First of all, what was your idea behind making this photoalbum?hide:
The “old man” (the editor of Shoxx, Mr. Hoshiko)
was drunken as usual and said: “I would like to make a photoalbum with you, hide chan
”. But at that point of time to make a photoalbum meant doing somehting like Miyazawa Rie. So I thought what the hell shall I do if I make a photoalbum?! *laugh*. Anyway, I have not thought of something like this when we started with the idea. I thought, okay, we do it like a usual photo shooting for some magazine. But then I thought if I do just a usual photo shooting like for a magazine that book will never sell.Q:
And although you thought something like that at first, something like this came out in the end?hide:
That’s what the “old man” and the staff think as well. If you ask the “old man” for his opinion he will say: “Oh my God, what the hell have we done!?
" *laugh* Well, anyway, after we decided to do it, I started to develop some ideas. And I thought if I do this alone, then it’s not good to use the name of X for this thing. If you go under the name of visual shock and use the band’s name… well, then my responsibility would have got even bigger. So with this in mind we started a lot of meetings and I just told them I would like to do this and that and so on.Q:
Just like that? After it was decided to do this album?hide:
Yeah, because I thought it wouldn’t be necessary to do it “live” and “big”. Therefore there was no idea to make a usual photoalbum with the motto: “Look at my naked self!
" I just told them in the meetings I want to do this and that and the "old man" handled this in a very down to earth and almost bureaucratic way. The artistic issues were handled by Mr. Takeyama (also the director of Seth and Holth)
and Ms. Takahashi (Emi Takahashi, hide chan’s stylist)
. Therefore it became a very artistic session after all. And I neither told Mr. Takeyama, nor Ms. Takahashi, nor Mr. Canno (Hideo Canno, the photographer)
to do this and that, I just gave them ideas and we all trusted each other and managed to to do some great work.Q:
How did you select the staff?hide:
Well, they all worked at Shoxx together and I and all of us had the feeling that we can do this together. I met a lot of great people together with X up to now but for me personally I didn’t need to stick to them for this thing. At Shoxx everybody was very enthusiastic about the project and I like it that way.Q:
How many meetings did you have before the shooting started?hide:
That everybody was there about two times only, but we met several times drinking and talked about it and gathered ideas. Once I said: “In all the other photo albums people show their body hair. I want to show the guts, what’s behind it,
" and crazy stuff like that. In the end we also had a lot of ideas that were impossible to realize."- (с) hide, Shoxx, #9, April 1992
Translated by Iguana.
On photos above: making of Mugongeki