TOKYO FLAVOR Interview

TOKYO FLAVOR are a sub-unit of sorts, each unit named after various regions of Japan (consequently there are also Osaka and Kobe Flavor outfits). Active since 2015, TOKYO FLAVOR consists of members Niina, Yurika and Mayumi. The idol outfit made … Read More

TAKETERU SUNAMORI Interview

Anison Pop Go! The multi-talented Taketeru Sunamori has chalked up a career as a novelist, a composer and, more lately, a DJ among his list of accomplishments. As a student, he contributed voice dramas to popular Japanese site Niconico Douga … Read More

LONDON BLUE Interview

Rock Idol Go! Inspired by the UK rock music scene, LONDON BLUE are a 5-piece outfit consisting of Kana, Kayano, Rina, Kyoka and Rinka. Their eponymous 2016 debut album introduced audiences to the idol outfit’s combination of bubblegum pop and … Read More

HIMEZAWA – Spades & Stars

Shooting for the stars… With her debut album Spades & Stars just released, Himezawa has had an opportunity to reflect on her fortunes since relocating to Japan several years back. The German-born musician, model, author and performer had started her … Read More

MUTANT MONSTER Interview

Punk power trio deliver mutant moments… Originally formed in 2008 by sisters Be and Meana during their first year of high school, MUTANT MONSTER initially found inspiration from punk rock – particularly classic UK bands such as The Clash, The … Read More

B.O.O. Interview

Idol pop duo offer a bridge between J-Pop and western styles… The world of idol pop is peppered with a broad range of solo artists and large group outfits all competing for attention in the Japanese domestic market. BOO is … Read More

TORIENA Interview

The 8-Bit brilliance of one of Japan’s rising chiptune stars… The world of chiptune and 8-bit electronic music has been a compelling niche area for grassroots musicians for a number of years. One of the rising stars of this scene … Read More

MOSO CALIBRATION Interview

It’s idol pop go with MoCali… Idol outfit Moso Calibration emerged from the Dear Stage stable (home of Dempagumi.inc) in 2013. Currently a 5-piece group, MoCali have built up a respectable fanbase on the back of tunes such as ‘Chichin … Read More

REOL Interview

Hyper pop tunes from J-Pop trio… 3-piece outfit REOL have established themselves through a series of energetic compositions, including ‘ChiruChiru’, ‘YoiYoi Kokon’ and ’Give Me Break Stop Now’. Consisting of Reol, GigaP and Okiku. Signed to the Toy’s Factory label, … Read More

THE TOMBOYS Interview

The energetic 4-piece rock outfit return to London… THE TOMBOYS are bathed in green light as they perform their upbeat number ‘Please Remember Me’ on stage at the Underbelly in Hoxton. They’re bouncing all around the small stage, standing on … Read More

DEMPAGUMI.INC Interview

The Idol Pop wonder that is DEMPAGUMI.INC have been knocking out tunes since 2008. They sprung back into action this year with new album Gogo Dempa – and in an exclusive interview we take a look at how the idol … Read More

CHARISMA.COM Interview

Arriving in the UK with a Bang at this summer’s Hyper Japan, CHARISMA.COM’s own unique electronic music approach certainly made an impact. Although they had been friends at school, it wasn’t until Itsuka and Gonchi left that the pair entertained … Read More

LACROIX DESPHERES

Visual kei outfit LACROIX DESPHERES weave together a combination of rock, classical and performance to present their own unique style of Rock Opera. A constant presence on the Japanese music scene since its roots in the 1980s, visual kei has … Read More

HIMEZAWA – WAGAMAMA LOVE

Making her singing debut, HIMEZAWA steps forth with new single release ‘Wagamama Love’… Originally hailing from Germany, HIMEZAWA spent a brief time in the UK before moving to Japan where she became a model for Asobisystem. Her cosplaying career kicked … Read More

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE Interview

A 5-piece idol outfit signed to the Avex Trax label, TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE originally launched in 2010 and drew comparisons to former female Avex groups such as dream and SweetS. Their most recent release ‘Never ever’ also features in anime … Read More

MOUMOON Interview

Formed of YUKA and Masaki Kousuke, mouoon are a Japanese duo that originally formed in 2005. Their 2012 song ‘Wild Child’ featured in the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! and their more recent song ‘Hello, Shooting-Star’ forms the ending theme for Assassination … Read More

EIR AOI Interview

Hailing from Sapporo, Eir Aoi got off to an early music career interest by forming her own band while in school. Since then, the powerful singer has clocked up an impressive resume of releases since her debut single ‘MEMORIA’ in … Read More

An Interview With J BRITTON

The talents of JONATHAN BRITTON were on display at Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market this year as the accomplished singer entertained audiences across the weekend. His appearance on Japanese TV show Nodojiman THE WORLD confirmed his enthusiasm for J-Pop as he … Read More

MK DANCE GROUP Interview

One of the regular dance outfits on the UK scene is MK DANCE GROUP (now known simply as MK) who have been active since 2010 and have clocked up appearances at events such as MCM Expo and Hyper Japan. The … Read More

ANDY LEE/KLEPTOPENGUIN interview

ANDY LEE is a UK performer who appears at events as himself and also under the guise of KLEPTOPENGUIN. Using a multitude of talents, including singing, keyboards, dancing and MCing, Andy has also clocked up a number of awards for … Read More

An interview with YUN*CHI

YUN*CHI has steadily carved her own niche in J-Pop through the release of several mini albums which has led to the release of her debut album Asterix*. Since her UK debut at Hyper Japan last year (where J-Pop Go first … Read More

INTERVIEW : ANNA YANO

Anime songstress guests at Hyper Japan Among the new visitors to Hyper Japan in 2014 was ANNA YANO who began her career modelling and has since branched out into music, singing ‘Shape My Story’ – the opening theme to the … Read More

INTERVIEW : MAYUKO

Studying fine arts at university, Mayuko developed an interest in music in the paintings she produced. Her name means “a child in the cocoon” and her unique ethereal vocals have a warm appeal that reveal an abstract world. An early … Read More

INTERVIEW : NAGI YANAGI

One of Hyper Japan’s guests in 2014 was NAGI YANAGI, the J-Pop singer who rose to fame via the doujin music scene in Japan, particularly for her work with the legendary supercell. Nagi had originally began her career under various … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCARLETT YOUNG

SCARLETT YOUNG is best known for winning the UK Kawaii Star contest at Hyper Japan in 2011 and singing on Japanese TV show Nodojiman The World in 2013. A member of UK outfit Oishii!Ichigo and MK Dance Group, Scarlett also … Read More

DIE MILCH at Milk Tea Day

With an increasingly popular Lolita community in the UK it’s only natural that dedicated events should start to become regular features on the calendar. Milk Tea Day took place in London in December, following on from an earlier event (Austen … Read More

Into the VOID with Coppé

At the culmination of her UK tour, Legendary Godmother of Japanese Electronica, Coppé rounded things off with a special post-tour party in London. The location of choice was Rudy’s Revenge cocktail bar, a hidden gem amongst London’s nighttime venues. Guests … Read More

Interview: Miku UK Project Interview

The Miku UK project is a fan-based initiative to stage live Vocaloid and Hatsune Miku concerts in the UK. A special performance will be taking place in Gateshead following on from the Anime Attacks event. J-Pop Go posed some questions … Read More

An Interview With YANAKIKU

J-Pop duo hit Hyper Japan… One of the musical treats at Hyper Japan was J-Pop duo Yanakiku, making their UK debut. The roots of Yanakiku lie with 4-piece J-Pop outfit Missing Link, of which Yana and Kiku were a part. … Read More

An Interview With Yun*chi

The highlight of Hyper Japan 2013 was the UK debut of Yun*chi. Having strong musical roots (her mother is also a singer) was a clear indicator of where Yun*chi wanted her career to head. Originally part of the Harajuku modelling … Read More

IroKokoro Project Interview

Collaborative effort yields impressive results Hyper Japan 2013 featured a variety of musical treats, including a surprising collaboration between Yun*chi and IroKokoro Project. Originally formed back in 2009, IroKokoro Project is an online community of girls who do a variety … Read More

Catching up with NAOMI SUZUKI

It’s June in London, although you wouldn’t have guessed it by the threat of rain in the capital city. With Japan’s rainy season also underway, it’s perhaps fitting that today I’m catching up with Naomi Suzuki. With a broad profile … Read More

TOMOCA Interview

With a fusion of both modern Western and traditional Japanese instruments, talented artist TOMOCA has created a style which she refers to as ‘Wa-Pop’ (literally, Japanese pop). TOMOCA has been a stage performer from a young age and is an … Read More

TOMOYASU HOTEI Interview

Legendary guitarist TOMOYASU HOTEI made a special appearance at HYPER JAPAN this year to perform one of his best known songs ‘Battle Without Honour or Humanity’, which featured in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill. HOTEI has enjoyed a long … Read More

NINJAMAN JAPAN Interview

NINJAMAN JAPAN are a 5-piece Visual Kei band who blend together a mix of glam rock, metal and theatre to create a spectacular live show. The band features Lida (Psycho le Cému) on guitar, Metal (Yoshida Metal, Gekidan★Shinkansen) on bass, … Read More

OISHII!ICHIGO Interview

Oishii!Ichigo are a new UK-based idol outfit that are managed by Beckii Cruel. Oishii!Ichigo (part of the global Oishii Project) also features Hyper Japan Kawaii star Scarlett (who won Kawaii Star of the Year at HYPER JAPAN 2011). The outfit … Read More

BECKII CRUEL Interview

Beckii Cruel has become a regular visitor to HYPER JAPAN and J-Pop Go interviewed her at the earlier 2012 event. Achieving fame via her online dance videos both on YouTube and Japanese streaming site Nico Nico Douga, Beckii has also … Read More

AKARI MOCHIZUKI Interview

With a wide range of singing styles, AKARI MOCHIZUKI is a surprising live performer. She began singing Enka when she was three, went on to study drama and music in the UK and became a professional singer in 2009. Akari … Read More

An Interview with COPPÉ

Hailed as the ‘Godmother of Japanese Electronica’, Coppé has paved her own unique creative path over the years. Even from an early age, Coppé had a desire to pursue music. From the age of three she studied classical piano and … Read More

An Interview with NAOMI SUZUKI

Multi-talented Matsuri host talks about her music One of the highlights of the recent Japan Matsuri was a performance by the talented NAOMI SUZUKI who drew a sizeable group of enthusiastic J-Pop fans and curious bystanders (and which featured a … Read More

An Interview with HIROYUKI ITOH

HIROYUKI ITOH is the CEO of Crypton Future Media, better known for their Vocaloid software and its most famous offspring Hatsune Miku. The phenomenal success of Hatsune Miku has reached beyond Japan and the fan-created content has led to an … Read More

The Amecon Interviews

Amecon is the UK’s largest anime convention. Running since 2004, the weekend-long event features cosplay shows, panels, pub quizzes, parties, anime screenings, guests and more. This year’s Amecon saw a gathering of many of the people and DJs involved in … Read More

TOMITA Interview

Legendary electronic music pioneer speaks If there’s a name that’s synonymous with Japanese electronic music it’s Isao Tomita, whose 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing was an early experimental work that, alongside Western works such as Walter Carlos’ Switched-On Bach, provided … Read More

SHONEN KNIFE Interview

With the release of their latest album Pop Tune, Shonen Knife celebrate 30 years of their own particular brand of rock tunes. Founder-member Naoko Yamano kindly took time out from the rigorous promotional work to chat to J-Pop Go briefly … Read More

K-ON! Fans United

What is it about K-On! that appeals to its many fans? Lizzie Ooi went to this year’s Kitacon event to chat to the attendees about the Ho-kago girls to get their views on the characters and the music. But what … Read More

A chat with FINNY ATTRIDGE

Catching up with one the UK’s most talented performers… As a rising star on the UK’s Japanese culture scene, Finny Attridge has already been a contestant for the Hyper Japan UK Kawaii Star Of The Year contest, Miss Teen Queen … Read More

An Interview with NATSUKO ASO

Natsuko Aso certainly likes to keep her J-Pop energetic. Songs such as ‘More More Lovers’ and ‘Perfect Area Complete’ (which also is the theme to the series Baka to Test to Shokanju) are frenetic slices of infectious pop. Natsuko’s early … Read More

An Interview with BECKII CRUEL

Beckii Cruel is a name that’s probably best associated with the fame she achieved through her YouTube channel. Posting videos of herself dancing to J-Pop and anime songs, one of the videos featured the young Becky Flint dancing to ‘Danjo’. … Read More

Emi Evans Interview

We’re used to hearing Japanese artists making an impact here in the West, but what happens when Western artists try to make a career in the Japanese music scene? Emi Evans is originally from the UK and opted to study … Read More

An interview with LO-FI

Lo-Fi are a Japanese music trio that utilise a range of genres, including breakbeats, hip-hop and soul. Previous performances have included the Mini Cooper Xmas event, a Starbucks anniversary event and also the Asahi summer beer garden party in Hokkaido. … Read More

UNSHIN Interview

Combining a variety of styles and influences, Unshin features members from Taiwan, Korea, England and Japan. Singer Megumi Miyoshi (originally from Sendai, Japan) was a professional koto player before the band was formed. Their debut album Waltz for Broken Dolls … Read More

An interview with UNICORN TABLE

UNICORN TABLE have built a career on a boisterous pop rock that has carved its way into a series of top notch anime themes including Fly Away from Jinki:Extend and a variety of tunes from School Rumble. The creation of … Read More

An interview with KANON WAKESHIMA

Kanon Wakeshima and her Pop Baroque style has gained a large fan following in her home country of Japan, but she has also become increasingly popular in the West too. She has been playing the cello since she was three … Read More

Interview PINE*am

PINE*am comprises Tsugumi Takashi and Chizuko Matsubayashi engaged in a particular flavour of electronica that delights in low-fi quirky goodness. From the electronic funk of Do I Know You through the crunchy electro goodness that forms Get A Choco, PINE*am … Read More

Interview DMBQ

DMBQ’s frenetic sound pulls in a diverse range of sounds and influences and which they themselves describe as “Hard Rock/Psychedelic-based music, infused with elements of Noise and Free Improvisation”. J-Pop Go caught up with frontman Shinji Masuko to chat about … Read More

Interview RODNEY ALAN GREENBLAT

Much of the whimsical designs that featured on early PUFFY record releases were down to the talents of illustrator RODNEY ALAN GREENBLAT. The US-based artist is probably best known for his work on the classic game Parappa The Rapper as … Read More

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