Mix Speaker’s, Inc.’s Three Fantastical Days: Time Machine

Live Report

by Chika Yoshizawa, Diana Tome, Kate Havas, Mio Nagasaki, posted September 12, 2012

All photographs from Time Machine, Day 1: MONSTERS Night (August 31, 2012)

Shortly before debuting their costumes for the brand new, Sky Heaven on September 14, Mix Speaker’s, Inc. relived some of their most popular costumes and music over three days at Shibuya’s Duo Music Exchange. The title, Time Machine, hinted at the journey through the band’s past. The fans’ votes decided on the order of the music and the band poured their considerable energy and enthusiasm into making each night worth remembering.

August 31, brought the Halloween-themed MONSTERS era to the stage, September 1 welcomed Wonder Traveling and September 2 concluded the series with Mix Land. A singing, dancing, dice-rolling musical cosplay extravaganza, Time Machine was full of fun and surprises!

Chika has been interested in visual kei music since VK bands first began holding free lives the Hokoten area in Harajuku. She was too young to go watch them back then in the early 90s, but the scenes on TV caught her eye. Since then, she has loved the passion of VK music and, of course, music in general. She majored in English literature in Japan and learned to speak English in the UK. After graduating from university, she has worked for both American and Japanese companies in IT and as a translator and continues various translations today.

Diana Tome saw her life change when she came across X-Japan's Blue Blood. A big supporter of old school visual rock, she believes visual kei is a lifestyle and philosophy that goes beyond the clothing and the music. With a background in headhunting and psychotherapy, Diana completed her M.A. in Psychology from I.S.P.A. in Lisbon, Portugal. She now lives and works in Japan committed to keeping the VK/V-rock flame alive.

Kate Havas first became interested in Japanese fashion and culture in college when manga, anime, and visual kei were just beginning to make their way to America. An art and English major with a love of clothes, Kate signed onto ROKKYUU in order cover fashion and report on Tokyo trends, but was quickly also recruited to the music side of things and has been having an adventure expanding her knowledge of all things VK since. Follow her on twitter at keito_kate!

Mio Nagasaki is a freelance photographer lending her time, skills, and love for the genre to ROKKYUU Magazine.

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