From my background, I have many friends who are Visual Kei fans. I always chat with some of them via MSN. A friend put the displayed words under his or her name, “Visual Kei is not just ‘Make Up’, but it is about Spirit and Soul.” I do believe that their fans actually believe Visual Kei being that way. In my opinion, Visual Kei people is only dress-up as Gothic girls. I had felt a lot of time that those people are gay. There are not a lot of Visual Kei bands who do the make-up and still look like their own gender.
When people look at Visual Kei dressing, they said that it is visual rock. Mo0 Manzon asked me about what the Invisible Rock was like. Although it is funny question, it makes sense for me, that the music is music, and the artwork or make-up is some other things to support the music which is mainstream. Although there is no way to consider the genes of Visual Kei bands’ music with that fabulous make up. Kagrra, Dir en Grey and Unsraw almost have the same make-up, but very different style of music. Considering about economy, they spend too much money for dressing rather than showing who they are.
As my idea of Babilonia, ancient people made the dolls which had very big eyes. The eyes are the most important thing of the human’s creativity. Visual Kei is something appeal to the eyes of their fans. People become their fans very easy just by looking at their dress. They will listen to the music after like their look. This is truly opposite from the regular pop-rock or pop artist which most people became they fans by listening their music in the radio.
I saw many fans love these artists because their looking first, and then the music second. When we listen to the music, we do not need to care about the dressing. I am not sure if Visual Kei is the music mixed with modeling.
Some other kinds of band have their own unique styles of dressings, and that dressings tell the audiences, how hard of the music, what kinds of the music, etc. I love to see that kinds of bands. For Visual Kei, I do not know why the same dressings can give very different music. For example, let’s try “Kagrra” and “Dir en grey”.
Dir en Grey is one of the most famous Visual Kei band in the world, because they are known by American and European during their tour with the western metal bands. First time, they got blamed about their dressing, but at the end, they got a lot of English-speaker fans. They improve their dressing to be model as the western do.