interview with Aimer, so I took the liberty to ask her more about her personal side so that fans may be able to better connect with her and understand where she is coming from as an artist.


 

Here are some snippets from the interview:

Q: What was it like working with Galileo Galilei?

A: It was actually really fun with them because although I was a guest vocal, we worked together like “we should do this” or “we should try that”, so it felt like a genuine collaboration rather than just singing onto their songs.

Q: Being becoming an ani-song singer, did you have any interest in this industry?

A: Not just anime itself, I was interested in movies too. Creating a theme or setting the mood for a movie or an anime seems really fun to me.

Q: Who are your favorite American artists and who would you like to collaborate with?

A: I am a big fan of Avril Lavigne, especially her older albums. About collaborations, I would love to work with Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 someday in the future.

Q: Thank you so much for your time today! Would you like to leave a message for your fanbase?

A: Thank you for listening to my music. This is actually my first time performing overseas in LA and I would love to come back to perform for everyone again in the future.

Although this is the end of Aimer’s trip to Los Angeles, fans can continue to follow her below on her social media:

https://twitter.com/aimer_and_staff