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Haruka Nakagawa (AKB48, JKT48) love BABYMETAL

In this short TV interview Haruka Nakagawa reveal her love for our kawaii metal godess!

Haruka Nakagawa

Haruka Nakagawa (仲川 遥香 Nakagawa Haruka?, born February 10, 1992), is a member of idol group JKT48’s Team J, former member of the groups AKB48 and Watariroka Hashiritai, all produced by Yasushi Akimoto.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2Q1UUyfuc4

YouTube Red: The Great Wall Against JPop

Original article on Pure Idol Heart

It was a weekend like any other weekend, when I am helping someone in the JPop music industry and I send her concert video to a friend in America to look at .Unlike any other weekend my friend said “her video is blocked”.

A concert that we are involved In helping her be showcased to the international idol world is suddenly without warning blocked in my friend’s home country.
Over the next few hours I received messages telling me that other well-known Japanese music groups , record labels , video reaction videos ,dance and vocal covers ,even Independent idol groups covering an AKB48 song in their concert to about 100 people was blocked.

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At first I thought it was another twist in a backwards music industry trying to completely isolate our music artists to be domestic only.
That was until I discovered something called YouTube Red. YouTube Red, staff claims it sent notices to music companies 6 months ago, yet not me or any other friends in other idol music agencies had even heard of it. In fact I spent most of three days explaining to managers ,producers and even idols in various Independent Idol music agencies what it was as best as I understood it. I even mentioned it to a friend that works with Ebichu, seems no one knew of YouTube Red or that it would shut down your videos if you did not join.

YouTube Red for those just hearing the name is a new Premium service with a monthly fee from YouTube offering several advantages, including ad-free videos, and a number of other user benefits for a membership fee of $9.99 a month and you get videos with no ads, that you were a few days ago watching for free with your ad blocker turned on.

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For content creators it means a lot more, the little small print that said “If you do not opt-in to the service your videos would be blocked, made private in the United States and coming soon the world.” YouTube Red has been created to give its partner creators more income. Partner creators are channels that have reached certain requirements and most major companies fall under this term. YouTube Red “claims” they have signed 99% of their partner creators ,which is great for them ,however the 1% left out is the Japanese ,Korean entertainment industry and I am sure a few more whose first language is not English and have their own domestic entertainment agreements they must respect.

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As this 1% is not a concern for YouTube Red they have simply decided to turn off their ability to market themselves to the United States and if the service works later the rest of the world. If you ask a YouTube Red supporter they will say “all the company has to do is agree and everybody makes money”. Ask the other side and you get “we had contractual agreements already agreed to”, “or we don`t even know what it is” or in the fans view “YouTube is holding our Idols hostage and if you don`t give them back, we are storming the castle walls.”

Seems no one wants to take fault in JPOP videos being blocked in the United States. The question here is not who is at fault , but does the Japanese music industry that has been slow to adopt change and accept international fans even fully know the seriousness of this situation or even care?

As I said some people I know didn`t know about it and they currently are so small of agency that their groups are not blocked. But surely the 30 heavy players in our industry know that for days now their videos are being blocked. Instead JPop companies, are ignoring foreign fan questions and working as business normal inside Japan. upfront english (Just one of many comments or questions on Up-Front English Facebook .Up-Front has English speaking staff )

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Tweets related to Hello!Project Group ANGERME, AKB48 & Alice Project three of the 30 companies blocked by YouTube Red In the United States

https://twitter.com/kojima_yuuka/status/659002217110736897

The time has long past that the industry took serious the economic value of gaining an international following. There are some smaller Idol companies trying to do just that because they have seen the fan pool in Japan and there is only so many otaku to bring under your charms.

I often hear from my peers in music, “why promote to foreign Idol fans, when it’s easier to just take safe money from otaku!” or “why do you write in English, when otaku fans are the heart of idol?” Just because something is easy, doesn`t mean it’s the only option for success. Taking the easy road means you will become half of what you could have been. It means making your artists half of what they could have been.

Ask any small idol how she feels when she learns she has overseas fans. I can tell you everyone I told cries out of happiness. Idols want more than what agencies want and now is the chance for the Japanese music industry to make a change and take their foreign fans serious and take YouTube Red serious. It not enough to say that in Japan we have the second largest music market, one day the otaku might not be there, but the world will.

Foreign Idol fans, if you can afford to market to them, makes a difference. If you think not, just ask BABYMETAL, Just ask their agency Amuse. If YouTube Red is not taken serious by the music industry here in Japan, there might not be a next BABYMETAL type group success. For the idol community this is the chance to speak up and move videos to Dailymotion and other services, to unite and help those cut off to find the alternative sites the videos are on, to be a voice of change and show the Japanese music industry that they can be just as mad as KPop fans about losing their favorite music groups.

There is no reason for YouTube Red to become the “Great Red Wall Against JPop!”

English Related Tweets from
Tokyo Girls` Update Twitter

On twitter I have hash tagged the post YouTube Red and SaveJPop. I hope this is one step in the process of doing that.

Special Thanks post publish & Follow ups

Many people around the world have reached out to me about this or shared the article.
I cannot thank everyone in this setting .two I want to make mention of and thank.

Thanks to everyone public and private who sent messages ,I’ll contact you in other ways.

To clear a point asked in a DM on Facebook
Us small Indie Idol agencies , didn`t know until after the blocks started. Big companies I expect did know. It seems like to me (my opinion ,YTRed is interested in the most revenue drawing channels, not everybody ). I can`t speak for everybody , just myself and those small indie Idol agencies I deal with daily. The gap between us and the Hello!Pro level is huge. I was talking about us small groups & producers like Aphrodite and others just trying to break out level, idol agencies in the shallow pond. I should explained that part better.

My overseas friend Jean-Francois has a article in French on this JPop/KPop vs You Tube Red fight.
http://www.tvqc.com/2015/10/youtube-red-les-fans-de-jpop-et-kpop-en-colere/

Akb48 – Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai (僕たちは戦わない) Full Video

AKB48 brings the 40th single “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” on May 20, 2015.

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Music video for the title song is directed by Keishi Otomo of “Rurouni Kenshin” live-action series, and the members try serious tage combat. This time Haruka Shimazaki performs at the center of the group.

The single includes a serial-numbered card to vote for their “General Election for Selecting Members for the 41st Single” valid for a limited period of time (system requirements unknown). The 2nd and the 3rd tracks corresponding to all the types are different from each other.

Akb48 – Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai Regular Editions
Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai / AKB48Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai / AKB48Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai / AKB48

Marty Friedman: Extreme showdown between BiS and BABYMETAL!

Marty’s imaginary Idol Kouhaku Uta Gassen Part.4 (* Kouhaku Uta Gassen is the most popular and famous music show in Japan on TV at the very end of the every year)

If I was a producer it would be something like this!? “Marty Friedman Presents, Idol Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2014” series, Part 4. This is the setlist I imagined in my head!
(Marty’s setlist for Idol Kouhaku Uta Gassen)

1. AKB48 – Mae Shika Mukanee
2. HKT48 – Sakura, Minna de Tabeta (Marty joins)
3. Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Haitateki! (Takuya joins)
4. Morning Musume ’14 – Toki wo Koe, Sora wo Koe
5. ℃-ute – I miss you (Marty joins)
6. Up Up Girls (kari) – (kari) ha Kaesuze☆be your soul
7. BiS – FiNAL DANCE
8. BABYMETAL – Akumu no Rondo (Meshuggah guitarist joins)
9. Dempa Gumi.inc – Chururi Chururira (Marty joins)
10. Momoiro Clover Z – Naitemo Iindayo (Marty & KISS join)
I’ll feature no.7 & 8 this time. It’s getting really interesting.
No.7 BiS – FiNAL DANCE

So, a dark horse came in No.7 like no one expected it. I called for BiS (Brand-new idol Society) without notice which disbanded in the summer 2014. Let them perform at Kouhaku the way they are!

To be honest I hadn’t checked them out much (before). You know, they are something like, kind of a joke, right? They released the album titled “IDOL is DEAD” even though they were idols, got naked in one of their music videos and started a concept which said “Idols you can grope (boobs) now”. I’d say they were like Sex Pistols in the idol world, in terms of where they were positioned.

But the guy who’s in charge in Entame NEXT let me hear “FiNAL DANCE” lately and I thought this is good. Restless drumming and the melody which sounds like melodic hardcore, this is awesome! And the vocals have good voices! Cute voice, cool voice, they have many kinds of voices, you can get a kick out of it! I want to expect a performance full of punk spirits from them which no other idols can do.

No.8 BABYMETAL – Akumu no Rondo
After punk, it’s metal! Let us welcome now greatly popular BABYMETAL! The song will be Akumu no Rondo which is included in their 1st album. Actually many songs on the album came from previously released singles so there are a few brand-new songs in there. Akumu no Rondo is one of those new songs.

This song, the moment I listened to it, I thought “This caught me off the guard! / They nailed it!”. In this song the rhythm is the irregular time (not those ordinary quadruple time), I’d say quite progressive. I’ve been thinking since way before that “If there was an idol who performs irregular-time songs, wouldn’t it be amazing?” But I’ve never thought BABAMETAL would do that! They are indeed shrewd! (in a good sense)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpAHL155Lew

During the performance of this Akumu no Rondo, I want the member(s) of Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah to play as the backing band.

Some people say “The sound of BABYMETAL originally came from here?” about this band. Not the song itself, but guitar, bass, solid sound of drums, agressive arrangement somewhat sound like them. I want BABYMETAL fans to listen to the sound of Meshuggah.
Marty’s Idol Uta Gassen 2014, next one is the final DEATH!

Translation: bluexstahli from Babymetal reddit
source: http://okmusic.jp/#!/news/67471

Marty Friedman: Extreme showdown between BiS and BABYMETAL!

Marty’s imaginary Idol Kouhaku Uta Gassen Part.4 (* Kouhaku Uta Gassen is the most popular and famous music show in Japan on TV at the very end of the every year)

If I was a producer it would be something like this!? “Marty Friedman Presents, Idol Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2014” series, Part 4. This is the setlist I imagined in my head!
(Marty’s setlist for Idol Kouhaku Uta Gassen)

1. AKB48 – Mae Shika Mukanee
2. HKT48 – Sakura, Minna de Tabeta (Marty joins)
3. Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Haitateki! (Takuya joins)
4. Morning Musume ’14 – Toki wo Koe, Sora wo Koe
5. ℃-ute – I miss you (Marty joins)
6. Up Up Girls (kari) – (kari) ha Kaesuze☆be your soul
7. BiS – FiNAL DANCE
8. BABYMETAL – Akumu no Rondo (Meshuggah guitarist joins)
9. Dempa Gumi.inc – Chururi Chururira (Marty joins)
10. Momoiro Clover Z – Naitemo Iindayo (Marty & KISS join)
I’ll feature no.7 & 8 this time. It’s getting really interesting.
No.7 BiS – FiNAL DANCE

So, a dark horse came in No.7 like no one expected it. I called for BiS (Brand-new idol Society) without notice which disbanded in the summer 2014. Let them perform at Kouhaku the way they are!

To be honest I hadn’t checked them out much (before). You know, they are something like, kind of a joke, right? They released the album titled “IDOL is DEAD” even though they were idols, got naked in one of their music videos and started a concept which said “Idols you can grope (boobs) now”. I’d say they were like Sex Pistols in the idol world, in terms of where they were positioned.

But the guy who’s in charge in Entame NEXT let me hear “FiNAL DANCE” lately and I thought this is good. Restless drumming and the melody which sounds like melodic hardcore, this is awesome! And the vocals have good voices! Cute voice, cool voice, they have many kinds of voices, you can get a kick out of it! I want to expect a performance full of punk spirits from them which no other idols can do.

No.8 BABYMETAL – Akumu no Rondo
After punk, it’s metal! Let us welcome now greatly popular BABYMETAL! The song will be Akumu no Rondo which is included in their 1st album. Actually many songs on the album came from previously released singles so there are a few brand-new songs in there. Akumu no Rondo is one of those new songs.

This song, the moment I listened to it, I thought “This caught me off the guard! / They nailed it!”. In this song the rhythm is the irregular time (not those ordinary quadruple time), I’d say quite progressive. I’ve been thinking since way before that “If there was an idol who performs irregular-time songs, wouldn’t it be amazing?” But I’ve never thought BABAMETAL would do that! They are indeed shrewd! (in a good sense)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpAHL155Lew

During the performance of this Akumu no Rondo, I want the member(s) of Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah to play as the backing band.

Some people say “The sound of BABYMETAL originally came from here?” about this band. Not the song itself, but guitar, bass, solid sound of drums, agressive arrangement somewhat sound like them. I want BABYMETAL fans to listen to the sound of Meshuggah.
Marty’s Idol Uta Gassen 2014, next one is the final DEATH!

Translation: bluexstahli from Babymetal reddit
source: http://okmusic.jp/#!/news/67471

BABYMETAL New Arrivals on CDJapan

Here some BABYMETAL New Arrivals and merch you can buy on CDJapan.

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BABYMETAL are featured on many japanese music magazine and you can buy your own copy!!

Features articles about a concert of X JAPAN held at Yokohama Arena & a concert of BABYMEATAL held at Makuhari Messe Event Hall, interview with them, TOKIO, Iron Maiden, and more.

MARQUEE / MARQUEE Inc.
MARQUEE Inc.

Features lots of J-Pop idol groups such as Nogizaka46, Team Shachihoko, Juice=Juice, and Morning Musume. ’14. Mai Shiraishi of Nogizaka46 appears on the front cover.

HKT48 members, Haruka Kodama, Chihiro Anai, Aika Tada, Meru Tashima, Mio Tomonaga, Natsumi Matsuoka, and Aoi Motomura appear on the cover. Comes with a transparent card of HKT48. Also features Juri Takahashi (AKB48), Ryo Kitagawa (SKE48), Morning Musume. ’14 members, Sakura Gakuin, BABYMETAL, and more.

Features the hottest Kawaii topics/creators in Japan such BABYMETAL, Hello Kitty for Men, and nendo.

Features two music festivals held in UK, “SONISPHERE” and “BLACK SABBATH TIME.” Also follows BABYMETAL’s tour in Europe.

Features popular artists such as Babymetal, X Japan, DEMPA GUMI.inc and much more (subject to change).

Third volume featurring girls’ metal bands comes with a reversible poster featuring ALDIOUS and MARY’S BLOOD. Contains articles about ALDIOUS, CYNTIA, FUKI (LIGHT BRINGER), AKANE LIV, BABYMETAL, and more.

CDs/DVDs

Yeniol / Kiba Of Akiba
Kiba Of Akiba

First full-length album from Kiba Of Akiba includes new song(s) as well as their leading songs newly recorded such as “animation with you,” which is covered by BABYMETAL, “Zenbu Uchu ga Warui” and “FINAL QUEST.”

New edition of “Sakura Gakuin Nakamoto Suzuka 2013 Nen 3 Gatsu Sotsugyo” includes a photo shot at the event “The Road to Graduation Final – Sakura Gakuin 2012 Nendo Sotsugyo” held on March 31, 2013.

Stream to watch BABYMETAL at Music Station SUPER LIVE 2014 tonight

BABYMETAL is playing Music Station SUPER LIVE tonight on TV Asahi and you asking yourself hot to watch it live?!

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So today i’ve work for you trying to find a place where you can watch BABYMETAL live from japan for fre and ive find this free streaming service where you can watch Music Station SUPER LIVE 2014 right on your computer. And BABYMETAL are not the only interesting band to perform tonight, in fact many cool japanese band such as E-girls, AKB48, Kyary Pamyu Pamyum, Nogizaka46, X JAPAN, Momoiro Clover Z, L’Arc-en-Ciel and many more are gonna ne there to perform songs! A portion of the song list for ‘MUSIC STATION SUPER LIVE 2014’, which will air on December 26 from 7:00 pm (tonight), has been revealed.

Here a free stream link where they braodcast JapanTV

http://wilsonjj.me/jptv/#

For those who dont remember, BABYMETAL has already appear at Music Station earlier this year.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x284zij_babymetal-music-station-02-07-2014_music

Update 1: Bm just post this picture on their instagram account

Update 2: an animated gif screencaps from tonight Music Station SUPER LIVE 2014
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[MUSIC STATION SUPER LIVE 2014]
Friday, December 26 from 7:00 pm to 11:10 pm

aiko – “Atashi no Mukou”
Arashi – “GUTS!”, “Meikyuu Love Song”, “Dare mo Shiranai”
E-girls – “Highschool ♡ love”
Ikimonogakari – “GOLDEN GIRL”
EXILE – “NEW HORIZON”
EXILE TRIBE – “24WORLD”
AKB48 – “Kibouteki Refrain”, “Labrador Retriever”, “Ponytail to Shu Shu”, “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”
KAT-TUN – “In Fact”
Kanjani8 – “King of Otoko!”
Kanda Sayaka – “Yukidaruma Tsukurou”, “Umarete Hajimete”
Kis-My-Ft2 – “Hikari no Signal”
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Family Party”
KinKi Kids – “Ai no Katamari”
King Cream Soda & Dream5 – “Special Medley”
Kuraki Mai – “Secret of my heart”
Kobukuro – “Ima, Sakihokoru Hanatachi yo”
Golden Bomber – “Memeshikute”
Sandaime J Soul Brothers – “R.Y.U.S.E.I.”
Sheena Ringo – “NIPPON”
JUJU – “Last Scene”
Superfly – “Ai wo Karada ni Fukikonde”
SMAP – “JOY!!”, “Dear WOMAN”, “Top Of The World”
SEKAI NO OWARI – “Dragon Night”
Sexy Zone – “Kimi ni HITOMEBORE”
TOKIO – “LOVE,HOLIDAY.”, “LOVE YOU ONLY”
Nishino Kana – “Darling”
Nogizaka46 – “Nandome no Aozora ka?”
Hata Motohiro – “Himawari no Yakusoku”
Perfume – “Cling Cling”
Hamasaki Ayumi – M”, “Last Minute”
B’z – “Uchouten”
Hey! Say! JUMP – “Weekender”
BABYMETAL – “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”
Porno Graffitti – “Oretachi no Celebration”
Mr.Children – “Ashioto ~Be Strong”, “365nichi”
miwa – “Kimi ni Deaetakara”
May J. – “Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~”
Momoiro Clover Z – “Naite mo Iindayo”
Yuzu – “Ame nochi Hallelujah”
L’Arc-en-Ciel – “EVERLASTING”
X JAPAN – “Special Medley”

BABYMETAL to be featured on NHK’s ASIA MUSIC NETWORK

NHK’s ASIA MUSIC NETWORK will discuss the new trend of mixing idol and metal music next week.

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ASIA MUSIC NETWORK isa brand-new music information show using the internet, to bring music experts from all over Asia together to introduce their Asian Pop Music recommendations. The new tv show is hosted by Marty Friedman & Hitoto Yo and narrated by Miu Sakamoto

On the next episode the will discuss #10 Korea’s new group, WINNER / The new trend of mixing idol and metal music / Taiwan’s female stars. ASIA MUSIC NETWORK #10 will feature a message from Korea’s new group WINNER! AOA and GOT7, too! Conversation between Marty and Freddy (from ChthoniC,Taiwan)! Featuring music from MOMOCLO, AKB48, and BABYMETAL! Female artists who light up Taiwan’s hit chart! A Mei, Elva Hsiao, and Ann!

This episode is broadcast on BS1 Oct. 26, Sun. 16:00 and on NHK WORLD Oct. 27, Mon. 00:10 / 6:10 / 12:30 / 18:30[JST. The version to be aired on NHK WORLD will also be available online and through the smart phone app.

Marty said:

Just finished taping Asia Music Network, it`s a must see if you have NHK WORLD on your cable system-exclusive INFERNO footage, BABYMETAL, MOMOCLO, and my side project METAL CLONE X all featured, plus a great crosstalk (in English!) with me and my bro Freddy from Chtonic! On Air 10/26 at 24:10.
アジアミュージックネットワーク収録終了!今回もお見逃し無く〜〜メチャ面白いメタル特集デス!NHK-BS1 10月26日16時放送です。

Source: http://www.asia-music.net/en/

KOBAMETAL: interview with the man behind BABYMETAL

Here is a translation from a Japanese interview with Kobametal, the BABYMETAL producer, from the site Nikkel Trendy, please understand we have done our best to translate the text from japanese to english and some mistake may occure. Thank to Thomas Malone and BABYMETAL WORLDWIDE (BMWW)

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Trend Focus Why is popular unique metal idol BABYMETAL? Why is this unique Metal Idol band, “Babymetal” so popular? We explore this with its instigator.

Babymetal was formed in 2010 around the concept of “fusing together Idol and Metal”. This unit of 3 main members from the the Idol group, “Sakura Gakuin” have been
carrying out activities under the name of “Juonbu” taking the fight to the warring age taking place in the idol market with their incredible unique presence.
They are acquiring a fan base that lies outside of the typical idol fan by crossing stereotypical expectations with the gap they have created between a heavy metal sound
contrasted with idol-like performances and with their firm grip on points that “Metal fans appreciate” with their music and performance style. Through the introduction
of their music on Youtube they have come to garner support from fans that reside not only in Japan but throughout the world.

We talked with Amuse’s KOBAMETAL, a music consultant for “Juonbu records” and the chief instigator of Babymetal about the background and formation of Babymetal and the
role idols are to play in the music scene.

Q: Babymetal has brought a unique flair to the vast assortment of idol groups such as AKB48 and Momoiro Kuroba. What spurred you to come up with the idea of fusing
together Metal with Idol?

Kobametal: I guess the simple answer is that I like both Metal and Idol.
For example, we are all well aware of the success of Perfume combining Techno with Idol. I felt that if I were to make a new genre there could be nothing better than to
fuse Idol with Metal, and it was at this time that I met Babymetal’s main vocalist, Su-metal (Nakamoto Suzuka of Sakura Gakuin). At this time I was able to listen to her
very unaffected and natural singing voice, and I had the feeling that it would be interesting to have her express her talent based on an image of, “a girl’s chorus group
singing a song in a metalistic fashion”. While I like Idol music I am originally a big fan of Metal, it was the creation of Babymetal that brought about a new type of Idol unit that incorporates a love and passion for Metal. To achieve this I thought of having a “Metal unit that would take on the guise of an Idol group” and that would then go on to grow into a dark heroine type of existence within the Idol world.

With Babymetal I want to emphasize the gap between the cuteness of the 3 members with the excitement and power of Metal. The concept of naming the band Babymetal came
from a divine message it also makes use of the cuteness of “Baby” with the easy to understand roughness of “Metal” while also signifying the “birth of a type of Metal”.

Q: Attempting to fuse together Metal with Idol, what do you take into consideration when actually creating music and songs?

Kobametal: When composing songs and when producing live concerts I would like to pay homage and respect to the predecessors of the past Metal scene and arrange things so
that the members of Babymetal can perform so as not to destroy what has come before. While there have been some Idol songs that have had a Metalistic feel to them before
now, Babymetal is build on the idea of Idol songs that are really based on a full-fledged Metal sound.

Metal is a very diversified genre and it is thus very difficult to sum it up with a simple definition. In common parlance it has an image of long haired musicians
wrapped up in leather attire shouting out “Gyaaa!” with piercing guitar riffs. However, here in Japan there exist a wide variety of Metal types including traditional
metal bands that fall in line with Iron Maiden, bands that mix core metal with originality like Maxim the Hormone, bands the combine punk with hard core Metal such as
Emo Screamo bands and visual bands work to incorporate the visual aspects of Metal.

Since these different approaches all differ in their world view of these various types of metal genres it is not so easy to change the type of music performed once the
band has been formed. In this regard, since Babymetal is going from the concept of approaching Metal from an Idol perspective it is fairly easy to develop a rich basket
of variations. I feel that this also makes it possible to draw out the best aspects of each of the members when creating and performing songs.

Q: Before we go too far, just how were the members selected for Babymetal?

Kobametal: Babymetal is positioned in the Juonbu section of Sakura Gakuin and the planning starting Babymetal itself came about around 2009 when “Karen Girls” of which
the main vocalist, Su-metal (Nakamoto Suzuka), disbanded.

I started looking around for the other two members with Su-metal as the center role of the band. Since Su-metal possesses such a unique presence I thought it would be a
good idea to add a totally new character onto her. I then thought it would be wonderful to have 2 girls who resembled angels to be dancing around her and asked to have
Yuimetal (Mizuno Yui) and Moametal (Kikuchi Moa) join the band.

People talk a lot about Babymetal incorporating death voices and screamo as well as breakdown parts into Idol songs and it is good to know that this is only possible
because of the potential that was there in the girls. There is no way that these kinds of outrageous songs and performances could be carried out smoothly unless the
girls had the vocal ability and stamina needed along with a perfect balance existing between the 3 members.

Q: The song “Headbanga!” which was released in July was composed by Narasaki-san who is of course well known in the Metal world for “Coaltar of the Deepers”. How do you go about creating songs?

Kobametal: With all of our songs I start out first with the concept for the music first and then approach the songwriter in question. When I approach the songwriter and
request a song to be written I have already prepared the song’s concept, the atmosphere for the lyrics, the melody, the choreography, the form of the live performance
and the reaction I expect from the audience. For “Headbanga!” I made a request based on the theme of “Headbanging”.

As for my personal image for this song I felt that I wanted to provide simultaneously a passion for the visual Metal scene together with a sense of strangeness, a kind
of, “What the heck is this?!”. To those ends I deliberately used lingo such as “Saku (bloom)”, “Dosen (center of stage)”, “Gyakudai” and other similar terms used by female fans known as “Bangers” and even paid homage to “the GazettE” by incorporating the “Dogeza Hedoban (kneeling down and bowing to the floor) performed by their fans.

the GazettE

the GazettE

Certainly not limited to “Headbanga!” I am careful to carry out song creating by speaking in detail with with those involved in writing lyrics, creating music, mixing
the music and crafting choreography. With Narasaki-san as well we went through repeated back and forths countless times, I consulted with him about very minute details
such as “I would like to place the cymbals here-what do you think?” and other similar detailed issues.
For the bridge melody I like to lay out a rhythm similar to “PPPF handclapping” (impossible to translate-sorry) that is so familiar to Idol fans. I also consulted with
Narasaki-san about this when we were arranging the music and he advised using a double bass drum to get a more Metalistic feel.

Q: Do you explain in detail the intent lying behind the creation of the songs to the 3 members?

Kobametal: I feel that I want to make the most of the characters of each of the members and so choose to not lay out step by step the process and thinking that lies on
the production side.
For example, in “Headbanga!” I wanted to strongly emphasize that Su-metal would be turning 15 that year and used the motif of “Banger”. Showing this concisely is the
lyrics of “15 (Ichigo) no yoru”, which is overlaid with the overall tone of the lyrics reflecting the sense possessed and shared by people of this age that “just want to
plow ahead into the future without thinking about the consequences” with the figure of Bangers who are totally into and devoted to the band they are following. However,
I did not explain all of this to the girls.

I am often talking about placing great importance on the individuality and freedom of thought of each of the members with Mikiko-san who is in charge of choreography.
There are times when the girls are moving their bodies as they listen to and practice the movements for a new song that Mikiko will say to herself, “this movement is
really interesting” and incorporate it into the song’s choreography. The movement in the chorus of “Headbanga!” where Yuimetal and Moametal raise up their ponytails with
both (twin tails) was incorporated when she saw them doing this movement spontaneously when practicing.

Q: Do you play Heavy Metal music to the girls, or teach them about Heavy Metal?

Kobametal: Basically speaking, I do not. Previously for media events the girls were often asked “What is your favorite Metal band?” so I taught them the names of a
number of bands but it appears they did their own research on this anyway.

“Death Voice” is mixed with an idol song.

The Kitsune sign that is so associated with Babymetal came about when I was teaching the Devil’s sign to the members and they started playing around making shadow
figures on the wall in form of foxes. I thought it was really funny and interesting and decided to keep it. When all is said, the girls take whatever songs we provide
them with and they take them and think about what new aspect they can draw out even as they ponder, “what is the world is Metal anyway?”.

Q: There are many “Homages that are appreciated by Metal fans” such as the Kitsune sign. What are some examples of similar items?

Kobametal: In “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” to be released in January of next year, there is the “Dame Jump” where the girls jump with their arms crossed over and there is the
“Wall of Death” where Yuimetal and Moametal run past each other right to left in the intro section of this song.
The provision of a corsette with the first limited edition of “Headbanga!” and the performance of the release event for that song being held at the Mecca of Japanese
Metal, a live house in known as Meguro Rockmaykan were homages to the Japanese Metal scene.

Q: Not only do you pay attention to small performance details, I also get the feeling that you place a great deal of importance on producing a world view at the live
performances.

Kobametal: In contrast with the current trend in the Idol world of Idols being just kind of an extension of one’s daily life, with Babymetal we really want to provide a
“sense of the uncommon”. For that reason I aim to create a world that is as removed from one’s daily space and time as is possible at the live performances. An example
of this is that we attempt to spin a story that runs from the opening to the closing by not including MC talk and by effectively combining together movies, songs and
stage art.

However, I think the thing that really provides a sense of the uncommon is the incredible energy that the girls blast out in the live shows. This energy transfers to the
audience and brings life to the Mosshushu and call and response actions so familiar at Babymetal performances.

Babymetal has the concept ingrained in it that “Kami flows into and transforms into the shape of Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal” and in actuality the girls say that
they have almost no memory of the events of the live performances. It is true that the girls carry out very active performances and probably get something like a
runner’s high inducing something like a trance state. I think perhaps the audience takes in a lot of that passion and heat and brings about a real sense of unity,
bordering on a type of possession between the girls and the audience.

Q: What kind of numbers do you get for live performances? Also, what is the core composition of Babymetal’s fan base?

Kobametal: At the October 6, Shibuya O-East show we had an total audience of 2,600 spread over 2 shows. Our next live show is at Akasaka Blitz which has a capacity of
1,500. Generally speaking, Babymetal has a policy of putting on “all standing” concerts. It will be a joy to see how far the popularity of Babymetal spreads here on out
into the future.

The core makeup of the fans who actually come to live performances is composed mainly of male Idol fans in their 20s to 40s. However, the atmosphere of the concerts
differs slightly from those of Sakura Gakuin in that with Babymetal there seems to be more people who are looking for a more unifying and exciting experience more in
line with a major band’s live performance.

Additionally, some of the fans are people who appreciate sub-culture and/or Metal. Recently, we have seen the emergence of more and more female fans, and there are now
numerous “Odottemita” (I danced it myself) videos featuring girls and women dressed up in Babymetal cosplay appearing on the internet made by fans of Visual bands from
both within and outside of Japan.

Q: Preceding “Headbanga!”, “Doki Doki Morning” was released in 2011 and “iine!” was released in March of 2012. “Doki Doki Morning” seemed to have the most pronounced
Idol feel to it.

Kobametal: If you take just the chorus section of “Doki Doki Morning” you could definitely listen to it as an Idol song and it is surely Babymetal’s most pop sounding
song. This debut song was first performed at a Sakura Gakuin live show and this was probably behind why we chose such a catchy, pop sounding song. I’m sure Metal fans
would say to themselves that it is too popish and that “it is not really Metal at all”, but I am perfectly fine with that.

From the git-go many Babymetal songs are created using a sort of mash-up like technique. This means we take the different melody lines from various songs, extract
certain parts and then mix them all together. Because of this there are several composers taking part in creating “Doki Doki Morning”.

Q: Isn’t it rather unusual to put so much time into creating an Idol song?

Kobametal: Myself personally I have never heard of anyone making an Idol song in a similar fashion. When involved in creating the sound source it is not like we have
just one composer sit down and work on it alone, rather it is much more like we get everyone in the studio where everyone is allowed to express their opinion and so
there is a bit of a different mental energy involved than the usual approach. That said, since it takes so much time to create a single song that results in us have a
more limited number of songs.

For “iine!” we worked with a Metal sound that belongs to the genre known as “Screamo Pikorimo”. And since we used a mash-up approach with it as well it features a Death
Metal feel mixed in with a Hip Hop taste in the middle.


Q: “iine!” was released as a split CD with “Kiba of Akiba”. Could you fill us in on the background surrounding this?

Kobametal: To begin with, since Babymetal belongs to the indies record label of “Juonbu records” we felt that it would be appropriate to implement the indies culture and
tradition of new bands or bands that work well together releasing a split CD.

Once we decided this approach and we were looking around for a new band we came upon Kiba of Akiba. Babymetal felt a sense of kinship with them in their similar stance
of approaching the Otaku culture from the Metal scene side of things and felt certain that a joint work would result in something interesting.

Q: I understand that you are working to implement a wide variety of Metal aspects in Babymetal, but I would like to hear more about the favorable responses you have
gotten from Metal fans.

Kobametal: I get either extreme-either a big “Yes”, or a big “No”. Having been a major Metal fan in the past I know that people who really love Metal may see them as a
very annoying presence. From the outset we can not say that Babymetal was ever an authentic Metal band and have rather suddenly introduced a totally new style of Metal
and so there is nothing I can say about that and so feel that it will take a great deal of time to really reach deeply into their sphere of interest.

However, I do not think that it is bad to have controversy about the merits and demerits of Babymetal’s presence. In the Metal scene everytime a new style appears it
gets criticized but inevitably leads to the formation of new genres. Even when the infamous band of Metalicalla appeared on the scene it was showered with criticism at
first. This was the same with Slipknot in the 90s. So I feel that the more a band is hammered down the more it actually proves to have a great potential for change and
greatness and thus the “Strangeness factor” that can not fit within the Metal nor the Idol sphere is actually something that I constantly treat as a great treasure.

Q: Since “Doki Doki Morning” was released on YouTube in October of 2011 to the present time it has had over 1 million views. It appears that there are an inordinate amount of comments from overseas viewers. Did you have the overseas market in your scopes from the outset?

Kobametal: I had a hunch that it might stir up some interest but I honestly had no inkling that it would become the object of so much attention.
Because we made the video on a very low budget we had to have our staff play all the performance roles. Considering that I am quite surprised with the result. That said,
the comments reflect both favorable as well as not so favorable impressions.

Q: What region of the world seems to be responding most strongly. Are you planning any overseas events for Babymetal in the future?

Kobametal: We are definitely seeing more and more interest coming from the countries of Northern Europe and America that possess a heavy core Metal culture influence but
are also seeing this happening in South Asia and the rest of Europe as well. We received an offer from a Metal Festival in America this year but were unable to attend
due to scheduling conflicts. But we certainly want to pursue overseas activities herein out.

The girls are deeply moved when they see that fans overseas are vigorously watching their videos and offering supportive comments and are looking forward to performing
live in front of their fans outside of Japan.

There are quite a lot of people overseas uploading videos featuring dance cover performances. On Facebook about 80 to 90% of the “likes” we get come from people outside
of Japan, and these come from a wide variety of nationalities. I seems that Babymetal is most probably being seen as a “uniquely Japanese style of entertainment” much in
the manner of Visual bands, Idols, Hatsune Miku and Anime.

Q: Bringing the talk back to the domestic scene, at Summer Sonic in August where Babymetal appeared as the youngest band the twitter and other similar SNS mediums were buzzing with news and reactions from listeners other than the usual Idol fan base. What led up to their out of the blue appearance there?

Kobametal: The sponsors of the event evaluated Babymetal as being an epoch making band and approached me about a booking at quite an early stage.
It was quite difficult to juggle the scheduling because it conflicted with a Sakura Gakuin event but the person in charge had also come to see the July 21st Meguro Rockmaykan performance and I guess he was impressed because he repeatedly

pressured me asking, “there must be some slot of timing that would make a booking possible”, and in the end we ended up with kind of a rush job with a kind of, “it’s alright you can just show up once the Sakura Gakuin event is over and do the show without going through rehearsals”.

There are a lot of people in the music world who are very interested in Babymetal. The other day a member of some Visual band twitted the word “Headbanga!” on Twitter which led one of there fans to do a google search which ended up
leading her to Babymetal.

Q: It has become common scene these days to see anything new on the Idol scene being propagated over a variety of SNS such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the like and it seems quite unusual to people who lie outside of the standard Idol fan base. Are there any other things that come to mind when you take a look at the listeners of Babymetal?

Kobametal: At this point in time amongst those people who would be considered to be Idol fans there seems to be an increase in the number of people who originally enjoyed going to concerts but who have now come to like Idols and Idol

concerts as well. We are even seeing people show up to Babymetal concerts wearing Metallica or Las Vegas band T-shirts.
In this current era called in Japan the “Idol Sengoku Jidai” (Era of the warring Idol bands), many Idols and Idol bands are playing with any and all kinds of ideas in the quest for a stroke of originality and uniqueness. What we once saw

in the Rock band scene where a vast variety of bands were popping up and fighting for popularity we are now seeing with a bubbling sense of excitement taking place in the current Idol world.
In the recent Rock band world there seems to be a lack in the heat or power necessary to take something uncommon and change it into something that can be appreciated by a large number of people. In one way of looking at it, I would say that the Rock scene is now largely populated by “honor students” (kind of boring, but proficient). With people in the music business world I often get into conversations where we are all convinced that the current Idol scene is just starting to heat up with a power that we “can’t put a finger on, but feel things are getting exciting” much like the Indies boom in the Rock band world of the 80s and 90s. I really feel this at Babymetal live performances as well, and many people who were involved in the Rock band boom of that era, myself included, are now working in the Idol scene.

Q: It could be that Idols and Idol bands are a presence that is revolutionizing the music scene. Amidst this backdrop, how to you plan to develop Babymetal from here on out into the future?

Kobametal: The only way to go is to pierce ahead in just the way we have so far without going off track. We may have done some rather “pointy” things early on and most likely as Babymetal gathers more and more attention to itself there may be a realistic tendency to mellow out a bit, but I feel that the 3 girls will continue to sing and dance to a full fledged Metal sound and that we will continue on full speed ahead without losing our way.

Throughout the height of the R&B dance music scene in Japan with such artists as Amuro Namie and Speed I am quite struck by Perfume carving out a corner in this scene where they continued to hold fast to their style of Techno Pop Idol music. Now this may be just my personal opinion but I feel that-and there may have been some twists and turns on the way until they reached their current position in the music world- due precisely to the fact that they did not just go with the flow of the times that they were able to lead the way to a totally new era in music.
Now, while I can not honestly say just how big Babymetal may become, I do feel that if we just pursue the existing form of Idol marketing then Babymetal will develop into nothing much more than a rehashed, lukewarm band. If that is the case, I feel it is much more interesting to go for broke and continue to embark on a totally untraveled path. I’m referring to the potential of the girls, the passion and love the staff has for Metal, the idea of positively making the most of this sense of “strangeness”…..From these factors a new style will be created and I feel we will be able to become an “Only One” existence as a band that no one else can create.

Q: Su-metal will be graduating from Sakura Gakuin in March of 2013. What will become of Babymetal post graduation?

Kobametal: I can’t comment on that at this time, but I can say that how Babymetal may develop will all start to become clear with the “I, D, Z Legend” series of live performances that started in October. No matter how things go I strongly hope that the activities of Babymetal will prove to be a very good experience for the girls.

With Babymetal we approach each and every live show with a great deal of care and I think we will be able to change this small movement into a big one. This will then prove to be a great stimulus to the music industry and I will be happy if it spurs even a few people to “pull their old Metal T-shirt out of the closet”, or cause them to say, “Babymetal was the trigger that got me into listening to Metal”.

When Cuca goes Megitsune

Well, Cuca is a Japanese teenage girls who’s doing some very interesting song and dance cover on YouTube and her last effort is our own Megitsune from BABYMETAL.

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She’s actually pretty good and you can see her performing as variety of Japanese pop song by artiste such as Perfume, ℃-ute, AKB48, E-girls and even Morning Musume.

Cuca (くーか) is a popular Japanese dancer on the video-sharing website YouTube, where she uploads videos of herself dancing, and sometimes singing along to Hello! Project songs. She is popular amongst many Hello! Project fans.

She has auditioned for Morning Musume’s 11th and 12th generation.

Here is a free translation of her personal blog as she tell us about her preparation for doing Megitsune. Feel free to visite her blog and tell her ho you like her Megitsune cover at this URL: http://cuca2002.blog43.fc2.com/blog-entry-1957.html

Even I also like the other song, but I tried Megitsune^^

The key is very high!!
I’m singing with the throat at first,
Because it was difficult,
As much as possible,
So I concentrate to come out voice with stomach
After that、
Behind the skill of「ITO FAMILY」、
「How to get high voice with karaoke」is writen、
The way is「sing while lifting a dumbbell(It’s OK to put some force on hand for people without dumbbell)」、
When I encounter difficulty while singging this song,、
And this come out,
Alright,
I’ve been thinking : Try to put the force on hand!!
If you put a force on hand,
The hardship will become a little bit better^^

I didn’t know BABYMETAL until now,
But my dad have the DVD of BABYMETAL,
There is an opportunity to show me by saying that「Take a look, it’s cool」.
CUCA’s dad apparently like heavy metal.
Heavy metal・・・I do not understand it very well.

The red fluffy (skirt),
is made by mom for me.
We went to search the cloth together,
and it cost 299 yen.
Yeah it is cheap ~ ~ ~ And I have a mother that genius in searching ^ ^

Thank Ho Choon Shen for the translation.