Category Archive: J-Pop Interviews

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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Nov 07 2017

Omodoka feature on toco toco

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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.

Sep 17 2017

Sasara Sekine (Houkago Princess) – Interview (2017)

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Sasara Sekine (Houkago Princess) Interview by Dru Bastedo September 18, 2017 The idea of a “princess” is a familiar one across the world, and idol group Houkago Princess is making a splash in the industry by wearing it like a badge of honor. NekoPop spoke with member Sasara Sekine about English, Disney, and how the …

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Jun 11 2017

Konomi Suzuki – Interview (2017)

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Konomi Suzuki Interview by David Cirone June 12, 2017 A short conversation with anisong singer Konomi Suzuki (No-Game, No-Life, Re:Zero, Fairy Tail, Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) before her upcoming performance at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017. Since your debut with “Choir Jail”, you’ve been able to display …

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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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