Challenging myself in 2019

You might be thinking: “we’re almost half way through the year, isn’t it a little late for this?” In reality, the Japanese live schedule doesn’t really kick in until April at the earliest and not having shot any gigs since November has given me a little time to consider how I would like to approach…

HYPER JAPAN: 3 issues that need addressing.

I began attending HYPER JAPAN back in 2013 and have covered most of the HYPER JAPAN Festival & Winter events on KAKKOII CLUB since 2015. Over the past few years, I’ve seen and felt aggravations from within the community that need to be addressed to retain attendees interest and enthusiasm for both events. The following…

MIKU EXPO 2018: My first Vocaloid experience!

ARTWORK CREDIT: SAMEYAMA JIRO It’s been just over a month since Miku madness hit London, “why are you only just posting this now?” I hear you ask. Well, I wanted to let the event sink in and write a post Miku Expo blog after the dust had settled and I could gather my thoughts –…

TALKING POINT: Could YUIMETAL’s departure have been prevented?

LOOK AFTER YOUR ARTISTS AND THEY’LL LOOK AFTER YOU. On the same day BABYMETAL released ‘Starlight’, (an incredibly moving tribute to Mikio), a statement was also released confirming that YUIMETAL has officially left the group: YUIMETAL had expressed her desire to return performing with the group in the following months after last December’s performance due…

Talking Point: VIP

IS IT WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED CASH?? Please note: This is in no way an attack on the groups / artists mentioned below, simply my own experiences and thoughts on VIP upgrades.  It’s no surprise that VIP is a common option these days when it comes to purchasing tickets to see your favourite band or…

Anxiety at public events

I was inspired to write this blog after reading posts on Twitter relating to the recent #TwitchLDN community meet up. The positive post-event comments from those that had a great time despite their initial nervousness and social anxiety was inspiring and I also wanted to add tips that have helped me over the years.  At…

Discovering: CHAI

One of my favourite pastimes is discovering new music, especially now as Spotify is adding a number of Japanese artists / playlists on a frequent basis which is encouraging to see! On a routine evening where I’ve already exhausted a recently updated selection of tracks, I begin my weekly journey down the digital rabbit hole…

SCANDAL discuss British culture, tour necessities & more!

2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting and memorable year for SCANDAL! During the groups special ’10th Anniversary Festival’ (featuring a whopping setlist of 27 tracks!) held at Izumi Otsu Phoenix, OSAKA, the foursome announced a new ‘best of’ album is planned for early next year with an extensive tour of Japan! With…