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 | 2017-08-08T14:10:52+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Parkgolf and netlabels for The Japan Times

Visiting Japan’s only active vinyl pressing plant for Discogs

Went out near Yokohama to check out what is the only current vinyl pressing plant in Japan for Discogs. At the end of June, Sony Music Japan announced they would start pressing their own vinyl records in their own plant for the first time since the end of the 1980s. It was big news both [...]

By | 2017-08-07T05:23:21+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Visiting Japan’s only active vinyl pressing plant for Discogs

Talked to The Anime Man for The Japan Times

Met up with one of most popular Japan-based YouTubers around, The Anime Man, to talk about his path to attention and the current boom in anime. “The Anime Man” has a busy summer ahead of him. The 23-year-old, whose real name is Joey Bizinger, will be on the road over the next two months making [...]

By | 2017-07-13T00:03:41+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Anime, Japan, New Media|Comments Off on Talked to The Anime Man for The Japan Times

Sounding off about Twice and K-pop for The Japan Times

I'm sounding off about K-pop group Twice...and Japanese media's coverage of Korean pop culture...for The Japan Times. Last week, Korean pop group Twice made its “official” debut in Japan, featuring the release of a Japanese-language best-of compilation and a showcase at Tokyo Gymnasium on July 2. In between, the members appeared on the popular weekly [...]

By | 2017-07-07T10:35:01+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Japan, Korea, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about Twice and K-pop for The Japan Times

Talking to tricot for The Japan Times

Caught up with tricot for The Japan Times: It has never been easy for Japanese bands to find success both domestically and abroad. For the most part, they can muster notable attention on one side or the other, but rarely both — regardless of how many awkward English-language songs or cringe-worthy collaborations they attempt. However, [...]

By | 2017-06-28T05:08:27+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to tricot for The Japan Times

Writing about the state of the Osaka club scene (and Austin Mahone) for Japan Times

I went to Osaka recently and wrote about the state of the city's club scene a year after the "anti-dancing" law was revised: OSAKA – Around two dozen people shuffle about the dark interior of Alzar, a recently opened nightclub on the eighth floor of a building in Osaka’s Chuo Ward that also features a [...]

By | 2017-06-23T13:53:33+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about the state of the Osaka club scene (and Austin Mahone) for Japan Times

Talking to AI about her new album

Last week in the Japan Times, I caught up with R&B and hip-hop J-Pop artist AI to talk about her new album, among other topics. There was a time when Japanese music labels were concerned that Ai Carina Uemura’s music sounded too American due to her R&B style. “Like, from the beginning of my career. [...]

By | 2017-06-05T00:29:09+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to AI about her new album