Category Archive: J-Pop Interviews

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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Apr 29 2015

YANAKIKU – Interview (2015)

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YANAKIKU Interview by DJ Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo) April 30, 2015 YANAKIKU debuted in 2012, and quickly crossed into the realm of J-Pop artists operating in the international market. Seemingly built for the global stage, presenting elements of both traditional Japanese culture and the modern, futuristic electronic beats of Tokyo dance pop, the duo …

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Jan 05 2015

Yoko Ishida – Interview (2015)

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Yoko Ishida Interview by Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo) January 5, 2015 Yoko Ishida has been entertaining anime fans around the world since her breakout song “Otome no Policy” for Sailor Moon R, and with subsequent themes for Ah! My Goddess, Ai Yori Aoshi and Strike Witches. She will be joining other popular anisong artists …

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Jan 02 2015

Sayaka Sasaki – Interview (2014)

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Sayaka Sasaki Interview by Jen Wang January 3, 2015 Winner of the third Animax Anison Grand Prix, Sayaka Sasaki has become a familiar voice in anime. She sang the themes for Tatakau Shisho – The Book of Bantorra, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, and Garo: Honoo no Kokuin to name a few. She has teamed …

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Oct 22 2014

Sayumi Michishige (Morning Musume ’14) – Interview (2014)

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Sayumi Michishige (Morning Musume) Interview by DJ Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo) October 22, 2014 Sayumi Michishige is the longest-serving member of groundbreaking idol group Morning Musume。’14. She’s also been the leader since 2012, and surprised fans earlier this year by announcing her graduation following their fall tour. NekoPOP had the opportunity to talk with …

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Jul 18 2014

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Interview (2014)

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Tokyo Girls’ Style Interview by DJ Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo) July 18, 2014 Tokyo Girls’ Style occupies an intriguing new frontier in J-Pop. The last few years have seen more Japanese acts performing songs crafted for a widening international audience. Tōkyō Joshiryū, as they are known in Japan, debuted as a five-member group in …

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