It was finally the last day of Anime Expo 2017. Although some were sad to see it end, some were just glad to finally go home and relax after the event filled weekend. Many people made their way over to the exhibit hall and artist alley to buy the last of the merchandise, some of which had been marked down. The last day was the least busiest day as it collided with the American holiday, 4th of July, but that didn’t stop many expo-goers from experiencing the last day of Anime Expo!

On day 4, we were given the great honor to interview Japanese musician YUC’e who produced hit track ‘Future Candy’ and music producer, Ram Rider who has produced songs for anime! Below you can read our EXCLUSIVE interview with these amazing musicians!

(Photo courtesy of Martin Nevarez)

1. Tell us about your background, where you grew up, and how you got interested in music!

YUC’e: I was born in Fukuoka in October. I was learning musical theater first and then I just turned into producing music! I changed my major from musical theater to producing. I studied abroad and went to high school in the United States for three years and was taking music, thats what got me here!

Ram Rider: I am a writer and I was born in Tokyo. When I was young, I first bought a simple computer called MSX. At first I studied programming and then I tried music and it was so fun so I decided to become a musician. After that I bought a MAC computer and started my career!

2. What artist influenced you to get involved in this profession?

YUC’e: Live2, I love his music! He’s really inspiring.

Ram Rider: Yellow Music Orchestra, they inspired me a lot!

3. In 2016, your hit song ‘Future Candy’ was met with adulation. What about the song do you think made a connection with people?

YUC’e: Everyone loves past future days! So I just wanted to make the kind of popular song. Pa’s Lam System was making the kind of future-bass music, then started making fast-future bass music.

4. What is your first impression of Anime Expo and would you consider coming back?

YUC’e: I want to come back! This is my second time performing here in the States which was, my dream, so this is so nice and exciting!

Ram Rider: This is my second time at Anime Expo, its such a big event in the US, so I would love to come back again!

5. Any ideas or themes you would like to explore with your music?

YUC’e: Right now I am doing all genres like jazz-dance music, digital days, and sleepy songs. When I think ‘Oh! I wanna do something like this,’ I just compose it, so I am doing everything!

Ram Rider: Sometimes I produce songs for animations, I never made a product about the soundtrack of animation, so I would like to do that!

6. What parts of the world are you interested in visiting?

YUC’e: Everywhere, because outside of Japan, the United States is the first place I visited! So everywhere outside of Japan. I wanna perform everywhere!

Ram Rider: This year I went to Russia, Dutch, Sweden, and the US so I want to go to Dubai! I heard about a convention there that I would like to visit.

7. Any mangas, animes, or music you enjoy?

YUC’e: Card Captor Sakura!

Ram Rider: Gainax!

8. Any possibility for official US releases of your work?

YUC’e: I really want to officially release my music in the US.

Ram Rider: Some of my albums have already released in Japan, so next time I will try to release an album in the US!

Anime Expo 2017 sure was a blast and we definitely cannot wait for Anime Expo 2018! With its amazing panels and great concerts such as Anisong, there always something you can do and find to make your 4 day weekend a highly enjoyable one. Passes for 2018 are currently on sale for a limited time so hurry up and get yours before prices go up SOON! Can’t wait to see and meet you all there next year at Anime Expo 2018.

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