V.I.P’s upcoming music video will be produced by Endigo (Overworld)

V.I.P will in collaboration with Nyanko Scandal Factory record a PV for the song “WE ARE ONE” in Sweden after the first concerts!

The PV is to be produced by the Swedish musician Endigo!

WE ARE ONE on iTunes

Hiroaki Nakashima (V.I.P) & Endigo (Overworld)

Hiroaki Nakashima (V.I.P) & Endigo (Overworld)

WE ARE ONE & SOMA | V.I.P | Hiroaki Nakashima

Info

Hiroaki Nakashima

Hiroaki Nakashima

Solo project: V.I.P
Artist:
Hiroaki Nakashima
Other bands: I -ai- (I -アイ-)
Birthday: Dec 29th 1978
Bloodtype: O

Web
V.I.P Official Webpage

I – ai-
I -ai- Official Website
I -ai- on Facebook
I -ai- on Twitter
I -ai- Official Fanpage on Facebook
I -ai- Official Youtube Channel

Other posts about V.I.P on my blog
V.I.P

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What makes a band visit YOUR country? Why do some bands exclude USA in their world tours? Does it matter when you buy your ticket? (Interview with Jessica Öjermalm, founder of Nyanko Scandal Factory)

What makes a band visit YOUR country?

Why do some bands exclude USA in their world tours?

Does it matter when you buy your ticket?

Apparently yes, it can affect a whole tour AND future events! O_o

You might find the answers in this interview with Jessica Öjermalm. She books and promotes Japanese artists in Europe and is founder of the avocation agency Nyanko Scandal Factory. In this interview she gives us her story of what a promoter does, funny moments between the shows and what is important to know for us who want to prevent the jrock and visual kei scene in Europe from vanishing.

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I think this might be of great interest for all fans out there so please feel free to copy and share this interview (and please send me a note at the same time. :-))

Interview with Jessica Öjermalm

Jessica Öjermalm | Nyanko Scandal Factory

Jessica Öjermalm

You work as a booker and promoter and run the company Nyanko Scandal Factory. Can you explain what you are actually doing?
Jessica: I’m spreading knowledge about less known Japanese bands, helping events to book Japanese artists and just recently started to manage artists as helping them to gain a fan base in Europe. I’m also open to hold lectures about Visual kei music to anyone who wants me to come to their event.

Can you mention any artists or bands that you have been working with?
Jessica: We have since 2011 worked with Japanese artists like HITT, PLUNKLOCK, ACE, lix, Keisho Ohno and tezya. But I have also booked some Swedish acts like Overworld and Yohios old band Seremedy. I support Swedish visual kei/alternative rock.

How did it all start?
Jessica: The idea that I could start to bring Japanese music by myself to Sweden started in late 2009. I was between high school and university. I didn’t know what to set my heart on, I had this anxiety for a long time. I was already interested in the visual kei genre since a while back but just thought about it as a pass time activity. And then it suddenly hit me that I really wanted to experience more of everything regarding Japanese music… only going to concerts wasn’t enough for me.

I was also worried the scene in Sweden was going to disappear if Japanese artists completely stopped to come here. I didn’t have any special experience at all when I decided to begin, I just had made up my mind to try my best. So I began to communicate with Ramen Events in April 2010 and booked HITT for a Japanese convention in Sweden 2011, after that I created Nyanko Scandal Factory.

Do the artist/band itself decide where to go? Fans often wonder why bands tend to perform in certain countries but never show up in others. What do you think is the reason behind this?
Jessica: No, it almost never happens that the band decide this for themselves! It’s the international tour managers that decide and they are basing their decisions on many different things, like amount of fans, easy accessible venues, competition from other events during same period of time and so on.

Jessica and HITT

Jessica and HITT

I often get questions concerning USA. What do you think is the reason why some bands, like the GazettE, do not perform in the states?
Jessica: I think the US has different rules than Europe, making it harder for the bands to make it financially. Also since USA is so big, I think tour managers are having problem with localizing the cities that would make the concerts successful. It would need many people involved in the arrangement and superb communication over state borders.

What are your focus projects right now?
Jessica: My focus right now is 110% on the first EU tour with I-ai- (I-アイ-) in January 2014! After that, let’s see what happens.

I-アイ- TourBanner

2014 awaits a Europe Tour with I-アイ-

How did you come in contact with I –ai-?
Jessica: I actually found them on Facebook while I was visiting Tokyo in December 2012. I got really curious and saw that they had a live only 2 days away so I decided to go to it even though that day I was already scheduled for other meetings and only had a few hours to spare! After the concert I engaged them in some conversation.

What made you want to promote them?
Jessica: When something feels right I often go with that feeling and I think they have great potential to reach people all over the world. Their kind of music is different so I really wanted to put as much energy as possible to help them out since the competition between any kind of Visual kei band in Japan is very hard. So many bands just never get seen and that’s such a waste of talent.

Tell us some about the I –ai- tour.
Jessica: It’s the first tour for both I-ai- and Nyanko Scandal Factory in Europe, of course we will do our best to make it the best tour ever! It’s a risky project, many people don’t know I-ai- and it’s not a “google friendly” name. Even so, I hope as many people as possible comes to meet them! They will release their second album just in time for the tour.

Jessica, lix and Seike (ex. Seremedy, now Kerbera)

Jessica, lix and Seike (ex. Seremedy, now Kerbera)

Do you spend any time with the bands/artists before or after the concerts? In that case, what do you do?
Jessica: Yes I do, well before the concerts there is very much preparations, planning and transportation… but after, if it’s not too late in the evening and if we don’t have anything scheduled for the next day we usually go out for some food and drinks. Sometimes, if we have time, we try to do some sightseeing.

Does it cost a lot to book artists and arrange concerts? What are the costs and how do you make it all go round.
Jessica: It depends on which artist you book of course but yes it cost a lot since Nyanko Scandal Factory are still small! As promoter of an event you usually pay venue, transport, accommodation, food and fee to the band, all this has to be covered by the income of the ticket sale.

That’s the reason why we so often collaborate with others to make it work.

Jessica and tezya

Jessica and tezya

Nyanko Scandal Factory has something called “Focus Artists”. What is this and who are they?
Jessica: Focus Artists, is artists that we want to support a little extra, a contact for the future but not necessarily scheduled for a concert or tour with us. I-ai- started out as one of our Focus Artist’s.

As for now our Focus Artist’s is DALATH, ray & the Swedish band Kerbera with former Seremedy vocalist Seike. But we are looking for more!

Can you tell us any funny backstage moments that the fans don’t know about?
Jessica: Hmm… there are moments that are funny to me but I really can’t tell people this in regard to the artists. Backstage is private area, what happens there is private even if it’s just ordinary things. But I know fans speculate a lot what’s going on there.

If you could pick any artist/band of your wildest dreams, who would you like to work with?
Jessica: It’s dangerous to work with bands you are a fan of… but I would like to work with… SUGIZO or Kanzaki (former vocalist of visual kei band RIBBON). Kanzaki is solo artist now but I didn’t get any news about his activities in a while, sadly he had to stop almost all of his activities due to serious health issues.

Jessica and PLUNKLOCK

Jessica and PLUNKLOCK

What is your funniest memory?
Jessica: That’s a really hard question… I have many happy memories… but maybe they are not the same as funny ones? Also again, I have to be careful with the integrity of the artists. It’s impossible to choose a funniest one… But a fun one was when I was in Paris to visit a HITT show, we spent all day in the venue and it was very dark when we finished. In the car on the way to a friend’s place HITT asked me if it was my first trip to Paris… It was… and then he suddenly realize that we did not do any sightseeing, so he tries to show me something trough the car window and points out in the dark… but there is nothing special really and it just becomes like “Look…. a house”. Luckily I didn’t go to Paris for sightseeing.

How can fans help Nyanko Scandal Factory to keep bringing Japanese bands to Europe?
Jessica: DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO BUY A TICKET! This matter is very serious for not only Nyanko Scandal Factory! Many people do this, and it’s very dangerous… many bookers decide on the presales tickets if they should go ahead with the concert or not.

Also, fans can never spread the info of a concert or band too much! Commercial and PR is very difficult and without fans spreading… there would not be possible to keep this going. Fans need to take responsibility in this if they want this scene to stay.

Nyanko Scandal Factory has worked with A / ACE (エース)

Nyanko Scandal Factory has worked with A / ACE (エース)

What more will happen during 2014?
Jessica: There are always plans. I hope to bring something during spring 2014.

A great THANKS to Jessica who took her time to answer my questions. Please support Nyanko Scandal Factory and other organizations out there that keep jrock and visual kei alive!

Links

Nyanko Scandal Factory Official Webpage
Nyanko Scandal Factory Official Facebook
Nyanko Scandal Factory Open Group On Facebook
Nyanko Scandal Factory Official Instagram (nyanko_sf)
Nyanko Scandal Factory Official Twitter (@NyankoSF)

Nyanko Scandal Factory


 

I -アイ- Europe tour

16/1 2014 : France | Roubaix, Bar Live 301, TICKETS
17/1 2014 : Netherlands | Den Haag, 330live, INFORMATION and TICKETS
18/1 2014 : Germany | Cologne, MTCTICKETS
19/1 2014 : Belgium | Bruxelles, LR6TICKETS
23/1 2014 : Luxembourg | Rock BoxTICKETS
24/1 2014 : France | Paris | Abracadabar - FREE EVENT! Obligatoric drink only (2 euros)
25/1 2014 : Sweden | Stockholm, Lakeside TICKETS

PLUNKLOCK and Overworld gig at RenStage!

May 11th-12th 2013. What a weekend! ^^

As a part of Nyanko Scandal Factory I got the opportunity to spend some time with PLUNKLOCK when picking them up at the airport and escorting them to the hotel and arena. Everything went smoothly this Saturday and RenStage was a success. The Swedish rock/visual kei band Overworld was the opening act and made an amazing gig as always. Thanks Endigo, Nikke, Kaz, Lynx and Andie for that!

Fans had been standing in line outside the arena for hours in hope to get a good spot when it was time for PLUNKLOCK to enter the stage. With great energy, charm and talent we all got spellbound by their music and performance.

PLUNKLOCK

PLUNKLOCK

They played new songs as well as old ones and people were clapping hands, head-banging and dancing. It was a wonderful concert and I felt blessed to got the chance to see them live again. Last time was February 25th last year when they performed at Rencon in Falun.

Haruka (PLUNKLOCK)

Haruka (PLUNKLOCK)

After the show there was merchandize selling and signing session. The boys in the band got gifts from cheerful fans. ^^

Did you know that the JUSTart album contains TWO bonus songs! ^^

7. Byouteki Cinderella
8. ANEMONE

Pinky & Seishou (PLUNKLOCK)

Pinky & Seishou (PLUNKLOCK)

Afterwards did we in Nyanko Scandal Factory, Overworld and PLUNKLOCK go out for some foods and drinks and had a very nice evening at a pub. At least for some hours. We had to take the boys to the airport early next morning and they sure needed some sleep after been performing every night for several days now.

Halo (PLUNKLOCK)

Halo (PLUNKLOCK)

Sunday was my birthday, so I consider this day/night to have been an awesome birthday gift to myself. ^^ I really hope we will be able to bring back PLUNKLOCK to Sweden next year again.

Me and PLUNKLOCK ^^

Me and PLUNKLOCK ^^

A great thanks to everybody who helped out, especially Marie – our excellent driver – and to Jessica of course, the president of Nyanko Scandal Factory. Creds to Huset, Huddinge for a really nice arena and to RenKai who arranged a really nice event! I met some really wonderful people this evening that I hope to see again.

Pictures and videos

Please visit Nyanko Scandal Factory’s Webpage for more pictures on PLUNKLOCK and Overworld!
Gallery: PLUNKLOCK May 11th
Gallery: Overworld may 11th

Are you ready for Plunklock?

Soon…!

May 11:th, Plunklock will perform at the RenStage event and I hope you all are as ready as excited as I am!

Special offer!

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, then this is a great opportunity to do so since RenKai has a special offer right now:

Until midnight April 28th, they are selling tickets to RenStage for only 155 SEK! Grab your chance fellow Plunklock-fans! Don’t miss it.

Regular price: 200 SEK.

Tickets can be bought here: http://simplesignup.se/event/19397-renstage

Two live concerts!

Look forward to an entire day filled Japan-oriented activities and TWO concerts: Plunklock and Overworld + cosplay + the dance group TOXICS.

Where? When?

The event will take place in Huddinge, Sweden.
Date: 11/5 2013 (Saturday)

For more information about the event:
Rencon/RenStage website
Nyanko Scandal Factory – PLUNKLOCK @ Huddinge 11-05-2013
Join RenStage event on FB for upcoming info of the whole event!
Nyanko Scandal Factory’s Official webpage

 

The amazing visual rock band OVERWORLD from Sweden will be the opening act, so don’t miss this exciting combo!

Overworld

Overworld

Overworld on facebook

Overworld‘s promotion video for “Until we’re dead“:

I hope I will see you there!

Memories…

If you’re curious, please take a look at my blog post concerning their last visit here in Sweden:

PLUNKOCKs concert in Falun, Sweden

RenStage Poster

RenStage Poster

Credits to:

Nyanko Scandal Factory

Nyanko Scandal Factory

RenStage

RenStage

RenKai

RenKai

Kanzen Music

Kanzen Music

Huset - uddevalla

Huset

Vinn biljetter till Overworld och Plunklock! (Swedish post)

[Edit: I was mistaken, this competition is not arranged by RenStage, it's arranged by Overworld.]


Tävling: Vinn biljetter till Overworld x PLUNKLOCK!

Den 11 Maj går eventet RenStage, arrangerat av Renkai, av stapeln på Huset i Huddinge, utanför Stockholm! På eventet spelar det Japanska Visual Kei-bandet PLUNKLOCK som nu är i Sverige under sin Europaturné! PLUNKLOCK spelar en poppig metal med starka refränger och rejält drag i musiken. Med sig har de Sweden Rock Festival-aktuella Overworld som under förra året gjorde en Sverigeturné som fyllde lokaler över hela landet!

Nu kan du vinna din biljett till konserten! Vi lottar ut två biljetter till en person som får ta med en vän. Allt du behöver göra för att delta är att dela den här bilden (som du finner här och som ser ut som den nedanför) och “gilla” båda bandens sidor på Facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/PLUNKLOCK
http://www.facebook.com/officialoverworld

Tävlingen håller på till Måndag den 15 April klockan 23:39. En lycklig vinnare kommer utannonseras under Tisdagen den 16 April.

Lycka till!

Facebook-event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/439678509443221/

RenStage 2013

RenStage 2013

Tickets to Plunklock are available

Finally the tickets to Renstage and hence to the PLUNKLOCK CONCERT are available!
Only 200 Swedish Crowns for an entire day filled with Japan-oriented activities and TWO concerts.

The event will take place in Huddinge, Sweden.
Date: 11/5 2013

For more information about the event:
Nyanko Scandal Factory – PLUNKLOCK @ Huddinge 11-05-2013
Join RenStage event on FB for upcoming info of the whole event!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE:

http://simplesignup.se/event/19397-renstage

Plunklock

Plunklock

 

The amazing visual rock band OVERWORLD from Sweden will be the opening act, so don’t miss this exciting combo!

Overworld

Overworld

Overworld on facebook

Overworld‘s promotion video for “Until we’re dead“:

I hope I will see you there!

Please take a look at this earlier post as well: PLUNKLOCK comes back to SWEDEN in MAY!

Credits to:

Nyanko Scandal Factory

Nyanko Scandal Factory

RenStage

RenStage

RenKai

RenKai

Kanzen Music

Kanzen Music

Huset - uddevalla

Huset

Overworld and SEIKE Seremedy

Yesterday, me and my partner in crime (in Nyanko Scandal Factory) went to Klubb44 in Stockholm where I among a lot of people met SEIKE, the singer in Seremedy.

Me and SEIKE seriously posing

Me and SEIKE seriously posing

The main reason we where there was to watch the Overworld‘s gig.

Nikke, Lynx, Endigo, Andie (hardly visible behind the drums) and Kaz.

Nikke, Lynx, Endigo, Andie (hardly visible behind the drums) and Kaz.

Overworld made a great performance as always and I look forward to see them in May again – since they will be our opening act to the Japanese Jrock band PLUNKLOCK that we recently booked for Renstage.

Halo, singer in Plunklock. Photo is taken from their last performance in Sweden.

Halo, singer in Plunklock. Photo is from their last performance in Sweden.

A piece of film before we got squashed by the moshpitters.

Listen to their EP:

http://open.spotify.com/album/08b09o3L9BKZhv4Qhgb4ol

So make sure to show up at Renstage in Huddinge, Sweden, May 11th 2013 to see PLUNKLOCK, Overworld and enjoy a lot of other stuff! ^^

Overworld gig at Dieselverkstand

Me, Tim and Babak went to Dieselverkstan to see Overworld perform. I’ve met some of the members at different occasion so I thought it would be fun to see them perform live. I also think they make pretty good music!

Overworld

Overworld

They were really good! I’m very impressed. Overworld is surely a promising band and I look forward to follow their progress.

Overworld

Overworld