For those who may not already be aware, would you mind introducing yourself and sharing a little bit of your background?
My name is Sebastiano Serafini. I’m a model and musician currently living in Tokyo, Japan.
How did you get into singing and modeling? Were they something you always wanted to do?
I was scouted in Milan, Italy at the age of 15. Since then I’ve had opportunities to work around the world in many countries including: Japan, Taiwan, Korea, France, China, Thailand, USA and several others. I’ve always loved singing and I started learning piano at a very young age. I was just having fun with music and getting my photos taken, but I would never have expected this would be my full-time job one day.
You have two very busy careers as both a singer and fashion model. What is the biggest challenge in balancing two demanding careers?
I try to mix elements from both worlds even when I’m singing. It’s challenging but rewarding.
What are some of your favorite things about being a singer?
What I love the most is that I can express my emotions which allows me to reach many people who might live in different countries and speak different languages.
What are some of your favorite things about being a fashion model?
It’s always great that I get to collaborate with fantastic photographers, designers, stylists, as well as hair and make-up artists. It’s a very creative world!
Your career puts you into contact with a number of other talented artists. Who are some of the musicians, designers, and other unique people you’ve had the opportunity to work with?
There are so many talented artists that I’ve been working with over the years that it isn’t easy for me to list them all. I can share the names of many of my friends who are involved in helping create my newest album: Aoi (SHAZNA), Yukimi (ex Unite), Yuki (liraizo, ex Mix Speakers Inc), Nimo (ex ACE), Kizasi, Misha Janette, Hikaru Cho, Mitsuhiro Higuchi, Si Oux, minori, amihamu and more.
Could you tell us more about the album you’re working on?
Sure. Currently I’m working with the German producer Oliver DeVille. We chose to mix pop with hardcore elements as well as dub-step. I believe it’s a type of mixture that people haven’t heard before and if I had to describe it I would say it sounds futuristic. One of the songs from this album will be featured in the television series Columns.
Could you tell us more about the band and your experiences?
Ecthelion is the first visual kei band to incorporate vocaloid in their songs to create a unique sound. I think being part of the band has been a great experience as it’s quite unusual for a non-fully-Japanese person to be part of this genre. I hope with band will keep on growing and maybe we can tour worldwide in the future.
Despite having such a busy lifestyle, you always make time for your fans. What’s your secret to balancing it all without it overwhelming you?
I guess to me I always feel so honored to have all these great fans who are trying their best to support me. Making time for them is giving me more energy to keep doing what I’m doing and it helps me express my gratitude for their continued support. Knowing that what I do inspires people is actually what inspires me every day.
What would you say have been the major contributing factors to your success?
Being true to myself and having friends who support me. Also, keeping an open mind and never being afraid to try new things.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years? Maybe on the moon? Seriously, I like to live my life day-by-day, without thinking too much about the future. I try to do be the best I can and enjoy what life is giving me.
Any special messages you want to share with your fans?
Thank you always for your support and I really hope I can visit you all one day!
Interview: Matthew Whetstone for Visual Kei Heaven