Talk Shibuya-Kei with Us at Anime Los Angeles

Next weekend is Anime Los Angeles at the LAX Marriott. It’s the first L.A. con of the year and it’s a good one. I think this will be my fifth year going to the convention (the first ALA I attended was when it was in Burbank). However, it is my first year organizing a panel. Yup, you read that right.

“Shibuya-Kei and Japanese Indie Music” is a discussion of Japanese artists from the early 1990s to now. Joining me are Tune in Tokyo DJs Greg Hignight and Del Martin as well as Tommy Pedrini from the band Cats on Mars.

Shibuya-kei is a distinct style of dance floor-friendly pop music that became popular in the 1990s. The style mixes 1960s-style pop and ’90s club beats for a kind of retro-futurist sound. Artists like Pizzicato 5, Cornelius and Fantastic Plastic Machine were some of the best known in the scene during its heyday. Now, you can hear their influence in groups like The Aprils and capsule.

While there is often a decent amount of music-related programming at anime conventions, it’s often limited to visual kei and more mainstream J-pop and K-pop. That’s understandable, Shibuya-kei, and Japanese indie bands in general, don’t have the same connection to anime that other styles of Japanese music do. We’re excited to share some of the music that we have loved over the years with the ALA audience.

Check out “Shibuya-Kei and Japanese Indie Music” on Saturday at 8 p.m. in LP2. You can RSVP for the panel on Facebook.

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