Category Archive: J-Pop Interviews

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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Apr 08 2018

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

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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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Apr 04 2018

PassCode – Interview (2018)

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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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Dec 26 2017

Kikuna Mishima – Interview (2017)

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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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Dec 23 2017

NECRONOMIDOL – Interview (2017)

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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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