Fake Creators: Deep Fake or the Real Thing?
- June 5, 2022 ● From Fujirockers.org
Most musical acts don’t have the courage to debut at a festival as important as Fuji Rock. But then again, few artists have played the festival as many times as De De Mouse. Familiarity with Naeba audiences has bred some degree of confidence for this Tokyo-based DJ who has been traveling back and forth to this off season ski resort since 2009.
Mind Your Manners, Please!
- June 1, 2022 ● Experiences
Aside from the unique opportunity to see our favorite bands in beautiful natural mountainous surroundings, one of the best things about Fuji Rock Festival is how relaxing and comfortable the gathering can be, even among upwards of 100,000 attendees in past years. This is made possible in part by everyone minding their manners and cooperating together to make Fuji Rock the best festival it can be. With just a bit of common sense, an awareness of our surroundings, and by following just a few guidelines we can continue to keep Fuji Rock a truly special experience year after year. Here are just a few of the most important things to keep in mind once you step onto the festival grounds this summer.
Kikagaku Moyo’s Final Farewell
- May 28, 2022 ● Bands
Formed in the summer of 2012, Japanese psychedelic rock band Kikagaku Moyo has gone from busking the streets of Tokyo to selling out major venues and festivals worldwide. The 5-person group is planning to go on an indefinite hiatus after one last international farewell tour across the global stage. Kikagaku Moyo end their music journey with final album ‘Kumoyo Island’, which brings you on one last euphoric trip to the band’s imaginary world, consisting of phonetic sounds, eerie synths, hypnotic soft whispers.
Japanese Breakfast’s “Secret” Double Life
- May 25, 2022 ● Bands
You may know her from her Grammy-nominated band, or maybe you know her from the many music videos she has directed, but not many know that Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner is also a distinguished author!
Arlo Parks – For the Love of Words
- May 21, 2022 ● Bands, From Fujirockers.org
British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks is first and foremost a poet. Words are her anchor and her love for them shines through in twelve songs on her 2021 debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams. In the very beginnings of the pandemic, she rummaged through her collections of writing, from poems to journals that she’s written from the age of 13, and there, she began to piece together what would later be the heart of her debut album. READ MORE
Get Pumped with the Official Spotify Playlist
- May 18, 2022 ● Bands, Experiences, From Fujirockers.org
Did you know that an official playlist gets released every year in preparation for Fuji Rock?
Dinosaur Jr. – A Band 65 Million Years in the Making
- May 14, 2022 ● Bands, From Fujirockers.org
Dinosaur Jr. is one of those bands that most people have heard of, but fewer have really gotten deeply into. The name is familiar, maybe you remember the video for Feel the Pain when it was in heavy rotation on MTV, or their close relationship with bands like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, or in Japan perhaps from the YouTube algorithm quirk led popularity spike of 1994’s Over Your Shoulder in 2019 (strange, but true). If you fall into this ‘I know the name’ category, I highly recommend you spend the majority of your free time between now and Fuji Rock listening to lots and lots of Dinosaur Jr. so we can all enjoy what may prove to be the festival’s most earnest, most beautiful and presumably loudest shows together.
Night Tempo Cranks Up the… Tempo
- May 7, 2022 ● Bands
Don’t call Jung Kyung-ho a DJ. Better known as “Night Tempo”, the self-described “retro culture curator” painstakingly handpicks and injects new energy into 80’s Japanese pop hits. At the forefront of bringing Showa-era Japanese pop music onto the world scene, Night Tempo has put his own glossy spin on classic hits, making the catchy even catchier. The huge return in popularity of Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love” can be attributed to Night Tempo’s own energetic rework, making it accessible to a new generation of social media users both in Japan and abroad.
Heavy Math Rock Lifting at Elephant Gym
- May 4, 2022 ● Bands
Taiwan’s Elephant Gym are a perplexing mix of false labels and mischaracterizations. Going by their name and band photo alone, one might conjure up an ephemeral “twee” band playing light harmonies with vocal duets. In reality, just a few notes into their latest Youtube single instantly reveals the band as jazz-rock trio with just a little math rock influence from Japan.
Tomorrow’s Stars at Rookie a Go-Go
- April 29, 2022 ● Bands
Folks may come for the massive headliners, but there are plenty of rising stars to be seen at Fuji Rock as well!