Damo Suzuki sees promise in young artists

Oct 29, 2013

Damo Suzuki sees promise in young artists

“I don’t like to make music, I like to make energy. Music is just a way to get energy, so why not just make energy?” Damo Suzuki, the 63-year-old singer and guru of a growing global commune of what he terms “sound carriers” doesn’t ...

Capsule's Yasutaka Nakata reworks signature sound on 'Caps Lock'

Oct 22, 2013

Capsule's Yasutaka Nakata reworks signature sound on 'Caps Lock'

As the producer behind electro-idol trio Perfume and oddball techno-pop style icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yasutaka Nakata has been behind some of the most interesting and forward-thinking pop in Japan, consistently pushing back the boundaries of what the mainstream can handle while maintaining a ...

| Oct 2, 2013

True tradition would be preferable to an 'Idolympics' in 2020

Ten-thousand Kumamons doing an elaborate Busby Berkeley-style dance routine to Kyu Sakamoto’s international 1963 hit “Sukiyaki”? A 100-meter Hatsune Miku towering over the stadium while 80,000 spectators crane their necks for a glimpse up her skirt? Newly elected Prime Minister Pamyu Pamyu speeding up ...

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

Aug 21, 2013

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

“Those voices makes me vomit! Too many people in one band is no good. It’s kind of scary. I feel like I’m suffering from car sickness all the time.” Sachiko Fukuda from noise-pop duo Umez is not a fan of AKB48. That didn’t stop ...