Category Archive: Interview

Jan 06

[interview] Nenna Yvonne – More Than a Human Vocaloid

Place all your My Little Ponies, Lisa Frank stationary, and Barbie shoes in a blender, add a dash of MikuHatsune the vocaloid, and puree. What do you get? Something only half as cute and colorful as Nenna Yvonne, the Nigerian-American singer-songwriter who came to Tokyo in October for an uber-trendy performance. Donning a wig that …

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Dec 15

[interview] YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz Won’t Forget

Pop quiz: What are YELLOW FRIED CHICKENZ? a) The Colonel’s new yet somehow original recipe. b) Mega-triple threat GACKT’s slightly satirical project. c) A surprisingly sensitive band that just wants to instill some charitable thoughts in their audience’s brains. If you answered b) and c), you’re correct. When I sat down with GACKT and the …

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Oct 24

[interview] BORN to Rock Nekocon 2011

Almost three years after they first performed at Onicon in Texas, BORN is back in North America for Virginia’s Nekocon. With a new single, “Psycho Diva,” BORN continues to mix up pop choruses with thrashy metal riffs and growling counter vocals. Nekocon 2011 will take place on November 4th-6th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center …

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Oct 23

[interview] Mix Speaker's Incorporated

Not all dogs go to heaven. Sometimes they come back after a particularly sad death. In Mix Land they come back as zombies and are hired by Manager X to perform in the circus. Since 2007, Mix Speaker’s Inc. has brought together music, costume and an engaging stage performance to create a unique experience in …

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Jul 21

CHEMISTRY 101: Intro to Japanese R&B Science

R&B is a fickle genre. For the past few decades it’s been a chimera of all things popular music needs to be:  technical skill, voice, good looks, attitude, and just plain luck. Now the kings of Japanese R&B are about to show convention-goers at Otakon how they not only rule the charts, but bring their …

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