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Old 30-05-2014, 02:13 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

Does anybody know much about the dance music scene in Japan? I'd love to travel there after I graduate and was just curious about the styles of music over there. Would be great to hear some experiences of djing or releasing music over there.

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Old 03-06-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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Japan musically is always about 10 years behind americas trends, so electronically think ladytron 2005, its nowhere near as popular as in europe and america, mostly due to jpop bands still being as stuck as a fly to a cow shit. As far as releasing any music over there, people love music over there period, regardless of genre, and the more variety the better. Will you be as big as Gackt if you go over there? Fuck no. Will you generate alot of local success and a possible regular venue? Fuck yes. Will you tour japan with other artists of similar tastes? Fuck yes, but don't expect to retire off it.

Generally the consensus is, if you're visiting and this is japans only chance to see you, they will show up in droves. But if you live there, you're kinda on local status. Its just difficult for most artists that go there to break past that wall between local sensation and honorable sensation.

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Japan musically is always about 10 years behind americas trends, so electronically think ladytron 2005, its nowhere near as popular as in europe and america, mostly due to jpop bands still being as stuck as a fly to a cow shit. As far as releasing any music over there, people love music over there period, regardless of genre, and the more variety the better. Will you be as big as Gackt if you go over there? Fuck no. Will you generate alot of local success and a possible regular venue? Fuck yes. Will you tour japan with other artists of similar tastes? Fuck yes, but don't expect to retire off it.

Generally the consensus is, if you're visiting and this is japans only chance to see you, they will show up in droves. But if you live there, you're kinda on local status. Its just difficult for most artists that go there to break past that wall between local sensation and honorable sensation.
Thanks for the info @DJ Planetside, I totally agree with the J-Pop thing, its so incredibly popular. The idea of touring sounds great, you give some great advice. Have you been to Japan?
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I don't reccomend it.

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Old 06-06-2014, 03:19 AM   #5
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:31 AM   #6
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Re: Japan's Dance Music Scene?

All I really know about are parapara events.

Parapara = a choreographed dance style with lots of arm movements, mostly danced to eurobeat.

It's definitely not like your usual dance party because there are choreographies for every song played and everyone does the same moves (leave it to Japan)

The only recent footage of one of these things are shitty livestream recordings

They are not super crowded events, parapara was really huge in the 90s but has died down a lot. Without knowing any of the routines, it'd probably only be worth going if you're really interested in the music

Unfortunately for you, the one really active member here who actually lives in Japan doesn't really care about "dance" music
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Thanks for the info @DJ Planetside, I totally agree with the J-Pop thing, its so incredibly popular. The idea of touring sounds great, you give some great advice. Have you been to Japan?
I used to live there for a few years, the early 2000's was a jpop nightmare, but at least metal was picking up so there was that. Now adays though, its mosly weird indy punk bands, jpop, and wanna be Lil Waynes. <----------I'm sorry but there's only 1 hood in japan and its in the shinjuku area, any other claims of being from the "hood" in japan like some of the artists do that claim life was so rough in Kumagaya etc....NO.....there is nothing hood or ghetto about those areas, which also happen to be some of the cleanest and most educated areas in japan. You got better luck telling me you lived the hard knock life in some burb ass Hokkaido prefecture bailing rice. I dunno, theres just this guy in japan running around with grills and chicago bulls T-shirts talking about how he's so hood, and gangsta, I can't remember his name but nobody there takes him seriously. I'm all for grasping on to parts of American culture but this guy......this fuckin guy....

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Re: Japan's Dance Music Scene?

You can find clubs in all the big cities, but they close fairly early and you can't dance after midnight or so because dancing after midnight is illegal in Japan (google it. I'm not gonna explain it.).

It's pretty expensive to gig in Japan, because you have to pay the venue to play there. To get your money back you have to sell tickets yourself. You could have a list of people coming to see you specifically and give it to the venue, but every time I do that I get stiffed out of money, so I usually just have the people call me when they get there and I go outside and sell them a ticket. I always break even, but I only play at places that charge fifty bucks. Some times I make enough to pay for Burger King afterwards!!!! Woo!!

To play at anything more than a hole in the wall will cost a band upwards of $400 usd, hence the reason I only play at hole in the walls. you can play and DJ at foreigner bars for free, but don't expect anybody to pay attention to you.

People may like you since you've got the foreign gimmick. I'm able to get away with a lot of bullshit because I'm a foreigner. People laugh at the stupid shit I say all the time.

You might be able to sell a few albums here and there, but people pretty much go to local live shows to see one specific band and are pretty disinterested in other bands. I always have a great response from the crowd (foreigner guy screaming electropunk is a novelty), but I've never had anybody ask to buy a CD or ask me for a link. I don't actually sell CDs at my shows, so maybe they would if I had any.....

I have no idea about DJing or playing more traditional electronic sets.

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I'm sorry but there's only 1 hood in japan and its in the shinjuku area
Shiiiit. Shinjuku ain't hood in the slightest. Amagasaki is a bit hood as is Old Town Osaka, but even that's nothing like hoods in other countries. Japan is pretty hood free.

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