Interview: LiSA [J-Pop Singer]

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Interview by Nic Gerbode | contributor
Transcript by Marlan  Moore 
| staff editor

Japanese pop sensation LiSA, known for Fate/Zero‘s “Oath Sign,” among other hit tracks, came to Anime Expo 2012 as a Guest of Honor and performed a live concert for con-goers. Writer Jason Young covered what you need to know about the extraordinary artist in a guest post prior to the event, which you can check out here.

LiSA was kind enough to join us for a little one-on-one interview during the convention, in which she describes how she got into singing, some of her favorite bands, and more.

Inside AX:  When did you know you wanted to become a singer?

LiSA: When I was very young, I was into musicals, and when I was in elementary school, I was really into this Japanese group called Speed. I wanted to sing and dance like them.

IAX: Did you have any American music influences when you were growing up?

LiSA: After I was into Speed, I got hooked on Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Blink 182, and general punk rock.

IAX: Awesome. You have good taste.

LiSA: Thank you.

IAX: What are some of your other musical tastes? What other groups are you into?

LiSA: Other than the punk rock genre, I love R&B and country music. Like, Rihanna and TLC.

IAX: What are some things you’d like to accomplish in your music career? Do you see yourself moving into other areas, like production or management?

LiSA: I still want to continue being an artist.

IAX: Do you plan on traveling anywhere else in the States while you’re here?

LiSA: I’d like to see Santa Monica, and Downtown. Like the Green Day song. (sings) Downtown!

IAX: That concludes our interview. It was very nice to meet and talk with you.

LiSA: Thank you very much!

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