My September column was an extended version and more of an interview than just me ranting about something. I’d interviewed Yasutaka Nakata of capsule and Perfume fame earlier in the year and his latest project, producing Harajuku model-turned-idol Kyary Pamyu Pamyu had made a big splash over the summer with the song Ponponpon. For those of you who have been living in a cave these past few months, here’s the video:
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Ponponpon
Anyway, as it turns out, she was a pretty interesting person herself and certainly came across a bit more imaginative than the usual cookie cutter idol singer does. Whether or not this actually translates into genuine independence is hard to tell. Her management and label seemed to give her a fair amount of space while we were talking, but there was always someone hovering around, and they were very concerned that her real name not be mentioned, which seems an odd thing to care too much about given the role of the Internet in her promotion. Anyway, she remains pretty much the only new, exciting thing in J-Pop, so let’s enjoy her while she lasts.