Keep up the hunger to find new music

Jun 28, 2015

Keep up the hunger to find new music

Have you heard or had this conversation recently? “Hey, long time no see! How are you? Are there any cool new bands where you are?” (Pained expression) “Not really, no.” Exchanges like this are going on between touring musicians and local indie scene faces ...

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

| Mar 24, 2015

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to the music charts in Japan knows that for many years now they’ve been a joke. Year-end charts are increasingly clogged up with mass idol collectives, sales buoyed by multiple purchases from “otaku” (obsessive fans), encouraged by ...

Sympathy for the snob: Real DJs play vinyl

| Feb 24, 2015

Sympathy for the snob: Real DJs play vinyl

Up a backstreet in Shibuya’s Udagawacho neighborhood, tucked in behind the Milky Way, Chelsea Hotel and Star Lounge live-music venues — an area tight with record stores — I’m on my way to a party crammed with style-conscious young folk in sweaters and berets, ...

Who was music being made for in 2014?

| Dec 23, 2014

Who was music being made for in 2014?

When looking back on the year in music, the big question music fans should be asking themselves is, “Who was music being made for in 2014?” Looking at the broader picture, we can find the answers writ large across the Japanese music scene. Is ...