Lolita Dark – Interview (2012)
By David Cirone
Fashion is one of the primary elements of Lolita Dark. What’s the band’s fashion style, and why did you go in this direction?
Ray (vocals, guitar): It’s Steampunk, Lolita, and Gyaru, all mixed together… it portrays the various chapters in my life story.
May: (vocals, keyboards) We incorporate kimono and other outfits with hints of Japan, too.
Do you think it’s automatic that a band with female vocalists has to present unique fashion? Would Lolita Dark be the same band in jeans and T-Shirts?
Ray: Our music carries depth and energy on its own, but the fashion creates the theatrical elements of our concept.
May: It’s not just us, the vocalists, but all the members project Lolita Dark’s themes through their own visual style.
Read the full interview with Lolita Dark
Lolita Dark is a new American / Japanese rock band based in Los Angeles, blending steampunk, lolita (gyaru) and anime culture.
Formed in early 2011, the band has already racked up performances at Anaheim’s House of Blues, Los Angeles fashion hotspot Royal/T Cafe, and several anime/Japanese culture conventions: Nan Desu Kan (Denver), Pacific Media Expo (L.A.), Anime Expo’s Lounge 21 (L.A.).
Lolita Dark’s debut album Tokyo Status features English and Japanese lyrics with a raw heavy rock sound, some delightful keyboard work, and double-female harmonies from Ray and May.
exist†trace message to American fans from miko!
“We have been going overseas once a year so far, and if possible, we’d like to visit America more often. We’d like to truly become a ‘Vanguard’ to tell many people how cool Japanese Rock is in many different locations….”
— read the entire message at purple SKY
(plus read about how the exist†trace Tekkoshocon concert was too loud for Pittsburgh!)
source: purple SKY
J-Rock screamo band Dazzle Vision in new UTAU software
— edited from updated press release — UTAU information has been corrected —
Link to full press release
Japanese hard-rock screamo band Dazzle Vision posted photos on their Twitter account today previewing the release of vocalist Maiko’s voice-synthesized alter-ego. Famous for her “Death Voice,” high-fashion lolita style, and melodic vocals, Maiko and her band-mates recently judged an open-mic “Death Voice” contest outside Shibuya’s fashion landmark 109 building.
Japanese fan magazine Gekkayo has posted a download of Maiko’s voice compatible with the UTAU software. Competing Vocaloid software (from Crypton Future Media) was made famous by characters like Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin and Len, and Megurine Luka. In 2009, J-Rock singer Gackt lent his voice talents to become a character for the software Gackpoid.
Dazzle Vision’s new album “Shocking Loud Voice” releases May 4 in Japan.