Metal Matsuri - 4-5 October
(02-16-2019, 08:41 AM)billm99uk Wrote: I remember someone once saying years ago (I think the context was why a British R&B group that was successful domestically, but could never 'break' the US market, unlike many other UK bands had at that time) that if you're exporting something cultural to another country you have to send something they haven't already got a lot of. Not much point in sending over, say, ten NWOBHM-inspired bands back to the UK, is there? We've a bucket-load of those and they're playing pubs and clubs. They'll be cheaper and have much better English too Wink

On the other hand, there isn't really a British 'gal's metal' scene like in Japan. So I guess the question is "What sort of Japanese bands would (a) be interested in appearing; and (b) would interest a European audience". I guess a ten-band show wouldn't interest the bigger names, or those who already had a foothold here (Saber Tiger etc.). So what bands should the organisers be 'aiming for'.

Very true indeed! Smile

(02-16-2019, 01:04 PM)bhg70 Wrote: I have to admit, I no longer even think of these bands in terms of all-female or female-fronted. It's just Fuki and non-Fuki...

I am one step closer to attending, though. I talked to my parents this morning about them possibly staying with the kids for that week. They're open to it, it just depends on my mom's job with the school district. If she can make it work, I'm golden.

Good news! Hope it works out for you, and you can make it over here!
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That's nice to hear, I hope it all works out and you're able to go.
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(02-16-2019, 08:41 AM)billm99uk Wrote: Not much point in sending over, say, ten NWOBHM-inspired bands back to the UK, is there? We've a bucket-load of those and they're playing pubs and clubs. They'll be cheaper and have much better English too Wink

On the other hand, there isn't really a British 'gal's metal' scene like in Japan.

But I have found that even though this scene doesnt really exist here, it doesnt mean people will be interested in it.
Nobody I know personally, even big music fans and music professionals, have any interest at all, despite my making them aware of it.
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You can lead a horse to water.
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(Yesterday, 02:21 AM)andyww Wrote: But I have found that even though this scene doesnt really exist here, it doesnt mean people will be interested in it.
Nobody I know personally, even big music fans and music professionals, have any interest at all, despite my making them aware of it.

(Yesterday, 02:21 AM)rollermonkey Wrote: You can lead a horse to water.

Personally I have to feel like I've "discovered" bands that I like - even though it's pretty ridiculous to think that you've personally discovered a band that maybe thousands of other people already like, and you found it via YouTube, an Amazon recommendation, a link posted on a forum, or whatever.

Even as recently as, say, 3 years ago, if you'd turned to me and gone, "you know, there's shitloads of great Japanese stuff you should check out", I think that I'd have nodded, smiled and politely moved away.
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Yeah, most people seem to simply have to discover things for themselves. I'd shown stuff to lots of friends throughout my school years and I can't recall any who got into the bands I was into. Then on the flip side I can think of several other friends who at random points talked to me about Japanese rock and such on their own, for the most part unprompted, with me not knowing they liked anything to do with Japanese rock and metal til that point. Funny how that works. Tongue
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I will admit this though: Someone played a bunch of NWOBHM albums for me, (and I do mean LP albums), when I was a Junior in High School, and that's what got me into HM.

Even if I did gravitate towards Metallica instead of Diamond Head or Saxon.
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NWOBHM is how I got my proper footing in metal, too. Before that, I mostly knew typical mainstream rock (e.g. Quiet Riot, Ratt, Def Leppard) since childhood.

I never cared too much for Metallica, though. I acknowledge that it's just a generational thing, but beyond the first two or three albums, they're as stale as it gets for a professional band.
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Oh, I think Puppets was the last decent original Metallica album. (Although I do enjoy the $5.98 EP and S&M.)
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