Category Archive: J-Pop Interviews

Apr 19 2017

BRATS – Interview (2017)

BRATS Interview by David Cirone April 19, 2017 “BRATS” is sort of an aggressive word in English — it means kids who don’t listen to grown-ups, who want to do everything their way. Does that description match your personalities? Hinako: It doesn’t match. I don’t think so. Aya: Same here, doesn’t match. I’m a very …

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Mar 04 2017

On set of a J-pop music video shoot: Da-iCE “Two As One”

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On May 31, 2016, I was on set of the “Two As One” music video shoot for J-pop group Da-iCE on top of Hollywood Bowl Overlook. It felt more like watching a J-drama filming in Los Angeles though. There was no singing or dancing, or even music. Only acting. Two vocalists (Sota Hanamura and Yudai …

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Jul 17 2016

Perfume – Interview (2016)

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Perfume Interview by Nhu Nguyen July 17, 2016 When the word ‘perfume’ comes up, the first thought many people may have is of their favorite fragrance or the song by Britney Spears. But for J-Pop fans, Perfume is the name of one of the hottest pop acts in Japan. The group has released five albums, …

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Apr 11 2016

Charisma.com – Interview (2016)

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Charisma.com Interview by David Cirone April 11, 2016 If Charisma.com’s mission is to create cool things, what’s cool about your new album Aidoro C? MC ITSUKA: I think setting a theme of self-love is super cool. It’s cool that there are no songs which are about someone else. DJ GONCHI: The mixture of the coolness …

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Nov 05 2015

FAKY – Interview (2015)

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FAKY has electrified global audiences with their fierce, unapologetic blend of Asian and Western pop. Their 2014 single “Better Without You” landed at No. 3 on Billboard’s Breakout for Hot Dance Club Play chart, and also ranked at No.49 on the Dance Club Play chart. The four-member J-Pop unit based in Tokyo is back with …

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Oct 06 2015

Promic TV’s Joann – Interview (2015)

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PROMIC TV’s Joann Interview by David Cirone October 6, 2015 For over two years, PROMIC TV’s YouTube channel has brought the world news and interviews from the richly fantastic world of Japanese music. On the eve of this year’s Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM), I got a chance to know the channel’s energetic host Joann …

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Jul 21 2015

Ossan – Interview (2015)

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Ossan Interview by Nhu Nguyen July 21, 2015 On day three of Anime Expo, I went to meet Ossan, a popular Japanese mascot from Hyogo prefecture who was making his American debut at the expo. Other than our first exchange of “Hello”, the second thing he said to me was, “I’m going to ink you.” …

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Jun 02 2015

Anna Tsuchiya – Interview (2015)

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Anna Tsuchiya Interview by Jen Wang June 2, 2015 In April, actress and singer Anna Tsuchiya held her first full-length U.S. concert at Anime Matsuri in Houston, Texas. She treated fans to both old favorites like “Slap that Naughty Body” and “rose” from the NANA anime and more recent numbers, including her latest single “LUCIFER”. …

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