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  1. 6 points
    Ikna

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    I haven't read to all big texts (no time atm), but really, I feel we really overcomplicate things. The sad truth that many are in denial is, that VK in the west was just a fad and trend. The majority of people who aren't into it anymore wouldn't have stuck around even without the web, mumble rap or K-POP. VK was popular because it was the kind of thing to be obsessed with if you were an awkward weeb in the 00s. By the time it hit seemingly big in the west it was already heavily declining in Japan. I mean, the last time VK was actually relevant in a music scene was in the 90s, when it peaked in popularity back at home. 00s VK was only seemingly relevant in western circles thanks to anime and manga, hence the illusion many weebs had about wanting to go to Japan as they imagined it some kind of VK paradise with hawt bandmen waiting for them at every corner and then are disappointed when they got there and had to realize that it was pretty niche and rather embarrassing thing, that most japanese people either don't care about or deny to like. The japan hype that was so closely tied to the advent of manga and anime in the west is long over. Sure, there are still weebs and fans of that stuff, but the hype isn't quite as strong as it used to be. We have to put our rosa tinted glasses down and accept that the time was over when most of us edgy and angsty kids that were outcasted for liking "chinese cartoons" all hopped on the japanese music bandwagon. I used to be quite pissed by VKs decline in quality, aesthetics and appeal too and was cringely obsessed with 90s VK, but eh… I just have to live with it being a niche genre and that most people I knew who liked it have moved on because it was just a phase for them. In that regard it's no different than grunge, Nu Metal or 00s new-modern emo.
  2. 6 points
    LIDL

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    A better marketing team. That is what VK lacks. Being edgy isn't the issue, Billie Eyelash is the latest example of that. And language barrier? Although valid, but with these K-Pop acta around and actually popular, so much so that they went to evening talk shows or performs at Coachella, one of the major Summer music festival in the world, I don't think it is that much of an issue these days. Especially when your music genre audience market is younger people or people who are young spirited. And what did Billie, BTS, BLACKPINK, Ariana, Kardashians, and others have that VK acts don't? A marketing team that control the hype machine up in large scale. Also, they are not utilizing internet very well when it is a great tool to expand your reach. And actually this is a main issue with Japanese music industry in general. Like, L'arc~En~Ciel a major label band have only set up their official YouTube channel in December 2019!! And have been copyright strikes every single uploads of their music or music video by regular people so nobody but the actual fans actually know who they are. Imagine that. Which is sad and tragic, since internet was the reason VK went viral outside Japan in the first place in the early 2000s with the P2P file sharing such as Soulseek being popular.
  3. 5 points
    For the west it is mostly the same reason new non-rap / non-edm music doesn't get popular. Like previously stated here, its way less costly to make (giving consequently bigger profits/less risk for the creator) but at the same time a lot of people see the possibility of doing it themselves, which regardless if the person is actually doing it or not it still creates more instantaneous attachment. Saying they should do the same thing korea did would not work because most famous kpop groups are still composed of mostly singers / dancers which is not the same as having to buy/learn about an expensive instrument AND find other people that play the other instruments that you don't so you can actually start getting somewhere. Also, I going to be a retard here and say the main reason k-pop exploded the way it did its because it got the people that liked the androgynous look PLUS it had the benefit of going the same way musically that was getting popular (rap/edm). They just had to add coreographies and multiple members that raises the chance of the listeners getting attached to at least one of them instantaneously. Although, obviously they are not the inventors of the boyband concept they did it with such efficiency (and mercilessly if you see how most k-pop trainees live) that it could only result in a lot of money.
  4. 5 points
    i don't think that's tru m8, the lamestream is for sure edgier it has ever been before. there was a time when you couldn't even make a political platitude without the management being out for your ass, and now it's sometimes even part of the marketing both from left to right to say something inflammatory. coloured hair, face tats and anti-social behaviour is endemic and you have dudes like XXXTENTACION and Lil Peep becoming legends. After years of everyone looking the same ( think of a generic early 90's rapper and then a generic early 2000's rapper, now think of the scene today ) all kinds of old barriers are breaking down, aesthetic movements from the past that people used to think were in bad taste like nu-metal are being reappropriated almost solely for being edgy and brutish. even Billie Eilish is a gigantic jump from the saccharine feel good corporate morass of the 1980's that everyone loves for some reason, the same 80's where without the big business say so no one could get famous because the music business controlled every single media outlet that didn't involve some dudes mom's basement 'zine factory; now you can make a living independently and do what you want just by E-begging, let alone being "yourself" and selling the music you do. I doubt we've ever had as sincerely political and personal music before as we do now with all sides of the spectrum being represented. it's even acceptable and almost expected to like all kinds of music now, whereas back in the day it was common for the general music consumptee to identify with just one thing. theoretically I think if there was ever a time for vk to finally break through with people who seriously actually spend time with music then the time should be now, but in my opinion we'll never see a time when vk will get rid of the anime weeaboo kawaii stigma. people who like good post-punk, goth etc. stuff will never discover what vk had to offer and all those gems around the millenia will be just forgotten somewhere in dead blogspots and dusty cabinets because of this, and that's unfortunate.
  5. 4 points
    vkei tiktoks, I'm telling ya
  6. 3 points
    I'll just say it? Visual kei as an international music scene is and has for many years felt incredibly elitist and gatekeepy. There are very few places to interact and discuss it, very few reliable international news outlets, and even as those things do pop up or grow they seem to fade away just as quickly or come off so dense that it's hardly worth the effort. Add to that the fact that it has a very high cost of entry for supporting bands with your wallet ($15+ for a single? $30+ for an album on CD? Multiple types?) and a minimal chance of ever getting to see your "fave" live, it often feels like more effort than it's worth in a world where there is basically an endless supply of good music and over 90% of it is much easier to consume. I respect the idea of wanting more people to enjoy something you enjoy - but I don't think it's effective when packaged in a way that makes it seem "better" or "more valid" than other things. Hell, I'm pretty sure most of the people on here enjoy visual kei with a certain level of self-awareness that it's extremely niche (and kind of goofy) ((and often honestly kind of really bad)) but we still dig it for our own reasons.
  7. 3 points
    vk won't become the next k-pop because it's not even that big in Japan to start with and there're no major parties interested in funding and representing it; a whole bunch of social phobias in the west (the entire racism>xenophobia>homophobia>otherization mental umbrella that american mass culture is built on) is also not helping it, but there's a good chance a random japanese VK act will unexpectedly obtain cult status completely accidentally, by mere combination of talent, theatrical game, and charisma buy underfall justice on closet child x
  8. 3 points
    Axius

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    There are a lot of hidden talents in V-kei. Some yes do suck but its more opinion based just like how every type of music out there internationally. To be honest most people i have showed this genera to i always find one thing in common and that is, a reaction like you just got hit by ton of bricks or relate it to anime openings. Also have stated that "Why am i going to listen to a band i do not understand". (I'll get more to that below ). I live in new york and in a region where a lot of pop/rap music flourishes. I have rarely found fans maybe might be looking in the wrong places some days but have lived here most my life and even when i have found fans they dont know as much as i thought they would have known. Honestly people can say V-kei some of is bad but select few have a ear for this type of genera and surprisingly it has grown ever so slightly now of days. Even fans of the genera ive have met don't have an ear for some bands that are visual kei. Remember when Mejibray music videos had only like about 50k even 100k now its like a million or half a million closer to those number ranges. This is just a base example. Or even now deviloof's MV for ONI has now 1m views and they did that in a couple months. I would have to say that's pretty impressive. Yes many have fans in japan that watch these videos but my based point is this: There are a couple of under lying reasons why its not popular or main stream and these are some of the barriers to my knowledge. If anything is incorrect please let me know ill be happy to change this. : 1. Expensive import costs for Music/Availability. I get it you if people have to buy music overseas but Shipping costs are pretty up there. Some releases i bought that are exclusively on cd can cost anywhere from 10-20 dollars on just shipping alone. Mostly for the ones not on CDjapan. Not to mention the limited lives >.>. Im glad some music has been being sold on official amazon. com which gives free shipping. There has been digital support some people like the hard copy. (Spotify has helped in some availability issues) 2. Translation support/Band recognition. I think the language barrier can cause some issues with trying to love your band that you do not understand. This turns some people off from the genera. Major aspects of music changing and constant line-up changes are something people aren't use to this can deter people away some some bands. There are also bands that don't really put themselves out there internationally all that much. This leads right into the final point. 3. Disbandment. Due to the nature of the genera there are constant disbandment, reforming and other extra terms that can be confusing to a person. This can also be hard for a band to even get to be known if a band isn't functioning to its full capability which in turn doesn't make them popular/ lack of ability to go international. Overall what generally people like is things simple rather confusing and also talented music. Visual kei is only one of those things, half the time because of the nature of the genera and how one band can change so much or disband and reform. This is also the beauty of the genera as well. Case in point to much going on for one thing. Side note: The V-kei disbandment rate has been unchanged for the past 20 years so i honestly dont think visual kei will die anytime soon but it will remain a float as that one underground scene that not many people pay attention to. As long as there are still fans of the genera that support bands to make music there will always be new member awaiting in the back stage you have never seen before. But visual kei is at a all time low as of recent... 😕 Hopefully 2020 changes that. Last thing, this is a far off distant wish of mine i would love to see a nice chart that displays popularity of visual kei bands from 1980 - 2010 or 15 in this style. Im quite interested. What are peoples thoughts?
  9. 3 points
    Visual Kei was, and pretty much always will be a counterculture movement with a cult following. Things come and go in popularity. That's been the case with Nu Metal, Eurodance, etc. Part of it is the fact that Harajuku culture is dead and J-Fashion is so toned down, and a proper J-Fashion revival is possible, but no matter what, Visual Kei isn't going to be the mainstream phenomenon it barely even was at one point. Its always gonna be a niche movement with niche music tastes. Japanese people and Americans always have, and always will be mainstream taste-wise. Thats the nature of things. No use getting mad about it, because there really is nothing you can really do about it. Just enjoy Visual Kei while it's still a thing.
  10. 2 points
    Hot take: The initial seed for a lot of people is seeing cute boys in crazy makeup. We need to start spamming Twitter threads with slow motion gifs of [insert guitarist here] sticking his tongue out while looking to the side.
  11. 2 points
    I translate for my fandom and no one reads nor cares and tbh it's too much time and effort I've invested over three years with 0 results for the band. VK culture seems to be a huge turnoff for metal fans. I tried to lure a girl who kinda knew about MM and gazette bus is focused in western metal into modern VK and she got hooked on Dadaroma, Diaura and JLK. Lasted a few months and last night threw a tantrum after watching a few lives and claimed she was quitting altogether and when I tried to reason with her her reasons were "yelling encore is so tacky and I just can't with it" and "fandoms expect me to comment nice things on the members accounts and participate in fanprojects". Upon further reasoning as to why join street teams if she didn't want to engage in fan activities the response was "I wanted drinking buddies". Every other male into metal I've tried to get into VK backs away as soon as they see the aesthetic, right after drawing every comparison possible with any Western act. There's just too much stigma currently around Japan's pop culture for normies to want to step in and a good portion of metalheads are apparently just too closed minded and stay within their own sub-sub-sub genre of metal (I've gotten complaints about bands blending genres and not sticking to one variant of metal) to want to give VK a chance.
  12. 2 points
    The lack of translations is insane. I can read/understand Japanese but even I sometimes just don't feel like dealing with having to look up a word(s) I might not know. In the past translations for stuff was easier found but now, either you better know enough Japanese yourself or know someone who can translate for you even if it's a rough translation. Heaven help you if you are fan of bands that don't have a fandom with some translators.
  13. 2 points
    Oh I know, I just know some people who act like somehow bands lasted longer in the past, and that the disbandment rate is somehow a new thing, and I was agreeing with you that it's been pretty stable.
  14. 2 points
    THIS. I hate it when people act like bands somehow lasted longer in the 90's. Like, Pierrot, La'mule and Shazna were some of the most popular bands of the 90's, and they still met their fate where it was due. Indie Scenes all around the world have similar disbandment rates as well. It's pretty much the nature of a niche music scene
  15. 2 points
    webm4ster

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    two main thoughts, really: 1) it's too ''edgy'' and whatever you think about social justice, it's a big factor in the mainstream + it influences consumers so obviously a lot of bands... wouldn't be getting away with their antics. it's not even trendy to be edgy 2) big fandoms are cesspools and it's bad enough as it is, so if it takes it being niche for it to be relaxed... so be it
  16. 2 points
    I'm completely fine being in the remaining minority of a dying genre. I would rather find what I like on my own, then have 'them' figure it out for me. I think the whole 2006-2010 resurgence of the genre was more organic than any of the created/algorithmic/lackadaisical trends the post 2010's have given us. This was in part due to social feeds/search terms/content that we were using/sharing/discovering ourselves during this period. These days, the internet has basically been turned against its users, and through very powerful technology, we're shown a barrage of cookie cutter content that the vast majority are entertained by. It doesn't matter if it's good or not, or if some of us aren't interested in it, it's what works. Fortunately, VK is only cookie cutter enough for it's own genre, and too risky for mainstream audiences. If it takes VK following mainstream trends to get popular again, count me out. I am grateful for the old bands and existing bands that keep true to their style without selling out.
  17. 2 points
    vk's largest active demographic is domestic and centered around live venues and night life (hosts, etc.) any cultural references basically go over foreigners heads, the music has never been meant/directed for a global market. vk's propagation and global interest stemmed from its parallels to emo culture (i'm talking about '06~ish onwards), which in its current form has merged with the hip-hop scene and barely resembles what it once was aesthetically. we're "old" dawg, like the median age here late-20's to 30's. it's natural to see things come and go, musically. preface to reference something that has risen drastically in popularity... mainstream k-pop's popularity was a manufactured process. it was something heavily funded (in the millions) by the government ("soft power") after the asian financial crisis from 97'-98'. the more you put in, the more you get out. japan's counterpart to this hallyu push, c o o l j a p a n , has been noted as a massive failure with money pouring out w/ little-to-no direction. mainstream j-pop evolves at snail's pace, and still pushes the same saccharine, lackadaisical tunes that simply appease the public b/c "stability in sales = best" and they don't like taking risks (ex. the AKB48 group groups.) granted there are indie acts/artists on the rise that show musical evolution japan is starting to embrace music streaming services and more bands are putting music out on spotify and apple music vk is sharply increasing its presence on mainstream SNS platforms with global following (shift from ameba/ameblo to twitter + insta.) utaite and nnd-like stuff is increasingly popular w/ western zoomer e-culture + memes... and *cough* TikTok *cough* what could happen japan needs to take more risks in mainstream jpop promotion for heightened global interest, and instead of trying to emulate the kpop sound, they should try and put money in the right place like korea did. when mainstream stuff gets popular, indie follows suit youtube is a powerful tool that has become increasingly popular in japan. take advantage of the platform. rev up that SEO and tackle that youth insatiability for music discovery by releasing targeted videos. perhaps they could collaborate with the rising utaite on the site w/ global recognition (ex. mafumafu) ex. vambi who was the vocalist of LOG, a band that did pretty meh under B.P, is now a youtuber w/ 1.83 million subscribers and making bank. the "Adore you~キミヲ想フ声~" MV is now at 2 mil+ views, with most coming after the band's disbandment visual kei would have to completely change into something that it's not, palatable enough for global consumption... ...so what's really going to happen nothing. the music industry is doing just fine and japan's "galápagosization" or "island mentality" hasn't really costed them. vk making some sort of western resurgence is a pipe dream, and only future iterations of the genre "might" attract interest again.
  18. 2 points
    Well there's many reasons and we've had topics or discussions about this before on the forum so if you do some digging you'll find some decent posts about it. Here's some points tho: 1. The Japanese have stopped investing time and money in the western market. The big tours and promotion campaigns and shit are all long gone after everyone ( most likely ) lost their money ten years ago. This situation has actually now started to change slightly with big relevant bands like DADAROMA making the exception for anime conventions for that big anime cash, and also they've been starting to wake up about the potential of streaming services like spotify despite having been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I don't think this will amount to a boom like it was before, but maybe at least it will normalise the situation where our existence is at least acknowledged in some roundabout way. 2. Visual kei ain't doing so hot in Japan either. Now with the hiatus of R-shitei the amount of big bands is only dwindling down and the fact that successful new bands like Raid that, let's be real, are nothing to write home about musically and that would never ever get any press outside the vk fandom because it's strictly for visual kei die hard gyas only, super niche. Also the biggest media draws are getting dangerously close to retiring for good if not by their own will then by time itself. The international rock circuit is not going to recover once those legends are gone and the time is almost here, and I'm open for suggestions as to who'll replace X, GLAY and L'arc and draw like they did. 3. General culture shift is hugely in favor of music that can be done at home and then toured for fraction of the price ie. rap music and electronic music. Big spectacle pop performers aside, touring a rapper and a singer without loads of equipment is significantly cheaper and easier. People can start realising their musical ambitions without finding other people even in the middle of nowhere; and then to this you add the reality that rock music stopped innovating for the culture years ago. Nothing came after the metalcore post-hardcore fad, and rock audiences are aging by the year while hip hop audiences span multiple demographics from all male to all female and from young to older and the underground scenes change faces around every six months. Techno is also insanely profitable where the night lives of cities around the world function around the techno economy that can cater to normies and underground diehards at the same time. People ( normies ) go to rock clubs on the weekends as a curiosity to listen to shit that's at least 20 years old and most often between 30 and 40 years old.
  19. 2 points
    Also, there are a ton of people, regardless of their political affiliation, who wear colored hair. Dyed hair is arguable more popular and accepted than it ever was, and so are piercings and makeup on men. The current social climate is arguably the best for Visual Kei, because alternative fashion is becoming more normalized as people just stop giving a fuck. I mean, Scene fashion is seeing a revival in 2020, and in recent years, Gothic Rock and Post Punk made a mini comeback. People are finally starting to no longer giving a fuck what you look like, or what you wear.
  20. 1 point
    Chell

    random thoughts thread

    So uh.These days I was listening to random music on Deezer based on my tastes etc. I just wanted to listen to anything. And it recommended MUCC which I've never listened a lot to but I've always thought of as a "meh OK band"? Really back in the days I LOVED this anime called Zombie Loan to which they played the ending song lol, and it was pretty cool but that's all I knew about them. I probably downloaded Gokusai some time in 2007, because it's the only album I know by name, it probably didn't catch my attention enough and that was it. But then Deezer recommended me one song and I thought it was the dopest thing ever, for real. Then I listened to the whole album and ... I liked it. So I wanted to dig more of their discography, and then I realized it's That One Album every fan seems to dislike. Now I'm just sitting there like lol there's fifteen albums for me to listen and I ain't sure they're not going to be one let down after another. And if they're somehow still up to my tastes I am just going to get mad at my teenage self for not listening to more of them before, probably. Do I want to listen at this point? Idk bruhh
  21. 1 point
    That sucks as translating stuff can be time consuming depending on what it is. I wonder why fans for some bands wouldn't care? As for getting non vkei metal fans into the bands I see where you are coming from. I was a "normal" metal fan stumbled onto some vkei acts by coincidence (read an article on Miyavi in a graffiti magazine I used to read). It wasn't introduced to me by another fan or a weird Japan sort of way. I'm pretty open minded though. I will say that now I listen to way more non vkei Japanese bands. If you think vkei fandoms are quiet, move on to Jrock outside of vkei....cue crickets 😣
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    That's right, it's ba.Яyu (ex.Far East Dizain, now in Ashmaze.)
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    IGM_Oficial

    [Portuguese] Membros brasileiros

    QUE
  26. 1 point
    MAGORiA

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    The only visual kei bands and songs that people get exposed to these days are the most extreme ones. That's why people think it's weird, they believe all bands sounds and looks like the most extreme ones. The majority of visual kei fans doesn't even like those extreme bands! I watched youtubers react, they enjoyed the gazette and that video attracted more fans to the gazette. They thought they looked cool and beautiful, they enjoyed the song. The other bands they showed was too extreme for the mainstream audience and it might have been confusing for them. If everyone thinks visual kei is like obscure by dir en grey, of course it will come across as scary and weird. They need to see the beauty of it. It's like showing lady gaga in a meatdress and saying that is pop, of course people will think pop is weird if that's the only thing they see. We need to show people the beautiful songs and bands, make them emotional so that they like it. I wouldn't show them macabre by dir en grey the first time. It's an emotional song but it's hard for regular people to see the beautiful aspects of it. I would show them As if forever exist by Lin or something instead. My 72 year old grandmother enjoys that song and that song made her a fan!
  27. 1 point
    MAGORiA

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    Visual kei is a great genre if you think about it. It's so expressive, there are almost no rules of how the music is supposed to sound, what the artists should look like etc. People who likes metal will like some visual kei bands, people who like pop rock will like other bands. The music is usually a mix of different genres which could make the music very unique. It's a cool style, it's very artistic and it's fun to watch live performances because of that. If you, as a fan, dress up in visual kei you will feel like a part of a community, which people enjoy! Visual kei is brilliant, it could be huge and successful if we just made the comminty more interesting. Visual Kei isn't as extreme as the gothic subculture if you think about it. It's easier to enjoy the music, the clothes aren't that different to mainstream clothes. I mean, put on a regular outfit using a blazer and regular jeans, some jewelry and then just focus on the hair and makeup and you will look visual kei. It's pretty simple actually. No need for lolita dresses or goth makeup to look visual kei. It is very stylish and formal kind of. People love cool hairstyles, most people enjoy pop rock. Visual kei could be a huge thing! We just need to spread it more. No one wants it to die it's an fantastic genre, it's fun and cool!
  28. 1 point
    I can only speak for my country, it was very huge in my country (Sweden) not just a niche. They showed visual kei on mainstream TV, in popular magazines etc. In every class at school there was at least one who loved it. We even had shops selling visual kei merch, fashion and everything. Yeah, I feel like the community is very silent. Closed and inactive groups on facebook, people who dress up in visual kei doesn't even mention it which makes other people believe they just like metal or something. We don't share the music like we used to, we don't talk about it etc... The fandom might be the problem, we are too silent and not very inviting for new commers. Maybe we should create a cool discord server for visual kei and subcultures or anyone really, that way it might spread more? ❤️
  29. 1 point
    The Moon

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    ariana grande owns tho. stream sweetener x
  30. 1 point
    Finally caved and saw the chiropractor. She classified my intermittently injured shoulder as "kitty wampus."
  31. 1 point
    Dezert is killin me right now. Why are the most intelligent musicians inevitably the prettiest? 😶
  32. 1 point
    Im on my phone with my ps4 controller, this is the future
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    There were rappers outside of the "norm" in the 90s and 00s (Andre 3000 being an example who became extremely mainstream). Also this emo rapper thing is pretty much the new norm and standard. It's all still really manufactured when you think about how these streaming sites and social media sites work. I noticed how manufactured it had become when Adele would show up on lesser known R&B singers streaming stations but the lesser knowns would NEVER get streams if you were listening to an Adele station. But that is a totally different conversation. Unless vkei bands start mumble rapping I don't see it. (That would be hilarious tho).
  35. 1 point
    webm4ster

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    i suppose so, i think it's a balance between appeasing the more socially conscious, while also making something sincere. and obviously attention is currency after all, i see your point. i think the concept of the 'mainstream' is kind of not applicable to our times too, now that i think about it. the internet has too many different channels of expression + allows a lot more art to be visible. what's mainstream in 'traditional' media isn't always congruent to the internet, but then it feeds off it too. 'mainsteam' is... yeah, difficult term.
  36. 1 point
    Saga

    [Portuguese] Membros brasileiros

    Finalmente o esmalte preto comprado no halloween vai ser usado novamente. Vai ser bom pra porra.
  37. 1 point
    Disposable

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    Fuck I wish I had not clicked those links
  38. 1 point
    Yes and Yuuki is a special guest for the second show Photo : Kanon thanks to everyone Others photos : Miku thanks to everyone too :
  39. 1 point
    https://www.tiktok.com/tag/visualkei https://www.tiktok.com/tag/v系 ...
  40. 1 point
    saiko

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    This is, for me, one of the key points on the matter. 2006-2010 was a period when the offer VK did was still innovative, diverse, and at the same time close to the on-going music trends worldwide (rock was still in their cool years). It couldn't not have a success, at least at a minimum, in a niche way. Even with their flops, because yeah, I agree with many of you here that Mucc, Dir, Giru, D'espa or Gazette's take on Western trends sometimes delivered cringe-worthy material, plus all that no-homo shit over getting rid of their queer aesthetics... but hey, isn't that what art is about, creativity? At least they tried to evolve, offer their worshipers something different and outdo themselves each time. So, speaking of today, I don't care about whether the music of the VK scene will be taken or not by the mainstream media, but I certainly will care about the quality of it if that scenario ever happens at least at a minimum. It would be actually embarrasing to have someone you've previously told you like "vk" finding about Pentagon, Golden Bomber or Under Fall Justice after looking up for it in the web, or keep wowing over the same boring heart-munching blood-sucking perfos since Obscure's PV... That said, over the years it happened to me that the more VK band I discover, the more shitty stuff I find, like, the stuff that really makes the difference in a listen could be actually, let's say, a 30~40% of the whole VK releases, while the rest being cheap BL cosplay ost's that I will always prefer it stays on the niche it belongs.
  41. 1 point
    BrenGun

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    At the current time it isn't possible to make any Japanese band popular, or those popular people should promote any Japanese thing in a REAL good daylight and not only pointing out how weird Japan actually is. currently it feels as I am a weirdo to even LIKE stuff from Japan. Because liking cute stuff at an older age isn't seem to be NORMAL here in the west. We tried hard, but even if I do agree with most of your points... I doubt we ever get into an area (again?) that Visual Kei or Japanese music is cool again. And nowadays artist, are just different, so kids like other stuff. But eh... wasn't visual kei only popular a few years? kinda 2006-2010. After that... it went down down down... The only thing we can do is to SHOW visual kei to popular vloggers in hoping they will vlog about it in a positive way... But do we really want that? I mean... visual kei... most bands suck anyway and don't even play the music which the mainstream will like. The real people who killed the alternative music world... well... it are the DJ's who create music for everyone... yes those people.. https://www.festicket.com/magazine/discover/top-10-biggest-djs-world/
  42. 1 point
    LIDL

    How to make Visual Kei popular again?

    Duet with Halsey or Dula Peep.
  43. 1 point
    are you ricky gervais
  44. 1 point
    nekkichi

    DIMLIM new album, "MISC." release

    wouldn't mind some album snippets at this point tbh
  45. 1 point
    Takuya was a special guest for the first show ( Takuya has a normal life since he left An Cafe ). Photos : Miku thanks to everyone who support him
  46. 1 point
    So I've fallen pretty hard into HiFi (High Fidelity) audio gear and lifestyle. I've amassed a pretty good setup and a nice collection of gear and was wondering if there was any interest here on the forum. We can pretty much just use this thread to post pictures of each others setups and stuff essentially as well as discuss different gear. I know we already have a headphone thread, but don't be afraid to post headphones/earphones in here as well, I'm aiming to make this a general audio gear thread, so post away. post pictures of whatever you want your full setup or individual gear. Doesn't have to be limited to desk setups either, shows us your living- room setups and movie watching systems. I'll start by just posting some pictures of my current desk setup . that's enough for now, next time I'll get some pictures of my tv setup and maybe some of my portable gear.
  47. 1 point
    Seelentau

    Your last music-related buy!

    Dir en grey - MISSA (Promo Ver.)
  48. 1 point
    Seelentau

    Your last music-related buy!

    Dir en grey - 脈 (Sample Ver.)
  49. 1 point
    Jun_

    VK Hero Project for Clone Hero

    FILMY, by -OZ-, added:
  50. 1 point
    Jun_

    VK Hero Project for Clone Hero

    Oboreru Sakana, by DADAROMA, added:
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