There I was, minding my own business… until a couple of nights ago -while working on Iguchi Yuka’s profile– I came across a YouTube suggestion I could not not click. There’s this relatively new yet quite popular channel called THE FIRST TAKE. The concept is simple: invite artists over to a white/blank studio and have them perform anything they like and give it their all in a single take. The suggested video was Masayuki Suzuki’s performance of the opening theme from Kaguya-sama: Love is War 2, “DADDY! DADDY! DO! feat. Airi Suzuki”. And I was left speechless.
Okay, let’s pause there for a second. About two months ago I managed to finish Suzuki Masayuki’s profile. Hell, it was a looong project. His discography is virtually endless. While working on his profile, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about him, listen to his songs and see his progress through the years. And after those seemingly endless headaches (I can’t even describe how hard it is to double-check names in Japanese and try to guess -*cough* no, scratch that- figure out their transliterations), I came to deeply admire his musicianship and attitude.
Thankfully, the video has captions in English, so us non-Japanese speakers can follow the comments made in the beginning. I immediately liked the vibe both singers had, how reassuring and comforting Suzuki Masayuki was and how he naturally emitted his confidence and charisma. Isn’t he a professional or what. I also enjoyed listening to Suzuki Airi. It’s only appropriate to mention here that voicing the second voice is quite hard. And she nailed it. I liked both their voices, their attitudes and their professionalism. If you think of it as a ‘live’ instead of a ‘recording’, then it’s definitely worth admiring.
The aftertaste I was left with was that it would be truly rewarding to listen to him live. Undoubtedly. It just shows. It’s hard to come across official videos of Suzuki Masayuki but I’m really glad this is one of those few. You should definitely have a listen.