Berlin techno is found in the dark cavernous halls of the legendary nightclub, Berghain, played by DJs such as Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock. It has a punchy, heavy-hitting industrial sound, characterized…

With her bright eyes, pastel-colored headscarves and distinct singing voice, Ran Widya (known as simply Rainych online) is easily one of the most recognizable YouTube artists. A well-known figure when it comes…

Since the 1950s, Japanese singers and songwriters have inserted random English words into their tracks to give them a Westernized feel and appeal to the masses. The tables have recently turned, however,…

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic, leading many lifestyles to be overturned. Unlike several countries, Japan didn’t impose strict lockdowns on its citizens. However, it did declare several…

One of the brightest and most forthright musicians in Japan, Akiko Urasaki isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. And that’s exactly what the Okinawan rapper does on her new album…

Tokyo Weekender and More Than Music (MTM) collaborate in a monthly interview series with the diverse musical performers on the Tokyo music scene. For this interview, we caught up with Zuma (stylized as Zuma.) and…

On this day in 1989, Hibari Misora held her final concert. The castle town of Kokura in Kitakyushu was the location for the show, which was supposed to be the start of a…

Hip-hop has been popular in Japan since the early ’90s. Since then, homegrown Japanese artists have been creating their own genre of hip-hop incorporating syncopated American beats with Japanese lyrics. Although Black American…

Who is best placed to advise on up-and-coming artists? Artists themselves of course. We asked five established music scene mainstays to select their top picks for the coming year. That includes experimental musician…

With all the misery and insecurity in the world caused primarily by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s hard not to despair at times. And many have turned to art and especially music to…

I’m an unapologetic record collector living in one of the best places on the planet for vinyl lovers: Tokyo. For the past several years, I’ve hunted for records throughout the Kanto region,…

Following the success of his critically acclaimed short music film Sound of Vladivostok, Marios Joannou Elia was asked to create something similar for a city that reigned as the capital of Japan…