Tank9 and I had the honor to sit in on Kanon Wakeshima’s Question and Answer session as press at Sakura Con 2012. I was able to document the questions convention goers had for her and her responses. Her personality is sweet, she speaks very softly and radiates a genuine amount excitement towards connecting with fans. On Saturday Night April 7th, 2012 we watched her intriguing performance as the opening performer for Moi Dix Mois. Kanon Wakeshima’s stage presence is theatrical and beautiful, plus her cello playing is amazing! We really enjoyed her live concert, and were able to film the entire set. To check out clips of her performance watch out Sakura Con 2012 Documentary. On Sunday we were able to get her autograph. It was wonderful to see her in person, I have been a fan of hers since she first debuted with her single “Still Doll”. Here is the Q&A and set list from Sakura Con 2012. Enjoy~
Kanon Wakeshima Q&A
Q: Where do you get your inspiration for your hats and outfits?
A: Mana comes up with the visual styles for my albums.
Q: Are your cellos the same on your albums as in concerts?
A: Cello used while recording is the one I have had since middle school. For concerts I use Red and White Ones.
Q: What is your biggest musical inspiration?
A: I was very influenced by my classical music teachers, they taught me how beautiful music can be.
Q: What influenced you to begin a career with Mana?
A: Mana became my producer, he went to an audition I was playing and watched me play cello and sing, he was interested. I then made Still Doll, the first single song for Vampire Knight.
Q: Were you excited about doing the second theme for Vampire Knight?
A: My first thought to use for the second song was Sandcastle. I didn’t know it would be used for Vampire Knight, then I decided to use it.
Q: Any Future Projects, New releases?
A: I am planning to do a new live concert in Japan, First time in a year. New releases for concert, Written all new songs.
Q: When did you start dressing in Lolita fashion?
A: I always liked cute clothes since I was small. My mother likes cute clothes and influenced me to wear them.
Q: What advice would you give for someone learning to play the cello?
A: I have been playing cello since I was 3. My parents decided that I would play it before I was born. There were times when I thought to quit but never have. I can’t relate to someone who wants to play for themselves. Continue learning and you will be glad you did.
Q: Who is your favorite character from Vampire Knight?
Q: What is your thought process behind the songs you just wrote?
A: People eat meals 3 times a day, and it’s the same with songs. I put feeling into songs similar to the way you eat everyday. Music is like food, I like to serve delicious music.
Q: Other than cello, is there any other instruments you are learning?
A: There are a lot of instruments I want to learn. I was in choir in middle school. If I could learn to play an instrument I would like to play a wind instrument, trumpet or saxophone.
Q: Out of voice actors for vampire knight, who is your favorite?
A: Miyano – Zero.
Q: What made you audition to enter the music industry?
A: Since I was small I have always done classical music. I expected to be a musician and went with the flow. I like art and music, I wasn’t sure which one to choose, then went with music.
Q: How do you like Seattle, How are you enjoying Sakura Con so far?
A: Yesterday I went to a place near Starbucks where there is a golden pig. I find Seattle to be a cute town. I like the fish neon signs. Sakura Con is fun, I like the cosplay and have taken a lot of pictures.
Q: What inspires your music?
A: On album’s many songs were provided by Mana. I enter the world of music, base lyrics on feelings and emotions. I write music and lyrics from my own feelings.
Q: When you draw what kind of style do you like to use, manga, classical style?
A: The reason I started to draw was to draw cute clothes I wanted to wear, that’s how I started drawing.
Q: What is your favorite part of your career?
A: The people who listen to my music, it’s a happy thought that people are listening and are aware.
Q: What else do you plan to do with your art?
A: I have no plans for art projects at the moment. Any projects you want me to do, Please tell me.
Q: Do you have any questions for us?
A: I have a lot of questions for you. There are so many high-quality cosplay, where do you buy it, or do you make it? Also ask about the gap between what anime is popular here and in Japan.
Q: What is your favorite song you have sung?
A: I like all of them, there is so much work into each of them. Hope you listen to them to find your own favorite songs.
Set list from the Kanon Wakeshima concert
1. Shakespeare no Wasuremono -Prologue-
2. Still Doll
4. Kajitsu no Keikoku
6. Marmalade Sky
8. The Dollhouse
11. Daybreak [Yoake]
12. Princess Charleston