Patrick St. Michel

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

Japan jumps into the music stream

Music | Sound Off Jul 18, 2019

Japan jumps into the music stream

The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared a note on Twitter announcing that his band's entire catalog would be uploaded to streaming music platforms like Spotify ...

Kitri: Sisters are doin' it for themselves

Music Jul 17, 2019

Kitri: Sisters are doin' it for themselves

Monami Kida can't remember the last time she had an argument with Hinano, her younger sister and partner in the classical-meets-pop project Kitri. "It might have been a disagreement regarding the order of the songs we would play live," Monami, better known as Mona, says. ...

Emi Meyer: Trading in the jazz standards for original songs

Music Jul 3, 2019

Emi Meyer: Trading in the jazz standards for original songs

The first half of the 2010s offered singer-songwriter Emi Meyer few breaks. She released a full-length album every year until 2015, driven both by creative energy and a feeling that she needed to put herself out there. "That was my fulfillment in life. It was ...