“Respect the Creators” Interview from New York Comicon 2013 with “Father of Hatsune Miku”Hiroyuki Itoh

itoh_comicon2These days, Hiroyuki Itoh, CEO of Crypton Future Media is everywhere. In May, he came to New York again to witness the moment that Hatsune Miku opened for Lady Gaga at Madison Square Garden (Megumi Sato-Shelley directed a piece for Japanese TV station FCI) . Then he flied over to Indonesia and attended Hatsune Miku Expo in Jakarta.

We interviewed him last year at NY Comicon. We had a mechanical trouble, and thought we had lost it completely. However, we could retrieve some audio components, transcribed and translated into English. (interview by Tony Yao, translatation by Megumi Sato-Shelley)

– How do you feel about the fact that the people call you “Father of Hatsune Miku”?

Since Hatsune Miku is singing voice software, it feels right when you call me developer or creator rather than “father.”

– What do you think about the global popularity of Vocaloids?

There’s no border in the internet society. So it’s very exciting to see that so many people in the world are sharing Japanese born Hatsune Miku. I’m very happy with that too.

– What was the toughest thing to produce the English version?

We needed the original Hatsune Miku voice actor Saki Fujita to master the English pronunciation. Painstakingly, she practiced it over and over and over. It was tough for us but it must have been even harder for her to do so.

– What’s the greatest moment of Miku Hatsune for you?

It was first released on August 31, 2007. On the same day, I saw a video Hatsune Miku video emerged on the internet. It was a great moment.

itoh_comicon1– Any advise to the creators?

You can create anything with Hatsune Miku all by yourself. But Hatsune Miku is more for collaboration. You create everything based on the creations by the creators in the past. So, it’s very important to respect your fellow creators.

– Any message to the global Vocaloid fans?

Now that English software was released, I suppose more English speaking creators will be joining us. There will be more opportunities for the creators to collaborate with each other to make something totally new. Why don’t we create new music, concept and culture together.

Related video: FCI Morning EYE, Hiroyuki Itoh Interview, May 2014

Meet TOKU from Japan, Jazz Singer/Flugelhorn Player@Kinokuniya Bookstore(NYC)5/10 2pm

PrintJazz singer/flugelhorn player TOKU is famous for collaborations with numerous pop artists including Toshinobu Kubota, Miki Imai, Maki Oguro, EXILE, ZEEBRA.and Cyndi Lauper.

But once you hear his sensual yet spiritual vocal and desperately romantic flugelhorn, you will be drawn into his own musical world.

Come see TOKU playing a few songs from his popular albums.
Megumi Sato-Shelley will be interviewing TOKU.

– Flugelhorn player and Jazz singer TOKU Special Appearance-

May 10, 2014, Sunday
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas (bet 40th &41st) New York, NY 10018
Tell (212)869-1700

TOKU’s latest CDs “ Dream A Dream” and “ TOKU Sings and Plays Stevie Wonder” available on the day of event.

TOKU also appears Tommy Campbell’s TEA TrEE^O as a special gueston May 16