Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル ) is an incredibly successful Japanese-American singer and songwriter, garnering acclaim not only in Japan but internationally. If you happen to play video games, you might recognise her for her theme song contributions to the Kingdom Hearts series. She is fluent in English as a result of being born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Her classmates had trouble pronouncing her … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

CRYSTAL LAKE UK Tour 2019

Metalcore is a worldwide sub-genre which many people from many different countries adore. Fans of this hard hitting musical will be pleased to know that the Japanese metalcore band CRYSTAL LAKE will be visiting the UK for two nights on their latest 2019 tour as well as a spot at Download Festival. Their latest tour will move from their homeland of Japan before moving into Europe and into … Continue reading CRYSTAL LAKE UK Tour 2019

Mutant Monster UK Tour 2019

Garage punk three piece Mutant Monster are coming to the UK this May for an epic time of punk girl goodness. The tour currently has a total of five dates listed around the country and more dates are to be added to the list. So far the tour has dates for London on 23rd May at O2 Academy Islington before heading to The Parish in Huddersfield, Bannermans … Continue reading Mutant Monster UK Tour 2019

Indie, Idol and Infamous UK Tour 2019

Idols, adorable girls who sing either together in a group or as a stand alone act are an infamous part of the Japanese music scene. This phenomenon brought to you by ORIONlive UK is hitting the UK this April with full force giving us Brits a true taste of the meaning Indie, Idol and Infamous. The tour which is set to take place over the course of three dates … Continue reading Indie, Idol and Infamous UK Tour 2019

Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Release date: 16 January 2019 Genres: J-Pop, Rock, J-Rock Gamushara is a wild album and much of my time listening to each track was filled with both delight and puzzlement. Is it rock? Pop? Metal? Rap? More like an eclectic mixture of the genres mishmashed into a beautifully bizarre album creating 46 minutes of pure bliss for the ears. Gamushara starts off with its opening … Continue reading Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Meet the Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita

The Man, The Legend Tatsuro Yamashita (達郎 山下) was all the rage in Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. In the same way Michael Jackson was known as the “King of Pop,” Tatsuro Yamashita was known as the “King of City Pop”, a genre he helped pioneer. Originally part of the band Sugar Babe with Kunio Muramatsu and Taeko Ohnuki in 1973, the group would … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita