Today we’re introducing to you the IKE V Project, based in Ikebukuro, brought to you by Tatsuo, Mao and Charisma Kantaro–but wait, there’s a twist! These founding members won’t be actively or regularly performing, they will be producing. Mao, SID’s vocalist, will be overseeing the entire project,and will be responsible for lyrics. Tatsuo, known for his works with Golden Bomber, will be producing music. And Kantaro, a businessman and dancer, will be responsible for choreography.
Music. Bands. Dance. Visual kei. Yes, you heard me right! The IKE V Project is a first of its kind in the visual kei scene to be carried out by such high profile members of their respective areas. The IKE V Project is an attempt to draw in talented individuals and give them a chance to follow their dreams.
There are four different departments that applicants can get into. First is the band department! We typically know bands to at least consist of a vocalist and a couple or more instrumentalists, but the bands of the IKE V Project will potentially come in different forms and sizes. The next department consist of players, which includes vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers. Third, we have the dance department. Teams can apply for the dance department, and interestingly enough, the dancers can be of any genre. The final department is the department of dance and vocals. Much like the dance department, applicants can be of any genre for the dance and vocals department as well.
The possibilities are endless, which will help bring in a greater diversity of applicants! The IKE V Project is making a big push to tap into the hidden pool of talent. Mao expressed that because he himself was a late bloomer, the project shouldn’t potentially ignore young talented people as well, hence why applicants are allowed to be as young as 15. Applicants must send in a filled out entry form, photo of the individual or members, a CD or DVD of their performance, and if applicable, song information (lyricist, composer, arranger, etc.).
Will the project be a hit or miss? There’s only one way to find out! The application closes at the end of June, so until then and until all the applications have been reviewed and screened, the only thing we can do is keep a close watch! If you’re interested in the project, you can keep up to date with the project’s progress and news by following their twitter.
What do you think of the project? Is it diversifying or deviating too far from visual kei? Or rather, is the role of visual kei in the IKE V Project just a supplement to a new, emerging genre?