ANS Exclusive Interview: Musician Eric Zay
By Jonah Morgan
There is a song in the vast sea of anime music which has secretly been one of my favorites since I first saw it attached to the ED sequence of the Golgo 13 OAV: Queen Bee around 6 years ago. You wont find it listed on a single all time fan favorite songs lists or even downloadable from an online file sharing network, such is it’s obscurity. The song is “Turquoise Blue” with lyrics by Eric Zay, music composed and arranged by Fujimaru Yoshino, vocals performed by Fujimaru Yoshino and Hitomi Ono. With a bit of research I found the musician who drafted the lyrics for “Turqouise Blue”, Eric Zay, who has recently been taking his own career in Japan to new heights. Following is our brief interview:
1. Could you give us a brief intro into your background regarding music? Do you have any influences, particular style or are you more of a maverick and forge your own path?
I was born into a musical environment, having a very well known singer-song writer as a father, music was always in the air. Dad gave me much support in sending me to school at Berklee in Boston. We now run our own label .and Yes, My influence will always be my father.
2. I first became of your work through the release of Golgo 13: Queen Bee around 1998, can you tell us how you got signed onto the project?
I was playing in a band called Shogun at the time when Fujimaru (singer/gtr) asked me to write lyrics for a song he wrote.
3. The song, ‘Turquoise Blue’ called for English lyrics. How did you approach writing the song and were you given any pointers in which direction to go in lyrically speaking.
I don’t remember any of the lyrics or even have a cd to listen to. I was probably given the song and the lyrics were done. I usually try to write what ever comes out pretty and will avoid becoming waste of plastic.
4. Is having the skill of composing song lyrics in English a pretty hotly saught after talent [In Japan] these days?
I don’t really know about how saught after English writers actually are but, I think it’s all a matter who you know and the connections you keep.
5. Have you done much other work in the Animation industry in Japan?
not much. . . opening and ending theme for “Black Jack” by Tezuka Osamu with a band called Orange Vox
6. On to your present music career, what has been going on recently? Anything coming up?
I have a new album coming out in september called Not Afraid, I was touring with a guy named Sugizo from a band called Luna Sea for the past 3 years Presently touring with Monoral and Bloom UnderGround Writing for tv cms’ like KDDI, Coca Cola, Nissan andToyota. . . etc.
7. For those who may be unfamiliar to your music can you reccomend a good “jumping on” point album wise?
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