It’s a Good Day at Beyond Senpai as we are joined by J-pop artist MIKUROMIKA. With her catchy dance fusion vibes ready to take over your playlist, Mika gives us the low down on her rise to J-pop stardom.
Beyond Senpai~ Welcome to Beyond Senpai, please introduce yourself.
Mika~Hi! My name is MIKUROMIKA. I’m a Japanese pop singer-songwriter
based in Canada and Japan. My signature concept is Japanese FASHION×MUSIC with energetic, feel-good music, inspirational lyrics and colourful performance.
BS~ Congratulations on joining the Setsuzoku Records roster! How did this partnership come about?
M~ I’m a singer-songwriter and I’m an overseas manager at the Japan Artist Association so I’m supporting Japanese artists who want to share their art and music to outside of Japan. I met Setsuzoku Records through online conference meetings.
I’m really happy that they love my music and believe in my potential!
BS~ What inspired you to become a J-pop artist? And does your sense of fashion play a part in your overall musical style?
M~ I wanted to be a J-pop singer in Japan because I want to help and cheer up people with my music and performance. But since I had cancer, my passion for music became stronger. I want to inspire people to chase their dreams.
Also my fashion style is very connected to my music.
I’m trying to express a more artistic sense through music and fashion and not just music.
BS~ You recently released a new single, Good Day, and the B side Baby, can you tell us the inspiration for these tracks?
M~ My song Good Day was inspired by a picture of the Japanese photopgrapher/artist Yoshitaka Goto and it’s a song about a princess who wants to escape from her castle to learn what real life is.
For the song Baby I was inspired by tropical house music which is a style I love and I wanted to combine it with the sounds of Japanese instruments. The story came from a real relationship experience.
BS~ You have a unique sound to your music, what is your creative process and what is it like working alongside international producers?
M~ Thank you so much! I’m working with international sound producers and I like that because even though I make J-pop, it is never going to be only mainstream J-pop. My sound producers are like spice in cooking food so my music is like “Japanese fusion.”
Our native languages are different so then sometimes I feel it is difficult to explain small details, but we have music as a language. So somehow we can communicate well 🙂
BS~ How do you feel about breaking into the international scene?
M~ I’m just soooo excited. Music is a communication tool and I’m sure that when I’m singing in Japanese you guys can feel my emotions.
I really want to perform as much as possible outside of Japan. Taking my music to the world is my dream!
BS~ Are there any venues or countries you would perform live in? Is there an artist you would like to collaborate with?
M~ Now is difficult to perform in venues because of COVID, but I would love to perform in the UK which is my dream.
Also I would love to collaborate with Rina Sawayama. I love her music and I respect her a lot.
BS~ You love using social media to connect with your fans, especially Instagram live, what do you enjoy most about this?
M~ I’ve been doing livestreams on Instagram for two years and I’m really enjoying it because I can communicate directly with my fans.
Every time I learn something new about who is listening to my music. I talk about my culture, music, experiences and more deep topics too sometimes. I feel loneliness easily, but chatting with my fans makes me happy and relaxed.
BS~ When you are not being a Jpop artist, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
M~ When I have time, I like to draw since I also make visual art. I also love watching bulldog videos. LOL!
I really really want to have bulldog one day!
BS~ Can your fans look forward to more new music from you in the future?
M~ Of course!! I’m making a bunch of songs now. With Setsuzoku Records I hope to release an EP later this year.
Please look forward to it. We hope it will be the soundtrack for your summer!
BS~ Do you have a message for your fanbase?
M~ Thank you so much for finding me! I think this is destiny⭐︎
I will make you happy with my music so please follow me!
And as you guys know I love to communicate with my fans♡
Come to chat on my livestream and ask me anything!
And I hope I can see you guys at my performance one day soon !!!
Good Day and Baby are available now on iTunes and Spotify.
To support MIKUROMIKA
All photos and artwork courtesy of MIKUROMIKA.
Interview by: Beyond Senpai
Edited by: Just Panda