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Weekly Discussion Question Round Thirty Six
Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 5:49am in Originals, Weekly Discussion Question

Weekly Discussion Question Round Thirty Six

Howdy, folks! We at Shattered-Tranquility hope you feel welcomed in this community, and really love hearing feedback or thoughts about your favorite bands or your opinions on these weekly discussion questions. I can’t help but wonder what the visual kei community is like for everyone who reads news from this site.

Are you the only one in a small town that likes visual kei? Do you only have the online community to share your visual kei interests with? Or are you in the forefront of the visual kei community, planning to attend three, four, maybe even five lives a week? So many questions, but what I really want to know is below.

What is the visual kei community like where you are? Do you engage in the online visual kei community?

If you’re more of the online community type, you may want to check out last week’s question about what it takes to be considered visual kei and give us your opinion. Remember to be respectful of others and their opinions. Feel free to comment on this page or via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

And if there’s something you’re dying to debate or talk about with other fans, let us know!

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Comments (4)

  • Yuuhy

    I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area and we used to have a huge visual kei/Jrock community here to the point where there were always visual kei cosplayers at Fanime, a number of cover bands, and even a Jrock convention that ran for two years in Santa Clara. This was in the mid-00’s. I think the community kind of disappeared as the new decade started, either due to declining interest or dispersion of existing fans. Maybe it went to Los Angeles? There used to be a Cure shop in San Francisco Japantown, I think, whereas now there’s Xenon in LA, which despite still being California, is a nine hour drive away.

    Or maybe the community still exists, and it’s me who can’t find it after my own interest waned for a few years. We don’t get many shows here, so it’s hard to gauge. We get one every year or couple of years, and the next closest tour stop is usually Los Angeles (if they’re touring at all as opposed to making an overpriced convention appearance), so if you miss it and aren’t willing to go that far, it’s gone.

    Anyway, the point is I used to know dozens of visual kei fans irl whereas now I know only a few online, and they’re scattered across the globe. So, uh, if you’re near SF, hit me up? Could be cool.

  • DKjapanesefreak

    In Denmark I’ve met… 1 person who knew about VK, she didn’t like it, but I guess that’s better than nothing. Sort of. My nearest VK friend is in Sweden, quite a while away, but I don’t mind visiting her when I can.

  • Kyoni

    I’ve met a handful of visual kei fans in my town. There were about 7 of them, but only 4 of them were friends. And this was a few years earlier. Some of them have moved on to k-pop. Even online friends of mine that liked v-kei have shifted to k-pop. It feels like visual kei is not as popular as it used to be here in the middle of the States, but even then, not too many people know about it here.

  • tt

    Oslo, Norway here. There used to be a VK fan community, but the guys who make the decisions in the rock scene here are in their fifties and sixties and have ruled with an iron fist since the eighties. They know what they like, and what everyone else should listen to. Real rock’n’roll only; metal and rap – suspicious, synths and make-up – not allowed. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, if your band looks and sounds like that, you can get bookings, even if no-one comes to see you play.

    Versailles played here in 2010, Anli Pollicino in 2012. Both played outside the system; booked by people who hadn’t put on gigs before at venues that don’t usually hold rock concerts.

    Helsinki seems like paradise: They have a venue that allows under-18 gigs! That’s against the rules, as far as the old guys are concerned (we call them “the music police”); there must be beer at gigs. They were actually offered government support for a youth-oriented venue, but they turned it down.

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