Interview with GorDoN國蛋 a.k.a Dr. Paper: From Taipei to NYC-Documenting His Cross-Cultural Experiences Through Rap
Compared with prolific Taiwanese rappers, GorDoN aka Dr. Paper’s laidback fare of hip hop music is often rather more suitable for bedtime tunes than the usual pumped up hip hop we’re used to. However, listen closely to his words and you will find his lyrics crammed with well-crafted anecdotes that often refer to his experiences living and breathing within a cross cultural context. Entering the scene in 2006 as part of the Bamboo Gang, he signed with KAO!INC. in 2007, establishing his career as a rapper and hip hop artist in Taiwan before moving to New York to pursue further study in 2013, before returning to Taiwan in 2015. This international move has since proved momentous towards GorDoN’s musical works, inspiring the release of three mixtapes in which he compares everything from daily life to the government’s policies in his various tracks. Interested to know more, we went deep in asking GorDoN about his motivations and goals in taking on such an angle within his music.
1. If you were to sum up your music for international audiences, how would you introduce yourself and your music?
I am GorDoN aka Dr. Paper, my music is mostly hip hop inspired by my life, as well as big and little things that happen in the place I live. I like using music to start conversations, to talk to myself, and to converse with other people's ideas.
2. For beginners, what do you think is the key to appreciation of good rap music?
I think being in the moment is the most important, no matter whether we're talking about the person making the music or listening, if you listened to rap or hip hop music but were unable to indulge in the moment, that takes away a very big part of the fun.
3. I heard that your latest mixtape ‘Dr. Paper Vol.3 Sunday Night Slow Jams’ was very much influenced by your time living in New York. Can you tell us a little about it?
Actually from Vol.2 -Blue Dream until GDNE, and now until Sunday Night Slow Jam, during this time I was living in New York, so a lot of these works were full of the colour of New York living. Sunday Night Slow Jam just so happened to begin production in the three months leading up to my decision to leave New York and return to Taiwan. Half of it was finished in New York and the other half in Taipei, during that time it just so happened to be a turning point in my life, and when I was producing this I did it with the motivation of creating a piece of work that commemorated the end of my time in New York.
Interview with DJ Didilong aka Yinghung李英宏: The Enigma Pioneering New-Gen Taiwanese Language Hip Hop
In recent years I've begun to realise that there is more to the Taiwanese music scene that just Mandarin Chinese music. A culturally diverse island, the native language of most of Taiwan's inhabitants is actually Hokkien or Minnanyu, otherwise known to most Taiwanese as taiyu(Taiwanese). However, much of the language was lost over generations of colonisation and martial law, which severely restricted the use of the Taiwanese dialect. Nowadays, use of the language is mostly lost on city slickers, with most artists performing exclusively in the dialect targeted at older generations. Despite this, mainstream artists have nevertheless continued to perform selected songs in these dialects, some to great popularity. From David Tao's remake of '望春風 Spring Wind' to A-mei Zhang's '夢中做憨人Sorrowful Regret', and even Lala Hsu (身騎白馬Riding On White Horse) & Crowd Lu (魚仔He-R), the popularity of these songs on the charts show that audiences are not opposed to the notion of incorporating these languages back into popular social conscience. Yet given the general lack of popularity of exclusively Taiwanese language music, younger generations of artists have long steered clear of putting all their eggs in one basket-except for one.
DJ Didilong aka Yinghung, a cult favourite of the Taiwanese hipster youths raps, sings and writes his music entirely in the Taiwanese dialect, putting out a fresh mix of Hip Hop, Rap, Funk, and Disco that is cutting edge and comparative to the standard of any Mandarin-speaking Hip Hop artist. A bit of an enigma, the suave artist won himself critical acclaim at this years' Golden Melody Awards with his debut album 'Taipei Didilong' as he was nominated for Best Taiwanese Album and Best Taiwanese Male Singer, using his mesmerising vocals and indomitable charisma to bring the Taiwanese dialect back into popular social conscience. We spoke briefly to him about his music as he and his record company KAO!INC. ready themselves to take on North America in their 'Coast To Coast' tour end November:
1. It is not often one finds a young hip hop artist who chooses to perform almost exclusively in the Taiwanese dialect. What was it that made you decide to write your songs for your debut album completely in Taiwanese?
Using ones’ own language to tell the stories of my home, that is what is most natural.
2. Your work has been inspirational for the youth in bringing awareness to the Taiwanese dialect. Do you intend to continue writing and performing your music solely in Taiwanese?
Of course I will, just like how in America, there are many different ethnicities, languages and cultures, I especially like to be part of a different mode of expression, that represents every ethnic group’s cultural background, way of life and inner thoughts.
3. If you were to pick one song from your discography that you would recommend to others when introducing your music, what would you choose and why?
‘Taipei Didilong’’s lyrics and musical recording all fully represent the place where I grew up.
4. Do you have any new works in the pipeline? Can you share with us a little about what’s up next for you?
I am currently working on musical arrangements for a movie, within it I also wrote some of the movie’s theme songs, they are quite different to my compositions in general, I am very excited to let everyone experience a different me.
To DJ Didilong, it seems that all these other considerations that other artists might account for when deciding what language to perform in are irrelevant. He does what comes most naturally; using his mother tongue and combining it with musical elements that he enjoys to create a unique style that is not easily replaceable. Making music from a place so pure and innovative, Didilong's sound leaves me optimistic for what future generations of Taiwanese young talent may come up with.
Hip Hop company KAO!INC. which consists of Soft Lipa, GorDoN, DJ Didilong, Deejay Gin and Leo Wang are touring LA and NYC, holding shows on the 19th (LA) at the Echoplex and on the 22nd (NYC) at the Highline Ballroom. See below for more information.
KAO!INC. World Tour - Los Angeles
Ticketing: https://goo.gl/WGHjgr (Priced at $30 advance, $35 on the day)
KAO!INC. World Tour - New York
Venue: Highline Ballroom
Ticketing: https://goo.gl/8UgqCH (Priced between 30-49.99)
Almost every Asian kid who’s grown up in a Western country has some semblance of experience with ‘Chinese School’; an unappealing waste of any adolescent child’s weekend that could be better spent anywhere but in a classroom for six hours. In the two or three months I spent at Chinese school, the only word I remember learning was 不倒翁bu dao weng (a roly poly toy), a phrase which until today I have yet to put to good use. Other friends have endured years of Chinese school, coming out the other end to only remember how to say 你好ni hao (Hello). This collective experience, along with many other factors have cumulated in a collective understanding of learning Chinese as 'uncool', sparking a trend of media representations that normalize and render it widely acceptable for Asian diasporic youths to overlook their cultural heritage.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Asian diasporic youths not being able to speak Chinese per se, as individuals are diverse and unique. But conversely, the lack thereof of representations which encourage a return to ones' roots may be harmful to those who find an understanding of their native languages and traditions helpful in their search for identity and meaning. In a previous interview with Korean-American singer-songwriter Big Phony, he put it most aptly when he spoke of how learning Korean helped him to work through many of his own personal issues:
"For me, learning Korean helped me sort out some issues in my life I didn’t even know I really had. Although, I have Asian American friends that don’t speak their native languages and they seem to be doing just fine. I had all sorts of personal problems before moving to Seoul. Learning Korean was positive for me but I can't really say for others. If you feel it might help you in some way, I say explore it."
But getting back to the topic at hand, it’s about time someone championed a new breed of content that encourages language and cultural exchange in an easily accessible manner for Asian Americans, Canadians, Australians and more. Despite YouTube and new media being widely hailed as safe spaces for Asian diasporic communities to come together and thrive, the content of Wongfu, Ryan Higa, David Choi and more often fail to touch on the importance of native languages and the influence of Eastern tradition on their lives and their content. But it seems that the task has fallen to a group of guys from Toronto going by the name of CantoMando who are passionate about sharing their Asian diasporic experiences and native language skills with the rest of the internet.
A YouTube and new media platform that was created in 2016, CantoMando was founded by Toronto-based university student Sheldon Ho for teaching Asian Canadian/American/Australian youth Mandarin or Cantonese in a relatable manner. Today, joined by close friends Mike Wu and Edward Leung, CantoMando’s content has evolved into relatable skits featuring everyday situations (my favourite being Shit That Happens At Chinese School) and long-form content that creatively tests the three amiable guys’ somewhat limited Mandarin and Cantonese skills (see their 2x Korean Nuclear Spicy Noodle Translation Challenge). Although onscreen it seems like it’s all fun and games, Ho reveals that there has always been a game plan involved - to make learning Chinese and Eastern culture cool for other Asian youth like themselves.
“Our goal was to teach Mandarin initially... so when we went to skits and comedy, we wanted to bring that whole theme of Chinese language, Cantonese/Mandarin into our videos and skits, and kind of show Asian Americans, Asian Canadians the Chinese language. Because over here a lot of people think it’s not cool and I used to think that Mandarin was so stupid sounding, same with Cantonese, I used to hate hearing it all the time. So it was kind of just to show that (our language is) something to be proud of and something you should embrace.”
It was also interesting to see how the three guys came to discover their passion for understanding Eastern culture and language in various different ways (hint: NOT through Chinese school). Sheldon rekindled his passion for the language due to a culture shock (when he was young he thought Cantonese was a majority language in the world, before realizing a large majority of Asians speak Chinese while in University), while it took Mike a trip back to China to gain a sense of home and belonging. Edward found his passion through a genuine interest in different cultures and languages.
In 2016, 88Rising a media platform which has since its debut garnered a reputation for unearthing some of Asia’s most classed-up hip hop acts (Rich Chigga from Indonesia, Keith Ape from Korea) introduced a new group to their bad-ass posse: a motley crew of Chinese natives who call themselves the Higher Brothers. Upon releasing a couple of tracks, the Higher Brothers’ style of East-meets-West hip hop started to catch the attention of Western viewers worldwide, amassing millions of views apiece.
While many a Mandarin-speaking pop star has tried, struggled and ultimately been unsuccessful in truly entering the Western music market, the Higher Brothers have thus far done the unthinkable, taking the internet by storm with Chinese language rap that has little packaging to soothe ethnocentric naysayers. Instead, the group, dubbed the first to make it past the ‘Great Firewall of China’ derive inspiration from their modern Chinese upbringing; mixing it with Western style hip-hop of the highest quality to create pure, unadulterated good hip hop. I chatted with the group in lieu of their appearance at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival in November this year about their rise to internet stardom, and how it all began.
1. Last year, Higher Brothers were featured on American music platform 88Rising, and quickly shot to international acclaim. Did you ever think that something like this would happen?
A: Can’t say we expected it at all, we can only say we’ve imagined it.
2. Although a lot of people know who Higher Brothers are, less know about your background. How did you guys meet?
A: The four of us joined Chengdu’s rap club, and afterwards stayed in the studio. Then we began to make a lot of music, that’s how this all started.
3. 88Rising was the platform that brought Higher Brothers to international attention. How did they discover you?
A: At a party Howie Lee put on our music and someone from 88rising heard it and asked for our email. From there we began communicating.
4. Your music incorporates elements of Eastern culture such as Wechat and 7-11, but follows Western techniques. How did you come up with this style?
A: We like Western music but lead Eastern culture-influenced lives, this is how our music organically was created.
Driven, sophisticated and exceptionally gifted, Taiwanese Classical-Jazz pianist/singer-songwriter Amanda Wu’s lengthy title is a mouthful for most, but is a testament to her long list of achievements and eclectic musical tastes. Born in Taiwan, the child prodigy started studying the piano at age 4, rapidly advancing her musical prowess before undertaking further study at the McGill University in Montreal in Jazz Piano. She has now played with the likes of Cirque Du Soleil, composed and arranged for Taiwanese artists Joanna Wang and Liu Hsuan, as well as travelled the world as an accomplished pianist and performer in her own right. She talks to us about how her passion first came about:
“When I was 3 years old, I loved a famous TV drama called “一代女皇” and watched it every day. One day, I started to sing the whole song with the completely accurate melody, pitch and rhythm. Moreover, at that time, I have not learned piano yet, but I just climbed on the piano and played the melody of the song. My family was very shocked!”
Having realised she was gifted from that point onwards, Wu has since travelled the world and accumulated much experience since. Her advice to those struggling to make it into the industry was honest, but uplifting:
“If you clearly know that you are gifted, don’t waste this wonderful gift no matter how much difficulties that you might face. However, don’t do it just because you want the fame, attention, and fortune. It is a tough path, not smooth at all, you just have to be consistent, confident and patient. Also, to be open-minded to admire other people’s success are very important, too.”
Through her words and of course through her music, Amanda’s wealth of experience is clearly seen. Alas, she is as eloquent a speaker as she is a performer. The motivated 30-year-old infuses her compositions with personal anecdotes and words of wisdom, and her latest EP 'Journey On Earth: Volume 2' is no different. Amanda shares with us the idea behind her ‘Journey On Earth’ series:
"'The Journey On Earth' is the series of my original music. Volume 1 is more specific for the “Unknown” stage of life. There are 3 songs in Volume 1. The first 2 songs are composed when putting myself to explore the mysterious Unknown at age 20 in Montreal (studying) and age 30 in New York (seeking for higher goal for career and life). I wrote them to inspire people that life is never easy, but just need to be fearless and consistent. The third one is to express that the solid love is the most powerful thing to support us conquering all the difficulties in the Unknown. I have a cousin and love him very much. When I feel struggled, as long as I think of him, I feel happy and positive right away. It is dedicated to my beloved cousin.
Volume 2: “Stories of Time” is a broader concept. Because living on earth is living with the stream of timeline, as time goes by, we are growing, changing and also producing so many stories. Timing is telling us so many stories as long as we pay attention closely to listen to and observe on ourselves and others. I wrote them because I hope people can be more aware of the change of their inner world and the whole era.”
Interviewer: Jamie Deer
Writer: Jocelle Koh
Note: The Chinese version of this article was released on Streetvoice Yahoo in collaboration with Jamie Deer.
2016 was the year that Lara released her new single “Where Do We Go” in both English and Chinese. The Lara we know and love today is in fact a little different from the shy, demure girl who was associated with Nan Quan Mama and Jay Chou previously. After a period of rest and reflection, her new single “Where Do We Go” breaks boundaries while truly marking Lara’s return to the industry.
Discussing the general image many held of Lara, perhaps many would have described her as an artist with a unique and sweet voice. Yet in terms of her personality, many viewed her as an ice princess due to her quiet demeanour while present at events and performances. Thus, her vivacious, playful nature came as a shock to interviewer Jamie Deer when Veronin appeared on his live.me livestream. As the interview went on , it seems that her cool image was in fact just a defensive mechanism honed by years of training in the entertainment industry.
“Public figures can easily lose sight of what they are doing, because you will automatically try and analyse other people’s perspective to figure out your next move, and as a result you keep certain things in your heart…actually I’m pretty chatty, but in the past, I always hoped that I could present a perfect image to others. But now I guess everyone more or less knows the truth (laughs).”
Photo provided by Anrong Xu.
If I were to describe Big Phony in three words, it would be ‘humbled by experience’. Not in the way that many artists nowadays use the phrase, as an offhand statement to describe some corporate-sponsored once-off activity, but as a philosophy of speaking only from experience, making decisions that one can be happy with, and being humbled by having the autonomy to make such decisions. And in a world where many face the need to compromise between artistic integrity and economic stability, Bobby Choy a.k.a Big Phony’s story is a sight for sore eyes. A talented musician who highly values the artistic integrity of his work, Choy’s often melancholy blend of mellow indie folk is unassuming yet deep, his lyrics always honest and delivered thoughtfully in his gentle, kind timbre. Debuting in the States in 2005, the seasoned singer-songwriter has come a long way since he took on the stage name ‘Big Phony’ in an attempt to handle others’ negative perceptions of his music.
“When I released my first album in 2005 I was afraid to release it as "Bobby Choy". I felt self-conscious about a perception I felt people might have of me given the way I looked... I think I had less faith in people back then, and in myself. I hated the thought and possibility of anyone judging my songs on anything but the music itself. I think it didn't help that I had no artists I looked up to that looked as I did while growing up... You definitely see more Asian Americans representing in the mainstream today. The hope is that a world where anything seems possible reflects a space where young people know without a doubt they deserve to be there just as much as anyone else. Fear keeps you from moving forward in art and in life. I’m not entirely sure what the state is now for the Asian American indie industry but I just hope there’s less of that fear I faced as a youth.”
Choy relates back to a story retold by many Asian-Americans, citing a lack of representation in the media as a stumbling block for their careers. But now releasing his latest self-titled album “Big Phony”, his stage name has taken on a different level of significance, reflecting a turnaround of perspective for the singer-songwriter.
“It's one of those things where I've always figured I'd one day release when I got signed to a major label or something and they'd issue my first release a self titled album to legitimize me as an artist ready for the spotlight. Nonsense really. I figure it was time to move on and lay to rest silly notions like that. I think this album also is pretty eclectic and people so far have completely different favorite songs on it. I think that's what I want "Big Phony" music to uphold. Something for everyone.”
And I too like to believe that Big Phony’s music contains something for everyone. Choy’s willingness to share his experiences and eloquence in expressing himself through his music is admirable, effortlessly rendering him relatable to many audiences. He talks about the importance of songwriting to him, and shares a few anecdotes about the creative process for several songs on his new record:
“For me writing is a way to move on. To accept the good and the bad that comes your way because you know that at least it served a purpose. A song can sometimes be proof that you're getting by in life just fine, or that you’re ready to let go of a memory it's associated with. This album speaks on levels of that sentiment I feel. It's less dark than my past works, I think. And some of these songs I wrote years ago but they're only seeing the light of day now.”
On the Count of Three
“One song on this album "On the Count of Three" I wrote around 18 years ago. Some memories stay with you longer than you imagined you'd need them to and then one day you're finally cutting the cord. It's essentially a love song I wrote back when I didn't know anything about love at the time.”
Shoot the Sh*t
“My favorite track on this album is called “Shoot the Sh*t”. I wrote it in the bathroom. It’s a song about lifting up your friends that are too proud to ask for help. I think the take on the album was the 2nd/3rd and last take where I sang the wrong lyrics a couple of times on it. We went with it anyhow because it felt okay. Goh (Big Phony’s Producer Goh Nakamura) gave me a big hug after that take. Haha.”
Hanging on a Thread
“Hanging on a Thread is a song about taking control and doing something that matters to you. Even if no one gets what you’re doing and you’re on your own. There’s nothing deep about it. It’s simple. Don’t let anyone get in your way. Actually the last line in the lyrics used to say "So get out out of my f***ing way!" Didn't make the final cut ultimately, haha. It's still on the demo though. An Rong Xu did a great job on the music video. I basically sent him all the songs on the record and that’s the one he chose so we went with it. It almost didn’t happen because I didn’t have a budget for a music video. Thankfully he was in stopping by Seoul briefly and had the idea of just having friends of ours simply run. They were a huge help. Good man that An Rong Xu. So incredibly talented.”
'Hanging on a Thread' Official Music Video
Choy also spouts praises of latest album producer Goh Nakamura, who came up with the concept of recording the album entirely in analog:
“Goh and I had discussed from the beginning of going analog just because it's how our heroes got it done back in the day. Honestly, it was his idea. He was right. I really didn't know what I was getting myself into but I couldn't be more happy we went through with it. Not sure I'll ever be the same again because of it. I do think it's made me a better musician and possibly in the future will make me a more efficient songwriter even. Even the disadvantages of analog tape recording turn out to be a blessing. The limitations of track space makes you more decisive of where you want to go with a song and of what you absolutely need and what you can live without. Also the fact that you have to physically rewind the tape to get another take makes you want to be better prepared overall, otherwise you will lose a lot of precious time. And it sounds better.”
Another part of Bobby’s experience that intrigued me greatly was how one soul-searching trip to Seoul in 2011 was able to change his life; opening more doors for his music, but more importantly allowing him to find answers to personal questions about his own self-identity.
“Seoul is a great place but it's also a place that can eat you up and spit you out if you're not careful. Similar to New York City I believe. Specifically though, I love Seoul because it helped me close a gap in search for my own self-identity. Moving to Korea helped me understand my parents better and why they may have left this place in the 1960’s for the US. The single best thing that has happened to me in Korea is learning the language enough to be able to communicate with my mother in Korean. Before moving here I had never known things such as my parents had both been born in North Korea, their first date, in Manhattan they watched Dr. Zhivago and my dad left my mom there to go on another date, and that both my mom and dad had multiple siblings I never knew about that passed at an early age (a common thing amongst their generation apparently). Dad passed when I was 18. I'm glad my mom and I have been able to do some much-needed catch-up, albeit late. Seoul is a special place. I don't know if I'll be here forever but I'll always come back and often. I've met life long friends here.”
Big Phony’s words provoke an insightful perspective of Korea that delves past its K-pop-and-Kimchi exterior, weaving the country’s significance deep into the tapestry of his musical and personal history. Another prevailing theme which has shaped the singer-songwriter’s music is his past personal issues with self-confidence. He shares a few last words of advice with passionate amateur singer-songwriters afflicted with the same burden:
“Let go of any ego you have. It will get in your way. Surround yourself with intelligent and honest friends who will tell you frankly when you suck. The more difficulties you have in the beginning the better prepared you’ll be for the future. So don’t be afraid of failure. Chase it even. I learned this the hard way.“
As the weight of all Bobby’s words finally settle in my head, I am amazed at how his rhetoric is so admiringly heartfelt yet persuasive. Chatting with him has allowed me to understand why he has become such a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, and so well-loved amongst his fans. The attraction lies both in the simple poetry of Choy’s words, and his honesty in sharing his personal experiences. So in a world where authenticity has become a marketing buzzword that has its meaning challenged every day, it is comforting to know that Big Phony’s music will always remain authentic in the true sense of the word; full of honesty and integrity.
Big Phony's self-titled album 'Big Phony' will release on the 30th of September on iTunes and Bandcamp, and will release everywhere else on October 3rd.
Welcome to Asian Pop Weekly's newest blog series called 'What's on my playlist' where some of our favourite artists share what's currently on their playlists, and a little about why they love each of the songs on it! I came up with this concept because I love knowing what's on my favourite artists playlists, as I feel it gives me a better sense of their tastes and personality, especially if you look hard enough. After all, the way to a musician's heart is through their music, no? Anyway, the first four posts in the series are already specially reserved for one of my favourite Japanese bands SEKAI NO OWARI, who will be touring the US very soon! Their band leader Nakajin will have the honours of revealing to us his playlist first. So without further ado, let's begin!
1. Kaskade-Disarm You ft. Ilsey (Grey Remix)
I really like Grey’s remixes so I’ve listened to all of his work. This is my most favorite of all. It features acoustic guitar sounds, and the riffs are really cool too. I even bought a new microphone because of it so I could record something like that!
I think they sound really unique and we can dance to it, and it’s stylish. Especially in this song he only uses fewer sounds and creates mysterious ambience with the synthesizer phrases. It’s addictive.
3. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Happy End
He’s always been my favorite instrumental artist but I was in awe of his latest work for the movie Revenant because of the soundscapes in his composition. I really like the soundtrack too, but this is the one I listen to the most right now. I was so into this song that I even learned to play it on piano, which I rarely do.
4. Xilent-Let Us Be
It feels really good when listening to his edgy sounds, and his ability to control the sound structures so precisely. My alarm is set to this sound. It does the work and wakes me up every morning, just by the intro part, because of the edgy sound! Haha!
5.Zedd & Aloe Blacc-Candyman
True Colors by Zedd was the album I listened to the most last year. This next song by him sounds innovative and is very interesting to me. The melody that Aloe Blacc sings is very beautiful I can’t help but start humming.
Listen to Nakajin's full playlist and a bonus SNO pick here:
Check out Nakajin's official Twitter andInstagram for more updates on his favourite music and more! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). Be there or be square! Their hit single 'RPG' also just hit 100 million views on YouTube! Listen to it here.
Welcome back to the second post in our 'Whats on my playlist' blog series, this time shining a spotlight onto Fukase, SEKAI NO OWARI's lead vocalist and one of their creative muses.His music to me is reflective of his sensitive nature, and a throwback to his vibrant story. (See more about SEKAI NO OWARI's story here). So without further ado, let's allow Fukase's music sensitivities tell his story for him!
1. Sum 41-Fatlip
This reminds me of high school days.
2. Avril Lavigne-Anything But Ordinary
I was camping and listening to this song by the lakeside after calling my girlfriend.
3. Rancid-Fall Back Down
It cheered me up when I was discharged from the hospital and feeling really weak.
4.Millencolin-Home From Home
I really enjoyed listening to this song with my friends.
They played Summer Sonic in Japan. I would listen to Nofx all the time during the summer.
Listen to Fukase's full playlist and SNO's bonus pick here:
Check out Fukase's official Twitter andInstagram for more updates on his favourite music and daily routine! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). Won't you check it out? SEKAI NO OWARI's hit single 'RPG' just hit 100 million views! Check it out here.
Have a look back on SEKAI NO OWARI's Nakajin's playlist here.
SEKAI NO OWARI's DJ Love's playlist here.
SEKAI NO OWARI's Saori's playlist here.
Welcome back to the third and second last part in our 'What's on my playlist' blog series featuring the awesome SEKAI NO OWARI! Today we've gotten SNO's lone wolf female member Saori to share with us what kind of songs are on her playlist. Some of the songs on there are very her.
Missed out on last week's posts? Check out SEKAI NO OWARI's Nakajin and DJ Love's top 5 playlist picks by clicking on their names! Stay tuned for the last part of the series featuring SEKAI NO OWARI lead vocalist Fukase that will be released this Sunday!
1. Sigur Ros-Hoppipolla
I would listen to this song when I was going through a tough time with the band.
I especially like the liberating vocals.
2.Swedish House Mafia-Resurrection
It’s my running song. It pumps me up!
I love how the music builds like classical music. It’s my dream to make music like this.
I really like the lyrics. I used to cry to this song during tough times.
I first heard this song on the radio. I keep this on repeat. I play it again and again.
It’s my “lift me up” song!
Listen to Saori's full playlist and a bonus SNO pick here:
Check out Saori's Twitter and Instagram for new updates on what's happening always! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). Be there or be square! SEKAI NO OWARI's hit single 'RPG' just hit 100 million views on YouTube! Watch it here.
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