We will hold Art X Entertainment exhibition “Scandal itself is fantasy” by Daiki Suzuki featuring Nayu Kakeya

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If you want to gaze at Japanese art history or typical Japanese art, you can enjoy these.

If you want to listen to the classic concert or detective stories in the art exhibition, you can also enjoy them.

Main art creator; Daiki Suzuki

Born in 1990. 2015, University of Amsterdam, ACTL winter European Tax Law Course. Now, MBA student of Hosei University. Specialist of data science, cartoon painter, installation and art curation. He is an entrepreneur as a fonder of Glover Transship Co., Ltd.

Artist and creator; Nayu Kakeya

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. Specialities; Modern art. She is called as an item creator of RPG games.

Produced by Glover Transship.

Glover Transship

Supported by Artivive.

Artivive

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-exhibition-x-entertainment-scandal-itself-is-fantasy-tickets-65690924323

What is next age of music?

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What is a future of music?

Nowadays, IT technologies have been growing up rapidly. The CDs, tapes, videos are about to being gone in the decade.

As well, it seems to be less opportunity of talking with friends about music. Everyone gaze at screens, without sharing and doing acts for going to live with their friends. However, I think if it is a kind of wrong direction or not. it is focusing on individual too much.

Music is Human’s works.

Music is based on social activity, always.

Even if you listen to music by yourself,

the songs were made by artists.

It has the system which the makers send music to audience and audience react.

So, however the apps and technologies were progressed, whatever those are, the principal of music would not be changed.

Our long history of music proved that.

That is what music is all about.

written by Daiki Suzuki

Promising young band “Anteros” has just released new single “Call your mother”

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Source; http://anterosofficial.tumblr.com/

Anteros which is an indie pop band has just shared their new single “Call your mother” in August, 2018. This comes after the release of  many EPs starting with “Anteros” in 2015.

Anteros is

The band was formed by Laura Hayden (vocal and lyricist), Joshua Rumble (bass), Charles Monneraud (guitar) and Harry Balazs (drums) in London in 2014.

Anteros is a sharp guitar pop band which they call “bitter dream pop”. Before forming this band, Laura was a former MTV Spain presenter and occasional DJ, Rumble did graphic design, Charles Monneraud used to work at McDonald’s, and Drummer Harry Balazs was a consultant sound engineer for Iranian weddings.

Band history

Laura Hayden decided to move out to London because of the high level of production and songwriting there. When she realised that she wanted to start a band she quit her job and started singing as a member of the band “Asteros”. Everyone told her she was crazy because she had already worked and presented for MTV. But the band turned her life upside down.

Since they formed Anteros in 2014, Anteros’s EPs have done well which has also helped increase the bands popularity. The few years they spent touring soon lead them to their debut album release. They had a performance for opening of Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival held in 2017. They caught lots of attention from the media and the public. Their new song “Call Your Mother” has just been released in August in 2018. Additionally, Anteros announced a UK tour for October. Here are the dates:

October

10 Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

11 London The Garage

12 Bristol Rough Trade

14 Manchester Soup Kitchen

15 Glasgow King Tut’s

16 Leeds The Wardrobe

17 Nottingham Rough Trade

https://www.songkick.com/artists/8611289-anteros

Anteros will

Make you feel wanna dance

Anteros has their own worldview and their unique PV with addictive vocal’s shows it. Their PVs, songs, and rhythm can even give you a feeling of familiarity. Their music “Bitter dream pop,” which is free-spirited and unconventional makes people want to listen over and over again. Anteros hopes their music will bring up peoples spirits and maybe even cause them to dance.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/01/new-band-of-the-week-114-anteros
https://www.queensradio.co.uk/single-post/2018/04/06/QR-Music-Interview-with-Anteros

written by Haruka Momose

editor: Eric Lundberg

People who still collect CDs in Japan

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People who still collect CDs in Japan

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You probably have one of these apps on your phone: Spotify, Apple music, or Amazon music. Today Music is often consumed digitally, and  Japan is no exception as the second largest music industry in the world. Nonetheless, it is still common for people to buy or rent physical CDs in the country.

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Although in most countries the sales of CDs has steadily declined  since the advent of digital streaming, it was reported by Forbes in 2014 that over 80% of the total music sale in Japan were CDs. However, in the past four years , digital streaming has become more popular  in Japan , as music streaming services like Spotify, Apple music, and even LINE music, developed by the same company who made the commonly used chat tool in Japan, “LINE”.  were launched. Despite this, it is right to say that the Japanese music industry is still reliant on CDs.

So why in Japan are CDs still a thing in 2018?  One reason may be because of the protectionist stance of the Japanese music industry towards digital streaming, and effective marketing strategies to sell CDs,  from giving out free goods and tickets to signing events. Some even say that people buy CDs because the act of collecting something is enjoyable in itself. Regardless of the reasons it seems that the  abundance of CDs  is what is holding back thousands of artists from becoming recognized.

As digital streaming services like Spotify and music platforms such as SoundCloud and even YouTube became popular as media for consuming music,  indie and  amateur artists that aren’t signed with record labels were able to gain access to many audiences through them.  There are even terms like ‘SoundCloud rappers’ referring to rappers that put  their singles and albums on SoundCloud. There is also a music genre called ‘bedroom pop’ typically referring to lo-fi pop music recorded at home, or literally in the artist’s bedroom. Some of them have even worked hard enough to gain millions of followers and get a contract with a record label.

Of course, most people in Japan have Internet access  too, and the indie/amateur artists can use  web platforms to grab the spotlight. Although some artists have been successful with this,  its seems that they often struggle to win over the CD dependent audience.

However, t;he CD culture in Japan is not the major issue. CDs offer something that digital files of recorded music cannot, like the small booklet, the plastic case and more importantly the feeling of possessing a physical CD of your favourite artist.  Those are things that can’t be obtained through music streaming. Nevertheless, maybe it is time for people to move on and let the unheard artists to become heardso that they may too  be exposed to millions of artists around the world.

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References

McIntyre, H. (2014). 85 Percent of Music Sales in Japan are CDs. Retrieved August 19, 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2014/09/21/85-percent-of-music-sales-in-japan-are-cds/#74cec5d6acc5

written by Sion Lee

【海外ライブ会場特集】第2回 Hope and Anchor(イギリス)

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第1回に引き続き今回もイギリス・ロンドンにあるパブをご紹介します。前回の記事でご紹介したThe Dublin Castleはブリットポップの発展に大きく貢献しましたが、今回ご紹介するHope and Anchorはパンクロックが発展した場所として有名です。

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1880年にオープンし、1970年代以降はパブロックやパンクロックシーンを盛り上げてきました。The Clash、The Police、Ramones、U2などのパンクのビッグネーム達もここでライブをしたことがある他、様々なバンドのPV撮影や、かつてはアルバムなどのレコーディングも行われていたことで知られています。パンクが特に盛んだった70年代後半頃のHope and Anchorの地下ライブ会場は清掃が行き届いているとは言い難く、空調も機能しておらず、ライブをするのにとても良い環境とは言えない場所でしたが、逆にこれがパンクのアナーキーな雰囲気に合っていると言われていたそうです。

現在のHope and Anchorは地下の80名収容可能なライブ会場と1階のバーとしての営業以外にも、2013年から2階で最大収容人数50名の劇場も運営しています。音楽はもちろんのこと、これから演劇の世界で活躍していく演出家や脚本家、役者の応援もしている、エンターテインメントの発展にかかせない場所になっています。

今のパンクロックシーンを楽しみたい方も、完全新作から名作演劇まで楽しみたい方も、是非Hope and Anchorまで足を運んでみては?

Hope and Anchor
住所:207 Upper Street, Islington, London
ウェブサイト: https://www.facebook.com/hopeandanchorlive?rf=136653686357252

Written by Mika Uchibori

Don’t sleep on these underrated Japanese film music.

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Music plays an essential role in films

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A soundtrack has the power to dramatize the film and it significantly affects how a scene is perceived, and the emotional reaction of the audience. So it is easy to think that much thought is brought into the soundtrack in filmmaking.

When it comes to soundtracks of Japanese films, the main theme of Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is noteworthy. The film is a joint production among Japan, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and the famous main theme is created by Ryuichi Sakamoto, one of the most internationally accredited Japanese musician. The melancholic and beautiful sound has become iconic, but what other music do the Japanese film industry offer?

Generally speaking, it is common for blockbusters in Japan to have a main theme composed and performed by popular J-pop and J-rock artists. The main theme of Your Name. by Makoto Shinkawa, a film that ranks fourth in the revenue rankings of Japanese films, was created by RADWIMPS, a popular Japanese indie rock band. The Moon and a Cabbage, a film by Tetsuo Shinohara has Masayoshi Yamazaki, a successful singer songwriter as the actor olaying the role of the protagonist and the singer/composer of the main theme. It is also common for idol groups like Arashi (a popular boy band that performs the main theme of Boys over Flowers) to perform the main theme of films. Many Studio Ghibli films have main themes created by acknowledged artists like Yumi Matsutoya and Ayaka Hirahara. However, Joe Hisaishi, the beloved composer of Studio Ghibli is behind most of the main themes of Ghibli films.

It might come to you as a surprise that the films that have main themes that become successful as individual songs, and appeal to the young audience are rarely awarded in the Japan Academy Awards. Some of the artists that have receive this award numerous times are Suo Yoshikazu, Shinichiro Ikebe, Keiichi Suzuki, Masaru Sato, Toru Takemitsu, and Joe Hisaishi. Although their works are highly praised, they are not necessarily phenomenons of the pop culture, so it’s easy for the general audience to miss these masterminds in charge of the soundtracks.

 

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Furthermore, there are plenty of other underappreciated film music makers that do not catch the light. One notable underrated artist I recommend is Tenmon, who is a musician that often creates soundtracks for video games and anime. He has worked with Makoto Shinkawa, the rising director of anime films, and I believe that the soundtracks that Tenmon created for his earlier works, should be appreciated more considering the success of Your Name. and its soundtrack by RADWIMPS that took over Japanese pop culture. The profound soundtracks that Tenmon creates are very silent but powerful, and Shinkwa’s earlier films are not complete without them.

There are hidden gems in the deep ocean of Japanese film soundtracks. You might get caught up with the plot of the film, but remember that the film music is what guides you into the world that unfolds in the film.

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Written by Sion Lee

What we solve the difficulties of musicians.

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What you will do in the young time…

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Time is never come back.
It goes by.
Your young time left your memory forever as the most glittered time of your life if you enjoy the time.
Your life to try is limited. For instance, if you married someone and got babies, your activity would be limited, surely. Trial will form what you are or the way you are. However, the available time is too short. If the time is limited, why won’t you try what you want.
One of the reason is derived from the shortage of money. Young people do usually not have so much money. However, they want to try something more than older.
So, we will firstly solve the problem. If the shortage of money does not let young people try and the chance to perform music on stage, it is rediculaous .
written by Daiki & Rizki.