Interview

Yasunori Matsuda aka MaZDA

Yasunori Matsuda aka MaZDA

Yasunori Matsuda is a very busy person. Along with his multiple projects, he remixes music and collaborates with many musicians – Such as well known DJ Tsuyoshi and Juno Reactor, and world famous SUGIZO (X-JAPAN, LUNASEA and JUNO REACTOR). His music is unique and harmonic, balancing between dance electronic tunes and guitar rock sounds.

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Praha Depart

Praha Depart

Described by The Japan Times newspaper as “irrepressibly danceable gypsy punk;” Praha Depart’s swirling, almost psychedelic postpunk groove signature sound is created by Mai’s rich vocals, the tribal intensity of Junpei’s drumming and Tsukasa’s multi-layered, almost psychedelic guitars.

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Group_Inou

Group_Inou

Group_Inou are producer Imai and emcee CP – Group_Inou are proof that there’s much more to Japanese hip-hop/urban music than the bling-bling and faux-gangsta posing of the wannabe homeboys and girls that dominate the mainstream and Foods is a very promising début. However, they’re at their best when they’re frying your synapses in some Shimokitazawa(…)

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ZAZEN BOYS

ZAZEN BOYS

“Taking one band to the top of the Japanese indie rock world makes you noteworthy. Starting all over and doing it again makes you .” James Route ~Keikaku.net. Known as one of the most renowned and influential bands in Japanese rock history, Number Girl’s former frontman Shutoku Mukai (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard) is an indie rock(…)

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Caracal

Caracal

Starting out in mid 2005, Caracal is climbing up on the musical summit step by step. Perhaps not so fast, but with confidence. They already was with tour in China, had big performance in Canada. And who knows, maybe they will go with concerts and in your city soon. And then you’ll have a chance to(…)

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Pettybone

Pettybone

Wearing their hearts in their lyrics the trans-national hardcore rockers Pettybone take aim at targets all across society. “Pettybone is the voice of the voiceless. Pettybone is the voice of the oppressed…” reads the lyrics to the song “Pettybone” on the band’s blog. This manifesto is a call to arms, a call for change, enlightenment,(…)

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The Mootekkis

The Mootekkis

The Mootekkis‘ rock-ethic has more bells and whistles than a video game and could well send fans into anaphylactic shock. Formed in 2008, this international rock-brotherhood consists of vocalist Mike Hannah, guitar player Jude Conlon, drummer Masafumi Sugiyama, guitarist Koji Iwata and bassist Tomoaki Sekiwa. I recently talked to The Mootekkis‘ Mike Hannah about the(…)

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The Grip Weeds

The Grip Weeds

Named for the fictional character “Musketeer Gripweed,” played by John Lennon in Richard Lester’s 1967, motion picture How I Won The War — The Grip Weeds‘ retro-psychedelic pop lives and breathes their ’60s rock idols. Formed in 1988, in New Jersey by brothers Rick Reil (guitar) and Kurt Reil (drums), The Grip Weeds‘ lineup is(…)

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Stream Of Passion

Stream Of Passion

Stream of Passion is a progressive metal band with symphonic metal influence founded by Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Marcela Bovio in 2005, in The Netherlands. The band currently consists of vocalist, lyricist, and violinist Marcela Bovio, bassist Johan van Stratum, keyboardist Jeffrey Revet, guitarist Eric Hazebroek, guitarist Stephan Schultz, and drummer Martijn Peters.

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Ego Malfunction

Ego Malfunction

Ego Malfunction is everything the band’s name suggests: delivering the Anglo-Balkan pulse of modern and eclectic funk-rock-soul while creating a unique vibration of sound; malfunking. Ego Malfunction consists of Sasha (vocal), RR (guitar), Thierno Diallo (bass) and Mirsi (drums). Taking a new soul revolution to heart — I talked to Ego Malfunction’s guitarist Robert about(…)

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