I’ll now introduce you to international touring DJ SiSeN. Once based in Tokyo, now Berlin; he has gained fame as a club promoter and fashion model for his unique style & parties. Musically he has released two albums as part of the dark electro unit Seileen.
All three acts will be touring North America this Fall as part of the Pandemonium Tour Vol. 1.
1.) What genres do you like to spin?
The basic music I use for my DJ-set is Rhythmic noize and Industrial, but I am not only DJ-ing at Gothic parties, so people can listen to the music I like.
2.) The worlds you have created as artists are very well constructed. There is a distinctive personality in both your music as well as your appearances. When do you feel this passion was instilled into you? What inspired you to become a creative individual?
When I was a child I very much liked classical music, but I also liked pop music but in the late 90s I started liking bands and atmospheric such as Malice Mizer. They combined this strange atmosphere and the classical music I liked when I was a child.
There were also indie bands in the Visual Kei scene that already had this Gothic kind of atmosphere which I very much like so they had a big influence on me.
I started going to Gothic parties, then I completely understood that this is the music I like. I thought it would be interesting to try to organize a new type of party. Secondly I also wanted to introduce the Gothic and Industrial Music to young people.
It was not my plan to become a DJ, but I wanted to create a club atmosphere, like a not-real world, good club atmosphere, and music of course was an important part as well, therefore I became DJ.
3.) There is a beauty in your crafted appearances that is quite doll-like. How do you feel about dolls?
I do not have dolls but I liked them. There are many good doll producers in Japan, which makes me quite proud. Dolls do not look alive, but at the same time they do not look dead; this is what makes them charming.
4.) All of you clearly love Halloween, your entire tour seems to be a month long Halloween party. What does Halloween mean to you?
I always feel like Halloween, everyday.
5.) The world of the Japanese underground is very distinctive, so much so that people around the world follow it actively as an inspiration for creativity & individuality. What do you feel helped forge in Japan what seems from the outside to be a very creative culture? Can you imagine your life without this creative community as so many outside Japan struggle to find?
From long long time ago there was original culture like Kabuki; also in the 60s avantgarde and psychedelic was popular, and in the 80s New Wave and Post Punk was popular in Japan. All this was a good base for today’s scene.
6.) You are all fashion icons in your own right. Can you tell our readers what your involvement in the fashion world has been?
Long time ago, when I liked Visual Kei music in the late 90s, at that time I started liking to dress up. From there, I started liking the Gothic fashion, as well as Cyber Gothic, Drag Queen style. When I first went to London I went to a Gothic party and I thought Cyber Gothic culture is very good therefore I wanted to spread this kind of fashion in Japan too.
In my circles of friends are some designers and shop owners, so I had the chance to co-design as well as model for their brands.
7.) Can you tell us some of your favorite artists in, and outside of Japan right now?
Of course I very much liked and still very much like Malice Mizer. Artists outside Japan are Lingouf from France, Xyla from America, Zaliva-D from China, Iszoloscope from Canada and Soman from Germany.
8.) This is not your first tour outside of your country. How do you feel you’ve grown since your first international tour, and now?
When I was child I never went outside Japan, and I thought I would probably never leave Japan, but now it became normal to me to travel, but honestly I did not expect this to happen. To travel around the world and see different places and different parties is a great experience and it is very important for me to learn, so this is great.
9.) Since leaving Japan you have been creating a new scene in the Berlin underground with your project Japaranoia for some years now. What is your most special memory of each countries club culture, and will your dark electro unit Seileen with singer Selia make a return in the future?
I very very much like Berlin and its underground scene that’s why I live there. Not gothic, but kind of dark and strange things can be found in Berlin a lot. Secondly there are so many creative people in Berlin, such as painter, dancer, musicians. Before I moved to Germany, I did not expect so many creative Japanese people to Berlin, therefore this was quite surprising.
This was the reason why I decided to create Japaranoia.
Each country and city has its own charm, but I do not want to live another city, other than Berlin.
As for Seileen, we still continue Seileen.
Thank you SiSeN for taking time out of your busy pre-tour schedule for this interview, and a special thank you to Tainted Reality for making it possible.
To learn more about DJ SiSeN visit him on Facebook.