Talked to starRo for The Japan Times

Interviewed LA-based producer starRo about his new album Monday (out now, and very much worth your time) for The Japan Times. Talked about quitting your job, future R&B and the changing face of internet music. Shinya Mizoguchi used to loathe the start of the week. “Everybody hates Monday. It’s not a positive day of the [...]

By | October 16th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talked to starRo for The Japan Times

Talked to bo en about his new EP for Metropolis

I've recently started contributing a bit for Metropolis magazine here in Tokyo, and my latest piece is an interview with bo en about his latest EP with Sugar's Campaign singer Akio. "Calum Bowen is no stranger to singing over his whirlwind pop, and the London-based artist who releases music as bo en figured his vocals [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talked to bo en about his new EP for Metropolis

Writing about Maltine Records for The Japan Times

Revisited an online label I love for The Japan Times, Maltine Records, which will hold a big event this weekend in Shibuya. Talked to founder Tomad about it, and the state of the imprint. "Music runs online in 2016. Songs become smash hits via YouTube, while global superstars command attention by giving exclusives to streaming [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Maltine Records for The Japan Times

Talking to Yasutaka Nakata and Oliver Heldens for The Japan Times

Two new features in The Japan Times this week. I had a larger feature about artist and producer Yasutaka Nakata, ahead of his festival. "Yasutaka Nakata’s schedule tonight is packed. He’s being photographed by a Japanese magazine in a basement studio after 10 p.m. on a Friday, and it’s taking a little longer than expected. [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to Yasutaka Nakata and Oliver Heldens for The Japan Times

Writing a guide to Korean electronic indie music for Bandcamp

Returned to Bandcamp with a large feature about Korea's burgeoning indie electronic scene, featuring interviews with a lot of artists. "Earlier this year, Seoul synth-pop artist Neon Bunny embarked on a tour that took her to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest and a jaunt around Europe. Wherever she went, she was labeled as a [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Korea, Music|Comments Off on Writing a guide to Korean electronic indie music for Bandcamp

Writing about Kento Yamada for The Japan Times

This week in The Japan Times, I talked to a member of rising band yahyel...and a very successful video director, Kento Yamada. "Music in 2016 is every bit as focused on the eyes as it is the ears. Videos play a pivotal role in helping artists stand out in the digital age. One viral clip [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Kento Yamada for The Japan Times