The music of rirugiliyangugili (@rirugiliyangugili) saturates speakers and his videos saturate retinas. His live shows are full of jumping and unhinged grimaces, they unleash a collective madness that leaves you with two options: go crazy or go home.
rirugiliyangugili is like an explosion that catches you suddenly, shakes everything inside you, and then goes away quickly, leaving you in shock and not really knowing what has happened.
That speed is also present in the way he creates music, releasing single after single very quickly. Why stop? I spoke to the Osaka artist to try to find out where all his explosive energy comes from.
Chorareii: First, introduce yourself!
rirugiliyangugili: My name is rirugiliyangugili. I was born on the 12th of June 2000.
Tell me something that you love.
I love swallowtail butterfly larvae.
Imagine that your music was a person. What kind of person would it be?
It would be a self-centered and dangerous person.
Are you that person yourself? Is there any difference between rirugiliyangugili on and off the stage?
The only difference is whether or not you are in your own world. I don’t think it’s very different.
The band Maximum The Hormone was the one that got you started writing music. What other bands or artists made you rirugiliyangugili?
I guess Ydizzy, Slipknot, Limp Bikzit, and Korn. Ydizzy influences me the most.
You wrote a lot of songs in high school. Weren’t you interested in the classes [laughs]? How was high school for you?
Well, it was fun! I don’t remember it very much though, because I hardly ever went. The teachers at school treated me like I was a drug addict and I was always lectured in a special room.
Your first impulse as an artist came from the Ill Homies studio in Nishinari, Osaka. I would like you to tell me about that neighborhood, about the studio, about the people that are part of it. How did they influence you as an artist?
Nishinari in Osaka is one of the most famous lawless areas in Japan. It’s full of methamphetamine addicts. The studio, Ill Homies, was a house with no address.
I was going there every week since I was 17. That’s where I met Nutria, the recording engineer and now my back DJ. Nutria is the one who taught me everything I know, he is my partner!
What have been the moments in your career — live performances, songs or albums, collaborations, etc. — that have made you grow the most as an artist?
After I released “Negative I Love You”, I started to get invited to a lot of live shows. That’s when I started to understand how to attract people as an artist.
Can you tell me a bit more about what did you understand? Why do you think you attract people?
I felt like I knew how people saw me when I was on stage. I don’t know why I attract them, but I think I’m a star, so maybe that’s why.
Actually, I was about to ask you about “Negative I Love You.”
NiLY is a hard mixtape. I used to fall into a lot of negativity myself, but I made this mixtape because I think I love negativity now!
Do you express a different feeling in the songs you have released after that mixtape? What can we expect from your next album?
There have been a lot of changes in my mind since NiLY. I can’t tell you the name of the new album yet, but I think it’s going to be an iconic album for rirugiliyangugili!
There will be some intense songs, of course, but you can also expect more! It will include songs like “Jerry” and “Tomorrow,” which are only on SoundCloud now,
Your videos are always very impressive. How is the process to create them?
I have made videos myself and then asked Kendeng (@kengdeng.edits) to do the edit. I have also shot for DexFilmz. I’ve been working with a lot of people.
Do you know those ads that show a person after and before? How would you like the way a person feels and thinks to change after listening to your music or going to your live performance?
I don’t know if I’m really feeling it yet, but lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of people imitating my fashion at events.
You have worked with Yokai Jaki or Lil Ash Zange, how do they inspire you?
People think that Yokai Jaki is a crazy guy who writes intense songs, but I think he is actually a very emotional and sensitive artist. He focuses on hard songs, but his soft songs are also very cool!
Lil Ash Zange is a joke of a life! I haven’t seen him for almost half a year because she is in a psych ward.
Why did you decide to make music instead of something else?
I decided to do music when I was in primary school! Now I feel like I was born to play music!