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Friday, June 27, 2008

Halcali article on Japan Today

Imagine my surprise when I saw this today! Looks like Halcali's recent international success has done wonders in terms of exposure.

For Japanese female hip-hop duo HALCALI, the world is their stage
By Natsuki Oka
HALCALI, a Japanese female hip-hop duo that performed in New York for the first time in early June, is eager to make further strides on the international music scene. The duo, consisting of two 20-year-olds from Tokyo, made their name when some of their tracks were used as theme songs for a popular TV animation series a few years ago.The songs soon reached the ears of anime fans abroad, and the pair made their overseas debut in Paris in July 2007.
In May 2008, HALCALI performed for the first time in the United States at a concert in Chicago.They followed this up with an appearance at New York’s Central Park on June 1 as part of a Japan Day cultural festival. "Our current goal is to release a new album in Japan, Europe and the United States," Haruka, one half of the duo, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News in New York.
Fellow hip-hopper Yukari added, "In the future, we’re hoping to perform all over the world."

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It's perhaps an inevitable result of them getting so much attention so quickly that people are just assuming their post Ongaku anime songs is where Halcali began, whereas in reality of course those songs sold relatively poorly compared to their early For Life days. What's become apparant though is there is a real buzz about the band now, a feeling of gaining momentum that hasn't been present since the OTF era.

A worldwide Japan-America-Europe release of album four is looking more and more likely now- and just in the nick of time. I can't be the only one who was worried that dreadful single sales might have resulted in their quiet departure from Sony. What we really need now is what Sony haven't really given Halcali yet in Japan- a solid marketing campaign and a real push towards top 20 chart success.


Anonymous novaforever said...

I was just gonna post here with a link to this article, but I guess you found it all on your own!

Yeah, a lot of people saying that their music is fluff for just anime fans. It's a shame that most of the people who posted comments there seemed to only listen to a bit of their music before writing them off.

The interview made me happy though! They even sorta mentioned me and Steve (as the people who came from Canada and took a 16 hour bus to see them0!

5:17 AM

Anonymous wrongun said...

Hey, don't forget the other Canadian here! XD

I've got the template for halcalisensation.com nearly done. It's just XHTML and CSS. It could use some awesome graphics from you Alice, and Sito too. Check your Facebook, I gave you a link to see the template.

Steve and Alice, please read the PMs I sent you, let me know how your progress is going. :)

10:31 AM

Anonymous novaforever said...

Another NYC interview went up from HALCALI at animenewsnetwork.com.


It's actually a video interview which is pretty neat! I haven't watched more than the first 30 seconds since i'm at work right now, but ann does good work so it's probably pretty well done.

5:15 PM

Anonymous sideshowsit0 said...

WOW that was a badass video Thanks for the link nova...

OMG ( 7:00 ) " What does WHOO mean anyway " - HAHAHAHA

9;02 ...awwwwwww love the uncomfortable silence !!

man, i really wish this two the best - theyre geniunely awesome

Great video ! Man im pumped to see another Halcali concert in the near future ! .. cant wait for that 4th album

8:11 PM

Blogger jariten said...

Nova- thanks for the link! I just hope they play over here before the year is out

1:50 PM


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