KOM_I of WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA dances in group’s new music video for “Tsuchinoko” off their upcoming EP “UMA”!
22.June.2016 | MUSIC
The music video for “Tsuchinoko” off WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s new major debut EP “UMA” has just been released. “UMA” is the first work that WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA has released from Warner Music Japan (Atlantic Japan) and is on sale from today (June 22nd). UMA is an abbreviation for “Unidentified Mysterious Animal”, which highlights the existence of a strange creature that has yet to be identified; there have been reports and rumours of sightings of this mysterious animal, but its existence has yet to be officially confirmed.
The official music video for “Tsuchinoko” was posted to the group’s YouTube channel on June 19th. A “tsuchinoko” is a strange mythical snake-like creature unique to Japan. The beginning of the video is filmed in a very fantastical and magical style, and was shot in the backwoods of Chiba around the waterfalls. Tomokazu Yamada, who has had a hand in WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s previous music videos including “Napoleon” and “Medusa”, directed the video for the new release.
KOM_I’s dancing is very impressive throughout the video as she parades through a forest enshrouded in mist, before leaping through the back alleys of town and twirling along the streets of night-time Shinjuku. The video is themed around rediscovery as it takes us through a fantastic journey through the city and nature. You can also see the making of “Tsuchinoko” starting today over at WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s official site under the “GARAGE” section.
Furthermore, the group’s official homepage has undergone a complete renewal. Not only that, but their original logo, which was previously based around “water”, has changed to the kanji character for water (水) (pictured above), which they plan to use from now on.
With so much going on in the world of WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA, be sure to keep up to date with the group and not miss out on anything in the lead up to their upcoming performance in San Francisco, US in July.
「ツチノコ」 (Tsuchinoko) Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J_1U0sNOow
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA×shu uemura「COLORHOLIC」：https://aop-emtg-jp.s3.amazonaws.com/prod/public/wedcamp/music_dl/colorholic/COLORHOLIC.mp3
GARAGE: http://g.wed-camp.com/ (PC + Smartphone compatible)
iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/uma/id1114924129?app=itunes&at=10l6Y8
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WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA to appear on children’s show “Nihongo de Asobo” to perform “Edokko Doko Doko” song
11.November.2017 | MUSIC
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA just completed their first ever performance at the “CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL 2017” music festival in LA. Now, KOM_I is set to collaborate with NHK Educational TV’s “Nihongo de Asobo.”
“Nihongo de Asobo” is a children’s TV show that talks about the fun, beautiful and interesting aspects of Japan. It airs Monday to Friday every week from 6:35am-6:45am.
The song “Edokko Doko Doko” has been written for the show. Kenmochi Hidefumi is responsible for the lyrics and composition of this track which touches on the rough sounding Edo dialect and its many frank expressions. The feeling of how the words sound is unique and it’s easy to sing along to.
The song will debut on “Nihongo de Asobo” next week on November 13th. Joining KOM_I to sing and dance on stage will familiar characters from the show including Miwa-san (Akihiro Miwa), Koni-chan, Miyaji Katsura, choreographer Lucky Ikeda, Eri Ayaki, and all the children.
Costume designer Hibino Kozue created the colourful kimono outfits and Edo street set for the show.
In other news, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA are set to appear at Clockenflap Festival 2017 in Hong Kong on November 18th. The group’s international presence grows stronger every day. What next exciting thing can we expect from them next?
Wednesday campanella performed at the festival; CAMP FLOG GNAW in LA!!
02.November.2017 | MUSIC
Wednesday campanella who recently finished her one-man live in Taiwan performed at the music festival, “CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL2017” in LA which was held on the 28th of October (Sat.). She was the first Japanese artist to perform at this festival.
Wednesday campanella performed as the second act of the FLOG stage.
Kom_I appeared on the stage in bare feet, wearing a pink-colored super long sleeve shirt, black enamel pants and a red see-through dress. Many of the teenagers who gathered at the venue were wearing colorful clothes.
As soon as the intro of “Chupacabra” was played, Kom_I appeared on a stepladder installed in the middle of the audience seats and the audience gathered around the stepladder. The audience gathered around Kom_I who was dancing with “Twiggy” and “Uran-chan” and they ran around on the lawn.
Kom_I appeared on the stage when the song “Yuta” started, draped in a pink cloth. She shouted, “We are Wednesday Campanella from Tokyo!” and danced on stage. A water ball appeared when “Momotaro” started and the audience howled with joy. She left the stage saying “Thank you for coming! Enjoy Camp Flog Gnaw!”
Kom_I chatted with her fans saying, “Wednesday! Wednesday!”
Let’s check out her activities in the U.S.
Introduce to you some Japanese artists who are popular the world over
28.October.2017 | MUSIC
In this article, I will introduce to you some Japanese artists who are popular the world over. The popular songs of each artist and live information are noted.
Wednesday Campanella is a unique hip hop unit. The video of “Momotaro” was played more than ten million times and is a song which is popular throughout the world. The unit is going to perform in Los Angeles on the 28th and 29th of Ocotber and in Hongkong on the 18th of November.
SKY-HI is a unique, one-and-only artist and his hip hop music is gaining high reputation. The all-Japan LIVE HOUSE tour “SKY-HI Round A Ground 2017” will be held in 24 cities (25 lives) including in cities like Shanghai, Taiwan, Hongkong, LA, NY, PARIS and LONDON. The digital album “Marble” released on the 6th of October on the Internet won the first place in the charts of iTunes.
BAND-MAID is a rock band consisting of five female members. Their most popular song is “REAL EXISTENCE.” They call their lives “serving” and the fans “masters” or “mistresses” to choreograph the world of a “maid.” However, their music is hard rock which has a gap between their visual. They are now holding a world tour called “BAND—MAID WORLD TOUR 2017.”
Niji no Conquistador
The theme of Niji no Conquistador is “every day is a cultural festival!” The name of the group was decided with the aim of being a group which will conquest the hearts of the fans with various characters like a rainbow. More than 200 audience gathered to their one-man live held in Taiwan in August and the venue was filled with excitement. You should check out their music video featuring cute bathing suits “Kimiha Mujaki na Natsu no Joo.”
May’n is an artist who offers many opening/ending themes to animations, games and movies. She participated in J-POP SUMIT held in San Francisco and released her 5th album “PEACE of SMILE” on the 18th of October and it can be said that she is a very popular artist gaining popularity throughout the world. Her popular song “Yamaidare darlin’” gathered much attention as an opening theme of “AQUARION LOGOS.”
“TEMPURA KIDZ” is a dance & vocal performance unit from Harajuku. Although all the members are teenagers, they are full-fledge performers who have rich experience in performing on many stages. There must a lot of people who will be glued to their performance and colorful costumes. The music video of “CIDER CIDER” is gaining popularity among foreign fans. They have performed in many countries including Tai, Philippine and Myanmar.
How did you like our introduction of 5 popular Japanese artists? Why not check out these artists who are working hard in foreign countries.
Audience of over 1000 persons were filled with excitement! Wednesday Campanella’s live was held in Taiwan
17.October.2017 | MUSIC
KOM_I held her first one-man live in foreign country cities (Taipei and Taichu) on the 13th and the 14th of October.
She was the only Japanese artist participating the popular event “Legacy Presents 2017 Toshinyosei” and more than 1,000 persons gathered at the venues in Taipei and Taichu.
The venue in Taipei was a preppy spot “Kazan 1914 Bunsoenku” which used to be a vacant lot inside an alcohol factory when Japan occupied Taiwan. It is a mysterious, but nice spot where trees grow skyward out of the building stuctures. Whether in Japan or in a foreign country, Suyobi no Capmanella always creates her own stage from scratch based on the inspiration she receives from the venue.
The opening song of the live was “Gogh” and the song started after a light was radiated from the darkness. The light flickered in the darkness and KOM_I’s voice resonated in the venue mysteriously. Then, the curtain opened after the intro of “Chosei” started and the venue was filled with excitement when KOM_I appeared on stage. The audience reacted to the energy from KOM_I who was running around the stage actively.
After that, the stage was covered with a curtain and a mysterious rendition showing the silhouette of KOM_I with colorful clothes was shown.
The audience took in the energy from KOM_I who was running around the venue while performing “Wright Brothers.” She performed “Momotaro” lastly and was put inside a water ball. She dived into the audience seats and the live ended with excitement. She also said goodbye to the audience in the local language.
She performed “Ikkyusan,” “Amenouzume” and “Marco Polo” after receiving an encore. The door at the side of the stage opened slightly and she left from the stage. The audience remained silent for a while but were filled excitement. The live ended while the audience was craving for KOM_I to appear again on stage.
“I want to come here again next year” says KOM_I. Can’t wait to see her next live in Taiwan.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA to perform at Clockenflap Festival 2017 in Hong Kong!
14.September.2017 | MUSIC
It has been announced that WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA will perform at “Clockenflap Festival 2017” in Hong Kong.
Clockenflap is a huge outdoor music & arts festival which began in 2008 and takes place in an area surrounded by high-rise buildings. This year’s festival will take place across three days from Friday November 17th to Sunday November 19th. This will be WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s first live performance in Hong Kong.
Clockenflap is home to performances from some of the biggest names in music, and this year is no exception. As well as WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA, other confirmed artists for Clockenflap 2017 are Massive Attack, The Prodigy, MØ as well as a string of other internationally renowned artists. Acts from Hong Kong, South Korea and other regions in Asia will also be appearing at the festival.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA streams performance live along the coast in Miyagi Prefecture!
05.September.2017 | MUSIC
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA put on a performance at Reborn-Art Festival 2017 on August 31st which was streamed live. The festival is currently being held at Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture.
The Reborn-Art Festival has been ongoing since July 22nd and is taking place in the Oshika Peninsula in the Ishinomaki city center. An arts, food and music festival, this year the event will run until September 10th and is a program based around hearing music being played somewhere each day across 51 days. As part of this program, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA live streamed a show at Oginohama in the heart of the Oshika Peninsula.
KOM_I appeared from the smoke wearing red and orange balloons, beginning the artsy performance with the song “Gogh.” Basked in rays of light, her orange coloured hair and mollusc-like movements went hand-in-hand, making her look like some kind of fairy emerging from the forest. The fairy came from the woods and singing her song looked as if she was waiting to see how the land lies.
The peculiar outfit designed from life-like balloons was created by Toshio Takeda who has worked with balloon unit Daisy Balloon which is made up of balloon artist Rie Hosokai and graphic designer and art director Takashi Kawada, whose work is also on display at Reborn-Art Festival 2017.
The next song performed was a remix of WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s most well-known song “Momotaro,” a version which has been featured on their set-list at recent festivals.
KOM_I comes into contact with the buoys, rides a small boat that has washed ashore, frolics around a white deer, a piece of art titled “White Deer(Oshika)” by Kōhei Nawa, all while moving towards the centre of the beach.
During the final song, “Marco Polo,” KOM_I walks steadily towards the pitch black coast of the waters, parallel with the intro, while crossing with the shining light in the background as she plays with the waves. She is left at the shoreline at the end of the video and looks across the water towards us, presenting to us a slightly melancholic scene
Despite the announcement of this show being on the same day as it was performed, it brought in around 30,000 viewers across KOM_I’s Instagram, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s official Twitter account, and on Reborn-Art Fes’s official Instagram page.。
The whole stream is available to watch on WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s official YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out below.
【WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA LIVE RECORD (170831 Ishinomaki, Oginohama)】
Continuing their streak from August, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA are set to perform at festivals around Japan in September. Starting from October, they will also be performing at two cities in Taiwan before heading to Los Angeles to perform at Tyler, the Creator’s music festival “CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL 2017.”
As WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA continue to experiment with captivating music and visuals, let us all keep on our toes in anticipation of what kind of performances we can expect from them in the coming months.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA to Perform at “Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017” in Los Angeles!
16.August.2017 | MUSIC
It has been announced that WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA will perform at “Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017,” a music festival held in Los Angeles, US. They will be the first Japanese artist to appear at the festival.
“Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival” is an annual music festival created and hosted by Tyler, the Creator of alternative hip hop group “Odd Future.” The festival began in 2012 as a place to thank fans for continuously supporting Tyler. The artists selected to perform at the event are all chosen by Tyler himself.
The reason why Tyler requested WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA to perform at the festival is partly because he wants more female artists in the line-up this year, but more specifically because he deemed them indispensable to be included due to their creativeness and how inspiring they are as artists. So he sent them an offer.
The line-up features a long list of artists who are active all around the world including Tyler, the Creator, Tyler, the Creator, Lana Del Rey, ASAP Rocky, Solange Knowles, Willow Smith & Jaden Smith, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, Justice, Migos, Lil Yachty, and more.
Full details regarding when WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA will be performing and related info will be revealed soon. Details regarding tickets will be announced on August 17th, US time.
We can very much look forward to seeing WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA making the festival even more exciting and even pumping up world famous artists!
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA Digitally Releases New Song “Picasso” During Ongoing Japan Tour
01.August.2017 | MUSIC
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA are currently on their nationwide solo Japan tour “WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA One Man Live Tour 2017 ～IN THE BOX～.” The electronic, EDM and J-pop trio, fronted by KOM_I, digitally released their new song “Picasso” on July 28th.
The song has already featured in the set-lists during concerts of their ongoing tour, giving fans an early first chance to hear it. The song comes as the final installment to their three-track monthly release project; they released “Melos” in May, “Eisei” in June, and finished with “Picasso” this July. The new song has been used as the ending theme to the NHK World TV show “J-MELO” since April.
The song and its lyrics are written by Kenmochi Hidefumi. The song was written with the theme in mind of “What line would you use when asking out somebody that you like?,” something mentioned in J-MELO and a question asked all around the world. The lyrics of “Picasso” touch upon the man himself who is said to have known many loves.
The CD cover in all its psychadelic colours was designed by Kuwahara Yoshiyuki who also designed the cover for the blu-ray release of WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s concert at the Nippon Budokan.
In line with the new release, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA have uploaded a short clip from the Tokyo concert of their ongoing tour which showcases the new song “Picasso.” The video will be available for a limited period of time. You have until August 4th to see it.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA – “Picasso” (Limited Video Release)
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s solo tour will finish up in Okinawa before they head on over to Taiwan in October for a follow-up performance due to popular demand.
We look forward to seeing what kind of performance WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA will put on for “Picasso” at all of the upcoming summer festivals.
Hikaru Utada’s New Song “Forevermore” Digitally Released Along With Music Video!
28.July.2017 | MUSIC
Hikaru Utada’s new song “Forevermore” has just been digitally released. The song comes as Utada’s second single since moving to Epic Records and is used as the main theme song to the TBS drama “Gomen, Aishiteru.” The music video for “Forevermore” has also been released.
Hikaru Utada – “Forevermore” (Short Version)
Hikaru Utada released her first song from Epic Records earlier this month titled “Oozora de Dakishimete” (which was used as a “Suntry Tennensui” CM song) which topped charts inside and outside Japan, reaching number one in many countries.
The new music video for her track “Forevermore” was shot in London back in June this year and was directed by up-and-coming creator Jamie-James Medina, who has directed works such as “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano” by famous British singer, song-writer and record producer Sampha. The whole music video features Utada performing energetic contemporary dance, a first for the internationally renowned Japanese artist.
Utada has featured dancing in parts of her music videos before, as seen in “traveling,” “Passion,” “Keep Tryin'” and “Goodbye Happiness,” but this is the first time for the entire video to be choreographed as a dance routine.
The mind behind the choreography in the “Forevermore” music video is none other than Fukiko Takase, an internationally recognised London-based choreographer best known for her collaboration with Thom Yorke from Radiohead in the music video for “Ingenue” by Atoms For Peace.
Comment by Hikaru Utada:
“I released my album ‘Fantôme’ last year. The music was described as much more sensual than before, and I thought so too – how you can feel the body and body heat in the music – so I decided to try expressing that with my body for “Forevermore” with this music video.”
If you have yet to see the music video, be sure to check it out to see Hikaru Utada going all out!
Related Article：Hikaru Utada Digitally Releases New Song “Oozora de Dakishimete”
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA Release Special Website Featuring KOM_I’s Voice in Run Up to Blu-ray Release
25.July.2017 | MUSIC
In the run up to their first ever video release, a Blu-ray of their concert at the Nippon Budokan, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA, who are currently on on their solo tour “One Man Live Tour 2017 ～IN THE BOX～,” have opened up a unique and interesting website.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA are known for creating fun and quirky websites. For example, you can play a game on their official homepage if you access it via your smartphone. They also set up a special website for their song “Aladdin” from their EP “SUPERKID” which came out last year. If you rubbed the magic lamp on screen, you would be able to listen to the song.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s new special website, which has been set up for their first Blu-ray release “WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA Nippon Budokan Live ～Hakkaku Uchuu～,” not only includes the standard information about the disc’s content and the gorgeous packaging, but also a rather crude clipping of KOM_I herself, as well as a font and logo that look like they never made it past the template stage, giving the entire design of the website that early internet aesthetic.
The sound effects on the website were made by KOM_I herself, as you can probably tell. Aesthetically, the website is the same when viewed on both a PC and a smartphone, but KOM_I’s performance is a little different on each.
On the PC page, if you click KOM_I’s mouth you will see the Blu-ray packaging flying through the air, accompanied by the sounds of her voice. You will sucked in through her mouth and into a website that looks like it was made by an amateur.
The smartphone page will be much appreciated by the younger generation who are concerned by the lack of gigabytes on their devices. The extremely simple design of the website means easy access for all.
Of the 24 songs featured on the Blu-ray, you can view 3 of them on the website: “Utah,” “Nero,” and “Unico”.
If you’re wondering what on earth kind of website this is, then you should most definitely check it out for yourself.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA released her live music videos “Yuta,” “Nero”and “Unico” which are footage of lives held at Nippon Budokan!
09.July.2017 | MUSIC
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA who has released her new song “Eisei”which is gaining much popularity, has released three songs from “Suiyobi no Campanella Nippon Budokan Koen〜Hkkaku Uchu〜.” Her first image product (Blu-ray) was released on the 26th of July.
The Blu-ray “WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA Nippon Budokan Koen〜Hakkaku Uchu〜” is her first image product which includes the video of her first one-man live at Nippon Budokan. She has released the videos of“Yuta,” “Nero,” and “Unico” out of the 24 songs which were recorded.
The video show the scene where the venue turns into a bright space from a deep and dark space and it can be said that this is the highlight of the performance.
The scene where 66 dancers divided into shadow (black) and light (white) perform throughout the venue is a “must-see.” The Blu-ray also includes the making video which shows the back stage of the live concert held in Budokan.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA a is well known for creating sophisticated packages.
This time, the Blu-ray package does not use the usual case but uses a special cardboard and includes 100 copies of photos taken during the performance and rehearsal of the Budokan live. The photos can be enjoyed as a photo booklet or one can affix the photos on the wall.
A transparent decal which depicts the main visual of the Budokan live will be offered to pre-purchasers of the Blu-ray as an amenity.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA is on the tour throughout Japan and she will appear at many festivals this summer. Don’t miss this Blu-ray which is packed with her charm points.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA to Release Nippon Budokan Concert on Blu-ray!
27.June.2017 | MUSIC
Having only just revealed that they will release a new single titled Eisei on June 30th, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA have announced that they will release their concert at the Nippon Budokan on Blu-ray. This is the first time for the group to announce a video release.
Earlier this year on March 8th, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA graced the stage at the famous Nippon Budokan for the very first time with a solo concert. The Blu-ray will compile the entire set, from the opening song “Chohakkai” all the way to the encore track “Dracula,” for a total of 24 songs.
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA are renowned for not only the quality of their music, but for the exceptional amount of work that goes into their music videos too. Because YouTube is the main platform for WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA to release all of their new music videos, they have until now not released any kind of video content for DVD or Blu-ray. But due to high demand from fans to release video content for purchasing, that is about to change, with the release of their Budokan show. It will be available on Blu-ray only so that all fans can enjoy both the music and footage in the highest possible quality.
The person overlooking the direction and compilation of the Blu-ray is Tomokazu Yamada, who was in charge of directing the music videos for WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s “Yuniko” and “Melos”. A 45-minute behind the scenes video consisting of footage in the run up to the Budokan concert is also featured on the release, directed by Hiroki Iwabuchi, who has also worked with WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA in the past on music videos and other making-of videos for previous tours.
The artwork for the release was created by Yoshiyuki Kuwahara and features a design of the Nippon Budokan and its octagonal shape. Every release from WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA’s right down to the artwork and packaging is made with the highest level of attention and detail. More details will be announced regarding the release in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.
・”WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA Nippon Budokan 〜Hakkaku Uchuu〜” Blu-ray Teaser Trailer:
In line with today’s announcement, director Tomokazu Yamada has also released a teaser video themed around “the big bang”. As well as that, WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA have posted a playlist of the setlist from the Nippon Budokan concert over on their official Spotify account. Be sure to give it a listen and learn the songs before you experience the concert live with your copy of the Blu-ray!
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA continue to bolt forward with their deftly-produced music and videos. There’s never a shortage of new releases from this eclectric group, nor performances for that matter—in fact, they are currently on a Japanese tour already and are set to appear at numerous summer festivals in Japan. Having been able to perform at the behemoth stage that is the Nippon Budokan, just what kind of exhilarating and breathtaking shows we can expect to see from WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA this year?