The Japanese fashion and music industries will have some representation with the appearance of designer HIZUMI (ex-D’espairsRay), Jin (vocalist, Youtaite singer), and Ali Watson (JRockRevolution.com) at this year’s Naka-Kon Convention in Overland Park, Kansas this March 13-15th, 2015.
With over 12 years of working as the vocalist, lyricist, art director, and designer for D’espairsRay, HIZUMI has visited various parts of the world, including the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, Jrock Revolution in Los Angeles, California, the Taste of Chaos tour in America and Canada, and the Human-Clad Monsters tour in Japan, North America, and Europe. Now a designer with his own company, UMBRELLA, HIZUMI works with numerous bands on design and development of their images and merchandise.
During the convention, attendees will be treated to an introduction of HIZUMI and his work in music and design through special panels as well as have the opportunity for a Q and A session and autographs. Naka-Kon marks HIZUMI’s debut appearance as a designer.
Jin is a VK (Visual Kei) vocalist who has been with bands in Canada and is now beginning activities in Japan. From Visual Kei to vocaloid and anisong, Jin has a wide variety of musical talent to share. Jin brings the expertise of being behind the mic and behind the scenes in a fickle entertainment industry and will be offering some insights into both.
Following the disbandment of D’espairsRay in 2011, HIZUMI started his own design company, UMBRELLA. Currently, HIZUMI is designing for his own brand with T-shirts, mugs, prints, and accessories. He also designs other Japanese rock bands’ merchandise such as PIERROT, D’ERLANGER, LM.C, ALvino, defspiral, and REDRUM.
JIN is a Canadian VK (“visual-kei”) band vocalist and Youtaite (Youtube singer) who’s now based in Tokyo. He was a leader in the Vancouver j-rock scene, and was known for his visual and high energy performance style. He fronted “eqlipsE” (2003-07), one of the best known overseas VK bands at the time. In 2010, he formed an “anisong” cover band, “Final aNiX,” and performed at various anime conventions. He also started Youtaite activities in 2009 covering many different VK and anisongs.
What is Naka-Kon? Naka-Kon is an Overland Park, Kansas based anime convention. We celebrate Japanese animation and the influence anime has across the globe by educating people from all walks of life in many diverse facets of popular and traditional Japanese culture. Naka-Kon is run exclusively by volunteers and puts 100 percent of its resources into making the most out of the convention. [From their official website]
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