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Despite being geographically isolated from much of the world, Japan has long been home to a fervent music fandom culture, especially when it comes to genres including hip-hop, R & B, funk, and jazz. In recent decades, figures like Nigo, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and M-Flo helped to create the foundation for hip-hop culture in Asia. And yet there is surprisingly little visibility for Japanese artists working outside of the realm of glossy pop. But such people do exist. We speak with five artists who are bringing unique perspectives to the forefront of Tokyo's emerging music scene. JP, who got his start as a dancer, rose during a unique shift in the Japanese music industry. While labels are generally interested in pop-friendly rappers, JP brings a different energy. He credits artists including Travis Scott and ASAP Rocky as inspirations for songs like his debut single Cho Wavy De Gomenne, whose remix has amassed over six million views since its release last May. Nobody in Tokyo fits into one mold. Everyone just does things that they think are cool. I want to keep showing that, he say. Start with: JP Wavy f. SALU, Cho Wavy De Gomenne rapper Elle Teresa describe her sound as kawaii gang, Japanese for cute gang. Elle is an energetic, fearless, and dominant voice in the emerging hip-hop scene. She takes a lot of her inspiration from Japanese anime and wants to fuse anime culture and Japanese slang and culture for the rest of the world to see. She believes that social media and platforms such as SoundCloud have open doors for artists who previously relied on gatekeepers to help them make their mark. I dont really pay too much attention to who comes before me. I just want to do new stuff things that have never been done in Japan, she say. So as long as I do that, then I am happy. Rapper and producer Antarius moved to Tokyo from a small town in Georgia right after high school, led there by what he describes as a love of Japanese culture. These days he's making barrier-breaking work, rapping in both English and Japanese and running a digital label with a group of friends. I want Japanese music to be seen as cool. Japan is already like the Atlanta of Asia in the sense that the coolest stuff comes from here fashion, anime, etc. But music is lacking, he say. Labels here are still very much in control and artists that are pulling in views and money are still manufacturing idols, meaning their image and sound is all created by label with little artist input. But in 2018, rap is the complete opposite of that. While traditionalist pop and contemporary rap's dominant 808s-lead trap sound dominate in Tokyo, there's currently another music subculture making waves, led in part by the ethos of labels like Soulection. DJ and organizer Yukibeb, who joined LA-base collective in 2014, is helping to pioneer that approach.

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Kohhei Matsuda of Bo Ningen

McQ Alexander McQueen struck up chord of rebellion and uses its Fall-Winter 2016 Campaign to introduce us to Japanese psychedelic noise-Rock band BO NINGEN. The long-haired band consists of Taigen Kawabe, Yuki Tsujii, Kohhei Matsuda and Monchan Monna. Foursome linked up with photographer Harley Weir for McQs advertising portraits. Emphasizing the modern code of dress, BO NINGEN wears pieces from both brands ' women's and men's collections. The selection of band To front Campaign coincides with seasons inspiration from McQs women's Collection. New outing look at Tokyo, informed by boundary-breaking youth who from the 1970s Shinjuku club scene. Talking about appearing in the advertisement, BO NINGEN guitarist Tsujii shares, It was such an extraordinary experience to be part of McQs Campaign. They eagerly collaborate with artists and musicians, whilst keeping the charm of brand, unlike other conventional houses. The band will continue collaboration with McQ, wearing labels clothing for a number of their European tour dates.

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D.A.N.

DAN was formed in the summer of 2014 in Tokyo. Their unique and thoroughly modern sound, sitting somewhere between the minimal alt-pop of xx and the live dance music dynamic of Caribou, has won them fans throughout their home country, and their offer to appear at the prestigious Fuji Rock Festival in 2016 & 2018 has been swiftly followed by band opening for international artists including xx and James Blake and Floating Points in Japan. The band's self-organize event, Timeless, has seen them invited and play alongside acts such as Mndsgn and Jamie Isaac in Tokyo, whilst in late 2017 DAN take off to London, where they spend some time recording with Floating Points at his personal studio, appear on Giles Petersons Worldwide Radio and perform at legendary Hackney hipster haunt Shacklewell Arms. In May 2018, they appeared at Great Escape in Brighton, UK, winning enthusiastic new fans from around the world. The Band's latest full length album, Sonatine, was released in July 2018, followed by an Asian tour through China, Taiwan, Bangkok and an appearance at Hong Kong Clockenflap Festival. With influences ranging from underground house and techno through to psychedelic and African music, three pieces are equally at home in club as they are on the Festival stage, and are being widely touted as the most exciting prospect to emerge from the Tokyo scene in many years. IFLYER twitter. Com www. Instagram. Com soundcloud. Com www. Youtube.

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Ryo Takaiwa of the Throttle

Ryo Takaiwa is a musician from Iwate Prefecture, Miyako City. He is frontman of THROTTLE, SANABAGUN., Chairman of SWINGERZ. During the 3 years from 2013 to December 2016, number of street concerts performed at SANABAGUN, THROTTLE, SWINGERZ project exceeded 4 000. On October 17 2018, he debuted solo as a jazz vocalist from Universal Music. He graduated from Naomi Gakuen University Jazz in pops course. He has been acting as a jazz vocalist mainly in Tokyo since he was in college. In February 2018, he was introduced as Tokyo's Rising Musicians in mode; lifestyle MAGAZINE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE published by NEW YORK TIMES.

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Biography

Char was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1955 and started playing guitar at the age of eight. Know as Japan's most influential guitarist and longtime leader in the Japan music scene, he began his career as a professional session musician in both Studio and at live performances during his junior high school years. In 1973, Char formed his first band, Smoky Medicine. After playing with a number of other bands, in 1976, Char released his major label debut single, Navy Blue. In 1978, Char formed still highly influential band Johnny, Louis & Char. Char's solo projects include the album USJ made with Steve Lukather and released in 81. In 1989, Char formed BAHO acoustic duo with Osamu Ishida, and went on to form Band Psychedelix with band members such as Jimmy Copley, who plays in the group UPP, which was produced by Jeff Beck. 1999 was spent touring Japan with Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert in a unit called CB & and a live album of shows was released in 2000. After playing with many musicians both in Japan and abroad, including artists such as Paul Jackson and Larry Carlton, and releasing many solo and band albums, Char continued to challenge himself and in 2009 began Zicca Records. Char spent year arranging and recording songs from artists he was most influenced by, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Beatles, Ventures, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix for a six release DVD and CD cover song collection entitled TRADROCK by Char and released on Zicca Records in 2010. The year 2011 marks the anniversary of Char's debut. Moments after we meet Char, he says with a smile, I In! And from there it was straight to music.

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3. Rie fu

From 1992 to 1995, Rie fu lived in Maryland with her family, including younger brother who plays woodwind instrument. It was during this time that she started playing piano and gained a lot of musical inspiration, from artists such as Sheryl Crow and 1970s pop musicians such as Carpenters. She cites Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carpenters, and Yumi Matsutoya as influences. After returning to Japan, Rie finished her primary and secondary education in Tokyo at Aoyama Gakuin from 1995 to 2003. In 2007, she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design of University of Arts London in fine Art. Upon graduation, she returned to Tokyo, Japan, and has since resided there full-time. Rie often Design much of her own ALBUM and single booklets and features her own paintings in them as well. She is active in both music and art. Her artwork is published under Roman transliteration Rie Funakoshi and her music under Rie fu, abbreviation of her full name. On 29 November 2013, she announced on her Facebook page that she had married a 'funky British gentleman', presumably sometime recently during month.

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