Japanese metal outfit BABYMETAL recently sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine to discuss how their self-titled debut became the best-selling Japanese album in America last year and how metal veterans Metallica helped them get to where they are now.
17 year olf Su-metal (lead singer) and 15 year old Moametal spoke to Rolling Stone's Jeff Benjamin about Metallica's influence.
Before your shows start, you play Metallica over the P.A. What do you like so much about them?
Su-Metal: It's not only something for us, but the fans get excited when they listen to Metallica and, with Babymetal, it keeps with the rhythm. Before we joined Babymetal, we weren't that familiar with metal, but we learned a lot from Metallica. Watching their shows and even meeting them, they were really nice to us.
Did you get any advice from Metallica when you met them?
Moametal: We never got any advice, but just watching their stage we learned so much. They separate who they are onstage and who they are backstage. That's something we learned from them and we hope one day we'll be able to reach that kind of level onstage that Metallica has onstage. It feels like they do receive power from the metal gods when they're on because it's amazing.
For more of BABYMETAL's interview, check out the full Rolling Stone article.
BABYMETAL - "Gimme Chocolate"
Metallica - "Enter Sandman"