This year at the 1st Impact of Japan Expo USA marked the first US appearance of kids dance group J☆Dee’Z, where they did multiple performances and appearances throughout the convention.
Steve is a contributor and resident music nerd for Selective Hearing, specializing in Japanese idol industry commentary and coverage. A lifetime musician, film lover, journalist, video game fanatic, philosophy enthusiast, and idol aficionado. A dweller of the idol scene since the late 1990s, he loves to discuss industry trends and ideas, past or present.
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Coverage from the inaugural Japan Expo USA begins with coverage of Dempagumi.inc's appearance and an interview with the group.
Denpagumi.inc has a packed schedule for the late Summer and Fall of 2013 all over the globe. Here's an outline of what's in store for Akihabara's newest sweethearts.
Steve gives us his take on the nature of idols based on discussions and comments about Wota.tv's translated article posted earlier in the International Thinking series.
The first in a series of translated articles by international idol journalists from all around the world. This edition covers the foundation and concept behind idols.
Steve reviews his favorite idol's solo debut single, the 2nd solo release from Idoling!!! Does it live up to the expectations of die-hard fan?
That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere. This week: Seo Taiji's 7th Issue.
Steve discusses hiding your idol fandom from others and whether it is an inescapable part of being part of the fan culture.
Steve has exclusive coverage of Anime Expo 2013's idol guests Carat and Ikeda Aya's first US appearances.