Abingdon Boys School of rock is now in session

Jan 15, 2010

Abingdon Boys School of rock is now in session

“Songs these days have become a lot shorter because people don’t seem to have time to listen to whole songs anymore,” laments Takanori Nishikawa, vocalist of Abingdon Boys School. “They just (listen to) their favorite part and then skip to another song.” Nishikawa is ...

Tibet to Tokyo: alan takes flight

Nov 20, 2009

Tibet to Tokyo: alan takes flight

“First of all, I am a Tibetan, 100 percent,” says singer Alan Dawa Zhuoma, more commonly known by her stage name alan. “I’ll never forget the many Chinese teachers and friends who gave me knowledge and encouraged me while I studied in Chengdu and ...

m-flo's Verbal spreads the love

Oct 30, 2009

m-flo's Verbal spreads the love

“It’s like a meteorite flow” says Verbal of his group’s name. “I spelled it ‘mediarite’ because I thought we would hit with a big impact in the media and surprise the unsuspecting masses with some good music. I think it worked better than I ...

Crystal Kay is having a ball

| Oct 16, 2009

Crystal Kay is having a ball

“There is still some racial thing going on,” claims a mild-mannered Crystal Kay. “Some people can’t accept there are a lot of foreigners out there, even in the industry. The 23-year-old is the original pioneer for interracial artists in Japan, and with eight top-10 ...

Anna Tsuchiya's classic new world

Aug 7, 2009

Anna Tsuchiya's classic new world

“I find beauty in the dark side or in people’s anger!” confesses a boisterous Anna Tsuchiya. Surprisingly, Japan’s choice wild-child actress, model and singer did not talk about herself egotistically, but merely justified her love of Chopin over Mozart: “When I (first) listened to ...

Jul 3, 2009

The world of J-pop pays tribute to the King of Pop

Michael Jackson’s musical influence reached all corners of the globe — and Japan too. Artists across genres and generations have all spoken about the loss of one of the music industry’s all-time greats:

Misia changes with charity

Jun 26, 2009

Misia changes with charity

I think that you can convey a fact by words, but you can not convey the truth only with those words,” says Misia, taking a break from recording sessions in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. “And I believe music is what can fill it out.” The ...

Tattoo you — Mika's call to arms

| May 22, 2009

Tattoo you — Mika's call to arms

“I believe in my voice as a singer,” declares Mika Nakashima, alluding to the three words tattooed in English around her right wrist. ” ‘Trust your voice,’ in a broad sense, means we should accept everything and believe in many things. I learned this ...

Mar 27, 2009

Duffy savors fruits of success

“Half of my quarter of a century belongs to music, so I never belonged to anything else,” says Welsh songstress Duffy. “I feel very able and ready!” The blonde bombshell was in Tokyo for her first full-length live show in Japan — at Shibuya ...

Duffy savors fruits of success

| Mar 27, 2009

Duffy savors fruits of success

“Half of my quarter of a century belongs to music, so I never belonged to anything else,” says Welsh songstress Duffy. “I feel very able and ready!” The blonde bombshell was in Tokyo for her first full-length live show in Japan — at Shibuya ...