Hey readers this is Arie Jai! I feel like not that many of you may know anything about me, so I’ll post this little survey. Enjoy!
What was the first Japanese song that you ever listened to?
My first Japanese song I ever listened to was Simple And Clean by Utada Hikaru. I heard it on the Kingdom Hearts commercial and never thought anything about it, then my cousin told me about the song and I fell in love with Utada’s voice.
Did it inspire you to like that group/singer, or did it turn you away?
Definitely inspired me! I think I listened Utada Hiakru for a few months straight and then branched in Korean music. I know she has nothing to do with it, but I was on Youtube and found a link to either the Wonder Girls or SHINee.
What is the one song that you have been listening to for the longest time?
Simple And Clean, that song will never get old. Passion and Keep Trying are other songs that I listen to as well.
What group/singer have you liked the longest?
Utada Hikaru because she was the first Japanese artist I listened to.
What is the song with the most plays on your iTunes player?
5cm by Tenjochiki, the female version of TVXQ. I had an obsession with them for about five months straight where they were the only thing I would listen to, whether it was Korean or Japanese.
Is that song your favorite?
I love all their songs and choosing a favorite is like choosing which parent you love more.
If not, what is?
I listen to so many languages so it’s too hard to pick just one! My favorite Chinese song is 没有很会唱 /Can’t Sing That Well by Xiao Yu, he has the most relaxing and soulful I have ever heard. My favorite Korean song is 전화 해 줘요/Please Call Me by Hwayobi, she is my favorite singer and it was hard to choose a favorite from her, another soulful singer.
My favorite Japanese song is a tie between Just for One Day by Tenjochiki, 言葉にできなくて by BRIGHT and JEALOUS by JASMINE. All the artists have amazing song and I love them!
For English language music I enjoy Feels Like the First Time by Corinne Bailey Rae. She has such a beautiful voice and the emotion just comes through.
Is there any one group that you can listen to all/most of the songs by? If so, who?
That’s a tie between BRIGHT and Tenjochiki. But if I just had to choose one, I guess it would be BRIGHT; they have exceptional songs and amazing voices.
What is your favorite agency?
Avex or Sony Japan. Avex because they house pretty much all of my most listened to artist.
What is your favorite group/singer?
Again, that’s a tough one. I guess I would have to say my all time favorite Japanese singer would have to be Tenjochiki, but I don’t listen to her that much. Some (not all) other Japanese artists I really like are: JYONGRI, MiChi, melody., Perfume, Namie Amuro, Koda Kumi, Yuna Ito, BoA, BRIGHT and the list continues
My overall favorite English artist is Corinne Bailey Rae, I also love Regina Spektor, Adele, Lily Allen, Flyleaf, A Fine Frenzy, Paramore, Maroon 5, JoJo … the list also continues
My favorite Chinese singer is Zhang Li Yin, she has so much power in her voice! If she and Xiao Yu had a duet I would literally die