President Barack Obama thanked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the influences the Asian country has provided like anime and emoji’s.
But rock fans can thank HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) of VAMPS for bringing Japanese rock, better known as J-Rock, to the United States.
The band took a risk. Just a short time after being formed, VAMPS went on a world-wide tour.
For the most part, a band from a different country would tour within their region. But VAMPS has already been touring the world and hitting the road with bands like Sixx A.M.
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The Roman Show caught with HYDE and K.A.Z. at the Fort Rock Festival in Fort Myers. The band is on tour promoting their new album Bloodsuckers.
“Usually Japanese bands don’t bring music to all over the world so they want to bring their music so we can share it all over the world,” said HYDE, the lead singer.
The band also spoke about the differences between J-rock and American rock.
“People in Japan love pop but in the united states they prefer rock music their objective is to bring J-rock to all over the world,” K.A.Z. said.
HYDE also spoke about popular Japanese rock band X Japan including musician Hide, who was an inspiration for Japanese.
“He was a genius and we learned a lot because of him,” he said. “He continued to create new music for everyone.”