Category Archive: J-Pop Interviews

Jan 28 2019

TRUE – Interview (2019)

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TRUE Interview by David Cirone January 28, 2019 Anisong hitmaker TRUE opens up about her transition from behind-the-scenes songwriter to on-stage performer, with a five-year career that has already yielded memorable themes to popular series such as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Sound! Euphonium, Violet Evergarden, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. …

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Jan 26 2019

Shoko Nakagawa – Interview (2019)

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Shoko Nakagawa Interview by David Cirone January 26, 2019 There are so many stories about you eating your cats, going back more than 10 years. There are some people here in the U.S. who might not even know you’re a singer. Are you still biting cats as much as you used to? Shoko Nakagawa: My …

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Jan 25 2019

Naoki Urasawa – Interview with creator of Monster, 20th Century Boys at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles (2019)

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Naoki Urasawa Interview by David Cirone January 25, 2019 We sat down for a one-on-one interview with famed manga creator Naoki Urasawa at the opening of his first North American art exhibition, “This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA”, which runs January 23 – March 28, 2019 at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles. The …

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Dec 18 2018

Hiroshi Kitadani – Interview (2018)

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Hiroshi Kitadani Interview by VampyBitMe December 18, 2018 VampyBitMe: Every time we see you on stage or in music videos, you’re such a passionate artist and performer. What drives you to keep going full-force? How do you keep so energized and focused? Kitadani: It’s the power of the song itself, that’s what really fuels my …

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Nov 01 2018

Hironobu Kageyama – Interview (2018)

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Hironobu Kageyama Interview by David Cirone November 1, 2018 As a solo artist and as founder of JAM Project, you’ve been traveling the world and performing outside of Japan since the 1990s. For many international anime fans, you might be the first Japanese musician they’ve ever seen in a live performance. Do you feel a …

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Aug 06 2018

May’n – Interview (2018)

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May’n Interview by David Cirone August 10, 2018 Legendary among anime fans for her performances in Macross Frontier, Accel World, and her latest theme song for Lord of Vermilion, May’n reflects on the first decade of her singing career, her approach to creating her anime theme performances, and her eternal love for taiyaki in our …

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Aug 02 2018

GARNiDELiA – Interview (2018)

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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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Jul 30 2018

Yuki Kajiura – Interview (2018)

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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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Jul 02 2018

Aimer – Interview (2018)

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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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Jun 30 2018

i☆Ris – Interview (2018)

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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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