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The biggest names in the Japanese pop music scene take over Los Angeles for a music festival of epic proportions! Our mission to bring an authentic experience to fans in the west takes us once again to Los Angeles for yet another high energy night of music from Tokyo's sprawling musical landscape. Each artist performing is bringing their own unique flavor to the stage for a show that is sure to have something for everyone!

We started with a pretty high bar in 2018, and this year we absolutely knew we had to raise it. Thanks to support from LDH USA, we've been able to provide a lineup that includes major players in the worldwide J-Pop landscape, some of which are making their US debut! This celebration of Japanese pop culture in one of the biggest melting pots of the whole world is sure to be an unforgettable night that you won't want to miss!

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Tokyo's club scene comes to Los Angeles when mainstay DJs from Japan's biggest venues take over THE NOVO for an epic afterparty! Kicking off the holiday, OTAQUEST KICKOFF is bringing the most recognized names in electronic music from Japan together in the Los Angeles for a special event that represents the style and quality of Tokyo's night life. Fans of electronic music and high energy club vibes are absolutely not going to want to miss this rare collection of the best producers & DJs Japan has to offer all on one stage!

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Artists

m-flo

Originally classmates of the same international school, ☆Taku and VERBAL started a group together in 1998. Shortly after, LISA joined as the main vocalist which started m-flo as a full-scale unit. With ☆Takuʼs exceptional production ability, VERBALʼs rhymical flow and LISAʼs expressive vocals, they struck popularity which garnered them much success in the indies scene.

Their first maxi-single titled [the tripod e.p.] marked their major debut in July of 1999 and earned them an instant spot in the top 10 of the Oricon charts. To further grow on this success, they went on to further release 12 singles and 2 original albums all of which were mega hits. With their 2nd album titled [EXPO EXPO] they made an impact in the landscape of the Japanese music scene with 800,000 sales.

In order to pursue her solo singing career, LISA withdrew from the group in 2002. In 2003 VERBAL and ☆Taku continued together as m-flo with a move which caused a stir within the Japanese music industry. The "Loves" series; a collection of songs which were collaborations with different artists.

They went on to do their own solo headline shows at Nippon Budokan in 2005, followed by Yokohama Arena in 2007, to a scale which was unprecedented. They have also appeared at events such as, "ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL" and "SUMMER SONIC". From the underground to the mainstream with everlasting drive, they took the Japanese music scene by storm.

After collaborating with 41 different artists, they put an end to the "Loves" series in 2008. New prospects such as other units, producing remixes, DJʼing, and even creating their own brands; they approached different avenues while remaining active as artists.

And then, in 2017, the original "m-flo" reunites after 15 years as the original "tripod" with LISA / VERBAL / ☆Taku Takahashi!! m-flo celebrated their 20th debut anniversary in 2018 and once again brings fresh air into Japanese mainstream music.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

After graduating high school in 2011, she made her major debut with Warner Music Japan with her mini-album "Moshi Moshi Harajuku" (Released on August 27th), produced by Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE). In May of 2015, she released her first full album "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution" which she earned her first number one spot on the Oricon charts, iTunes Japan charts, and Worldwide Electro charts. Following this success, she embarked on her first Nationwide tour. She continued this attack with a solo event at Nippon Budokan and her first appearance on the NHK Uta Gassen. In 2013, she held her first immensely successful world tour (consisting of 8 countries and regions across 13 cities) with the announcement of her second full album (Nanda Collection) in June of 2013 which garnered her the first place spot on the weekly Oricon charts. After this, at the end of her hugely successful 2nd world tour (spanning 11 countries and regions across 15 cities), her 2nd album (Pika Pika Fantajin) was announced and released simultaneously across 15 countries and regions including North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. This earned her the 2nd time of obtaining the 1st place spot on the Weekly Oricon Chart rankings. This success assembled over 35,000 fans for her concert hall tour (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Kumo no Ue no HEAVENS DOOR) across 15 cities and 17 performances. Additionally one of her largest arena tours with 9 events (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Colorful Panic TOY BOX) ended with a fantastic success. 2016 marked her 5th anniversary which for her anniversary she released her first best album "KPP BEST" and embarked on her 3rd world tour, among various other projects. In 2018 she launched her 4th world tour and released her 4th album "Japamyu".

She continues to astonish fans with her unbiased cuteness and attracts new fans with her expression of originality. Her presence as a "HARAJUKU" icon combined with her artistic activities continues to attract her attention from all over the world.

Hiroomi Tosaka

HIROOMI TOSAKA is an actor, solo artist, and vocalist managed by LDH JAPAN inc. He made his major label debut in 2010 with the Japanese pop group J Soul Brothers III from EXILE TRIBE with their first single, "Best Friend’s Girl".

In 2017 he began activities as a solo artist, releasing his first single, "WASTED LOVE". In 2018 he released his first full-length album, "FULL MOON". From August to December 2018 he held his first solo arena tour, "HIROOMI TOSAKA LIVE TOUR 2018 FULL MOON", which attracted 270,000 people at 23 shows across 11 cities. In addition to his live activity he developed a clothing like, "CLAIR DE LUNE", in which he expresses his world view utilitizing inspiration from a range of different cultures.

His acting career began in 2014 in the film "Hot Road", directed by Miki Takahiro, and won the Newcomer Award in 4 Japanese film ceremonies including the Japan Academy Prize. Most recently he starred in the romance film "Yuki no Hana" which was released in February of 2019. In 2015 he also released his first photo essay book, "NOBODY KNOWS", to great success selling more than 180,000 copies.

He continues to expand his activities not only as a vocalist and actor but also as an artist, setting his sights on the rest of the world.

CAPSULE

Aside from producing for Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the "LIAR GAME" series of soundtracks, participating in movie soundtracks such as "Star Trek : Into Darkness", having songs in "Apple Seed Alpha", and participating in many other domestic and international music productions, CAPSULE is the main production unit of Yasutaka Nakata. Formed with Toshiko Koshijima in 1997, they made their CD debut in 2001. An exciting all-in-one music group which shares their creativity not only in the music world, but other creative scenes such as fashion, beauty, video media. Yasutaka Nakata of course writes, composes, and arranges all of the music himself. He has also had appearances in many large-scale, world-wide festivals displaying his enthusiasm with performances further enhanced by video, audio, and lighting to captivate the audience even more.

CrazyBoy

ELLY made his debut in 2010, known not only for being a performer in J Soul Brothers III, ELLY is also known for his choreography for back dancers of many world-famous artists both domestically and internationally. His unique physical ability and expertise draws him attention from all over the world.

In 2015 he starred in his first movie "TRASH".

As part of J Soul Brothers III, ELLY demonstrates his excel in creative prowess as he is involved in the choreography, composition of songs, etc.. He does solo hip-hop work under the alias of "CRAZYBOY". He released his first EP titled "NEOTOKYO EP" on iTunes, Recochoku, and other streaming services in February of 2017 to the success the first place weekly ranking on 4 major distribution sites, also making waves when collaborating with other world-famous artists.

In July of the same year, he released the "NEOTOKYO II EP". Following up on the success of his debut EP "NEOTOKYO EP", "NEOTOKYO II EP" was awarded the first place for weekly albums on both iTunes and mu-mo, achieving great success on two top-ranking charts. His performance is fueled by making full use of auto-tune and recently he has been extensively active in various fields such as producer and DJ. He has made guest appearances on tracks from legends such as "Shinichi Osawa", the hip-hop charisma icon "ANARCHY", and dance hall reggae sound masters "Mighty Crown". By earning a solid trust foundation from leading artists in each genre, he has proven the power and expertise of the hip-hop artist "CRAZYBOY".

In 2018 he shared his talent with PKCZ®(VERBAL / DJ MAKIDAI / DJ DARUMA) on the track "BOW DOWN FT. CRAZYBOY from EXILE TRIBE" alongside hip-hop legend SNOOP DOGG. It was released from the largely famous Dutch dance music label "Spinnin’ Records/Trap City" which garnered worldwide attention. In July of the same year, he released his "best" album "NEOTOKYO FOREVER" and held his first solo show "CRAZYBOY presents NEOTOKYO ~ THE PRIVATE PARTY 2018~".

The expressiveness and creative color of "CRAZYBOY" showed a completely different side of ELLY, which brought him a large amount of attention both domestically and internationally alongside his work with the nationally acclaimed dance & vocal group, J Soul Brothers III.

In 2019 he participated as a guest player in "The Summer Smash at the Australian Open" for Epic Games Battle Royale Action Building Game "Fortnite", in Melbourne, Australia. Across 50 teams and 100 players, ELLY survived to earn the 10th place spot showing off his skill and invigorating the audience.

From being a performer, to an actor, choreographer, and a hip-hop artist, ELLY shows his versatility as an artist across many forefronts.

Taku Takahashi

Taku Takahashi launched his career in 1998 as the DJ/Producer of the J-pop music group "m-flo". The group quickly rose to prominence, and over the last decade have sold over 2 million copies of their 30 singles and 10 albums.

Taku Takahashi is also well known for his solo work as a producer/songwriter, remixing music for prominent artists such as Calvin Harris, The Ting Tings, Morgan Page, and SMAP, spanning various genres from all over the globe. Winning the "Beatport Music Awards 2011 Top Tracks" with his "Incoming... TAKU Remix", he has proven himself as an elite player in the Japanese dance music scene. Taku Takahashi also served as supervisor to the soundtracks for the hit Japanese anime "Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt" as well as making waves in the music industry for his work with the drama/movie "Nobunaga Concerto".

In 2011, Taku Takahashi embarked on his most ambitious venture yet, establishing Japan's first and only Dance Music Radio Station "block.fm". Currently boasting upwards of 40 programs including exclusive mixes from world-famous international DJs, block.fm is gaining strong attention as it's fan base rapidly continues to grow. Praised for his prominent role in the Japanese dance music industry, Taku Takahashi was voted the number 1 DJ for three years straight, by Japan's most wellknown dance music publication "iLOUD" for their annual "DJ 50/50" top DJ list.

Yasutaka Nakata

He is the leading figure in the Japanese electro scene. While he delivers a distorted sound with a distinct distortion, he is also the creator of the style of "kawaii" electronic music, which has stemmed many derivatives across the world. As a producer, he has brought artists such as "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu" and "Perfume" to the eyes and ears of the world.

He started the unit "CAPSULE" in 2001 and has shared his solo name across many artists which he produced and he established the "Yasutaka Nakata sound". Influencing not only artists in Japan but also around the world, many Yasutaka Nakata children were born. That sound is being tied back to Japan, even today.

Artists which are in the forefront of the international music scene such as Madeon, Porter Robinson, Sophie (PC Music), among others cite that Yasutaka Nakata is an artist which they "draw a huge amount of inspiration from."

He provided the Ultra Music Festival worldwide official anthem under his solo name, a first for a Japanese artist. He also provided music for the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony and also had a featuring track with the world-famous singer, Charli XCX with the song "Crazy Crazy". He also provided the theme song for the movie "Nanimono" with the song "NANIMONO (feat.Kenshi Yonezu) and the tie-up song (Bokura no Network) for the game "Dragalia Lost" under the name DAOKO x Yasutaka Nakata. In addition to making remixes for various artists such as ZEDD and Steve Aoki, he has also co-produced a song with director JJ Abrams for the Hollywood movie "Star Trek : Into Darkness."

In 2018 he released what could be considered his 18th release, "Digital Native", which featured the colorful track with vocal cut-ups "White Cube." This release garnered him the first place spot on both the overall and electronic charts on iTunes.

From games to movies to pop scenes, his activities are diverse with a unique style centered on the club scene.

TeddyLoid

Music producer & DJ/music artist. Born August 23, 1989. At the age of eighteen, TeddyLoid acted as chief DJ and sound producer for recording artist MIYAVI on his world tour spanning thirteen countries. In 2010, he produced the soundtrack for the television anime series Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, along with Taku Takahashi (block.fm, m-flo). In 2011 he joined forces with musicians Kou Shibasaki and DECO*27 to form the musical unit galaxias! and subsequently released an album with them. He engineered sound for the lead song Neo STARGATE on the 2013 album by pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z and later produced the group’s first official remix album, Re: MOMOIRO CLOVER Z, released on the EVIL LINE RECORDS subdivision of King Records.

In September of 2014, TeddyLoid released his first album, BLACK MOON RISING, on the same label, marking his major debut as a solo artist. December 2015 saw the release of his second album, SILENT PLANET, a collaboration featuring artists including Yasutaka Nakata of CAPSULE, HISASHI (GLAY), Tetsuya Komuro, Ryohei Shima (the dresscodes), and Ayaka Sasaki (Momoiro Clover Z). In 2016, he began the digital release of the SILENT PLANET 2 EP series, as a sequel to his previous album. This effort featured artists such as KOHH, Bonjour Suzuki, CHANMINA, AiNA THE END (BiSH), and K Dub Shine, among others. As a music producer and remixer, he has lent his talents to releases by a diverse range of musical artists, such as Yuzu, the GazettE, KOHH, HIKAKIN & SEIKIN, Crossfaith, and Yoshikazu Mela.

Additionally, he collaborated with DAOKO in producing music for the music video ME! ME! ME! by director Hibiki Yoshizaki, part of the Japan Anima(tor) Expo series, and for a television commercial for HAL Technical Colleges entitled I Hate You… But I Love You. In addition, he has produced music on a large number of commercial jingles, stage performances, and video game soundtracks, including the promotional video Destiny 2 Live Action Dance Trailer "Freestyle Playground" for the new PlayStation 4 game Destiny 2, the EXTRA BASS series from Sony, and SUPERLOSERZ SAVE THE EARTH, a new performance from Wrecking Crew Orchestra under the direction of Amon Miyamoto.

He has also garnered great reactions to his work abroad, including recognition as one of the top five most-played Japanese music artists on Spotify in 2016, alongside the artists RADWIMPS, BABYMETAL, ONE OK ROCK, and PICOTARO, and a successful world tour across four countries and spanning thirteen cities in 2017 and 2018.

Chuck None

Chuck None is an American electronic music producer/performer from Los Angeles, California.

He produces a variety of hard hitting styles. Although demographically aimed at the edm world, within a mere 3 years he has also quickly become a favorite in the cosplay and nerd community. He's rattled and rocked nightclubs ranging from the bay down to mexico, he has infected audiences with his high energy performance and sound. You can look forward to experiencing an interesting twist on the tunes in his performances.

Having played multiple events for San Diego Comic Con, Anime Expo, E3, Club Cosplay, Cluc Comic Con, upon many others, Chuck is on the rise and won’t be powering down anytime soon.

Time / Date

Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Time / Date

Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

Location

THE NOVO by Microsoft
800 W Olympic Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-7000

Ticket Details

Tickets are available for purchase from axs.com with multiple tiers available from general admission to VVIP available.

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