Music Showcase "Neo Asian Pop Showcase"

9 October, 2016 Venue: “The Creators”Fureai Hiroba, Fukuoka City Hall
Music Performance: Moon Mask (fka Ulzzang Pistol)(Musician / Manila), Meishi Smile(Musician, Head of Zoom Lens / Los Angeles), TORIENA(Sound artist, Head of MADMILKY RECORDS / Kyoto)
Stage Direction, VJ: SHIBUHOUSE, huez
Direction: tomad (Maltine Records)

New Movements in Pop Culture and the Internet.
Experience the New Asia through Music.

This live music event showcased the diverse pop culture of Asia with guest artists from Japan, the Philippines, and the United States. The event also included a talk introducing each region’s music scene and community as well as their relationship with netlabels.

The growth of social media has democratized global tastes and communication like never before, and a new generation of artists is today revolutionizing the various aspects of pop culture that exist in Asia. The Creators, one of the three main programs of Fukuoka’s Asian Party, hosts “Neo Asian Pop Showcase,” introducing three leaders in the contemporary Asian electronic music scene. While seemingly far removed from our traditional images of Asia, these music artists from Japan, the Philippines, and the United States intersect and play with all kinds of elements to present a radically new “Asia.”

Moon Mask(fka Ulzzang Pistol)) (Musician) [Manila, Philippines]

Moon Mask incorporates influences from East Asian pop culture to create his own unique cross-cultural sound. Matching delicate electronic music with lyrics in English, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog and Japanese, Moon Mask has developed innovative and dreamy soundscapes set to break both sonic & linguistic barriers. Formerly as Ulzzang Pistol, he released two albums (Waste, Girlfriend) and is now preparing his first EP as Moon Mask. His music videos mix animation and live action to conjure up an original vision reflecting the stories and languages in his songs. Collaborating with a wide range of other online artists across various genres and regions, he continues to develop his vision across the world.

Meishi Smile (Musician, Head of Zoom Lens) [Los Angeles, USA]

Based in Los Angeles, Meishi Smile is an American music artist of mixed Chinese and Japanese heritage. Under the name Meishi Smile, they have released electronic music since 2010. Influenced by both Japanese pop music and experimental music, their wide-ranging sound encompasses everything from at times abrasive noise music to emotional pop. As the head of Zoom Lens, a record label with many experimental American and Asian artists on its roster, they travel the global uncovering new talent. They are also involved with events supporting Japanese pop culture and music. They made their debut in Japan with their second album, …Belong, in 2015.

TORIENA (Sound artist, Head of MADMILKY RECORDS) [Kyoto, Japan]

TORIENA is a chiptune artist who uses Game Boy consoles and the computer music tool Little Sound Dj to make music. She has been composing tracks and performing live since 2012, and also founded and heads Japan’s first chiptune label, MADMILKY RECORDS. Fully self-produced, TORIENA creates everything from the lyrics, music and mix of her tracks to the artwork and cover designs. She is noted for her pop yet hard sound, combined with an aggressive performance style. Overseas her reputation has continued to grow, thanks to appearances in 2015 at Square Sounds Melbourne, Australia, and Lucca Comics & Games, Italy, as well as a four-stop European tour. She has also produced tracks for music video games by Konami and Capcom.


Music Showcase "Neo Asian Pop Showcase"

Music Performance: Moon Mask (fka Ulzzang Pistol), Meishi Smile, TORIENA