Kizuna AI and Yasutaka Nakata Announce Song Collaboration

12.December.2018 | MUSIC

Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI and music producer and innovator of kawaii electronic music Yasutaka Nakata announced a music collaboration on their official Twitter accounts.

 

On December 8 a photo was posted of Yasutaka Nakata on his Instagram page watching Kizuna AI, and Kizuna AI also shared it on her Twitter profile.

Kizuna AI is currently releasing a series of songs over nine weeks. The seven tracks she has released to date have all made it to No. 1 on the iTunes electronic charts.

Yasutaka Nakata is lauded with producing music for numerous artists who have earned global recognition including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume. He is also praised by top DJs from outside Japan.

 

The release date and title for Kizuna AI and Nakata’s collaborative song have yet to be released, but it can be said for certain that Kizuna AI is about to make headlines once more within the virtual YouTuber scene.

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    The background music provided before the start of the show was music that was like from a car game. As excited fans waited with bated breath, the PlayStation startup sound rang throughout the room, at which point Kyary shouted “Time to dance!” and appeared on stage together with Nakata. They opened the show with Invader Invader -Extended Mix-.

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    The internationally iconic SEGA logo sound then rolled across the venue before Nakata and Kyary performed a special version of Ichibanka which Nakata wrote for Japanese reggae band Shōnan no Kaze. The song is used as the main theme for the PS4® game Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will be released worldwide this year. Kyary provided some cute “Soiya Soiya!” chants during the song.

    In the last spurt, they rolled out the hit tunes Kizunami and Mondai Girl before wrapping up with Oto no Kuni. Kyary pulled fans into her “Japamyu” world while Yasutaka Nakata smashed out some 8-bit video game beats.

    But fans needed more, and the call for an encore didn’t die down. Kyary came out and said excitedly, “Thank you for the encore! Who’d’ve thought I’d sing some Shōnan no Kaze?! ” She also thank Nakata, before announcing the release of a new digital single entitled KAMAITACHI. Release details are TBA.

    She also announced a mini 5-show tour to promote its release. The song’s lyrics have a traditional Japanese-feel to them, and so the tour too will take place at kabuki theatres around Japan.

     

    To wrap up the concert, Kyary and Nakata performed KPP’s pop anthem Sai & Co -Extended Mix-.

     

    Pre-sale tickets for Kyary’s “KAMAITACHI TOUR 2020” will go live on her fan club, KPP CLUB, on February 22, 2020 at 10:00 A.M (JST). Check her official website for the latest information.

     

    Original Text: Fukuryu (Music Concierge)

    Photo: Aki Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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