INTERVIEW: Keina Suda Talks About his New Single “Utopia” and More!

Keina Suda began his career as a Vocaloid producer on Japanese video-sharing site Niconico, under the name Balloon.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Keina Suda, also known as vocaloid songwriting balloon, has been making waves in the music industry with his unique blend of folk-inspired melodies and poignant lyrics. With the release of his latest single, “Utopia” (which is also the opening theme for the anime “Tsukimichi -Moonlight Fantasy- Season 2”), he continues to captivate audiences with his introspective storytelling and soulful vocals.

In this exclusive interview, Keina Suda talks about her creative process, the themes behind “Utopia” and what motivates him as an artist.

Before you read the full interview, you can listen to “Utopia”:

“Utopia” Cover art:

AnimeTV: Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?!

Keina Suda: I’m Keina Suda, a singer-songwriter in Japan. Nice to meet you.

Q: What’s your musical style?

Keina Suda: I create music in various genres, but I fill every song with ear-catching elements.

Q: Did you see getting into anime music when you started?

Keina Suda: I didn’t see that coming, but I am very happy that my songs reach listeners overseas through anime.

Q: How did the Tsukimichi -Moonlight Fantasy- Season 2 anime collab go?

Keina Suda: I can feel love in the way they use the song. I get really excited when the song is played along with the opening cut.

Q: Your single “Utopia” is such an exciting song ! Could you tell us a bit about the concept behind the song and how it was written?

Keina Suda: I produced it thinking that I wanted to write catchy rock music. I made sure the words were coming straight to the point in the thrilling sound.

Q: The art direction and visuals of the “Utopia” music video are incredible! How did you go about creating this music video?

Keina Suda: They helped to produce (the MV) after we worked closely together to create a seamless connection between animation and live-action, and the synergy that would result.

Q: Who are your favourite artists?

Keina Suda: It changes over time, but recently, I’ve been listening to the guitarist Marcin a lot.

Q: The artist you’d like to collaborate with?

Keina Suda: If I could collaborate with anyone in the world, it would be Charlie Puth. I want to witness up-close his power to elevate the little ideas in our lives into music.

Q: What anime are you watching right now?

Keina Suda: Tsukimichi: Moonlight Fantasy, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End and MASHLE: MAGIC AND MUSCLES 

Q: You’ve performed for the anime Fire Force, Skip and Loafer and now the anime Tsukimichi! What other anime would you like to do an OP or ED for?

Keina Suda: I don’t have anything specific in mind, but I like serious and intense action works, so I want to do the ending theme for one of those.

Q: Do you have any last message ?

Keina Suda: Thank you very much for reading! I released a new song “April” on March 29. It’s a song about encounters and partings. I hope you’ll listen to it a lot. Someday, I’ll visit your country for a live performance.

Artist photo:

More about Keina Suda:
Keina Suda began his career as a Vocaloid producer on Japanese video-sharing site Niconico, under the name Balloon. His hit song ‘Charles’ and his own self-cover of the same song have been played more than 100 million times on YouTube; the song ranked No.1 on karaoke platform JOYSOUND’s overall chart of songs released in 2017, and No.1 for three years running on JOYSOUND’s per-age-group ranking and teen category, capturing the zeitgeist for today’s youth.

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