Category: J-Pop Interviews

GARNiDELiA – Interview (2018)

GARNiDELiA Interview by Todd Nelson July 27, 2018 GARNiDELiA is a Japanese pop duo consisting of singer MARiA, and producer/composer toku. Their songs have been featured in many anime series such as Kill la Kill and Fate/Apocrypha. Recently they performed as a musical guest at anime convention A-Kon in Fort Worth, Texas. Your live performance …

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Yuki Kajiura – Interview (2018)

Yuki Kajiura Interview by David Cirone and Nhu Nguyen July 20, 2018 With a musical career spanning games, films, musicals, and an extensive list of anime titles including Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, and .hack//SIGN, composer, lyricist, and performer Yuki Kajiura has provided soundtracks to hit after hit, not to mention producing for acts like Kalafina …

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Aimer – Interview (2018)

Aimer Interview by David Cirone July 2, 2018 At the age of 15, Aimer lost her voice due to an accident. After years of work to overcome her hardship, she acquired her distinctive sweet and husky voice. In October 2017, she released her single “Hana no Uta (Flower Song)”, which was chosen as the theme …

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i☆Ris – Interview (2018)

i☆Ris Interview by DJ Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo) June 30, 2018 i☆Ris is best known for starring in the popular franchise PriPara. The five-member idol unit’s ambitious undertaking as idols has encompassed voice acting in both anime and gaming as well as live music performances. Their cheery stage presence and contagious enthusiasm will be …

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Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 2

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) Interview by David Cirone Part 2 April 23, 2018 Your YouTube channel became super-popular as soon you started, and you’ve created some outrageous, crazy videos. How do you come up with the ideas? Erina: When I was little, I would imagine swimming in a pool filled with pudding, or filling a …

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Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 1

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) Interview by David Cirone Part 1 April 8, 2018 How long have you been a member of Kamen Joshi? How did you get your start? Erina: It’s my sixth year now. I came to Tokyo hoping to become an idol and was looking for an audition. On YouTube, I saw an …

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PassCode – Interview (2018)

PassCode Interview by John Winner (Straight From Japan) and David Cirone April 4, 2018 Formed in 2014 with a musical direction towards a mix of EDM and rock, PassCode achieved popularity right from the start. In 2015, the group released their first album and single, followed by performances at major music events Summer Sonic and …

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Kikuna Mishima – Interview (2017)

Kikuna Mishima Interview by David Cirone December 26, 2017 Kikuna Mishima’s bold photographic work centers on feminine identity, uniquely expressed through carefully designed, abstract yet delicate imagery. After completing her latest exhibit in Tokyo, Mishima breaks down her inspirations, goals, and practical approach to communicating a message with the perfect pose. You’ve mentioned that you …

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NECRONOMIDOL – Interview (2017)

NECRONOMIDOL Interview by John Winner (Straight From Japan) December 23, 2017 Do you ever feel you get more attention from western fans than from fans in Japan? Is there a different way they show their support? Sari: “Idol” as a concept is already kind of made in Japan, so the path to becoming popular as …

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Omodoka feature on toco toco

Japanese house music pioneer Soichi Terada (also known as Omodaka) is featured on toco toco’s new episode on YouTube. Known for his chiptune music and various video game soundtracks (“Ape Escape”), the multi-talented producer/composer toured the U.S. in 2009 and 2010 as part of the Japan Nite ensemble.