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An Interview with Ranze (La Madame Rochas, MAGIER SEXALICE, DRESS or NUDE)

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Today an interview with Ranze, you might know him from La Madame Rochas, MAGIER SEXALICE or DRESS or NUDE. He was kind enough to answer some quick to go answers with some strong powerful words. Please enjoy reading it.




Please introduce yourself to your readers. 

I’m RANZE(ランゼ) from DRESS or NUDE


Please describe yourself as a Kanji.

美 (Bi)(beauty)
Doesn’t make something beautiful make you somehow nervous? 


Could you confirm and complete this band history?

○ La Madame Rochas(1987~1991) 
○ MAGIER SEXALICE -> Waltz Veronica (2008~2014)  
○ DRESS or NUDE(2017/08~)  
○ POISON D’HERMÈS(2016~2019)


Why did you want to become a vocalist?

Well, I was actually a guitarist. Back then the vocalist was ill, so I decided to sing our songs. Also I was singing while I was playing the guitar.


When you started your first band, “Visual Kei” was still not named. How did you call your own style?

I didn’t transmit anything from myself. I left it up to the sensitivity of the fans’ perception.


Back in the days, which bands or things inspired you the most?

Pete Burns


Why did you decide to wear strong make-up? 

I was able to transform into the other me. 


I’ve seen that “地下室の旋律” was an inspiration for “La Madame Rochas”. (a one shot manga from 1994). Why did you like this manga so much?

A part of the story is about me. (laugh)


Later when the term Visual Kei was used for bands who wear makeup. Did you embrace that term? Or did you dislike the term?

I hate the word “visual kei” 


Visual Kei has really changed completely in the years hasn’t? 

The current scene is rotten. Everything is imitating. It’s just fake.


Do you mind if people call you a “visual kei” band/artist? Please tell us the reason.

As I said before, it’s up to my fans and third parties.


When you look at visual kei nowadays, what do you think and feel? 

It’s over. I can’t look at it. 


You are already long in the music world, what changed the most in all those years?

There are really less musicians who really play music with the heart. 
They only can say “We are the coolest!”. But only a few people really put effort in their own music to be really the coolest. 


What’s the most difficult thing about being an artist? 



Are there more instruments which you can play?



You formed DRESS or NUDE in 2017/8, what’s the biggest difference from your past bands?

Making a sound which also gives sex appeal to adults. 


How did you meet the members of DRESS or NUDE? 

We are all acquaintances


Why did you choose to name your mini album “PARADOX UNDERGROUND“? 

This one came to my mind straight away. So we chose this one.


What was your biggest inspiration for creating 「PARADOX UNDERGROUND」?

We’ve put on the most popular songs of that time. It’s like a business card. 


Please tell me the concept of each lyric of “PARADOX UNDERGROUND.

揚羽  / It expresses the mind’s dependence.

歪に曲がる  / The madness which is hidden within you.

SWEET SLAVES  / A complete play on words.

TANZANITE  / A song about dependence and madness.


DRESS or NUDE 1st mini album “PARADOX UNDERGROUND”, is it possible for an overseas fan to obtain it?



What is your inspiration for writing lyrics?

It depends on how I feel at the time I write a song.


Are you planning to release a new CD?

I want to release a new CD as fast as possible.


Do you have planned activities for the near future? Or will you wait until covid-19 is over?

We will adjust our activity to the world’s situation.


You have many tattoos. Are you still happy with all of them? Or do you regret a few?

I will get some new ones!


What does tattooing mean to you?

To be able to express myself


What’s your favorite tattoo?



What’s your most beautiful memory?

That I was born into this world.


What is your biggest loss?

Also that I was born into this world.


What’s your favorite place to write new songs?

In my car or inside my room.


What’s your biggest future goal?

To stay beautiful


Please tell me some words of wisdom.

Wolves live and pigs die.


Please say some words to your fans and readers. 

Let’s do our best to be able to stand on stage again as soon as possible in this world.

Edited by BrenGun

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