Misaki Aono, the lead singer of the Japanese rockabilly group, The Biscats, is a prominent figure in the Japanese rockabilly scene. Her passion for rockabilly was ignited by her father, who was a member of a rockabilly band during her upbringing. Inspired by her father’s musical background, Misaki pursued her own career as a rockabilly singer.
The Japanese rockabilly scene is a vibrant and energetic subculture that draws inspiration from the American rock and roll and rockabilly music of the 1950s. It combines elements of classic rock and roll with a unique Japanese twist, characterized by flashy hairstyles, elaborate retro fashion, and high-energy performances.
The Biscats have gained recognition both in Japan and internationally. They played at the 2019 Viva Las Vegas weekend in the United States, a renowned event for rockabilly enthusiasts, and they regularly perform around 40 shows a year in Japan. Misaki’s involvement in the 5 Seconds of Summer video “Youngblood,” which has garnered an impressive 212 million views, further boosted her visibility.
In the interview, Misaki discussed the challenges and rewards of touring. Touring can be demanding, with long hours of travel and constant performances, but Misaki finds joy in connecting with the audience and sharing her music with fans. She expressed excitement about the potential for shows during the upcoming Olympics, showcasing the rockabilly scene to a wider audience.
The podcast episode featuring Misaki provides an insightful glimpse into her life and the rockabilly scene in Japan. It was the host’s first international interview, facilitated by a translator named Ryunosuke Watanabe, who ensured that the questions were accurately conveyed.
If you’re interested in experiencing the Japanese rockabilly scene, it is recommended to follow Misaki on her social media pages and seize the opportunity to attend one of The Biscats’ shows. The episode can also be found on YouTube, allowing listeners to delve deeper into the interview and gain a better understanding of Misaki’s journey and the rockabilly culture in Japan.
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ABOUT The Biscats
The Biscats were formed in 2019 by Misaki (Misaki Aono), who has a face as a model and fashion producer.
Misaki, who inherits the DNA of legend Koji Kume (ex: BLACK CATS, MAGIC etc.), who leads the Japanese rockabilly scene, has solo names such as “1959 ~ Magical Rockabilly Night ~” (2016) and “Sweet Devil” (2017). Released two works of the year), and continued his career as a long-awaited female singer in the “J Rockabilly” scene.
In The Biscats, it became a band style and developed a more aggressive performance. Not only rockabilly fans of the past, mainly cream soda, but also a wide range of fans from teens to 20s, as an influencer of rockabilly culture with Harajuku roots, it has a presence from both music and fashion! !!
In rockabilly, a music genre that is difficult in terms of playing technique, it has been difficult to find a band member who can embody not only the technique but also the spirit of roots music by playing for two years.
The long-awaited band members who have been searching for since the solo activity era under the name of “Misaki Aono” will be Kenji (Gt), Suke (W.Ba), and Ikuo (Dr), and will be solidified as the current style in 2019.
Performed on behalf of Japan at “VIVA LASVEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND # 22” held in Las Vegas in April of the same year. It was an opportunity to be recognized by a wide range of generations at home and abroad.
On March 25, 2020, the long-awaited mini album “Cat’s Style” was released from the new label “ROCK’A BEAT TOKYO” (distribution: Sony Music Solutions). Starting with the appearance of “VIVA LASVEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND” for the second consecutive year, he plans to promote on the world stage such as tie-ups, collaborations, national tours and media exposure, but the corona wreck forced him to change his planning.
In the fall of 2020, it will be fully restarted as the centerpiece of the “J Rockabilly” scene that involves fashion and culture, not just music! !!