Leadership in Japanese Music
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(04-16-2018, 10:07 AM)Agonymph Wrote: The atmosphere within the band would improve immensely, but they didn't really get anywhere after that.

Yep, the best leaders are able to find the right balance getting things done and keeping morale up. Go too far to either side, and things get iffy. Just like a "regular" job. Smile
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I guess that explains why I was such a terrible band leader myself Wink I shared duties with our drummer though. Not in a two captains on one ship sort of situation - those are destructive to any band - but more in the way that he was good at things I sucked at and vice versa.
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#13
Koga is probably the best example of a leader where it’s obvious, and that she’s good at it. And we actually sort of know what she does. And that is also a case where the principal songwriter isn’t the leader.
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What about the type of leader who effectively 'is' the band - there seem to be a lot of these in Japan (more than in the West). You've basically got one guy - Anthem's Naoto Shibata being the most obvious (or gal, hi Mina!), who effectively hires and fires a revolving cast of others. Does that make them a 'good' leader, or a 'bad' leader. Or is it just another style of band management, no more or less valid?
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(04-16-2018, 01:06 PM)rollermonkey Wrote: Koga is probably the best example of a leader where it’s obvious, and that she’s good at it. And we actually sort of know what she does. And that is also a case where the principal songwriter isn’t the leader.

Have they broken down their songwriting process in interviews before? I know Band-Maid have made it clear that Kanami is the primary songwriter, bringing the demos to the band, who then fill things out, thus crediting the whole band (like GS do). Is it the same type of thing in GS?
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(04-16-2018, 01:10 PM)billm99uk Wrote: What about the type of leader who effectively 'is' the band - there seem to be a lot of these in Japan (more than in the West). You've basically got one guy - Anthem's Naoto Shibata being the most obvious (or gal, hi Mina!), who effectively hires and fires a revolving cast of others. Does that make them a 'good' leader, or a 'bad' leader. Or is it just another style of band management, no more or less valid?

I have no problem whatsoever with that, as 50 percent of my favorite bands more or less operates that way. Sure, some of these guys actually need the feedback from other guys (Akira Takasaki being an obvious example), but I can actually understand these guys or girls. It may seem like a harsh environment to be in, but if you have a vision of your own, you should go for that instead of joining a band with a powerful leading figure.
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