Today’s spotlight is on Nani, a ONE OK ROCK fan from Argentina who is currently finishing her medical degree. Yes…Love for 10969 has reached Argentina! Literally, hello world! At first I was scared to message fellow ONE OK ROCK fans to ask if they would like to be interviewed for this mini blog. I had this feeling that they might be snobbish or rude. But with Nani, it was nothing close to that. She was so accommodating and it was fun talking to her! Apart from that I realized how lucky we really are during ONE OK ROCK’s first visit to Manila. Want to know why? Read Nani’s story to find out.
How did you find out about OOR & when was the first time you heard them?
I found out about them thanks to the first Rurouni Kenshin movie. I’ve always been into anime, and this one in particular I used to watch when I was little, so, that time nostalgia got me unprepared. I remember watching the trailer and my brother mentioning he liked the music and asked me who was playing. “Ugh, I don’t know. Some western band that’s trying to sound cool by singing in Japanese.” That was honestly my first impression of them.
A couple days later, we watched the movie, and as the final credits started running, I just froze? I was there wondering where did I knew this song from (even though, I’ve watched the trailer a few days before). I just waited until the last credits to see the name of the band and Google-d them. I found The Begining, and even though I still thought they were Western at the time, I got hooked. Their stamina was what attracted me the most. I’ve never seen a band with that much energy before.
What’s you favorite OOR song and why?
I would say that my favourite song is Liar. I find it oddly poetic, and the video, even though it is a simple “band playing” type of video, I feel that it fits the song pretty well.
Since you love ONE OK ROCK, do you collect their merch? What merch are already in your possession?
I wish I could collect more merch, but because of my country’s customs’ policy, I’m not able to buy much (official merch, of course). I do have a t-shirt I got at the concert. It is one of my most precious possessions.
What do you plan to buy if not for the customs’ policy?
Well, all of their physical albums, for starters… But I really like the beanies and scarves, too.
Who is your favorite ONE OK ROCK member and why?
Toru. I relate to him a lot, not to mention how handsome he is (hehe). But really, his passion, his determination, the will power, and “the poop face”, (how we used to call it in the fandom), makes me think that I would get along with him pretty well in real life.
There was a moment when I thought I was dreaming. Like, the MV doesn’t do justice to his beauty. He’s even more beautiful in person.
How did ONE OK ROCK change your life, Nani? 🙂
They helped me through a very rough moment in my life. My father passed away the year of the concert, and they were the life jacket that kept me on float.
So you’ve watched them in their live performance before? What were your expectations before the live and were they met?
I had the chance to go to one of their concerts when they came to Argentina in 2014. I was 2 meters away from Toru. There was a moment when my inner fan girl took hold of me and I actually thought I wanted to collect his sweat in a bottle.
My expectations? I was expecting it to be pretty standard, really. Most of the time what happens is that whenever a new artist comes (new, as in, the first time they come), they usually don’t know anything about us and underestimate us a lot as audience, and as fans. But they actually gave an awesome performance, and I’m really thankful for that.
Did you have your close ONE OK ROCK encounter and how did it go?
No, I wasn’t able to talk to them, unfortunately. There were only two M&G tickets that were raffled, and I didn’t win. 🙁
How many times has ONE OK ROCK visited Argentina? Will you watch them live again once they return to Argentina?
They came only once. I would definitely watch them again.
What is your message for ONE OK ROCK if they get the chance to see this interview?
I would like them to stay true to who they are. I’m sure they’re getting a lot of pressure for wanting to hit it off in the US, but honestly, there’s beauty in their Japanese songs that can be matched with their English ones. I just want them to have freedom of creation.
Well, I would tell Toru to wear tighter jeans, but I thought that’s not what you meant, lol
Where shall be Love for 10969’s next location? Try to guess.