Mariko Lochridge

For Mariko Lochridge's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Beatmakers just wanna have fun

Nov 24, 2011

Beatmakers just wanna have fun

British magazine DJ Mag caused some ripples among critics this month when it released its list of the most popular DJs from around the world and there wasn’t one woman among the 100-strong pick. Though the magazine points out that its editors don’t decide ...

Crystal Kay aims for spring break vibe in Zushi

Aug 11, 2011

Crystal Kay aims for spring break vibe in Zushi

Crystal Kay has been an exciting singer to watch mature in the music industry. Since her debut at 13 years old, this Yokohama native has wowed fans with her powerful vocals and a compelling personal story of being a mixed-race singer (Korean-American) in Japan. ...

Terumasa Hino and DJ Honda 'Aftershock'

Jun 30, 2011

Terumasa Hino and DJ Honda "Aftershock"

While many artists claim they are taking the next step in music, breaking rules and pushing boundaries, most of the time I find the effort merely results in the same melodies being pitched an octave higher. As the old adage goes, in order to ...

Bright set out to lighten spirits

Apr 29, 2011

Bright set out to lighten spirits

All-female vocal quartet Bright are putting their efforts into Action for Nippon, a charity that works to help kids affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. For the past few months, the women have been hosting an hourlong Ustream show on Wednesdays sponsored ...

Crazy T 'in to you'

Mar 18, 2011

Crazy T "in to you"

Japan-based American rapper Travis Tewes, who performs under the moniker Crazy T, originally planned to use kanji on the cover of his sophmore album. However, since so few young Japanese could actually read the kanji, he decided at the last minute to spell out ...

In the Record Bag: DJ Sarasa

Feb 18, 2011

In the Record Bag: DJ Sarasa

When it comes to reppin’ Japan’s B-girls, no one does it better than DJ Sarasa. Her skills have caught the attention of music lovers worldwide and of course here in Japan. Golden Oldie: Eric B. & Rakim — “Juice (Know The Ledge)” (Fontana MCA). ...

Cro-Magnon and Gagle

Feb 4, 2011

Cro-Magnon and Gagle

Thanks to a solid base of Japanese fans, acid jazz will probably never go out of style. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t evolve. Lesser known than acts such as the late Nujabes, Cro-Magnon is a part of that genre’s evolution. The band is ...