Interview by David Cirone
May 19, 2019
BALLISTIK BOYZ from EXILE TRIBE is a 7-member dance, vocal, and MC unit, the first ever group within LDH where each member contributes vocals to the performance. With their debut CD BALLISTIK BOYZ out this week and their music video for “TENHANE 1000%” topping 1 million views on YouTube, the group talks about their multi-cultural approach, the pressures of living up to the standards set by EXILE TRIBE, and traveling overseas to shoot their first music video on the streets of Los Angeles.
Your music video for “TENHANE 1000%” was shot in L.A., and it showcases a modern, international vibe in your choice of fashion and locations. Why was it important to show BALLISTIK BOYZ as a “global artist” in your first MV?
Ryuta Hidaka: Since we took on the challenge to innovate, being the first group at LDH with all 7 members singing and dancing, and including members who speak English and Portuguese, I think that type of style was a perfect choice for us. It sums up BALLISTIK BOYZ as artists who engage in the global scene representing Japan.