HODGEPODGE – successful debut!

HODGEPODGE in Vuenos, Shibuya was the place to be on Tokyo’s Thanksgiving Holiday, and for 280 music and art-loving people it was! We had more to give thanks to on this day, particularly the 14 performers who rocked the stage and and various artists who flaunted their admirable works.

Hosted by GuitarFish Media and promoted by The Event Ladies, HODGEPODGE is an art and music event that aims to bridge Japan and the world’s music scenes. The goals were many. 1) To bring together musicians and artists from all around the world. Achieved with flying colors. 2) To take the American model of musical performance where performers do not have to pay to perform and apply it to Japan. Tick! 3) To expose our audience to a variety of musical genres. Check!

A mixture of bands, singers and DJs took to the B1F and 1F of Vuenos. The bands were SikDux (http://www.myspace.com/sikdux), Papersky (www.paperskymusic.com), Arisa Safu (who definitely knows how to get the party started!) & the Rovers (www.myspace.com/arisasafu), ground rhythm function (http://www.myspace.com/groundrhythmfunction), BOMmER (www.bommer-5.com/p/), Black Lambs Head (http://hp.xxxxxxx.jp/lambs13head/), Aphelion (www.myspace.com/aphelionbandjapan), Sure as my Pledge (sureasmypledge.com). Singers and rappers included Aisha (who is about to debut her first CD!) and her sexy backup dancers (www.aisha-online.com), Full Circle (www.myspace.com/fullcircleofficial), Eva Kestner on awesome Taiko drums (www.evakestner.com), DropOuts, Faith and Kevin Koyasu.

Artists, whose works added color and texture to 5F/6F Lounge Neo, included Sarika & Momo (http://blog.tokyoartpaf.com) Frankie Cihi (http://frankiecihi.com/home.html), Erika Jonko Spencer Iwai (http://ameblo.jp/jonkobonko><http://drunkduck.com/Jonkos_Picture_Diary/index.php), Natsumi Kitano, Hanami Okuno, Hananosuke Ikegaya, Satoko Akai, Yurika, Erina Mine, Kaori Morita, Saeki Otsuka and Monet Takauchi

The DJs were few but fun – DJ FYO (http://www.myspace.com/fyo1985), DJ GATO (http://sarapuro.web.fc2.com/) and DJ Tsukasa.

All that for just 1,500yen!

A big arigatou to sponsors DagMusic (http://www.dagmusic.com) and Rogutore (http://www.rogutore.com)

Considering the success of this debut event, plans are in the making to make this event bi-annual or annual. Whether you’re into rock, visual kei or taiko drumming, there’s something for everyone so make sure you don’t miss the next event!

For more information see http://www.wix.com/guitarfish/hodgepodge or email guitarfish.media@gmail.com



Tokyo is a huge city with so many restaurants, bars and clubs yet I too often find myself going back to the same places in hotspots like Shibuya and Roppongi. So I’ve decided to make an effort to get lost in Tokyo’s streets (fortunately it doesn’t take too much effort!) so I can discover secret hole-in-the-wall drinking spots that are in abundance in Tokyo.

First one on the list — Derori. A 10-minute walk towards Ometosando from Shibuya, Derori has an avante-garde, old school rock vibe. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by a lovely, older woman who turned out to be the owner. The crowd was small but stylish – a group of 6 people lining the bar and 2 other groups on a table and couch. We all later converged to one table and got chatting. Work in the art and film industries is not all they had in common, but also their seasoned knowledge and love for underground music and art scenes.

The venue is decked out like no other – a voodoo doll hanging from the roof being the most memorable accessory. There was a new, funky art collection adding color to the underground spot where drinks averaged around 700yen (the Malibu Pine was worth every yen!) and yummy homemade food was on offer. There are DJ decks set up so if you’re planning to come, make sure you don’t forget to bring your own vinyl or cds to mix live. If your Gen Y, you can take to the stage with your iPhone to play some tracks.

Definitely want to go back to Derori… Oh wait, gotta go somewhere new!


#YUMEFest #Tokyo!

Wild outfits, the best of hip hop beats, party animals from across the globe and plenty of booze set the tone for YUME FEST’s unforgettable debut in Tokyo, Japan last night.

YUME FEST (@YumeandBeyond) is a global grassroots festival that looks to support, celebrate, and re-define the vibrant urban contemporary music, art and fashion community around the globe. It brings international musicians, artists and fashionistas together to showcase their talent, skill and knowledge in excitingly innovative ways.

Its aim is to contribute to an international exchange of ideas and methods, helping to bridge the global gap faced by indepenDENTs in these industries.

Uccess Lounge in Harajuku was the perfect backdrop for the 4 hour event which was locally produced by YUME FEST’s stategic parnter ENTOKYO (@ENTokyojp). Led by wonder women Daisha Hunter (@daisha_hunter) and Mariko Lochridge (@tokyotwilighter), it serves as a liaison for emerging brands and urban talent wishing to enter Tokyo’s thriving entertainment market.

On the topic of talent, the lineup of artists were Ohga (@ohgamusic), Chusei (@chuseihbb), DJ Tomoko (@djtomoko) + Ucca (@Ucca23), @MeccaGodzilla, @alivegreenst + @soupagreenst, @conscious and @eye2025. Too many to wax lyrical but definitely worth checking them and their Tweets out!

The highlight of the night was without a doubt the sensual Raye 6 (@universeof6). Erotic, wordly and oozing enormous talent, this sexy singer, song-writer, producer and performer from Brooklyn stole the show with her hair high and eyelashes long, and her accompanying Bubble Girls. Her performance of Universal Lover, released just days ago, proved her sounds to be psychedelic and soulful and her creativity unrepressed. Hats off to the people at CMJ who have described her as “The woman with the hurricane vocals”, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Japan born, Queens bred artist Kojoe (@iamkojoe) smashed his set, flaunting his musical styling which spans eras of the past, present, and future, and which can be heard in his rap flow, song melodies, and production arrangements. Bearing lyrical fluency in both Japanese and English, and the first Asian artist signed to Rawkus Records, Kojoe is now back in Japan and remains dedicated to giving respect to the black art form of Hip Hop, and meaning to the Japanese Hip Hop industry and homeland cultural connection that has yet to be made by any artist thus far.

Hands up for the DJs for an epic, NY-party-worthy atmosphere – @Keerekeera, @djyukijirushi, @daisha_hunter, @djtomu and @polstyle.

The DENT Radio (@Hashtagmag) ladies Jayda B (@Jayda_b) and Chee (@asian_bonita) were in full swing throughout the night – twittering away, live streaming on UStream and interviewing the artists and DJs to find out what they have to say about the event, life, choking girls(!) and everything and anything dope.

Sponsors included cute nail artists @fumeeky; funky clothing labels @chiefmischief, @rocksmithtokyo, @dtoperfection and @goliathrf; and media groups @musicstrengthtv and @futuresoundtv.

The night finished at Uccess without a moment of silence, and it was just getting started at The Game in Shibuya for this bunch of music and fashion loving guys and gals who know how to party right all night.