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Owner/Artist/Photographer at Koiai Designs & Sanctuary of Mana . Promoting VisualKei in LA & NY!!

† October Visual-Kei News/Events


Vocalist of band “D” Asagi is still on Tour!The vocalist’s band will still go on break in December. Many loving fans wonder how long this break will last.

New Visual-Kei band Xaoce introduced. Guitarist. Miya, Guitarist. Satsuki, Bassist. Rei, Vocalist. kurenai. With their metal techno-ish sound they dominate the stage and slowly race to the top. Please keep a look out for the new band “Xaoce”! Link: xaoce.com

Moi-Dix-Moi sofficial twitter reminder! Great news to all the wonderful Dixers! Moi Dix Mois has made a official twitter packed with news and official merchandise. Please give it a follow on twitter @M_d_M_Official. Keep it fellow Dixers!

Xenon Free-Will fair continues through the month of October will go on into November. Merry and Baroque are currently on sale! Please stop by if your in the Los Angeles area. 319. E. 2nd St 119 Los Angeles, CA 90012

VAMPS released iTunes ROCK CHART NO.1 ALBUM in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia!! VAMPS「BLOODSUCKERS」AVAILABLE on iTunes!! I hope all you fellow blood suckers can enjoy the album and show your support. Soon a short movie to come out too.

The lovely ROYZ did a halloween comment with upcoming band Mejibray. The two bands were together in a photoshoot room together when the comment was made. Both bands had new outfits to show everyone during the comment.

The rising band Lycaon released a newPV named 『Shadow』。This high packed PV released on Oct 22, 2014. With the very adorable Vocalist 『YUUKI』 leading the scene we see literally two sides of him. We see the lovely pink haired vocalist and at the same time we see a new black hair version of him. To all the fans who like to spice it up we hope you enjoy the new PV 『Shadow』by Lycaon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF_-TDPoNSU

Dir en grey, one of japans most popular band has released their 9th album 『Arche』. Arche is the upcoming ninth studio album by Japanese metal band Dir En Grey. The album has been set for a December 10, 2014 release date. As of August of 2014, the album was reported to still be incomplete. The contents of the album as well as the tracklist were added to the band’s website in late September.

Lastly, Jupiter the notorious Symphonic Metal band from japan has started a new tour for their album 『Arcadia』。With Zin on vocals and The two infamous guitarist Hizaki and Teru leading the scene, fans intensify their excitement for the long awaited tour. The new album 『The History of Genesis』 release date has been confirmed for Jan 7, 2015. We hope you guys can show your support and look forward to the release of the long awaited album.

 

Leave us a comment regarding your favorite bands!

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†September wrap up and October events


Japanese Visual-Kei Band Jupiter released a new mini album named “Arcadia” with two new songs “Arcadia” and “Darkness”. Also released a music video for the single “Arcadia” that garnered 50,000+ views on Youtube and twenty plus instrumental covers by the adoring fans who’ve obsessed over the long awaited song release.

The ever popular website Metal-Archives did an overall excellent review on the mini album stating:

“Whether one, both, or neither of the tracks featured will appear on the upcoming sophomore effort remains to be seen, but if this is any indication of the caliber of musicianship to be expected, then Jupiter is standing poised to trump the Classical Element in every conceivable way”.

Link to Metal-Archive Review: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Jupiter/Arcadia/452706/

Link to Jupiter Arcadia mini album: http://www.newbook.co.jp/jupiter/shop/show_unit.cgi?cart_id=&mode=all&p_sort=new

More exciting news from the elusive VAMPS (headed by charismatic front man of L’arc En Ciel) , is one of the most popular bands despite the number of albums released has gone on J-MELO, a Japanese music news show, to give some insight to their highly anticipated album Jolly Roger, which had easily sold out in many Japanese stores. “Get Away” scored 100,000+ views on YOUTUBE within the first week of its release. Tour dates to follow, still so many wish to see the beloved VAMPS in their perspective countries and for this very reason, VAMPS is one of the hottest bands of the year!

Link to VAMPS J-MELO comment: http://selfportrait7.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-278.html

METEOROID, the growing visual-kei band, has changed their style to a more dark, mysterious, and sexy look. With all eyes no this newly found band many fans are dropping their jaws to see what else they have in store. Its “Western Funeral” feel puts all eyes on the growing band. With each member wearing black the loved guitarist of the band “Machi” holds a cage with red roses and an imprisoned doll inside. The doll also has a cage in her hand wearing an extrodinary Aristocratic outfit making it the highlight of the music video. With his new flaming red hair fans obsess over the guitarist new choice of fashion.

Link to METEOROID site: http://meteoroid-web.com/

The well popular and loved Visual-Kei band DIAURA did an In-Store interview via Skype for the release of their 10th new single “Blind Message” inside Xenon Japanesque Fashion store in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Fans from all over Los Angeles came to show full support for the new growing band not inly in japan but in america. At the interview DIAURA and the fans were able to ask questions! One fan had asked the bassist Shoya “What made you decide to do Visual-Kei?”

Shoya answered “In all reality I am not sure myself. It was kinda fated upon me I think. I kinda woke up one day and I was Visual-Kei all of a sudden”. Both the members and the fans laughed as the well loved bassist explained. DIAURA mentioned the release of their single “Blind Message” and how hard they worked to get the single while at the same time putting new feelings into their music. Xenon, Japanesque Fashion store, was selling multiple copies of the single “Blind Message” and it SOLD OUT. DIAURA thanked the fans for buying not only the single but their merchandise as well. DIAURA success is growing fast along with its fan base and for this reason they are slowly making their way to the top.

Kamijo, Versailles loved Ex-Vocalist, has released his first FULL album! Fans from all over congratulate and fully support Kamijo’s new album. Keeping his same handsome aristocratic fashion style, Kamijo gains popularity averting all eyes to the Visual-Kei veteran. Being at various signings, including Tower Records, fans show love to the aristocratic icon. Kamijo’s “Heart” album was released on September 24th, 2014. With his album selling out in many stores and websites fans was put at ease when the beloved Kamijo showed up at multiple signings for his album.

Lately, here in America, J-Rock/V-Kei has become the inspiration of many bands here in america. One of which is named AkaiSky. Last month was a good month for this J-rock influenced band. “AkaiSky” gets on pandora as americas first J-Rock Influcenced band. We here at Koiai took the time to ask the guitarist for a statement and this is what he had to say

“American J-Rock is all about breaking down walls, and getting akai SKY’s music onto Pandora is just one more step. American J-Rock represents the passion of Americans who love Japanese music, and getting it out to the masses just makes our movement even stronger.”

The band being surprised by the pandora event turned all eyes to them. Akaisky breaking the music scene with this new found glory is giving others the will power to follow in their footsteps and spread the J-rock/V-kei love all over america.

Link: http://akaisky.com/cpt_news/the-first-american-j-rock-band-on-pandora/

Upcoming Events:

Xenon, California’s very first Japanesque Rock Fashion store, is holding a “Free-Will Fair” where you can come into the store and buy various limited edition merchandise from different Visual-Kei bands! The new Japanesque Rock Fashion store has had many great events for all Visual-Kei fans and the results have been phenominal. It will take place during the month of October but due to shipping issues from japan it will now carry on until November. Be sure to stop by the store and show support for your favorite bands! Store location is 319 E 2nd St #119, Los Angeles, California 90012.

Link to Page for Free-Will Fair: https://www.facebook.com/events/1501067340142673/

XENON official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xenonshibuyastyle

As halloween draws near and we get ready to put on our masks, japan’s music scene gives a little unexpected surprise. Our very loved man HYDE along with his partner K.A.Z got together to give the fans a halloween party. VAMPS in collaboration with many other bands/groups such as TommyHeavenly6, SID, MUCC, GoldenBomber, and many more to give us a month of the annual halloween live events for the month of October. In 2013 they released a PV named “Halloween Junky Orchestra” which had over 1million views on youtube within the month of its release. All eyes are on this well awaited event while fans wait on the ever-popular music video “Halloween Junky Orchestra”.

Link to official site: http://www.halloweenparty2014.com/lineup/index.html

It has been a very productive and long year for the ever-growing band VAMPS. As we all know this band has been releasing lots of singles and albums that keeps us coming back to them and this time they outdid themselves. Vampires Love is due to release September 30, 2014! This album will have a A & B side to it as well. We hope you guys can love, support, and enjoy this album from our well loved band VAMPS in the upcoming months.

†Mana


Mana, better known to the world as Mana sama, is a legendary Japanese musician and Fashion designer, best known for his role as leader and guitarist of the visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. His high end fashion clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, helped popularize Japan’s Gothic Lolita fashion movement. Mana sama is currently working on his solo project Moi dix Mois.

Bands:

Girl’e 1989–1990

Matenrou (摩天楼, “Skyscraper”) 1990–1992

Malice Mizer 1992-2001

Moi dix Mois 2001- current

Clothing label: Moi-même-Moitié 1999- present

Over the years there are many fans who mimic and take inspiration from Mana’s various looks; anywhere from his fashion sense and hairstyles to accessories and makeup. There are countless cosplayers and role players for not only him but also his band mates too.

So many notable blogs and fan sites have been set up to memorialize this man and his band members but sadly, there are a lot of individuals who like to pretend they are the real band members when they are not. Role Players are a beautiful thing, but imposters are not. So I will list the official sites for social media in regards to these beautiful men.

Malice Mizer Official Site:  http://www.malice-mizer.co.jp/

Moi Dix Mois Official Site http://moidixmois.net/

Moi Dix Mois Newly opened Official TWITTER: https://twitter.com/M_d_M_official

Mana sama’s Official Blog : http://manamonologue.blog16.fc2.com/

Next up is KOZI

KOZI official twitter: https://twitter.com/Kzi_official

Kozi official site http://www.kozi-info.com/

Kozi / ziz  Official Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ziz.jp

And finally, last but never least of them all: YUKI

YUKI official twitter: https://twitter.com/Mother_of_Life_

and his webstore:

I know there are many sites which claim to be affiliated with or go so far as to say they are the official sites but these are the listings of the official. Beware of those claiming personal accounts and beware those who claim to affiliate with them, if it isn’t said in the official sites, then it is best to be safer than sorry.

Never buy copyrighted material from *personal sites* Always stick to the official accounts.

I personally run Koiai Designs and although I am a huge supporter of Mana and Moi Dix Mois, no matter how much in love with Malice Mizer or Moi meme Moitie I am- I will never sell anything pertaining to them because it is against the law.  I have too much respect for these men and their work and the photographers and artists who surround them and would never disrespect them in such a manner as thievery or making money off their work.

I would hope others take that sort of caution as well.

Stay safe and take care till next time.

†Xenon


Meet Xenon The store that will connect you

straight to the visual kei scene & Shibuya

and will change your point of view

in the heart of Los Angeles.

Established in 2014 , is the official CURE magazine merchandise shop

along with official merchandise from Japanese Idols

magazines , clothing and.. the list is still growing!

Follow XENON official Facebook for more information and pictures!

Address:

  • 319 E 2nd St #119
  • Los Angeles, California 90012

Phone: +1 213-621-2892
Official Website: http://www.xenon-la.com

†QUM


We are proud to make our first Artist presentation!

If you are interested in Visual Kei music contact us for more!

A diamond is hiding somewhere between facebook , twitter and Koiai projects,

QUM!

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Please wait for more information and Music

here and of course on his official twitter and facebook.

Support QUM with a couple of likes!

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Thank you Guys!!

†Tune in Tokyo & Nameless Group present Los Angeles Idol & VK Fest


 

EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/523669127737966/

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J-Pop promoters Tune in Tokyo have teamed up with Nameless Group, Xenon Shop and Cure Magazine to present two nights of Japanese Idols and Visual-Kei live in Little Tokyo! Los Angeles Idol and VK Fest is coming to Nirvana Bar, with music and fashion straight from Japan!

Los Angeles Idol Fest will be held on Wednesday, July 2nd with performances from Tokyo Meru, Houkago Princess subunit Pastel Calla, and DJ Meirlin, and featuring Chii Sakurabi!

VK Fest will be held on Sunday, July 6th, and features performances by Anti-Feminism, Kon (CeLL), Carat, Tomo (The Rhedoric) Lolita Dark, DJ Meirin and DJ Fumi Hilow! There will also be a Shibuya men’s fashion show presented by Xenon Shop!

Cover for each event is $15 (separate charge for each night).

Presale tickets available at: https://www.facebook.com/namelessgroup/app_263240933736761 Please note seating is limited.

Nirvana is 21+, and features a full bar and Izakaya menu.

Hours for Los Angeles Idol and VK Fest are 9 PM – 2 AM.

About Tune in Tokyo:
DJs and promoters Tune in Tokyo founded the first monthly event in Los Angeles for Japanese and Asian pop in 2008. Tune in Tokyo’s residencies have included Little Tokyo’s legendary live house 2nd Street Jazz and the renowned maid cafe Royal/T, in addition to appearances at KCON, Anime Expo, Pacific Media Expo, Japan: Endless Discovery and other events. Official Website: http://www.tuneintokyoclub.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TuneInTokyoClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/TuneInTokyoClub

About Nameless Group
Nameless Group is a concert/event coordinating & promotional group that strives to promote and expose bands, DJs, and artists that are currently based in the greater Los Angeles area. Producing their first event “REVOLT 2009”, held at Mirror Image Studio in Anaheim, they have retained high attendance and success, which lead to their Annual music fest. “REVOLT Music Festival” Since then, NAMELESS GROUP has supported many live events & club events, while producing and promoting their own events as well. Nameless Group also acts as local promoters and coordinators for booking and live equipment. Official Website: http://www.namelessgroup.us/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/namelessgroup

† BandPage Promotion


A new novelty is available in our website!

If you now begin, or own a visual kei band in Los Angeles or New York city (Or somewhere in America) please contact us!

We want to feature your website and create your own BandPage for our RSS Reel! The service is provided for free if we include our banner in your BandPage or if you have one ready!

Details on possible fees, if the above rule is not followed

will be discussed in another post!

Let us work together , meet each other and get to know fellow bands in your area too.  Check our footer for Contact details or on top toolbar under “About this web~society” Button!

Don’t hesitate to sent your feedback by contact form or via our polls too , once more under “About this web~society” Button!

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✝ Welcome! Work with Us!


Welcome to our Website!

We hope you find here what exactly you need ,

a portal to come and show your work and discover more similar artists like you!

But our page needs your help!

We are looking for entertaining, informative bloggers to help us grow and be right on time into the things in Los Angeles, New York, Japan, Europe!

Do you think you can do it? Then come in contact with the Mistress of this Society! Please submit a sample of your work (if you have already),a detailed bio,  desired username and  optional comments to sk62177@hotmail.com

Your work will get featured both in our groups

and of course in this site under the username you chose!

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