Popular in the Japanese indies scene for their hard rock sound and Maiko’s alternating melodic/death-voice vocals, Dazzle Vision was formed in June 2003.
Dazzle Vision released their first album “Origin of Dazzle” in November of 2006. Their second album “Camellia Japonica” was released in April 2007, followed by an 11-city tour of Japan. After selling out of the first presses of “Origin of Dazzle” and “Camellia Japonica,” their 3rd album “Crystal Children” hit #1 on HMV’s pre-sale chart and #2 on Tower Records pre-sale chart prior to its official release in November 2008.
In April 2010, Dazzle Vision performed live for 4,000 American fans at Sakura-Con 2010.
Dazzle Vision’s 4th album, “to the next” placed 2nd place on HMV Indies Chart, and 26th place on Amazon’s New Music Chart. In 2011, their 5th album “Kirari” achieved 1st place on HMV Indies Chart, 9th place on Tower Record Indies Chart, and 16th place on Amazon’s New Music Chart. The same year, Dazzle Vision became the first screamo band to perform an in-store live at Shibuya’s Tower Records. In June 2011, Dazzle Vision was a featured interview in Japan’s famous music magazine BURRN!
In February 2012, DAZZLE VISION was chosen as the opening act for American rock band Evanescence in Tokyo and Nagoya. Dazzle Vision’s new album “Shocking Loud Voice” was released May 4, 2012, in Japan.
You can view Dazzlevision's Tekkoshocon X-2 welcome video here!
Due to an unexpected illness, Dazzlevison's regular guitarist, John, will not be performing. Instead, Tony, a founding member of the band SYN, will be taking his place.
CANTOY was formed in Tokyo, 2004. Lead singer Miri-pow, a model for the popular Harajuku fashion magazine ZIPPER, creates a fusion of cute vocals and a fiendish digital hardcore sound. CANTOY’s first mini-album “MissMatch!?” was released in July 2010 through ex-ketchup mania guitarist Dai’s record label Splatter Records. On their album release tour, CANTOY played 35 dates across Japan, with the tour final being played amidst stage diving and mosh pits at the Shibuya Cyclone live house.
In July 2012, CANTOY released their second album “KILL”. As they continue to perform across Japan and gain fans overseas, CANTOY is a rising star in the Japanese hardcore punk/pop music scene.
The official CANTOY website can be found at http://www.cantoy.jp
Cantoy's welcome video can be found here!
Chii Sakurabi is a breakout J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan. Chii originally performed live as an idol throughout Tokyo, and in late 2010 Chii moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. In late 2011 Chii released her first full-length album Mirage, which includes a range of musical styles from dynamic electropop to soaring ballads and contains a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics.
Chii has performed live throughout various anime and pop culture conventions in such countries as the United States, France, Mexico, and Japan. Chii's live concerts are known for their high-energy, as well as Chii's angelic voice, kawaii dances, and lolita fashion. Tekkoshocon will be Chii's first appearance in Pittsburgh and her concerts will feature her original J-POP music expressed through a visual story of her fantasy world!
Check out Chii's special message to Tekkoshocon here!