Went to Ultra Japan 2017 for The Japan Times

Braved a typhoon to go to Ultra Japan 2017 for The Japan Times. Security tugs a woozy-looking man toward the exit of Odaiba Ultra Park after he got in a scuffle with another festivalgoer. His opponent, only steps behind, has bright red bumps on his face. He approaches a guard and, with a smile, snaps [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Went to Ultra Japan 2017 for The Japan Times

Writing about Japanese electronic music interested in the past for Bandcamp Daily

Nostalgia—for a place or time now lost, or memories of something purely imagined—has long been a central theme in art and entertainment. The ability to access media from anytime or anywhere via the Internet has allowed people a wider palette to revisit the past and construct their own world from it, especially in Japanese culture. [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Japanese electronic music interested in the past for Bandcamp Daily

Writing about A-Nation for Hello Asia!

Went to A-Nation, and wrote about the experience for Hello Asia! The annual A-Nation event has built to a familiar finale for some time now. Since starting in 2002, the showcase organized by J-pop heavyweight Avex Entertainment has almost always finished with Ayumi Hamasaki gracing the stage last. It has been a fitting conclusion, seeing [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about A-Nation for Hello Asia!

Writing about Summer Sonic for The Japan Times

Went to the 2017 edition of Summer Sonic, and wrote it up for The Japan Times. This year’s Summer Sonic had its craziest moment on Sunday night when 1980s singer Rick Astley joined the Foo Fighters for the latter’s headlining performance. “Come on you motherf———!” Astley bellowed at the thousands of fans gathered in Chiba’s [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Summer Sonic for The Japan Times

Spoke with She Talks Silence for Metropolis

For the August issue of Metropolis here in Tokyo, I caught up with She Talks Silence, one of the indie rock scene's better artists. In 2017, music has become more fragmented than ever, and this is true especially in Japan. The arrival of streaming services — not to mention increased attention given to YouTube as [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Spoke with She Talks Silence for Metropolis

Sounding off about trash for The Japan Times

Wrote about trash, and how people online in Japan are reacting to it. 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 [...]

By | August 12th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about trash for The Japan Times

Writing about Parkgolf and netlabels for The Japan Times

Catching up on the netlabel community and talking to artist Parkgolf for The Japan Times. 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 [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Parkgolf and netlabels for The Japan Times