Welcome to Asian Pop Weekly's newest blog series called 'What's on my playlist' where some of our favourite artists share what's currently on their playlists, and a little about why they love each of the songs on it! I came up with this concept because I love knowing what's on my favourite artists playlists, as I feel it gives me a better sense of their tastes and personality, especially if you look hard enough. After all, the way to a musician's heart is through their music, no? Anyway, the first four posts in the series are already specially reserved for one of my favourite Japanese bands SEKAI NO OWARI, who will be touring the US very soon! Their band leader Nakajin will have the honours of revealing to us his playlist first. So without further ado, let's begin!
1. Kaskade-Disarm You ft. Ilsey (Grey Remix)
I really like Grey’s remixes so I’ve listened to all of his work. This is my most favorite of all. It features acoustic guitar sounds, and the riffs are really cool too. I even bought a new microphone because of it so I could record something like that!
I think they sound really unique and we can dance to it, and it’s stylish. Especially in this song he only uses fewer sounds and creates mysterious ambience with the synthesizer phrases. It’s addictive.
3. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Happy End
He’s always been my favorite instrumental artist but I was in awe of his latest work for the movie Revenant because of the soundscapes in his composition. I really like the soundtrack too, but this is the one I listen to the most right now. I was so into this song that I even learned to play it on piano, which I rarely do.
4. Xilent-Let Us Be
It feels really good when listening to his edgy sounds, and his ability to control the sound structures so precisely. My alarm is set to this sound. It does the work and wakes me up every morning, just by the intro part, because of the edgy sound! Haha!
5.Zedd & Aloe Blacc-Candyman
True Colors by Zedd was the album I listened to the most last year. This next song by him sounds innovative and is very interesting to me. The melody that Aloe Blacc sings is very beautiful I can’t help but start humming.
Listen to Nakajin's full playlist and a bonus SNO pick here:
Check out Nakajin's official Twitter andInstagram for more updates on his favourite music and more! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). Be there or be square! Their hit single 'RPG' also just hit 100 million views on YouTube! Listen to it here.
Welcome back to the second post in our 'Whats on my playlist' blog series, this time shining a spotlight onto Fukase, SEKAI NO OWARI's lead vocalist and one of their creative muses.His music to me is reflective of his sensitive nature, and a throwback to his vibrant story. (See more about SEKAI NO OWARI's story here). So without further ado, let's allow Fukase's music sensitivities tell his story for him!
1. Sum 41-Fatlip
This reminds me of high school days.
2. Avril Lavigne-Anything But Ordinary
I was camping and listening to this song by the lakeside after calling my girlfriend.
3. Rancid-Fall Back Down
It cheered me up when I was discharged from the hospital and feeling really weak.
4.Millencolin-Home From Home
I really enjoyed listening to this song with my friends.
They played Summer Sonic in Japan. I would listen to Nofx all the time during the summer.
Listen to Fukase's full playlist and SNO's bonus pick here:
Check out Fukase's official Twitter andInstagram for more updates on his favourite music and daily routine! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). Won't you check it out? SEKAI NO OWARI's hit single 'RPG' just hit 100 million views! Check it out here.
Have a look back on SEKAI NO OWARI's Nakajin's playlist here.
SEKAI NO OWARI's DJ Love's playlist here.
SEKAI NO OWARI's Saori's playlist here.
Welcome back to the third and second last part in our 'What's on my playlist' blog series featuring the awesome SEKAI NO OWARI! Today we've gotten SNO's lone wolf female member Saori to share with us what kind of songs are on her playlist. Some of the songs on there are very her.
Missed out on last week's posts? Check out SEKAI NO OWARI's Nakajin and DJ Love's top 5 playlist picks by clicking on their names! Stay tuned for the last part of the series featuring SEKAI NO OWARI lead vocalist Fukase that will be released this Sunday!
1. Sigur Ros-Hoppipolla
I would listen to this song when I was going through a tough time with the band.
I especially like the liberating vocals.
2.Swedish House Mafia-Resurrection
It’s my running song. It pumps me up!
I love how the music builds like classical music. It’s my dream to make music like this.
I really like the lyrics. I used to cry to this song during tough times.
I first heard this song on the radio. I keep this on repeat. I play it again and again.
It’s my “lift me up” song!
Listen to Saori's full playlist and a bonus SNO pick here:
Check out Saori's Twitter and Instagram for new updates on what's happening always! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). Be there or be square! SEKAI NO OWARI's hit single 'RPG' just hit 100 million views on YouTube! Watch it here.
We've already come to the second part of our [What's on my playlist] blog series with SEKAI NO OWARI! Have you seen our last post on what's in Nakajin's playlist? (If not, do so here). But nevertheless, we now have SEKAI NO OWARI's DJ LOVE sharing with us five of his favourite songs. Enjoy!
A must for summer playlists!
2. Red Hot Chilli Peppers-The Getaway
I listened to this song while visiting LA. It’s perfect for late afternoons and evenings, while watching the sun set on Los Angeles.
3. Michael Jackson-Beat It
We would play Michael Jackson’s concert DVD back stage during our tour. It got me into Michael Jackson all over again!
Toe-The World According To
It’s beautiful, and makes me feel good. I listen to it a lot.
I just have to play this song when I’m in California!
Listen to DJ LOVE's full playlist and a bonus SNO pick here:
Follow DJ LOVE on his Instagram and Twitter for more musical updates! SEKAI NO OWARI will be touring US this August, performing in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre (17 August) and in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (23 August). See you there!
Also don't forget to stay tuned for Saori's "What's on my playlist" post coming soon!
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