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For fans of Japanese Popular Music. From para para to visual kei and every genre inbetween!


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Doki Doki 2017

I can’t believe this Saturday will be at Doki Doki Festival!

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I’m very lucky to have been invited to perform once again at the Japanese Festival in local Manchester. I will be creating the soundtrack to the day in amongst the amazing enka, martial arts, drumming and idol performances. I will also be part of the After Party hosted by the Manchester University Anime Society with live music, games and competitions (you might see me having a go including my sets!)

Tickets are still available to buy online until Friday and then can be bought on the door.

There will be a plethora of artists selling their custom artwork, maid cafes, sellers with the most kawaii accessories, chibi characters, your favourite anime collectibles, official merchandise and more to buy. There’ll be so many competitions including language, gaming, and fashion/cosplay (show off all your hard work on your outfit!). Also there’s lots of panels and speakers on both modern and traditional aspects of Japanese culture, including Shinto, Buddhist and Summer Festivals in Japan, Ghost in the Shell and Japanese Calligraphy demonstrations.

And there’s so much more to see and do in Doki Doki, you really need to check out the full website of events or the Facebook page to stay up to date with everything.

Not only is Doki Doki such a fun place to be, proceeds will be donated to their supported charity, Aid for Japan, to continue the long-term help needed for orphans from the dreadful 2011 Tohoku disaster.

The programme can be found here and here is the map of the festival so you can quickly navigate to your favourite stalls, talk with experts and find that perfect cosplay photo location

I will be posting as many photos and videos as my phone battery and data allowance will allow!

What do you want to have as the soundtrack to your festival? Have you got any requests you want to hear in my sets? Leave a comment below or post on my Facebook page


NYE 2014 / New Year’s Day 2015 Playlist

Sure it’s a little late to listen to whilst counting down to midnight, this still sounds just as good to listen to at the start of 2015.

This is a hour’s work of great music with a selection of my favourite party tracks and songs from 2014.


Christmas Playlist 2014

Well ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, it’s not long to go until it’s Christmas Day.

So to help you get into the spirit, as musical fuel to get those last errands done, or as background to your festive activities on 25th December, here are the a collection of Christmas songs all the way from Japan.

Have a Merry Christmas and a genki time xx


Yasuda Rei’s First Album Distributed Digitally Worldwide

21 year old Yasuda Rei has released her first album Will. And it has now been made available outside of Japan on iTunes to 44 countries, including Brazil, Canada, USA, Sweden, UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei, Macau, Fiji, Egypt and Qatar.

This feels like a news worthy item and yet shouldn’t be. I’ve seen the gap between the music available on the Japanese iTunes and UK iTunes, so it’s great that there’s more music available from new artists and their first albums. But on the other hand, why should it be so shocking? In this 21st century where international news travels so much quicker than before and the access to information and culture has increased, why should it not be natural to have this level of access to Japanese music?

But for now I guess it’s importance to celebrate this level of global music distribution. Also my guess is that the more Japanese music is bought in the UK, the amount of Japanese music available will increase. Albums from artists such as Dir En Grey is already available in UK stores like HMV. Wouldn’t it be great if there was Japanese acts scattered across the different music sections? There must be a point where the origin of the music stops being the definition of the music and songs can be recognised as pop, folk or rock regardless of whether it came from the US, Japan, Fiji or Sweden.

Have a listen to Mirror, one of the songs from the album


New Album from GLAY

Yesterday (5th November) GLAY released their latest album MUSIC LIFE

Keeping true to the Japanese way of not just having one regular version, there will be three versions of this album with two of these featuring a bonus CDs of the band’s best of ballads. BALLADE BEST – MELODIES has fourteen songs voted for by the fans, whereas BALLADE BEST – MEMORIES, has thirteen songs chosen by the band members themselves based on their own personal and emotional attachments. It’d be very interesting to see how similar the choices are.

It’s really interesting that the album’s artwork was designed by Klaus Voormann, who amongst other legendary things won a Grammy for his cover of The BeatlesRevolver. This is the first time he has designed for a Japanese artist, which I love. Klaus has a very distinct style that’s instantly recognisable.

If for some reason you’re still on the fence, listen to these two tracks from the album.