Hello all! New forum member here, and this year will mark my first time as a visitor to San Japan. I have ideas swimming in my mind surrounding a J-pop panel (strictly the pop scene- not necessarily Visual Kei, but I could make some exceptions). If there is already a J-pop panel, is there a chance I could still pitch the idea from my side? I would love for people that are not sure where to begin with Japanese music to gain interest in it, or just want to chat amongst their fellow fans!
Here is what I would be looking to cover at the panel (Since there is quite a lot to cover I would try to condense it well):
- A general overview of the Japanese music industry
- Videos of past classics, and current hits
- A selection of videos that I think represent J-pop well (probably goes with above)
- A possible random giveaway of CDs and merchandise
For example, I'd love to play the videos of Namie Amuro (Facebook), w-inds., Daichi Miura, Koda Kumi, Matsu****a Yuuya, Ayumi Hamasaki, Arashi, DOUBLE, Meisa Kuroki (Facebook), Anna Tsuchiya, etc etc including even more artists that you guys would love to have highlighted and chat about. Of course, as long as it's in Japanese and was released in Japan, I'll definitely include non-Japanese artists releasing in Japan as well. What say you?
More detail: This is not so much a compilation of anime theme songs so much as it is a panel that will talk about the success of the artists in their native Japan, why we like them, and ones that are lesser covered as well. J-pop is pretty much a blanket term for a bunch of genres, but I'm wondering if you guys would like it categorized as follows: J-Urban, J-pop, J-Electronica, J-rock, Johnny's Entertainment, etc, for certain highlights of each to be mentioned?
Update: The panel is a go, but it is unsure whether it will make it to the final schedule. However, I DO have my suppliers for prizes. Confirmed coming: Namie Amuro UNCONTROLLED posters