CAPSULE to Release 16th Album ‘Metro Pulse’ on December 14

27.October.2022 | MUSIC

Electro-pop duo CAPSULE is celebrating their 25th anniversary. To that end, the legendary creators have announced that their 16th album Metro Pulse will be released on December 14, 2022.

Metro Pulse is largely a synth wave and city pop album with a completely original and timeless sound. Promising to take listeners on a trippy tour through a unique soundscape, hype around the album is already starting to spread.

The album will contain ten tracks including newly-updated album mixes of three popular singles: Hikaru no Disco (the theme song for the film Knights of Sidonia), Future Wave, and Virtual Freedom. Overall, fans can expect an uplifting collection of songs.

Curiously, the eighth track on the album, Starry Night, is a reimagining of an earlier song that Nakata and Toshiko recorded as teenagers before they formed CAPSULE. This is included to celebrate the duo’s 25th anniversary. A limited-edition release of Metro Pulse will feature a version of this song that is more similar to the original, along with a bonus disc featuring instrumental versions from an unreleased cassette tape as a campaign bonus.

The newly-released CAPSULE artist photo featured the duo in 3D and was created by filmmaker, music video director, and CG designer Kentaro Saisho. Previously, he worked on the music videos for Future Wave and Virtual Freedom.

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  • CAPSULE Releases Music Video for New Song ‘Virtual Freedom’

    17.December.2021 | MUSIC

    The music duo CAPSULE is celebrating 20 years since their major debut, and their third new single for 2021 Virtual Freedom is now streaming. The highly-anticipated music video has also been released. 

     

    Virtual Freedom Streaming Links

    https://capsule.lnk.to/virtualfreedom

     

    Virtual Freedom takes listeners on a trip through the history of synthesizers and submerges you in layers of interwoven soundscapes.

     

    Virtual Freedom Music Video

    https://youtu.be/ouD9PVPI1Xk

    Director: KENTARO SAISHO 
    3DCG supervisor: HIROMU KONNO
    Production: Totte.Co., Ltd

     

    A song-sharing campaign is also underway! Follow Warner Music Japan’s Twitter account and use the Twitter share function on Apple Music, Spotify, or LINE MUSIC to share Virtual Freedom with the hashtag #VirtualFreedomCP. 50 random people selected will receive the original cassette tape photographed for the cover of the Virtual Freedom album! 

  • CAPSULE to Release Third New Song of 2021 on Streaming Services, Artwork Revealed

    08.December.2021 | MUSIC

    Japanese electronic band CAPSULE is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its major debut! The group’s two members, Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima, have announced the release of their third new single for 2021, Virtual Freedom. The track will release on streaming platforms on December 10 and follows Hikari no Disco and Future Wave. Cover art for the song featuring an old-school cassette tape has been revealed ahead of the song’s release. 

     

    Composer and producer for the band Yasutaka Nakata also serve as the music producer for popular group Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. 

     

    Virtual Freedom can now be pre-added or pre-saved on Apple Music and Spotify. Be sure not to miss out on this new song when it drops later this week!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Release Candy Racer, the Singer’s First Full-Length Album in Three Years

    20.September.2021 | MUSIC

    Celebrating 10 years since her major debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release her fifth full-length album Candy Racer on October 27, 2021. This will mark the singer’s first full-length album release in three years, her last being Japamyu in 2018.

     

     

    Limited Edition

    Regular Edition



    The fifth album, titled Candy Racer, will be produced by CAPSULE’s Yasutaka Nakata. It will feature 11 tracks, including the recently released single GENTENKAIHI, of which the wacky music video has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube. Previously released tracks Kimi ga LINE Kuretara and Gum Gum Girl will also be included, along with world fabrication, a cover of a pre-electronic CAPSULE track originally released in 2005.

     

    Creation of the album brought together a number of creative minds who have worked with Kyary Pamyu Paymu over the years, including Steve Nakamura serving as art director, Ken Hanzawa acting as photographer, Kumiko Iijima returning as the singer’s stylist, and Shinji Konishi as Kyary’s hair and makeup artist. All of these individuals were with Kyary at the time of her debut, and have returned to encourage her to not only stay connected to her roots, but to move forward without hesitation.

     

    The limited edition version will come with a special 64-page flipbook.

     

    A number of bonuses have also been announced, from stickers, clear pouches, and mobile stand keychains. These will be available while supplies last, so fans looking to get their hands on some of this swag are encouraged to preorder the album.

     

    Are you looking forward to hearing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new tracks?

     

  • CAPSULE Release Special Video For Knights of Sidonia Anime Film’s Theme ‘Hikari no Disco’

    14.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    This year marks the 20th anniversary since CAPSULE—the music unit formed of Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima—made their major debut. The duo released their first new song in six years on June 4. Titled Hikari no Disco (“Disco of Light”), the track is the newest release from CAPSULE since their last album WAVE RUNNER dropped in 2015. It was written as the main theme for the anime film Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun). CAPSULE released a special video featuring the song and clips from the film on Friday.

     

     CAPSULE x Knights of Sidonia – “Hikari no Disco” Special Video

     

    Knights of Sidonia is a mecha and space opera manga series by Tsutomu Nihei who is also known for other popular series such as Blame! and Aposimz. The series is a bestseller in Japan and has won the Kodansha Manga Award and Seiun Award. An anime adaptation by Polygon Pictures aired from 2014-2015 in line with the animation studio’s 30th anniversary. The anime film adaptation, which also released on Friday, sees the return of the staff who worked on the anime series.

     

    CAPSULE are holding a share campaign for the release of Hikari no Disco. To enter, you need to follow Warner Music Japan on Twitter (@warnermusic_jp) and share Hikari no Disco from Spotify, Apple Music, or LINE Music with the Japanese hashtag #ひかりのディスコCP. 50 random people will be chosen to receive the song on cassette tape with the main track on side A and a karaoke version on side B.

     

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  • CAPSULE to Release First Song in Six Years ‘Hikari no Disco’ Along With New Promo Photo

    03.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    This year marks the 20th anniversary since CAPSULE—the music unit formed of Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima—made their major debut. Tomorrow will also mark the first new song from the duo in six years. Titled Hikari no Disco (“Disco of Light”), the track is the newest release from CAPSULE since their last album WAVE RUNNER dropped in 2015. The band also released a new artist photo to promote it.

    Hikari no Disco was written as the main theme for the anime film Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun). The film is based on Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia manga and will also release tomorrow on June 4. The new song can be pre-added and pre-saved on Apple Music and Spotify so it will be automatically added to your library when it’s released.

     

    Knights of Sidonia is a mecha and space opera manga series by Tsutomu Nihei who is also known for other popular series such as Blame! and Aposimz. The series is a bestseller in Japan and has won the Kodansha Manga Award and Seiun Award. An anime adaptation by Polygon Pictures aired from 2014-2015 in line with the animation studio’s 30th anniversary. Now, the staff who worked on the anime series return for the release of the new movie tomorrow.

     

    Hikari no Disco takes Yasutaka Nakata back to his synthesiser sound roots. The track has a laid-back driving-through-the-city feel to it. If you head on over to Warner Music Japan’s Twitter page and answer the four questions in the questionnaire, you can hear a 30 second snippet of the track before it’s released.

     

    CAPSULE will premiere the music video for the new song on their official YouTube channel at 12:00am (JST) on June 4. A 12-hour live stream of CAPSULE’s discography is also began playing on their YouTube channel today at noon. That’s everything from their first album High Collar Girl (2001) to their 15th album WAVE RUNNER (2015).

     

    Don’t miss the premiere of CAPSULE’s brand new track Hikari no Disco.

     

    ©弐瓶勉・講談社/東亜重工重力祭運営局

  • Yasutaka Nakata’s Main Unit CAPSULE Set To Digitally Release All Albums

    07.July.2020 | MUSIC

    Music unit CAPSULE, which was formed by world-famous producer Yasutaka Nakata, is releasing all their albums on Apple Music and other worldwide music streaming services from July 10, 2020.

     

    After debuting in 2001, Yasutaka Nakata has gone on to release 17 albums with CAPSULE and three albums in partnership with model Kate Sakai as the music unit COLTEMONIKHA. Nakata also produced albums for the soundtrack to the sensational drama Liar Game in which Shota Matsuda played the main role. All the above albums will also be released on subscription services.

     

    This is just what fans across the world have been waiting for. As CAPSULE will be celebrating their 20th anniversary next year, make sure to check out their playlists.

  • CAPSULE & Other Major Japanese Artists to Perform at ageHa’s 2020 Countdown Party in Tokyo

    18.December.2019 | MUSIC

    ageHa is set to host one of Japan’s biggest countdown parties again this year, falling on December 31, 2019 once more.

    Headlining the ARENA is English DJ and producer Sigala. He released his debut single Easy Love in 2015 which shot to number one on the UK charts. Since then, he has continued to pump out club and festival bangers such as Sweet Lovin and Say You Do. Seven of his nine singles have gone platinum, proving that he is one of the main players in the scene right now.

    Another headlining act for the show, this time from Japan, is CAPSULE, the music duo spearheaded by internationally-acclaimed Japanese DJ and record producer Yasutaka Nakata who is the official producer for two of the biggest names in Japanese music: Perfume and Kyari Pamyu Pamyu. CAPSULE plan to put on a special performance for the countdown party.

     

    banvox is also making a return from last year’s ageHa countdown concert, and CYBERJAPAN DANCERS are entering the fray for a special showcase.

    In the WATER area of the venue, which is produced by WORLD CLASS and TCPT, France-based bass house duo Loge21, who have piled up t he releases since Confession, will perform in Japan for the very first time. DJ Remo-con will join the line-up as a guest too.

     

    Over at the ISLAND area, the latest in cutting edge hip hop will take to the stage. Several DJs representing Tokyo will join rapper Jin Dogg, who is garnering attention right now, including HOKUTO, KEKKE, CHARI, and FUJI TRILL.

     

    Finally, the BOX area will give rise to trance tunes, with performances from DJ KAYA, NORIO SP, FULLMOON RAVE, agefarre, and more.

    But that’s not all, because the famous Robot Restaurantーa major tourist attraction in Shinjukuーis making an unexpected collaboration with ageHa to put on their first ever show outside the restaurant.

    A variety of other celebratory things are planned for the countdown party to chime in the new year, including servings of toshikoshi soba, omikuji fortunes, goshuin seals, and more. If you happen to be in Tokyo for the New Year, then don’t miss out on this very special event.

  • Yasutaka Nakata, DJ KAORI & More to Perform at ASOBINITE!!! Summer Party in Tokyo

    28.May.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Driving the Japanese pop culture scene, ASOBISYSTEM’s annual grand party ASOBINITE!!! is back! The party will be held on Saturday 20th July at Shinkiba ageHA @STUDIO COAST.

     

    Japan’s most iconic producer Yasutaka Nakata will be firing up the party as the resident DJ. He will be accompanied by many sensational guest performers including the DJ queen DJ Kaori; who was the resident DJ for ageHa’s 15th anniversary concert THE BEST PARTY!! Nakata’s main music unit CAPSULE will also be performing on stage for the first time in two years! TJO, TeddyLoid and many more big name DJs will also feature at the event.  

    Filled with summer vibes, the WATER stage will be hosting the event BIKINI NIGHT. The lineup of famous performers includes MITOMI, TOKOTO, BUNNY, iamSHUM and SHOTA. This party is going to kick off by the spacious poolside and there’s no doubt the night is gonna be a splash!

     

    VIRTUAFREAK will be managing a spin-off stage with an army of famous VTubers who have influenced many creatives! Witness an army of wildly enthusiastic VTubers as they tear down the BOX stage at ageHa! The lineup includes Miori Ehara, Virtual Cat, and even Wani and Komori (Wani no Yaka & Hashiyan Takasaka)!

     

    Limited early bird tickets will be released on Tuesday 28th May during the afternoon.  This summer festival of Japanese stars is something you don’t want to miss so check it out as soon as you can!

  • With summer fast approaching, concertgoers are gearing up for this year’s music festivals and live shows. We previously covered numerous Japanese bands and artists performing who overseas this year in parts one and two of this feature, but since the previous entry, even more acts have been announced.

     

    Here is a new list of artists embarking outside Japan this summer.

     

    Suchmos

    For the first time in their career, rock group Suchmos are set to embark on their first ever Asia Tour this June. They will hit up 6 locations, beginning in Hong Kong before heading to Taipei, Seoul, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.

     

    ▶︎ Suchmos ASIA TOUR 2019

    2019/6/2 @ Music Zone @ KITEC, Hong Kong

    2019/6/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/6/9/ @ YES24 Live Hall, Seoul (*w/ HYUKOH)

    2019/6/12 @ B10 Live, Shenzhen

    2019/6/14 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/16 @ Tango Live (Floor 3F), Beijing

     

    Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com

     

    →News Update (June 1, 2019)
    Following unexpected illness of one of their members, Suchmos have cancelled all remaining dates on their upcoming overseas tour.

     

     

    [ALEXANDROS]

    Rock band [ALEXANDROS] are also heading on tour in Asia throughout June and July. The band are currently on their “Sleepless in Japan Tour” in promotion of their newest album Sleepless in Brooklyn and will take their concerts across Asia for 8 shows, starting with Shanghai on June 21 and wrapping in Seoul on July 21. This also marks their first time performing in Shanghai and Beijing.

     

    ▶︎ Sleepless 2019 Asia Tour

    2019/6/21 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/23 @ Beijing Omni Space, Beijing

    2019/6/28 @ Jakarta (*Venue TBA)

    2019/6/30 @ Moon Star Studio 1, Bangkok

    2019/7/5 @ Music Zone @ E-Max, Hong Kong

    2019/7/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/7/19/ @ Bentley Music Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur

    2019/7/21 @ MUV HALL, Seoul

     

    [ALEXANDROS] Official Website: https://alexandros.jp

     

     

    Sakanaction

    Sakanaction have announced that they will play in Shanghai and Shenzhen at the end of June. Upon unveiling the news the band created their own Weibo account, a Chinese social media platform. The rock band will release their new album 834.194 in June, their first album release since sakanaction was released 6 years ago in March 2013. The Asia dates were added to their ongoing Japan tour. This will be their second set of headline concerts outside in Japan since they performed overseas for the first time back in 2013 in Taiwan. The band are known for their use of cutting-edge technology at their shows, so foreign fans can look forward to seeing what they have in store for them next month.

      

    ▶︎ SAKANAQUARIUM 2019 “834.194”

    2019/6/28 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/30 @ A8 Live, Shenzhen

     

    Sakanaction Official Website: http://sakanaction.jp

     

    BAND-MAID

    Earlier this month, five-piece maid rock band BAND-MAID announced the European leg of their 2019 world tour, one which will begin this June and one whose decided theme is Gekidou, or “tumultuous.” All shows on BAND-MAID’s 2018 world tour sold out completely. The initial European leg of their long-awaited new world tour will take them to 3 countries for 4 performances. They will then head to the US in September.

     

    Related Article: BAND-MAID Announces European Leg Of ‘Tumultuous’ 2019 World Tour

     

    ▶︎BAND-MAID WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019 【激動】 ~gekidou~

    6/22 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

    6/23 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo

    6/24 @ Bochum, Germany @ Zeche

    6/26 @ Hamburg, Germany @ DAS LOGOS

    9/26 @ NYC Gramercy Theater, US

    9/28 @ Dallas Cambridge Room, US

    9/30 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US

    10/1 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US

     

    World Tour Info: https://bandmaid.tokyo/contents/241952

    BAND-MAID Official Website: https://bandmaid.tokyo/

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, m-flo & More

    The biggest names in Japanese pop music are set to take over Los Angeles at QTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY which is set to take place at THE NOVO by Microsoft on July 3, 2019. Both OTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY serve as the opener to Anime Expo, the biggest anime convention in the US, which will run from July 4 to 7. CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Crazy Boy, HIROOMI TOSAKA and m-flo are set to deliver Japanese entertainment to US lovers of Japanese music and entertainment.

     

    Related Article: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yasutaka Nakata & CRAZYBOY to Perform at QTAQUEST LIVE in Los Angeles

     

    ▶︎OTAQUEST LIVE

    Date: July 3, 2019

    Time: OPEN 17:00 / START 18:30

    Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

    Line-Up: CRAZYBOY / HIROOMI TOSAKA / m-flo / CAPSULE / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

     

    OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY

    Date: July 3, 2019

    Time: OPEN/START 22:00

    Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

    Line-Up: ☆Taku Takahashi / TeddyLoid / Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) / …and more

     

    Event Website: https://live.otaquest.com/

    Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/372261/otaquest-live-tickets?skin=novo

     

    Ai Otsuka

    This year, Ai Otsuka celebrates her 15th anniversary since her debut. The singer-songwriter released her greatest hits album Ai am BEST, too in January this year, and she is currently in the midst of her nationwide Japan tour. 5 Asia dates have been added to the tour. Her previous Asia tour took her to just three cities: Taipei, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, but this year she is spreading her wings and will perform in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Taipei.

     

    ▶︎ AIO PIANO at ASIA vol.2 

    2019/7/17 @ Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall, Guangzhou

    2019/7/19 @ 特侖蘇音楽庁, Chengdu

    2019/7/27 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

    2019/7/28 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

    2019/8/17 @ ATT SHOW BOX 大直, Taipei

     

    Ai Otsuka Official Website:  http://avex.jp/ai/

     

     

    If you love Japanese music and a Japanese band or artist are coming to a city near you this year, then be sure to show your love and support by getting your hands on a ticket to see them live.

  • Yasutaka Nakata, EXILE MAKIDA & More to Perform at ASOBEACH!!! in Okinawa

    16.April.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    The popular long-running outdoor music festival ASOBEACH!!! is heading to Okinawa this summer with two shows at Umisora Park in the capital city Naha on June 1 and 2. The festival is taking place as the finale of Okinawa E-motion which is a collection of events centred around food, music and art that will bring an early summer to locals and tourists in Okinawa.

    The line-up includes Japan’s leading music producer and DJ Yasutaka Nakata, his main band CAPSULE, ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo), EXILE MAKIDAI (PKCZ®), TeddyLoid, Yoshikazu Mera, DJ Ichiro Yatsui and more. Concertgoers can expect to enjoy a multitude of genres while feeling the cool sea breeze of Okinawa. Tickets are now on sale via Japanese ticket vendors.

     

    Other events taking place as part of Okinawa E-motion include Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk (May 18-19) which combines food with magic, the concert show KPP Camp (May 25) which is being produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bar Walk Naha (May 25) which is bringing together famous Naha restaurants, and more. ASOBEACH!!! will be held at the same time as the popular food festival OKINAWA FOOD FLEA on June 1 and 2 so don’t miss out.

  • Yasutaka Nakata performs alongside Perfume for the first time in 15 years at his hugely successful music festival “OTONOKO”

    05.December.2017 | MUSIC

    The highly anticipated music festival OTONOKO, produced by Yasutaka Nakata, was held on December 2nd in Hall 4 of Ishikawa Sangyo Tenji in Ishikawa, the birthplace of Nakata.

    The first OTONOKO was held last year to a buzzing crowd of 6,500 and became a huge success. This year’s event was only bigger and better, with a record breaking 8,620 music lovers lined up to witness once more this new kind of music festival, with an unmatched line up consisting of Yasutaka Nakata himself as well as CAPSULE, Perfume, tofubeats, C&K, Taiiku Okazaki, 80KIDZ, DAISHI DANCE and more.

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    The venue was broken into two sections: the main stage and the second stage. For the opening acts of the main stage, the crowd were graced by DJ audition winner DJ KOKI, ASOBISYSTEM’s young and fast budding newcomer artist MANON, and Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders who made their major debut earlier this year.

    Over on the second stage was a diverse range of artists blending together different areas of culture, including Una, Anna Yano, as well as local specialist schools who showcased hair & make-up and fashion shows and more.

    CAPSULE

    The first of the main acts to open was none other than CAPSULE, welcoming the crowd with a set list that was inevitably guaranteed to get everybody pumped, including songs such as “more more more,” “FLASH BACK” and “JUMPER.”

    DAISHI DANCE

    Artists from last year’s OTONOKO festival then returned to the stage such as DAISHI DANCE, TeddyLoid and 80KIDZ.

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    Popular Japanese YouTubers HIKAKIN & SEIKIN took to the stage during TeddyLoid’s act. They added variety to their set by performing songs such as their 2015 hit “YouTube Theme Song.” 80KIDZ’s set electrified the audience with a full band set who provided some sharp and catchy beats.

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    The middle slot of the night was taken up by live acts Taiiku Okazaki and C&K as well as hugely popular DJs and close friends of Yasutaka Nakata, banvox and tofubeats. Taiiku Okazaki made his original style known with tracks such as “Open” and “We Can Get Over It.”

    C&Kbanvox

    C&K began their set with their emotional ballad “Y,” changing the mood of the floor with their crystal clear vocals and pop musicality.

    tofubeats
    Then, like passing a baton, tofubeats effortlessly transitioned to the DJ booth from banvox where he created hooks with a selection comprised of “POSITIVE feat. Dream Ami,” “LONELY NIGHTS,” “Too Many Girls feat. KREVA” and more while interweaving them with the roaring beats of tracks such as “Drum Machine.” Chisato Moritaka’s vocals were played for his killer tune “Don’t Stop The Music feat. Chisato Moritaka” to which the crowd clapped along. With the mic in hand, tofubeats sang along with everybody during “Asa ga Kuru Made Owaru Koto no nai Dance wo” and “Suisei.”

    Perfume
    Finally, the wait was over. The moment “GLITTER” began playing and the lasers shot through the air, the crowd knew that could only mean one thing – Perfume. The crowd went wild, and although dancing to the heavy and upbeat songs “FLASH” and “FAKE IT,” A~chan gave spoke of some observations about the event: “Doesn’t listening to that heavy bass all the time get to your ears after a while!? The people at OTONOKO are something else.” Yasutaka Nakata has produced Perfume’s music for a very long time, but this is the first time ever in 15 years that him and the J-pop trio have performed together. The girls see him as a “god” and commented: “He has been with us for such a long time and never grown tired. We were able to go on television with him this year, and he’s even kindly invited us to OTONOKO. You probably think that Nakata is weird. But we’re super thankful to be able to work together with a god.” The crowd were divided into three sections – “na,” “ka” and “ta” – for a call & response session to revere the godly Nakata.

    Perfume 中田ヤスタカ

    Towards the end of the show Perfume switched to some club tunes, delivering “Chocolate Disco” and “TOKYO GIRL,” before performing a completely brand-new, not yet released song titled “FUSION.” Nakata surprised everybody by taking to the DJ booth for this song which showcases a cool side of Perfume the likes of which nobody has seen. The song has thick bass and is exotic with almost no lyrics, and the choreography has gentle movements and a downbeat rhythm to them.

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    Yasutaka Nakata subsequently took over the stage with his solo performance. After Perfume’s act he was the only one up there where he played a number of songs from his forthcoming first ever solo album “Digital Native,” set for released next year on February 7th. As well as that, he hit off a behemoth list of other tracks including “NANIMONO (feat. Kenshi Yonezu),” a remix of “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara, new solo tracks “Give You More” and “Jump in Tonight (feat. Momo Mashiro)” announced this year, and more.

    中田ヤスタカ Perfume

    Perfume made a guest reappearance for “If you wanna” as if it was a return gift to collaborate once again. The spectacle of seeing Perfume sing and dance alongside Nakata had the entire room with their hands in the air.

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    For the night’s grand finale, CAPSULE member Toshiko Koshijima stepped onto stage to perform CAPSULE’s hit song “Starry Sky.” The song encapsulated the show’s climax with fireworks, smoke, confetti and endless strings of high speed lasers. With that performance, Yasutaka Nakata vividly proved his ready wit and unequalled talent as one of Japan’s foremost leading artists, producers and DJs. The edgy dance beat defined that fact to the end before concluding OTONOKO 2017.

    Nakata said his goodbye to the crowd: “Thank you for being here tonight! I will return to Kanazawa!”

     

    With the forthcoming release of his 2018 solo album, it’s time to get excited about Yasutaka Nakata and his spirited activity.

    TEXT by Mami Naruta

     

    ■Information

    Yasutaka Nakata presents OTONOKO 2017

    OTONOKO Official Website: http://www.otonoko.com
    Yasutaka Nakata Official Website: http://yasutaka-nakata.com

     

    Photography:

    Tetsuya Tsurumi
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    masatoshi okamoto
    satoshi fukuda
    KAZUYA OTA
    Kei Nakagoshi

     

  • CAPSULE Announced to Perform at the Yasutaka Nakata-Produced Music Festival “OTONOKO”!

    30.June.2017 | MUSIC

    The first OTONOKO music festival produced by Yasutaka Nakata was held last year where Nakata himself along with his music group CAPSULE were the first artists announced to appear at the event.

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    Yasutaka Nakata is a record producer, composer and DJ known for producing some of Japan’s biggest artists including Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. His work is ubiquitous and has even been used at international ceremonies and on the Hokuriku Shinkansen at Kanazawa Station.

     

    He has also provided music for many national and international movies including Hollywood films and is renowned as the driving force for Japanese pop music by many top artists.

    OTONOKO 2016年ライブ写真

    The next Nakata-produced “OTONOKO” music festival will be held on December 2nd at Ishikawa Sangyou Tenjikan 4 Goukan.

    CAPSULE A写

    Nakata and his main music unit CAPSULE are set to return this year for OTONOKO.

    There will also be an official bus tour heading to Tokyo and Osaka. People residing on the outskirts of Tokyo and Osaka should check out the special bus tour in addition to the tickets. Applications for the bus tour will open on Monday July 31st.

    Nakata hopes to deliver his sound (“OTO”) to the world from his hometown of Kanagawa with OTONOKO, a new kind of festival the likes you have never seen. Anticipation grows as we await the line-up for OTONOKO, spearheaded by Yasutaka Nakata, an internationally-renowned top-tier artist and DJ who is responsible as the driving force leading Japan’s pop scene today.

     

    ■Information

    Yasutaka Nakata presents “OTONOKO 2017”
    Time/Date: December 2, 2017 – 11:00 OPEN / 13:00 START
    Venue: Ishikawa Sangyou Tenjikan 4 Goukan
    Price: Advance General Standing ¥6,800 (tax-inclusive)
    Tickets will go on sale via all playguides on Sunday July 2nd at 10:00am
    Official Bus Tour: Applications open on Monday July 31st

    “OTONOKO” Official Website: http://www.otonoko.com (Japanese)

     

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