| Interview with Kelli Sae, Singer of Phantasy Star Universe Main Theme
by Tomeeboy (Interview by LoveJuice)- May 11, 2006
If there is one piece of music that is almost a requirement for any type of game, it's a theme song. When used with dazzling cinematics or opening credits, a theme song can really set the mood for the entire game, which makes it an important focus point in the development process. Lyrics, melody and tempo can be used to express exactly what developers want the player to feel and can create an even more immersive experience than simply playing the game.
Once a theme song has been written and approved, there's really only one thing left to do; find somebody to sing it. The folks at Sega and Sonic Team approached singer-songwriter Kelli Sae with the task of singing the theme for their upcoming title, Phantasy Star Universe. PSO-World.com contributer LoveJuice was nice enough to interview Kelli recently, on behalf of the site, and has provided us with some Q & A for this article. Without further adu, let's see how the interview went!
|Q & A with Kelli Sae|
Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you landed the job? Were you approached by Sega, or was it the other way around? It certainly seems like a very unique job opportunity!
Q: Were you told anything about the Phantasy Star Universe project prior to your recording session with Sega?
Q: So far, we've heard only one track featuring your vocals, that has yet to be named, within Phantasy Star Universe. Were you asked to record any others? Perhaps a slower or alternate version, or something entirely different altogether?
Q: The song you feature on, which we've heard so far in trailers and pre-release materials, shares its melody with numerous other pieces of music we've heard within Phantasy Star Universe [stemming all the way back to 2004]. Were you aware of this? Did it have any bearing on the recording?
Q: The lyrics to the nameless song we have heard, have begun to spread across the internet. Can you tell us anything about them? Did you have any input into the lyrics, or were you told what they were about?
Q: Can you tell us anything about your time in the studio? Perhaps who was present (if you can remember any names!), the date and location, or any special bits of information that stand out?
Q: If there's any other information you happen to know, that would be great, I'm sure the community would gobble it up! Perhaps things such as cut lyrics, "extra" music, or scrapped ideas, or any other novelty tidbits from your time with Sega?
Q: Can you offer any tips and advice to any budding vocalists or musicians, who want to take their art further? Do you undertake any special methods to aid you in performance?
Thanks Kelli, we all appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions regarding PSU and the great theme song that you had a part in making!
For all you visitors out there, be sure to keep checking back as we continue our E3 2006 coverage of Phantasy Star Universe with more great interviews and information!