DEMPAGUMI.INC Interview
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 anime Stella Women’s Academy, High School … Read More

INTERVIEW : MAYUKO
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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
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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
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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

BECAUSE I’M A DOLL – FLAVIYAKE
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It’s time to catch up on our favorite musical Moldovian as FLAVIYAKE unveils her latest video ‘Because I’m A Doll’, whose cartoon world explores the ideas of the perception of women and sexual politics. As Flaviyake herself explains: “‘Because I’m … Read More

Into the VOID with Coppé
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It’s been a busy Autumn for Legendary Godmother of Japanese Electronica, Coppé. As well as the culmination of her UK tour, there was the release of new EP Null and a brand new full-length album in the shape of Void. … Read More

Interview: Miku UK Project Interview
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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
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One of the musical treats at Hyper Japan was J-Pop duo Yanakiku, making their UK debut. With their colourful ‘Kimoco’ outfits and J-Pop tunes, the duo won over a lot of new fans during their brief performance schedule here in … Read More

IroKokoro Project Interview
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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 of J-Pop cover versions (primarily … Read More

Catching up with NAOMI SUZUKI
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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
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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
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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
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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. Hyper Japan marks NINJAMAN JAPAN’s UK debut. Their enthusiasm for performing was certainly evident with … Read More

OISHII!ICHIGO Interview
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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
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Beckii Cruel has become a regular visitor to HYPER JAPAN and J-Pop Go interviewed her at the earlier 2012 event. More recently, Beckii has been focussing on her A Level exams and also found time to create a new outfit … Read More

AKARI MOCHIZUKI Interview
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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
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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
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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. Naomi has been carefully crafting a career over the years which … Read More

An Interview with HIROYUKI ITOH
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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
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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

SHONEN KNIFE Interview
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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 briefly about Shonen Knife’s … Read More

K-ON! Fans United
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As our K-ON! WEEK reaches its end, we ask 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 … Read More

A chat with FINNY ATTRIDGE
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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 UK contestant and also featured in this year’s NEO … Read More

An Interview with NATSUKO ASO
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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. Her appearance … Read More

An Interview with BECKII CRUEL
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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

An interview with LO-FI
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Lo-Fi are a Japanese music trio that utilise a range of genres, including breakbeats, hip-hop and soul. The band made their UK debut in October at the HAA – TO BII – TO [ハート ビート] event which was staged in … Read More

UNSHIN Interview
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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
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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
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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