Billboard Japan and TikTok kicked off the April version of Subsequent Fireplace, highlighting singer-songwriter Ohashi Chippoke as this month’s featured artist.
Subsequent Fireplace introduces a number of the hottest rising J-pop acts of the second, primarily based on Billboard Japan’s Heatseekers Songs chart. The collaborative undertaking on TikTok Reside streams studio concert events and pre-recorded interviews by the featured artist of the month to current an in-depth have a look at their profession and artistry.
Ohashi is a solo artist whose bouncy pop music “Jouryoku” (“Evergreen”) launched final yr held the highest spot on the Heatseekers tally for six consecutive weeks. The 23-year-old carried out a reside showcase set on Apr. 8, together with this breakout hit and an upcoming new observe referred to as “Iya demone” due Apr. 29.
Ohashi Chippoke appeared within the livestream studio and started enjoying one chord on his electrical guitar because the digital live performance started. Quickly, the drummer gave the cue and the set kicked off on an upbeat observe with Ohashi’s “I Love You niwa I Love You,” increase a welcoming, danceable vibe with the nice and cozy pop music. After murmuring “Thanks,” the artist went on to delicately carry out “Shiawase ni tsuite” (“About Happiness”), a observe that includes considerably pessimistic lyrics set to a characteristically digital soundscape.
Ohashi then switched to an acoustic guitar and briefly addressed viewers. “I’ve by no means achieved a web based present in such a elaborate studio earlier than. It looks like we’ll have a lot of enjoyable,” he stated. “I do know a lot of you’re seeing me carry out reside for the primary time immediately, so I hope we are able to get a few of you to take curiosity in me after tonight.” The band then launched into “By Your Facet,” a synth-heavy quantity that makes listeners wish to shut their eyes and immerse themselves within the sound.
The subsequent music was “Jouryoku,” at present buzzing on TikTok. As anticipated, this music was significantly well-known by viewers and the remark part grew an increasing number of heated in the course of the efficiency. Ohashi and his band members delivered a heat reside rendition of the laid-back bop and appeared to totally get pleasure from enjoying music as they jammed collectively onstage.
After introducing the band, Ohashi premiered “Iya demone,” his new music due later this month. Described as a “unhappy however danceable” tune, the quantity options intelligent wordplay and use of a dialect in its lyrics. The singer introduced that the music could be his first digital single to be launched from his new label Common Music.
The final music of the night was “Chinmoku no shonen” (“The Silent Boy”). Many viewers gave the impression to be struck by the lyrics which can be heartbreaking but full of heat, and posted optimistic reactions within the remark part. The band’s uncooked tackle the observe was emphasised additional because the music neared its finish, and left a lingering feeling after the present ended.
The archived model of the livestream and a pre-recorded interview by the younger new artist will probably be made obtainable beginning Apr. 15, from 8:00 p.m. Japan time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (with some exceptions) on Billboard Japan’s TikTok channel.