INTERVIEW : @DJMonumental ready to return to ‘the Far East’

The Dynamic Duo – J-Lie & DJ Monumental

Dubbed “the young genius from Brooklyn” the youthful @DJ Monumental is already making moves big enough in NYC to catch the attentions of trendsetters and promoters in the Far East.  Hear him spin and watch the handsome party person mingle with his mostly female fan base and it’s easy to understand why Tokyo taste-maker @NaoDiddy has chosen him as a brand ambassador for his popular Asia-based hip hop inspired Magic Stick apparel street brand.

Sneakerhead, ‘good health’ spokesperson and the most popular DJ under 25 in the New York metropolitan scene right now, the ambitious entrepreneur has received co-signs from colleagues such as Bow Wow’s Tour DJ and long-time friend DJ Jus to government officials like respected New York State Senator Martin.  Already getting booked regularly for gigs overseas in Europe and the West Indies,  DJ Monumental returns to Japan for a second time in 2012 to headline his first Japan DJ Tour.  The “Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12” kicks off on November 2nd and will include club play, in-stores and fan meet & greets across Japan.

Name: DJ Monumental
Occupation:  Trendsetter
Twitter: @DJMonumental
Website: DJMonumental.com

@TokyoTwilighter How did your first Japan tour come about? 
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@DJMonumental Being that I’m J-Lie‘s (New York movement Slowbucks first artist) official DJ, J got the call for Swag Family Legacy’s “Summer Music Festival” and the rest is now history
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@TokyoTwilighter What was the highlight of your trip?
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@DJMonumental That’s a really hard question. There were so many highlights. It’s a toss up between the  show at Espirit Beach House that turned into a foam party and the after party at Vanity Lounge for the Zepp Tokyo Show. GOOD TIMES!
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@TokyoTwilighter Where did you shop and what did you buy?
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@DJMonumental I didn’t get to do as much damage as I wanted because our schedule was FULL.  I was able to do a little shopping in Harajuku the day before we left.  I got a little carried away at Supreme, Undefeated, Bape and Kinetics.  I was able to find a lot of pieces which were sold out in New York. Good thing I didn’t have much time to shop huh LOL!
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@TokyoTwilighter How was the food, anything you couldn’t eat?
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@DJMonumental Being that I’m a man who L-O-V-E-S food, there wasn’t anything that I wasn’t willing to try! My favorite dish has to be OKONOMIYAKI! (a Japanese omlette) I’ve never had anything like it. Thank you J-Lie and Nati (J-Lie’s Japan road manager) for the introduction.
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@TokyoTwilighter What surprised you the most that went against your expectations of Japan? of Tokyo? 
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@DJMonumental Our driver D-Nice was listening to Chopped and Screwed music, that was probably the last thing I would of expected to hear in Japan.  Come to find out there’s quite a large following of southern Hip-Hop culture in Japan.
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@TokyoTwilighter What Japanese words or customs did you learn?
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@DJMonumental Arigato (thank you), watashi wa nihon ga daisuki (I love Japan) and my favorite HAI! (yeah).
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One half of the #DreamTeam

@TokyoTwilighter You were able to DJ in concert with @JLie and in the club as a headliner, how did the party scene in Tokyo compare to your NYC hometown?

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@DJMonumental Honestly, at times I would forget that we were in Japan.  I felt like I was home until I looked up and everyone had their camera phones out recording us.  Lol.  (DJ Monumental performed at Zepp Tokyo and spun at Shimbashi 300 Bar, Vanity Lounge and on Enoshima beach.)
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@TokyoTwilighter What songs that you spun got the biggest reaction?  
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@DJMonumental SHOTS! SHOTS! SH-SHOTS! Lol LMFAO feat Lil Jon – Shots, worked every time.
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@TokyoTwilighter Anything you didn’t get to do that you aim to get done next time?
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@DJMonumental I would love to visit more Japanese monuments, do some real shopping and take a ride on the train , it’s the  New York in me.
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@TokyoTwilighter When will you be back to Japan?
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@DJMonumental November 1st! for my very own tour.  The Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12
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Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12 Schedule

DJ MONUMENTAL “HOMETOWN HERO JAPAN TOUR” 2012

11/2 (FRI) “CEREAL KILLA” @ Erecktrik Jinja(六本木)
11/3 (SAT) “MANHATTAN RECORDS INSTORE LIVE
                 @ Manhattan Records(渋谷)
11/8 (THU) “MAKE OR TAKE” @ UCess Louge(原宿)
11/9 (FRI) “FLY FRIDAY” @ Bar One(大阪)
11/10 (SAT) “MANHATTAN RECORDS INSTORE LIVE
                  @ Manhattan Records(大阪)
11/11 (SUN) B’S KITCHEN @ Sam & Dave’s(大阪)
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Contact DJ Monumental’s Japan promotion team the #JapanCrew @ILMPJapan for more details.
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Check out Dj Monumental’s favorite Tokyo-based clothing brand Magic Stick here

INTERVIEW with Sayori Wada : Meet the Artist behind the MYC Hip Hop Playing Cards

MYNORITY CLASSICS X SAYORI WADA PRESENT HIP HOP PLAYING CARDS

 

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Dealing a full house of Hip Hop with Artist Sayori Wada

The world’s first hand-drawn hip hop inspired deck of cards.   

Words and Interview by @TokyoTwilighter

Photos courtesy of @DjSarasa

Mynority Classics, the brand that brought tru hip hop lovers the hip hop birthday calendar in 2011 and hip hop subway calendar in 2012 wants its fans to ‘get back to the basics’ with a full set of playing cards inspired by a DJ’s play list.  (Well, DJ Sarasa‘s play list to be exact :))

Tokyo-based artist, Sayori Wada, shows her hand and shares with @TokyoTwilighter a behind the scenes look at creating, drawing and playing with her latest work of art.

Infusing Japanese calligraphy art techniques with American music scene inspiration, whether its a pair of West Coast rappers or a full house of East coast MCs this original ‘daily art’ has made a splash onto both the style and music scene.

The interview is available below in Japanese and English 😉

Like what you see? Pick up your own deck here!  Limited stock available!

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@TokyoTwilighter : How did the collaboration with MYC come about?  /// どうやってMYCとのコラボレションが実現したのですか? 

Sayori Wada : A couple of years ago a friend of mine was working as Sarasa’s assistant, then when we ran into each other again at Crystal Kay’s ‘Delicious Kinyobi’ music video shoot we were like ‘We should totally collaborate soon!’.  She got in touch with me after that and that’s how this all came about.  /// 数年前に友達がSARASAちゃんのアシスタントをしていて、友達のミュージックビデオの撮影の時に再会して(こんな細かく言わなくていいかな?)、その後「なんか一緒にやろう!」って連絡をもらい今回に至りました。
@TokyoTwilighter : Give us your take on the project briefly, what is this latest product out of Sayori Wada and Mynority Classics?  /// Sayori Wada and Mynority Classicsの新作について詳しく教えて!
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Sayori Wada : We created hip hop playing cards.  Basically the concept was to create a deck that was like a DJ playlist which Sarasa selected and I drew.  The cassette tape image on the back was Asami’s idea.  /// HIP HOP Playing cardsをつくりました。DJのプレイリストをつくるみたいにSARASAちゃんに人選をしてもらい、私が絵を描き。裏面のカセットはASAMIさんのアイディアです。

@TokyoTwilighter : Did Sarasa and ASAMI One give you any creative direction or were the drawings 100% yours? /// この絵は100%SAYORIが書いたの?SARASAやA$AMI ONEはクリエイティブな面で参加しているの?

Sayori Wada : Of course they helped check on all the details.  The biggest concern ended up being Eazy-E’s hair.  Sarasa was really stuck on his hair, its texture and thickness and kept messaging me over and over about it, lol.  …細かいチェックはもちろんやってもらいました。中でも一番こだわったのはEazy-Eの髪の毛。SARASAちゃんとなんどもメールでやりとりして、髪の束間、質感をこだわりました笑

@TokyoTwilighter :   What is the inspiration for your drawings? /// あなたのインスピレーションは?

 Sayori Wada : Music.  Music, art, food, lifestyle, my feelings are linked to what is important to me.  I always get so much energy and inspiration from that. /// 音楽。音楽/アート/食べ物/ライフスタイル、感覚で繋がれる仲間からは、いつもすごいいいエナジー/インスピレーションをもらっています。

@TokyoTwilighter :  Why use a calligraphy pen?  Why not another medium?  /// 何で筆ペンなの?

Sayori Wada :  Well, with a normal pen once you draw a line, what comes next is predictable, but with a calligraphy pen it’ll be stronger and weaker, the angles will have depth of color and the hues will change.  That freedom, how it reacts is what I really like so I use it often.  But if I lose my concentration the line will immediately become very thick. ///    普通のペンでラインをひいたら、次になにが来るかって予測がつくけど、筆ペンは強弱、角度で色がついたみたいに見え方が変わるから、その自由さ、答えのなさが好きで、よく使用します。集中してないとすぐ線太くなっちゃうけど。
@TokyoTwilighter :    Any difficulties in transferring your art to such a small canvas? /// 小さいキャンバスに描くのは難しいですか?

Sayori Wada :  Sometimes I use large 3 metre canvases for my artwork and need a ladder to draw on the wall and sometimes my canvas may be the size of fingernail, for me the size is not really the challenge. /// 自分よか大きい3mくらいの絵をはしごにのって壁に描く事もあれば、爪サイズの絵も描くので、大きさは特に問題ないです。

@TokyoTwilighter :  .  What challenges did you face in completing this project? /// このプロジェクトを完成するまでに大変だった事は?

Sayori Wada :  Stamina was my challenge, lol.  To create just one drawing it would take one to two hours, and while drawing I’d listen to the music of the artist.  It was really enjoyable to listen to music while drawing and also I felt like I was learning a lot at the same time.  I am truly thankful to the two founders (DJ Sarasaand Asami One) of Mynority Classics for this opportunity.  ///  根気との勝負でした 笑1枚にだいたい1-2時間かかって、その間はそのアーティストの音楽を聴いて描いていたから、とにかく楽しかったし描きながらも音楽の勉強もしていた感じ。本当にMynority Classicsの二人に感謝しています。

@TokyoTwilighter :  .  How did you choose which hip hop artists to use for the card set? Any personal favorites in the deck?  /// どうやって、どのトランプに誰を描くか決めたの? 一番のお気に入りは?

Sayori Wada : I didn’t choose, the selector was DJ Sarasa.  Me personally I really like Fab 5 Freddy.  /// 選曲じゃなくて、人選はDJ SARASA! お気に入りは、Fab 5 Freddy。

@TokyoTwilighter :    You’ve said as an artist that you aim to have ‘you’ present in the piece, even if the piece is broken up, what part of this art is ‘Sayori’? /// あなたは言いました、「アーティストは自分の作品が分割されても自分のスタイルが現れていないといけない」と。そこで、あなたの「SAYORIさ」は何が一番の特徴だと思いますか?

Sayori Wada : That’s difficult to answer, but I think it’s the feeling of the strength and weakness of the line.  My personality can be revealed in that one line, and I am conscious of that as I am drawing. /// むずかしいけど、ラインの強弱感。線いっぽんでも個性が出るから、それは意識して描きました。

@TokyoTwilighter :    What are your next plans for this hip hop cards project?  How about you in general as an artist? /// ヒップホップのトランプの次は何ですか?あなた自身のアーティストとしての計画を教えて下さい。
Sayori Wada : I really want the music to make an impression on people, when people are going through stuff it’d be great if they can look at these drawings and smile, that’s the kind of art I was aiming to create.  ///  音楽が人に影響を与えるように、辛いときにも絵をみたら笑顔になれるような、そんな絵を描いていきたいです。

@TokyoTwilighter :   Any plans to display the card deck in an exhibition or have a card game event with them? /// 原画を使った展示会やトランプイベントとかやらないのですか?

Sayori Wada :  That sounds like a great idea!  Right now now we don’t have any such plans but of course I still have all the original pieces of art so to have those pieces plus the cards exhibited, I think that’d be a lot of fun. ///  楽しそう!とくにまだ予定はないけど、原画はもちろん全部残してあるから、それとカード一緒に展示。なんていうのも面白いかもしれないですね。

@TokyoTwilighter :   Any final words for your fans about the project? /// 最後にヒップホップトランプについてファンに一言。

 
Sayori Wada : カードで遊んで、HIP HOP talkで是非盛り上がってください!!/// For sure, while playing cards enjoy ‘Hip Hop Talk’!!!
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The cards are available for sale on-line here 

See the ‘Making of’ video below starring Sayori Wada to see how it all came together.  The video was produced,  filmed and edited by Magik Media Japan

 

[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] Talking with Japanese hip hop group Gagle of Jazzy Sport

 

@TokyoTwilighter EXCLUSIVE Interview with Gagle

Getting a behind the scenes look at music making brilliance

Last year I was blessed to have the opportunity to interview Japanese hip hop group Gagle.  We talked music, influences, family and appealing to the overseas audience.

Made up of brothers, MC Hunger, producer DJ Mitsu the Beats and long-time friend DJ Mu-r, the group has been together since 1996 making great music as part of independent label Jazzy Sport’s impressive catalog of Japanese artists.

Having been together since birth for the brothers and as a group since ’96, my first question was ‘Do you ever fight?’  To which the laid back trio was quick to reply, ‘Nope!’  Although younger brother Hunger did admit to being terrorized by older brother Mitsu as a child, sometimes when sleeping Mitsu would pour milk over his sibling to wake him up!

The onomatopoeic group name ‘Gagle’ comes from the word meaning a harsh or cacophonous sound which in the hip hop group’s earlier day’s accurately described their sound, especially Hunger’s distinct vocals, although they said over the years the music has chilled out quite a bit.

Beatmaker DJ Mitsu the Beats has gained international acclaim, with many of his videos on youtube gaining plus 100,000 hits and positive comments from fans even outside of Japan.  Mitsu’s music preferences tend towards old records, especially the 70s with his birth year being his favorite time period to sample from.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear the group’s music yet, make sure to check out their music on iTunes and YouTube.

Thanks to Magik.jp it was all capture on film and put together with some amazing show footage.

Finally MC Hunger was kind enough to do a short freestyle for me and add my name!

INTERVIEW : Welcome to @Raye6 … in JAPAN

‘Hurricane vocals’, daring fashion, big hair, saavy business sense and tantalizing stage performance skills.  Raye 6 is the perfect example that a woman can have it all and do it all when you’re focused on what you want.

Name: Raye6
Occupation: Inspiration
Twitter: @Raye6
Website: http://raye6.com/

@TokyoTwilighter : How many times have you been to Japan?

@Raye6 : Two times.

@TokyoTwilighter : Tell us how the latest trip came around.

@Raye 6 : Same as last year, through Jon Lynch who is the creator of Japan Music Week.  This year Jon proposed a sponsorship deal, we negotiated and I accepted his best offer. Marlboro Japan was the primary sponsor this year and they used 2 of my singles ‘Universal Lover’ & ‘Misstery’  available on Itunes. You can also go onto the Marlboro jp site to download my music.

@TokyoTwilighter : What was the most memorable part about your trip?

@Raye6 : Hanging out with some of the most beautiful people in Japan! I wrote about it on my blog on http://raye6.com/?p=324 . I got to connect with DeeJays, producers, label owners, directors, photographers, make up artists, writers and more! It was a beautifully creative trip!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you learn any Japanese words or customs?

@Raye6 : Only cross the street when the light turns red, KAMPAI! (cheers), HAI (yes), Sumimasen (excuse me)

@TokyoTwilighter : Where was the best place to party/perform?

@Raye6 : Best place to party is Micro Cosmos, best place to perform was all of them! Nippori for the GUNGNIR Skate event, Glad, Unit. I love everything about the venues and the promoters of the events.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What did you eat while in Japan?

@Raye6 : I ate a lot of croissants and water from a bakery in Mark City in Shibuya, Seafood Curry from Shantay (DELICiOUS), I had Japanese pancakes at Micro Cosmos and it was like biting into heaven!

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you go shopping and what did you buy?

@Raye6 : I went shopping at Don Quixote they have everything! I went to find gifts for my family and friends. That place is like a drug store, beauty supply, macy’s, kmart, and fao schwartz all in one! I made a detour into 109 and damn near lost my mind! So many floors full of so many things! A girls paradise! I couldn’t decide what to buy so I bought nothing lol!!!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any regrets about this trip?

@Raye6 : I regret I couldn’t stay longer! I know I can accomplish so many things in Japan but I’ll be back again and again and each time will be magical!

@TokyoTwilighter : What is the biggest challenge regarding performing in Japan compared to the US?

@Raye6 : No challenge, I perform with nothing but passion anywhere I perform. You get what you put out!

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the reaction to your music in Japan?

@Raye6 : People were excited and in aww. I’m a bit of a shocker on and off stage and they love it!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Are you planning another trip back to Japan?

@Raye6 : The next trip will be sometime in June so I can cover more ground. Between GOD, my relationships in Japan and my work ethic, I will be on the Official “Welcome To Universe 6 Tour”

@TokyoTwilighter : What do you definitely want to do next time that you didn’t get to do this time?

@Raye6 : Shop for me! I need a $2000.00 USD budget to rip a mini hole in 109!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any words for your fans in Tokyo?

@Raye6 :

Passion is Universal
It has no skin color, no religion, nor does it have bias

I’ve witnessed in my many years on this planet

people’s passion for food, love, music, war, work and more

A passion to live is a common goal we possess as humans
My trip to Japan showed me once again my passion for living

To live
To breathe
To see
To take it all in
I have a Passion for life

To that I say KamPai! Cheers to you all! I will always have a PASSION for Japan

Back to Tokyo for Round 2! Konnichiwa Greenstreet!


Greenstreet has the kind of sound that is indescribable while at the same time being unforgettable.  Excellent live performers, they made a splash on the Japanese music scene in 2010 with performances all around the Tokyo area for the Japan Music Week.  This year they return to Japan to get into the studio, talk Japan exclusive distribution deals and perform for their growing overseas fan base.  Here’s what they had to say about their last trip to Japan and what they’re looking forward to this time around.

Name: Greenstreet
Occupation: Music
Twitter: @alivegreenst @rengreenst @soupagreenst @snaxxgreenst 
Website: http://greenstreetrecords.net

@TokyoTwilighter :  How many times have you been to Tokyo?

A-Live : Once, but currently preparing for our second trip there next month.

Soupa: Once.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What surprised you the most about Tokyo?

A-Live : The efficiency of the city was incredible; from the trains, traffic, supermarkets, etc. I live in New York City, and it’s not half as efficient as Tokyo. The energy of the people was also positively surprising — everyone was super friendly and helpful in almost every situation.

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you party?

A-Live : Hmm. Roppongi was crazy, we did the gaijin (gaijin is a slang term for not Japanese) thing to do and went to Gas Panic..for better or worse. Shibuya was my favorite locale overall.

Soupa : Everywhere. Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shibuya..especially at The Game.

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the music scene in Tokyo?

Soupa : The hip-hop scene in Tokyo was a small and supportive crowd.  I felt like they were a family, and I really appreciated them letting me be a part of that family while I was there.  It showed me that hip-hop has no borders, and that’s great for the future and progress of our art.

A-Live : I think Tokyo has a dynamic music scene, and the best part of it is, they seem to support their own. It also showed me that music is truly an universal language; we met so many people that didn’t speak even English but were rocking with us a 100%!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you try any Japanese cuisine or snacks?

A-Live : Yeah! The highlights for me were kaiten sushi, the ebi burger at Mos Burger, and curry udon. Also Calpis soda! Soupa went to sleep cradling a can of that every night.

Soupa :  The sushi conveyor belts were a lot of fun. I could have eaten at one of those places for every meal of every day.  I was also a big fan of dorayaki.

@TokyoTwiligher : What was the biggest challenge while visiting Tokyo?

Soupa: My Japanese…or lack thereof.

A-Live : Hm, the language was a problem at times. I’m trying to become conversational in Japanese before my next trip. Also, the exchange rate..the US dollar is miserable, smh.

@TokyoTwilighter : What’s on your Tokyo bucket list for next time?

Soupa : Honestly, I would really like to get outside of Tokyo and explore the rest of the country. On the train ride from Narita airport, I saw a lot of beautiful scenery in the countryside that I would like to get a closer look at.  I also want to take a trip up to Nagano and chill with the macaques in the hot springs at Jigokudani.

A-live: Definitely echo what Soupa said. I want to go to an onsen as well. Also, I want to get an invitation to the Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando but..that’s probably wishful thinking, haha.

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Greenstreet will be back to Japan from November 3rd – 28th.

This weekend, November 4th they’ll be performing at Grande in Shibuya

Interview with DJ @spinzhoodrich : Konnichiwa Japan!

If experience and skill are a direct result of age then DJ Spinz must be 44, but it makes sense that he’s twice as able as his peers seeing as he grinds for twice as many hours as there are in a day.  Renowned as a DJ, respected as a producer, if he says they’re going to be a hit then platinum album sales and sold-out tours are only a time zone away.  A rising favorite out of the South, he recently came through Japan on the Travis Porter tour as their DJ.

Name: DJ Spinz
Occupation: Producer/DJ
Twitter: @SpinzHoodrich
Tumblr: spinzhoodrich.tumblr.com

@TokyoTwilighter : How long were you in Tokyo for?

DJ Spinz : I was there for four days (October 7-10, 2011)

@TokyoTwilighter : What part of your Tokyo trip will you definitely be telling friends back home about?

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DJ Spinz : Everything, it was a great experience. From the scenery, to the clubs, to the people, it was a great atmosphere. I enjoyed my stay.  

@TokyoTwilighter : Any differences between the DJ experience in Tokyo compared

Photo By : DJ Yaz (location Fussa Kamikaze)

to stateside?

DJ Spinz : Of course there were going to be some differences but the scene definitely surprised me, they were playing a lot of songs that we play back home in the States (at the clubs, in the shops, etc.)

@TokyoTwilighter : You tweeted about being impressed by the remote control AC, any other Japanese technology that you want to take back to the US?

DJ Spinz : There were a lot of complex and unique buildings. I really like Japanese architecture. It’s advanced, really their whole society is a bit advanced.

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you shop and what did you get to take home?

DJ Spinz : I picked up a jacket from the Armani Store and the new Gucci Guilty fragrance from the Gucci store. I also grabbed some Japanese memorabilia (key chains, etc)

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the party scene and where did you go?

DJ Spinz : We went to four different spots, can’t remember all of the names of the venues but they were dope!

East Makes West : DJ Yaz and DJ Spinz

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you learn any Japanese words?

DJ Spinz : Konnichiwa. . . that’s about it lol

@TokyoTwilighter : Any recommendations for friends traveling to Tokyo?

DJ Spinz : Enjoy it, soak it all up and go check out the Asian women. . . they turnt up.

@TokyoTwilighter : What do you definitely want to do next time that you missed out on this time?

DJ Spinz : Get some authentic Japanese Hibachi Food!!!!!

[Editor’s Note : For those looking for Hibachi in Japan, it’s called Teppanyaki here :)]

Tokyo Regular : Interview with @BHowardMusic

While more and more artists are becoming one-dimensional in their skills set, B. Howard goes completely in the other direction.  Talented singer, dancer, writer, producer, the similarities to [insert obvious name here] are beyond stunning.  It’s not surprising that Tokyo, always ahead of the curve in recognizing bright futures, has been inviting him to their country for nearly half a decade.

Name: B. Howard
Occupation: Musician
Twitter: @BHowardMUSIC
YouTube:BHowardVids
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@TokyoTwilighter : You’ve got quite a fan base in Japan, how did that relationship with the Japanese market come about?
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I give Credit to the Music for my relationship with the Japanese Market. Previous to my “Supermodel” single I had produced and written for other Japanese artists such as Double and W-inds  and established my name in Japan.
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@TokyoTwilighter : How many times have you been to Tokyo?
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I have been to Tokyo over 10 times 😉
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@TokyoTwilighter : What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
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The most surprising thing I have experienced in Japan was the crowd dancings and participating during the show.  It brought such a warmth to my heart .
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@TokyoTwilighter : Did you try any interesting foods or drinks?
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I have tried many foods and drinks (in Japan), and I love Sushi and Udon lol 😉
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@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you party?
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When I am in Japan I enjoy the F-bar and secluded locations in Yokohama .. also I enjoy the private video game room the venues have 😉
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@TokyoTwilighter : What did you buy for friends and family as souvenirs?
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I brought a souvenir coin from the Tokyo Tower, Hi Chews (chewy fruit flavored candy similar to American Starburst) lol and a Kimono 🙂
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@TokyoTwilighter : What do you definitely want to do next time you visit that you missed out on your previous trip?
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Tokyo is #Swagg : Interview with @RoscoeDash

Roscoe Dash, Kalio, YT and DJ Kuttthroat on stage at Yokohama Bayside

While most may see Roscoe Dash as an internationally demanded ‘hook’ man, recent releases including  ‘Awesome’ and ‘Good, Good Night’ have drawn the attention away from just his hooks capturing listeners from beginning to end with his versatility and clever wordplay.  More than a rapper, the budding entrepreneur has a lot of big projects in the works.  Stay tuned for a brand expected to be as innovative as his music.

Name: Roscoe Dash
Occupation: Rapper
Twitter: @RoscoeDash
Website: http://www.RoscoeDash.com

@TokyoTwilighter : When did you visit Tokyo?

July 15-18 of this year (2011), I was booked for a 5 show tour to promote my mixtape Dash Effect. 

@TokyoTwilighter : What did you enjoy about your trip the most?
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The hospitality and food =) and of course meeting my Japanese fans!
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@TokyoTwilighter : What surprised you about Tokyo and its people?

How clean and neat everything is….Wayyyyy better than America. And also how nice and embracing the people were, especially my Japan WM street team @TeamRosoceJPN went above and beyond for us.

@Taison_WM poses with the Wreckless Myndstate crew at Narita Airport

@TokyoTwilighter :  How was the food?

Excellent, a lot of things were different but eye opening at the same time. 

@TokyoTwilighter : Where was the best place to party?

EVERYWHERE we attended was AMAZING.  It’s really hard to choose the BEST, I mean we were in JAPAN what’s not to love!!??

[Editor’s note: Roscoe appeared at Yokohama Bayside, Azabu-Juban’s Warehouse, Fussa’s Kamikaze and Vanity Lounge in Roppongi]

@TokyoTwilighter :  What did you bring back from Tokyo to the US?
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A LOT of TRUE RELIGION & A LOT of  clothing from LHP in Harajyuku #Swagg

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@TokyoTwilighter :  What do you DEFINITELY want to do the next time you visit that you haven’t done yet?

Go sight seeing, our tour was so packed that there wasn’t a chance but next time for sure.

While Roscoe Dash and his crew were in Japan I was lucky enough to meet them.  While I’d heard how down-to-earth they were I had the chance to experience it firsthand when I struggled to park a 10 passenger van into a tiny parking spot on a Tokyo side street.  Without hesitation, Roscoe and his security Blaze graciously stepped in to park the car for me.  At the very end the group of bystanders that had collected nearby all clapped for us, they were as impressed at I was to see a foreigner whip a car into a Tokyo parking space.  I’m sure that someone has the whole experience recorded onto their iPhone.

For more photos from the Japan tour you can check here.

Talking about Tokyo: Interview with J-Lie

Jim Jones an J-Lie on set for the 'Get it On the Low' music video

Not following J-Lie yet?  Then jump on the band wagon before it turns into a private G6 cuz that’s the direction this rising star is heading in.  Most recent collabs include Kendrick Lamar, Jim Jones, Wacka Flocka and more. You can cop his project Local Tourist on iTunes now.

Name: J-Lie
Occupation: Musician
Twitter: @Jlie
Tumblr: http://jlie.tumblr.com
Website: www.j-lie.com

@TokyoTwilighter: How many times have you been to Tokyo? 

J-Lie: Just once earlier this year (January 2011). It was an amazing experience. I cannot wait to come back.

@TokyoTwilighter: What was the best part of your trip?

J-Lie wearing Slowbucks gear featured in popular Japanese hip hop magazine 411

J-Lie: Stepping my feet onto Japanese soil strictly for musical purposes was the best part of my trip. I’ve always wanted to visit Tokyo. I am really into fashion so visiting has always been on my bucket list. Growing up I never imagined I would get paid to come out there and enjoy the culture and people. God is great.

@TokyoTwilighter: Did you try any interesting food or snacks?

J-Lie: Okonomi – Yaki was amazing.  Also the crazy thing to me was that there was sushi in the 7-11. I definitely had to get some just to see the quality from a corner store… and it was GREAT!

@TokyoTwilighter: Where did you go party?

J-Lie:  I only partied at the places that booked me for shows and that was F-Bar and Vanity Lounge. Both were amazing but Vanity was my favorite – the panoramic view was unbelievable. I was very surprised at the Tokyo nightlife.

@TokyoTwilighter: What did you buy in Tokyo?

J-Lie: I really just bought a bunch of things for my friends and family – souvenir type things. But of course I had to buy the True Blue Jordan III’s. I still haven’t worn them but maybe in a year or so I will.

@TokyoTwilighter: Did you learn any Japanese?

J-Lie: I did but unfortunately I already forgot it.  I do remember domo (meaning Thank you)  though. I use it constantly.

@TokyoTwilighter: What do you DEFINITELY want to do next time you visit that you haven’t done yet?

J-Lie: I want to make more time to interact with my fans on a more personal basis. Not just show up to the venue , perform, and go to a VIP section.  After my trip I realized how many real fans I have in Japan and that I need to show them how much I appreciate them.

 

 

When J-Lie was in Japan earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet him to interview him for Alist247.  You can check out that interview here.