Patrick ST. Michel

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

Fuji Rock's closing act was a load of trash

| Aug 10, 2017

Fuji Rock's closing act was a load of trash

By all accounts, this year's Fuji Rock Festival was a success. Punters of all ages and demographics enjoyed the laid-back vibe at the three-day music spectacular — give or take the constant rain — and most social media posts about the event focused on ...

Parkgolf and other netlabel acts are seeing more success offline

Aug 8, 2017

Parkgolf and other netlabel acts are seeing more success offline

Tokyo's first netlabel parties were filled with nods to internet culture. You'd see customers ordering their drinks via Twitter, robotic hands clapping in time to DJ sets, and people live-streaming themselves from the dancefloor. It's not certain whether any of that paraphernalia will appear at ...

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

Jul 26, 2017

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

The 2017 edition of Fuji Rock Festival boasts one of the more eclectic lineups the long-running gathering has had in recent years. The headliners tell the tale: Cartoon rockers Gorillaz share the same font size as electronic pop star Bjork and dance music weirdo ...