This thread is for the discussion of Japanese bands and artists who are not as well known in the west as say, Ayumi Hamasaki, The Pillows, and Gackt.
That is, not to put Gackt and the Pillows in the same boat. . .
>I have only heard one song from "Mai Kurai", called "Secret of my Heart". It is my girlfriends favorite song. I like it, but I haven't heard anymore of Mai Kurai. Is she good?
Japanese independent rap group katagi are good sometimes.
Akira Sudou; she's probably best known for doing some Bubblegum Crisis 2040 music years ago and released an album as As Sekiria. It looks like she's going to be releasing a new single soon. If it's prelude to releasing more stuff, I'll be happy.
YUI MAKINO （as ＳＡＫＵＲＡ）
I like this song
Hmm... I like UA a lot, especially her album, "Turbo". She's a really trippy artist. :P
Here's a link : http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/originals.htm
I think Nagasawa-kun is amazing. He's still very unheard of, just breaking out in Fukuoka.
>Hardcore/Screamo - I think.
Does Zigzo count? I really liked them but I don't think they were very popular.
I live in California and found a little known female group from Japan called, "YELLOW MACHINEGUN". No one here knows of them, which I think is great! They get some air play on Osaka's FM 802. The almbum titled, SPOT REMOVER, is definitely a must if you like the sound of angry women screaming over heavy guitar and drums. Typical 3-piece punk group.
old school but still great
There is a guy who lives in my apartment block who sings in the morning with his window open. He is not very good but better than most of the stuff on the radio.
He is not as nasal and whiney as most Japanese singers get when they try to sound white (forcing L sounds into words where they don't belong: Olly Wakalanai...)
Anemone are good, but unfortunatly unknown. also, recently, i found a singer who, for, his name, i only know suzuki...there are other kanji in his name that i cannot read.
Anemone are very good, but very unknown...also someone named suzuki...can't read the rest of his name's kanji
sorry, didnt mean to type twice
PEZ - First heard them from the opening of Gad Gaurd. Jazzy band, very... hip?
Mad Capsule Markets - Metal, very mad at the world these people are.
I like GISM and also the Stalin. Two good and unknown Japanese hardcore bands.
i've heard of stalin. ive been meaning to listen to them for a while now...
I recommend YUI. Here in Japan, she is get more famous.
Sorry, my English not very good.
Actually it's Mai Kuraki (倉木麻衣) - she's almost as well known as the other well-known female pop stars like Ai Otsuka and Nami Tamaki.
A band I think is absolutely hilarious is "Nice Guy Jin" who are a bunch of white guys with afro-style hair who rap in Japanese about the most mundane topics.
I like YUI too, but she is quite well known now.
I would recommend "K".
He's a Korean who sings in Japanese.
Wow, not all Japanese hate Koreans?
I also recommend Perfume and their awkward dance.
YouTube - Perfume - Oishii Recipe
I like chata.(茶太)
あさやけぼーだーらいん "Morning glow horizon"
Perfume = <3
Japanese hate Koreans less than Koreans hate Japanese.
ow.. i see
i just know this now.
Kiiiiiii's stuff is... different.
AYA (a girl rocker), YUI, OLIVIA (she is half american).
The Yellow Monkey!
Now I'm feeling nostalgic.
Arika Takarano of Ali Project
Gackt, Ayaka Hirahara, Otsuka Ai's Planetarium, Home made Home, Rythem... I like a lot of other not so famous singers.
Out of all of those artists, only RYTHEM may be considered as lesser known since they don't top the Oricon as much as the others.
egh? really I thought that they were lesser artist because all my friends in school and other people only know Hikaru Utada. Oh well my mistake then for thinking that the rest of the artist listed wasn't popular
Marica. She sings for eroge companies for their OPs and EDs. =D
Probably because those artists are more popular in Japan than overseas. Kind of like how Japanese rock is more popular overseas than in Japan and how boy bands like KAT-TUN are vice versa.
Ataru Nakamura. She's awesome.
Some people don't even know Pierrot. it is so sad T_T
I recommend grabbing their 2004 untitled album. "Tragedy Ramp" and "MABATAKI Rewind" are some of their best songs imo.
as everyone said Mai Kuraki IS a very well-known singer in Japan. But actually the Pillows are not so famous here. I don't know any Japanese people who listen to them (many say they don't even know who they are) and I think they may be better known to gaijin and to people living overseas.
if gackt is not famous i dunno what alice nine. is.
ah well, how about vidoll?
Vidoll is band that's been there for a while and have enjoyed relative popularity. A say a while cause so many vk bands come and go. It's definitely a name known among vk fans.
I like KOKIA's Arigatou. Unfortunately the original version isn't available on iTunes, and the ones she re-recorded for her Greatest Hits albums just don't sound as goosebump-inducing. Can anyone tell me where to find an MP3?
I saw Rie Fu performing live at the University of London Union's J-pop event. (I think she studies, or used to study, at the Institute of Art there.) It was awesome.
Antic Cafe used to not be so well known, but recently I've been seeing them everywhere... I really like Eimy (えぃみ→☆), though.
Doujin stuffs for me. Or artists that started off as doujin.
Antic Cafe has an annoying new lineup now.
IOSYS and 403.
Oh yeah Antic Cafe's new members totally blow. I liked Bou so much.
Also, I'd recommend Shimatani Hitomi.
Yurayura Teikoku is very awesome. Check out this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikOUA-aB97s
And of course, Melt Banana is the ultimate for hard noise psychopunk with tiny screaming vocalist cute girl.
Would you say Danger Gang is not as known?
I like them
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What's Mitsuhiro Oikawa's status in Japan?
Na Izumiya staat Hosokin op het programma. Hier bekijken we enkel de tosai en bestellen er enkele honderden. Graag zouden we ook zijn tategoi tosai eens bekijken. Dit werd door hem toegestaan waarna we ons naar een ander koihuis begaven. Aankopen van Tategoi tosai was er niet bij wegens onverkoopbaar in Europa.
Boowy, Kishidan, Yutaka Ozaki , Kome kome club, Masahiko Kondo
Witchery SKANK, Yum!Yum!ORANGE, muramasa, midnightPumpkin, GOLLBETTY, D-Snick, SKULL CANDY
Merry Go Round, Tower and Landmark are my favourite of her songs.
Inugami Circus-dan and Onmyou-za.
Shift was very pleased with the recording with INNER EAR STUDIO.
If it likes yellow machinegun, this is recommended.
Are STALIN and GISM any good? We've wanted to listen to them, but couldn't find the time.
We also like Guitar Wolf.
73-75 Those aren't singers!
Stalin and GISM are good.
It retreats ..no.. and I think the sound source of GISM to be sold out.
Can it able to have dealings over large amount of money by the auction and listen only by boot?
Lead is hella good.
They're originally a hip hop dance crew.
They're new album is like old american 90's hip hop, R&B with some japanese flavor, its awesome.
AYA HIRANO <333333333333333
She's more famous for being a seiyu, but recently within the last couple years started a music career, and it rocks. Sounds like if Ayumi Hamasaki was a bit more "happy and rocked more".
Toshiyuki Machida recently debuted. He's uber cute and plays a good piano...
is Aoyama Thelma less known outside Japan??
or Shimizu Shota?
the thread says "less known japanese singers" but i saw mostly popular ones here! Oh, please....................
Bi Kyo Ran
Arashi, Antic Cafe, Malice Mizer and Moi Dix Mois! Love them all (L)
Hamasaki Ayumi sama.
For all my fellow Japanese (or Japanese lovers):
Yes! She and her band Yapoos are genius. It's still pop music, but it's so odd. I love it.
Capsule <3. The album S.F. Sound Furniture is awesome pop with styles from moe/denpa to jazzy to techno-ish.
90% of the artists mentioned do not qualify as a "lesser known" japanese artist.
Listen to popular opinion, you'll get popular answers.
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You know, the artist on the recent opening episode of NARUTO?
..dont bash me if you dont like him.
Pipo Angels. They did one of the OPs on Tantei Gakuen Q, its an etremely happy song, I find it funny. Unfortunately I can't find any other songs by them.
Nana Mizuki DISCOTHEQUE
Guys, has anybody mentioned Shimokawa Mikuni? If you like listening to japanese music, you should seriously consider her songs.
Kokia, she has an awesome voice and is capable of holding a solid note for 29 seconds.
Sorry when someone else aready noted them(haven't read the whole thread yet..)
Not that really unknown, but very good anyway:
Wow, no offense, but you sound like a stuck-up prick. A musician becoming more popular doesn't instantly make their music less good. You should listen to music because you like it, and not to lord it over the heads of others that you're so special because they've never heard of any of your favorite bands.
When Shiina Ringo sings for the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, it's really awesome.
i cant find anything on them and any songs
i don't know if he's less known but i want you guys to listen to Asai Kenichi's music.
his greatest album is "Sekilala" by sherbet(asai kenichi sings and plays some instruments).
if you like rock, listen to Blankey Jet City, they're really good.
Toyko Girls Style
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk6gOGPrJek produced by Yasuhiko Fukuda, who also did music for a few Bomberman games
Dreams Come True
Morning Musume & All the artists from Hello! Project!!
I love Rolly Teranishi
Kansai International Airport
Maji Desu ka Ska!
I love a lot of the bands Yuki Kajiura has written music for or actually been a part of like Kalafina, See-Saw, and FictionJunction.
Recently I've been getting into a female duet called Yuimino
Japanese rock/post rock/shoegaze band!!
Check it !!! Plzzzzzzzz
this guys name is franke wapole. i'm not sure if he's great, but definately lesser known.
" Nirvanaid "
I'm really on a Enjo-G kick right now.
Basically he teams up with Bubble-B, and they do some silly songs.
Remember Toyama Kōichi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koichi_Toyama)? The crazy-awesome bald guy who first stood for election to the post of Tokyo Governor in 2007 and announced that his platform was to scrap the whole "horrible nation" and build a new one from scratch, and who then in 2008 made a video complaining that he wasn't eligible as a POTUS candidate even though the US government meddles all over the world as if it were their own territory?
Piko! He's not really well known but he's getting there.
Himeka too. She's a French-canadian who sings in Japanese.
I love Yuki! I don't believe her age!!!
This playlist is Nice!Many Japanese artists.