Patrick St. Michel

Patrick St. Michel is a Tokyo-based writer with a focus on Japanese music. He runs the blog Make Believe Melodies, which has focused on Japanese independent music since 2009. Besides The Japan Times, he also contributes to MTV 81 and The Atlantic.

For Patrick St. Michel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Attack25' revists Dreams Come True's better qualities

| Sep 16, 2014

'Attack25' revists Dreams Come True's better qualities

Dreams Come True “Attack25″ (Universal Music) This year marks the 25th anniversary of popular J-pop outfit Dreams Come True’s formation, and to celebrate the occasion Universal Music has released “Attack25,” its 17th original album to date. It’s not a best-of collection as such, the ...

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

Aug 19, 2014

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

After Queen finished “Another One Bites The Dust” — 10 minutes before 8 p.m. on the Sunday of this year’s Summer Sonic in Chiba — hundreds of fans darted for the exits of QVC Marine Field Stadium. Security guards and staff with megaphones tried ...

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Aug 14, 2014

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Three years ago, Seiho Hayakawa could often be found playing shows at basement venues around Osaka. Today, he’s all over the map. In the past year, Hayakawa has toured the United States, opened for Disclosure in Tokyo and now divides his time between Kanto ...

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

Aug 12, 2014

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

Electronic-music producer Kenji Takikawa’s work took a major detour following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. “Like many Japanese people, I feel angry about the way March 11 and the consequent events that followed regarding nuclear power was handled,” says the Hiroshima native ...

| Jul 15, 2014

Kis-My-Journey takes us down a familiar path

It’s not the highest of honors, but I’d like to award awkwardly named boy band Kis-My-Ft2 as the best pop act under the Johnny & Associates umbrella. Again, this isn’t an accomplishment worthy of a trophy, especially considering the competition includes the phone-it-in balladry ...

Emerald Four slows its sound down

| Jul 15, 2014

Emerald Four slows its sound down

The music created by Emerald Four practically oozes from the speakers. The Kyoto-based duo crafts narcotized songs built around unfolding electronics and slow, dreamy vocals. It has taken a little bit of time to get to this point, however. Over the past two years, ...

Japan won't let 'Frozen' go

| Jun 17, 2014

Japan won't let 'Frozen' go

At first blush, the Japanese success of the animated film “Frozen” seems easy to explain. In a country where people pack Tokyo Disneyland on weekdays, of course a new princess-centric cartoon from Disney would succeed, but “Frozen” has been a phenomenon all its own. ...