Musicians charged with made up crimes, were captured and offered the chance to avoid long term prison sentence in exchange for their services and tasked with undercover musical work and international musical outreach programs.
As part of the top-secret and closely guarded black-ops musical team, each member of CRC holds a special skill and elite knowledge which sets them apart from other bands.
Their mission: to promote good music and Japanese style to the international market by: performing live at various events, live band support for solo anisingers and idols as well as write new material for anime, games, and more.
(Between the members, their credits in other works include Gintama OST, One Piece OST, Hatsune Miku, TV commercial and drama work, and major label band members)
Aimee Blackschleger (band)
Aimee Blackschleger is an Italian-born, American singer/songwriter and session recording artist living in Japan. Besides TV commercial songs and performing as a back-up singer for various Japanese pop and rock stars, most recently for The Vamps, she has been involved in many video game and anime projects.
In the world of video games, Aimee’s voice has been featured on songs for games like “Beatmania”, “Final Fantasy XIII-2″, “Guitar Freaks and Drummania”, and “Pro Evolution Soccer.”
Not limiting herself to the video game scene, Aimee’s voice can also be heard in some of the most popular recent anime of the last few years. From the ending theme of the the anime “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt,”“Fallen Angel” to recent themes like "D.O.A" from Attack on Titan,” among many others, her style and strong vocal presence is recognizable.
As well, Aimee recently released her own CD of self-written original material, called "Kryptonite" and is also a member of a 4 woman harp-based pop/soul ensemble.
Mika Kobayashi (band)
Mika Kobayashi is a piano-based singer-songwriter In 2011, she became involved in recording vocals for various anime theme and insert songs. Many know her voice from insert songs “bios“ from Guilty Crown as well as “Before My Body Is Dry” from Kill La Kill. She has also performed songs for Attack on Titan and Gundam Unicorn soundtracks. Her unique voice has created continued interest from anime composers as well as offers for TVCM and television drama themes.
While anime music has brought her name to the ears of many people outside Japan, those people may not also be aware of her original material. She writes, composes, and performs her original material; a sort of melancholic, thought-provoking pop, that isn’t pop, that has listeners gazing into their own thoughts and life experiences.
With her solo music, music videos, and live performances, she likes to collaborate with artists of various media to create a unique experience. She has worked with art photographers, dancers, and most often, sword fight / dance choreographer Tetsuro Shimaguchi to further engage her audience in the musical experience.
The Slants (band)
Portland's The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed" (The Westword). The Willamette Week says "While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." George Takei says they're simply "brilliant."
The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock."
They've been featured on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries.
20 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, and Dragon Con. They've received invitations to share the stage at events with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miyavi, and Shonen Knife.
Every one of their last 8 music videos have gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Two recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and feature international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.
They've won "Album of the Year" and "Editor's Choice" from dozens of magazines, including Willamette Week, LA Weekly, Shojo Beat, Village Voice, City Beat, and Rockwired.
Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it's clear that The Slants' infectious brand of "so damn good" music will leave you wanting more" (MRU Magazine).
Kazha is a rock band from Japan formed by singer/songwriter Kazuha Oda. During her debut as a solo singer, she worked with wide variety of performers including Grammy winner Bob James (Fourplay), and worked on numerous CDs: 6 albums, 5 singles, and over 10 compilation albums ranging from Classic to Heavy Metal music.
In September 2009, Kazha released their first EP "Breath Through Your Dreams" and toured Japan and Korea. With the release of their first album "Overture" in 2010, they made their first North America tour debuting at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco playing with American Hip Hop group “Far East Movement”.
Recently, Kazha are sponsored by Royal Studios in Memphis who recorded the hit record “Up Town Funk”, and the band continues to tour around the world as well as appearing at various festivals and conventions including Nan Desu Kan, Sacanime, and Saboten Con.
Kazha joined Saboten Con family in 2010, and it will be their 6th year.
Ladybeard is the bizarre and brutally cute cross dressing phenomenon that has shaken Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and now is making his way to Japan. Pro-wrestler, heavy metal vocalist, party rocker and 24 hour photo opportunity, Ladybeard 1st appeared in the rings of Hong Kong’s pro-wrestling scene in 2009. Hong Kong audiences were delighted by the unique style of comedy presented by Ladybeard, at once a cutesy, cuddly and hairy cross dressing teddy bear, and a brutal and raging fighting machine.
After gaining popularity as a wrestler, Ladybeard expanded his performance repertoire to include music, in 2010 performing his first heavy metal show, reworking classic Cantonese pop songs into hyper-aggressive comical heavy metal scream alongs. Wearing his most beautiful dresses, Ladybeard massacred Hong Kong’s favourite pop ballads in the most theatrical heavy metal performances Hong Kongers had ever witnessed, involving fights, puppets, circus performers, bikini clad dancers and more. Ladybeard began performing his pop/metal operas regularly around Hong Kong, and late in 2010 toured to Taiwan for the first time, where audiences received him with similar joy and fascination as those in Hong Kong.
It was however in November 2011 that Ladybeard fulfilled a career long goal and toured for the first time to Japan. Performing incredibly well received shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa, Ladybeard found a place he decided would become his new home. Since finishing his 2011 Japan tour Ladybeard has been intensely preparing to return to Japan, working hard to increase his skills in wrestling, singing and performing, even returning to his homeland of Australia so as to train with the best. Finally his patience has paid off, and Ladybeard is returning to Japan in September 2013.
The land of the Rising Sun had best brace itself. Something is coming the likes of which Japan has never experienced before!