BAND-MAID’s Miku Kobato and SAIKI to Appear on YOSHIKI CHANNEL
17.February.2022 | MUSIC
BAND-MAID’s guitarist and vocalist Miku Kobato and vocalist SAIKI will appear on YOSHIKI CHANNEL on February 25, 2022 at 19:30!
This will be BAND-MAID’s second appearance on YOSHIKI CHANNEL, with their first in 2019. During their last broadcast, SAIKI and YOSHIKI had a very fun impromptu chat, so fans can look forward to that (likely) happening again! Don’t miss this global chat between BAND-MAID and YOSHIKI, who both have made waves in Japan and the U.S.
BAND-MAID released the official band scorebook for ‘Unseen World’ last month, which includes exclusive photos and interviews fully translated into English.
Be sure to keep an eye on the band during 2022!
YOSHIKI×BAND-MAID Miku Kobato and SAIKI Special Talk
Streaming Date: February 25, 2022 at 19:30
YouTube Channel Membership (Worldwide, including Japan)
For Japanese Viewers: https://youtu.be/Vrpto_rJPYg
Simultaneous English Interpretation Broadcast: https://youtu.be/_SWwVSnDCak
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Interview with Band-Maid’s Miku Kobato: Thoughts on Her Solo Project cluppo and Her New Track ‘with You’
The rock band BAND-MAID has attracted legions of fans both in Japan and around the world for their powerful performances while clad in maid outfits. The group calls their loyal fans ‘masters and princesses,’ and the number of these devoted listeners continues to grow year after year.
The band will be the opening act for the Japanese version of the world-famous British rock event DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL. The event, DOWNLOAD JAPAN 2022, will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on August 14, 2022. In October, BAND-MAID will embark on their largest-ever U.S. tour, playing 13 shows. 10 of these shows are already sold out, showing the incredible impact the group has had abroad.
Miko Kobato, the guitarist, vocalist, and founder of BAND-MAID, has been attracting attention with her solo project cluppo. Following her first EP hatofull in March, her newest song With you was released on July 7. The track is being used as the ending theme for the anime series Smile of the Arsnotoria.
With you – cluppo
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with cluppo to chat about her new single, her songwriting process, and more. It’s clear that her music has been having a profound impact on her fans, and her many musical talents are shining through more than ever.
—Your new song, With you, is the ending theme for Smile of the Arsnotoria. What was your inspiration for the track?
cluppo: Actually, I was personally asked to write the ending theme for the Smile of the Arsnotoria anime adaptation. After I got the invitation, I had a ton of online meetings with the animation team to discuss what kind of atmosphere and tone the track should have.
They really wanted me to create a song with a unique atmosphere, totally different than my usual intense and super energetic sound. It was clear that they wanted a song with more of a gentle and cute sound and one that seemed to tell a story. I talked to Crow (cluppo’s music production team) and I decided on a cool premise–I’m a pigeon and cluppo’s theme is ‘world peace,’ so the track was inspired by the idea of a pigeon getting along with the crows.
The anime was inspired by a mobile game, so I decided to try that out before writing any lyrics. It had a really awesome story, so I took a lot of inspiration from that. Once I had a general image in mind, I made the decision to incorporate common words from the game into the track, knowing that people who had played it would instantly recognize that.
—After meeting with the anime team, were you able to pin down a concept for the song?
cluppo: The team was really particular about the music from the very beginning of the project. I’d send demos, they’d send them back, and that happened quite a few times. The atmosphere of the track changed a lot over time. It’s completely different from my original idea.
—What’s the message behind the lyrics?
cluppo: I think the most important point comes right at the end of the song–“love is unbeatable.” That actually comes from the show’s key visual, which said that “magic (cuteness) is unbeatable.” At first, I started imagining that the series would have a really super-cute vibe, but once I started playing the game, I realized that there was some darkness mixed in too. Maybe we were meant to be the cute ones. I figured out that ‘cute’ was also being used to describe strong people with the urge to move forward. In Japanese, the word ai means love, but when pronounced in English, it can refer to the self, as in ‘I.’ So when I wrote the lyrics, I wrote it so it could be read either way–either “love is unbeatable” or “I am unbeatable.” Using that word was really important to me.
—What was it like working on the music and arrangement with Crow? We’re curious to know how you expanded on your earlier ideas.
cluppo: Rather than just relying on my own brain to come up with ideas and pushing my own personal image to the forefront, I had a lot of back-and-forth with the animation staff this time around. I’d ask if I could change the lyrics in a certain part or if I could alter the sound in certain parts, but other than little things like that, I left the overall vibe up to Crow this time.
—It was a real collaboration!
cluppo: Totally! They really understand my tastes and my image after everything I’ve released so far, including hatofull. It was like they were focusing more on the cluppo vibe than I was, so I felt completely comfortable leaving it up to them.
—Do you have any particular beliefs or principles that you keep in mind while you’re writing lyrics?
cluppo: The main goal of cluppo is to bring world peace. That’s something that I always keep in mind while writing my lyrics–I really want to capture that wish as best I can.
—Where do you get most of your ideas?
cluppo: I find inspiration in all kinds of places, but the thing that inspires me the most is a good night’s sleep! (laugh)
—What’s your first step in creating lyrics? How do you start the process?
cluppo: I always write the music before the lyrics. I end up listening to a ton of songs everywhere I go and before I go to bed. I imagine the atmosphere that the song will have and how it will fit into someone’s daily life, which leads me to come up with the melody. That’s when I start thinking about lyrics–if you don’t have the melody in mind, it’s much harder to know which words will sound good and which won’t.
—When you listen to a song, do you ever suddenly feel overcome with emotion?
cluppo: Oh, for sure, all the time. Like, “Oh, this lyrics popped into my head while I was playing that scene in a game,” or something like that.
—Tell us about your dreams for the cluppo project. Its theme is ‘world peace,’ right?
cluppo: Right. Honestly, cluppo began as an April Fool’s Day project, so I never expected it to last this long. I was even more surprised to be asked to write an ending theme song for an anime series! With world peace as a theme, though, I know that there are so many more things that I can do. I honestly hope that I can do things with cluppo that I could never do with BAND-MAID.
—As a member of BAND-MAID, you’re about to tour the U.S. this October, with over 20,000 fans coming to watch you perform. Do you have any plans to take cluppo abroad?
cluppo: I haven’t thought about it! (laugh)
I’ve heard from overseas fans that they were sad that cluppo didn’t perform, and while that does make me really happy, playing at a BAND-MAID concert would be odd since we have such different sounds. But I do really want to perform abroad someday!
—Finally, could you say something to the fans reading this interview on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON?
cluppo: Of course! MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON has worked with BAND-MAID for a long time, so it’s such an honor to be featured here as cluppo. I’d wanted that for a long time…oh, I guess that sounds odd. (laugh) I want many more people abroad to get to know my solo project since cluppo is a little different than BAND-MAID–we’re both cute, but in different ways. I’d love to spread my wings overseas someday, so I’ll keep doing my best! Please support me!
With a nostalgic feel and Kobato’s warm vocals, cluppo’s new track With you is sure to wrap you up in good emotions. Written as the ending theme for Smile of the Arsnotoria, the song was made to inspire listeners and give courage to those about to take the first step towards meeting their goals and chasing their dreams.
The music video seems to show cluppo flapping her wings and taking flight as she conveys a powerful message to fans: “love is unbeatable.”
Be sure to give cluppo’s music a listen, and be sure to support BAND-MAID as well! We can’t wait to see what Kobato does next.
BAND-MAID Releases Acoustic Music Video for Miku Kobato’s Solo Song ‘Sayonakidori’
20.July.2022 | MUSIC
Internationally popular girls rock band BAND-MAID has released a special video of their acoustic performance of Sayonakidori on their official YouTube channel. The song was originally performed during the BAND-MAID ONLINE ACOUSTIC concert held on Christmas Day in 2021.
Sayonakidori is a solo song by Miku Kobato, a central figure in BAND-MAID. The guitarist, vocalist, and founder of the group also has her own side-project, cluppo. Her most recent track With You is being used as the ending theme for the anime series Smile of the Arsnotoria, and it is now available to stream digitally. To celebrate, this limited-time video was released for fans to enjoy.
Sayonakidori – BAND-MAID
The band has also started advance ticket sales for its largest-ever solo concert at the Tokyo Garden Theater on January 9, 2023.
BAND-MAID will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023, so this concert will be the perfect way to kick off the year. The group previously planned a massive show at Nippon Budokan, but it was sadly canceled due to the pandemic. Since the battle for tickets is sure to be fierce, fans should check availability on the official website as soon as possible!
In addition, the BAND-MAID US TOUR 2022 is scheduled to begin in October 2022. Tickets are on sale now, though 10 of the 13 performances are already sold out!
Will you be seeing BAND-MAID during their U.S. tour?
Smile of the Arsnotoria Ending Theme ‘With you’ by cluppo Now Streaming
Miko Kobato, the guitarist, vocalist, and founder of BAND-MAID, is killing it with her solo side project cluppo. The new song With You is being used as the ending theme for the anime series Smile of the Arsnotoria, and it’s now available to stream! The music video has also been released on YouTube.
Smile of the Arsnotoria began airing in Japan on July 6. The music video for the ending track shows Kobato singing against an ever-changing backdrop and the lyrics that appear on screen are perfect for those who want to sing along.
With you – cluppo (Music Video)
With the release of With You, a LINE MUSIC playback campaign has begun. Possible prizes include a CD-sized art card printed with the watercolor drawing seen on the jacket cover, a print of cluppo’s calligraphy, and a pigeon figure inspired by the Flapping Wings music video. For more information, check out the official website and social media accounts.
BAND-MAID will set out on a US tour in October 2022. The band’s largest-ever Japan concert is scheduled for January 2023.
Aniplex Online Fest 2022 to Stream Worldwide on September 24
07.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Aniplex Online Fest 2022 will be available to stream worldwide on September 24, 2022! This is the third such event, with the first streaming in 2020. The large-scale online festival will share the latest information on Aniplex’s anime works and a number of live performances are planned. Participating artists will be announced soon, so keep an eye out for more information.
Last year’s Aniplex Online Fest featured information on 11 anime series and had a lineup of incredible musical artists, DJs, and live drawing events. The festival was streamed on YouTube worldwide in both English and Japanese for over six hours and recorded a total of 850,000 viewers.
To commemorate the upcoming event, the main visual has been revealed. The illustration was done by Kerorira, the character designer for Bocchi the Rock!
Comment from Kerorira
“It’s not often I get to create an original image from scratch, so I’ve been given a very rare opportunity! Please enjoy it!”
Stay tuned for more Aniplex Online Fest 2022 information!
Aniplex Online Fest 2022
Date: September 24, 2022 *JST
Streaming on YouTube Worldwide *Excluding some countries and regions.
Japanese Official Site: https://aniplex-online-fest.com/
English Official Site: https://aniplex-online-fest.com/en/
Aniplex Official Event Twitter: https://twitter.com/aniplex_event
Band-Maid Announces New Ep, Members Transform into Anime Characters
06.July.2022 | MUSIC
Internationally beloved rock band BAND-MAID has announced a new EP, Unleash. Releasing on September 21, the album will be released in three formats on streaming services and CD. The concept for the title track, Unleash!!!!!, has been partially revealed in a new image, showing the five members as anime characters.
In addition to the CD-only standard edition, two limited first-run editions including two instrumental music videos and full music videos will be on sale on September 21. The limited first edition will be a must-have for fans, and will also include special packaging, postcards, and a poster booklet. Those buying the CD from select stores will be able to snag special bonuses depending on where they go, with a total of 7 being available. These will be available while supplies last, so be sure to grab them while you can!
The music video for the title track Unleash!!!!! was shown at the 2022 AX ANIME EXPO in Los Angeles.
In October 2022, maid-themed rock band BAND-MAID will embark on its largest-ever U.S. tour. The tour, which is expected to pull in over 20,000 attendees, has sold out 10 of the 13 planned performances.
The band’s largest-ever solo performance at the Tokyo Garden Theater will be held on July 9, 2023. The lottery for tickets is open now.
BAND-MAID’s Miku Kobato to Release Smile of the Arsnotoria Anime Ending Theme
Cluppo is a solo project by Miku Kobato, the guitarist, vocalist, and founder of the maid-dressed hard rock band BAND-MAID, which has amassed fans around the globe. On July 7, Kobato will release the track With you, the ending theme for the anime series Smile of the Arsnotoria. The jacket illustration has also been revealed.
This will be the first time a cluppo track is being used in an anime series. The jacket was designed by Kobato herself, who said that she wanted to use watercolors to create a somewhat soft image inspired by the song’s sweet concept. “I wanted to really imagine a bright and sparkling atmosphere, but a place that also has a darker side,” she said.
BAND-MAID will set out on a US tour in October 2022. The band’s largest-ever Japan concert is scheduled for January 2023.
Girls band BAND-MAID announced two pieces of surprise news in a special video for fans on May 10, 2022, also known as Maid’s Day.
First, the band members announced that they would release their second major EP this summer. Second, an event will be held at the Tokyo Garden Theater on January 9, 2023.
SAIKI appeared very enthusiastic about the new EP. “We created it based on the theme of world domination,” she said. The work contains the member’s frustration felt during the pandemic, and they hope that fans will be able to empathize with the lyrics.
On January 9, 2023, the band will start their 2023 activities and 10th year by holding a concert at the Tokyo Garden Theater. Expectations are high, as the group’s huge concert at Budokan was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Tickets for the BAND-MAID PRE US OKYUJI in JAPAN, a four-city, five-show paid event to be held this summer, are already difficult to get, selling out quickly even though most of the events will be held on weekdays. The BAND-MAID US TOUR 2022 is scheduled to begin in October, and additional shows have recently been announced. The final Chicago show sold out on the same day that tickets went on sale. Of the 13 scheduled shows, nine have already completely sold out, proving that these girls aren’t only popular in Japan.
In the special video, the girls talk excitedly about what the future holds and surprise viewers with a studio performance. The archived stream is available to watch until May 15 at 23:59, so check it out while you can!
BAND-MAID “THE DAY OF MAID” SPECIAL TALK
*Archive available until May 15 at 23:59
Will you be attending one of BAND-MAID’s upcoming shows?
BAND-MAID Tokyo Garden Theater (Tentative)
January 9, 2023 *Details to be announced at a later date
BAND-MAID 2nd Major EP
To Release in Summer 2022 *Details to be announced at a later date
YOSHIKI x Hello Kitty Goods Now Available at the Yoshikitty Online Shop
22.April.2022 | FASHION
Yoshikitty, a character formed in collaboration between Hello Kitty and rock legend YOSHIKI, now has an online shop!
Yoshikitty first debuted in 2009 as a collaboration between YOSHIKI of X JAPAN and Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty. The character’s first goods collection sold out immediately, with additional items also selling out online the same day. Yoshikitty’s popularity isn’t limited only to Japan, with global fans also anxious to snag some of this sought-after merchandise.
Since 2015, Yoshikitty has been nominated for the Sanrio Character Awards, rising in popularity year after year and keeping up with other beloved Sanrio personalities.
To commemorate the eighth consecutive year of her appearance in the Sanrio Character Awards, the Yoshikitty Online Shop has opened its doors. Fans can now purchase a number of exclusive items whenever they please!
Opening Announcement Video
Pouch (3 colors: Purple, Red, Blue): ¥2,600 each (Tax Included)
Cushion (3 colors: Purple, Red, Gray): ¥4,400 each (Tax Included)
To celebrate the shop’s opening, a new collection of lace goods is on sale now, featuring the character alongside roses and musical notes in elegant black lace. Items available include pouches, tote bags, and plenty of other goods perfect for both everyday use and formal occasions.
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Yoshikitty Online Shop
Website Now Open
Website URL: https://www.yoshikitty.shop/
BAND-MAID Announces Japan Tour Prior to US Tour, New Song to Appear in Hollywood Drama
21.April.2022 | MUSIC
Girl band BAND-MAID has announced a Japan tour scheduled just before the group begins its U.S. tour, set to draw over 20,000 spectators. This will be BAND-MAID’s first tour in two and a half years, and the band will perform five total shows in Osaka, Aichi, Miyagi, and Tokyo. Fanclub lottery sales began on April 15, 2022 with full details on the official website.
The BAND-MAID US TOUR 2022 is scheduled to begin in October, and additional shows have recently been announced. The final Chicago show sold out on the same day that tickets went on sale. Of the 13 scheduled shows, nine have already completely sold out, proving that these girls aren’t only popular in Japan.
Additionally, BAND-MAID’s song Choose Me has been chosen to appear in the film Peacemaker, a Hollywood adaptation of the popular DC Comics series. The film is now available to watch on U-NEXT.
On May 10, also known as ‘Maid Day,’ BAND-MAID will be streaming a special chat on YouTube! More details will be revealed soon.
Will you be attending one of BAND-MAID’s upcoming shows?
BAND-MAID PRE US OKYUJI in JAPAN
August 17 – Osaka, Namba Hatch
August 25 – Aichi, Diamond Hall
September 3 – Miyagi, Sendai Rensa
September 7 – Tokyo, Zepp Diver City
September 9 – Tokyo Shibuya Eggman
April 15, 18:00~: Fanclub Presale Tickets on Sale
BAND-MAID US TOUR 2022 Special Page: https://bandmaid.tokyo/contents/486225
BAND-MAID Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
In October 2022, maid-themed rock band BAND-MAID will embark on its largest-ever U.S. tour. The girls’ group has become massively popular overseas in recent years, with the total number of views on their YouTube channel surpassing 130 million. BAND-MAID’s previous four world tours have all sold out, and streaming videos of their shows have been viewed by audiences in more than 60 countries around the world.
This is the first time BAND-MAID will tour in the U.S. solo. Tickets will go on general sale tomorrow, March 3.
The tour will start with the band’s first appearance at the AFTERSHOCK Music Festival in California, which will feature many of the world’s most popular artists like KISS and Slipknot. Will you be grabbing tickets?
BAND-MAID US TOUR 2022
October 9 – Sacramento, CA / Aftershock Festival
October 12 – Seattle, WA / Neptune
October 14 – San Francisco, CA / August Hall
October 15 – Los Angeles, CA / House of Blues
October 19 – Phoenix, AZ / Crescent Ballroom
October 21 – Dallas, TX / Echo Music Hall
October 22 – Houston, TX / House of Blues
October 25 – Washington, DC / The Fillmore
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA / TLA
October 28 – New York, NY / Irving Plaza
October 29 – Boston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
Ticket Sale Schedule (JST)
March 2 / 2:00AM: Fan Club Ticket Sales Begin
March 4 / 12:00AM: General Ticket Sales Begin
Dates: October 6 – October 9 (U.S. Local Time)
BAND-MAID to Perform at the World’s Largest Festival ‘AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL’ in California
Internationally beloved hard rock band BAND-MAID has been invited to perform at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL in Sacramento, California!
The festival will take place across four days, from October 6 until October 9, 2022. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, with headliners like KISS and Slipknot.
BAND-MAID has also announced US stops on their global tour during 2022. More information is scheduled to be released soon!
BAND-MAID Founder Miku Kobato Releases New Music Video for Solo Project cluppo
25.February.2022 | MUSIC
Cluppo is a solo project by Miku Kobato, the guitarist, vocalist, and founder of the maid-dressed hard rock band BAND-MAID, which has amassed fans around the globe. Their first EP ‘hatofull’ will be released on March 9, 2022, and ahead of that date, the song POGO! is now streaming. A music video has also been unveiled!
With a unique sound, cluppo is reinterpreting the music of the 80s and creating a new genre of music called ‘Hippie-Poppo.’ The new song POGO! is an ambitious work, blending the group’s peaceful image with rap-style vocals.
POGO! – cluppo (Music Video)
To commemorate the advanced release of the song, a playback campaign is now underway on subscription services. Also, those who purchase the new EP early will get a mega jacket and an original A5-sized clear folder. Check out cluppo’s official website for more information!
Comment from cluppo
“POGO! shows a different side of cluppo, fusing coolness, cuteness, and colorfulness. The music video is a feast for the eyes but also hides a ton of information. Did you catch all of it? Watch it over and over again!”