Pacific Media Expo Continues to bring you the cutting edge in musical entertainment.
Artist: Corrinne May
Bio: Born and raised in Singapore, based in Los Angeles and making a huge splash these
past few years on the L.A. indie pop/rock scene and beyond, May is truly a citizen of the world.
Two continents specifically, as the spiritual minded, ethereal voiced artist's self-titled debut
scored both in the U.S.-where she won the "New Folk Award" at the Kerrville Folk Festival in
Texas-and later throughout her native Asia upon distribution deals in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan
and her home island of Singapore. While performing at famed L.A. clubs such Genghis Cohen and
The Mint, The Bitter End and The Living Room in New York and Club Passim in Boston , May's
music was also taking off overseas. Her video for "Fly Away" received significant airplay
at MTV Asia. Her song "Journey" was featured on the Taiwanese drama At The Dolphin Bay and
was covered by popular Asian singers Angela Zhang and Gigi Leung. May also recorded a cover
of the classic hit "Close To You" for the Columbia Tri-Star movie So Close in 2003 and recently
sang for Hong Kong's most popular music television show, "Jade Solid Gold". Corrinne's latest
album "Safe in a Crazy World" recently spent 2 weeks at #1 on Singapore's RIAS best-selling
albums chart (Singapore's equivalent to US Billboard charts) besting albums by Mariah Carey,
Gwen Stefani & Rob Thomas. Listen to Corrinne May at
http://www.corrinnemay.com. "May's voice is instantly intoxicating beautiful and adept."
Performing Songwriter Magazine.
Artist: Dig Jelly
Bio: DIG JELLY is an LA based, high energy modern rock band with a huge loyal
following. Their sound is cutting edge, yet unique, with a lethal dose of
hip hop. DIG JELLY is Rayko (vocal / guitar / keyboards), Joey (drums),
Robby (lead guitar), Rain (bass) and Atley (Turntables). "Crave", their
2nd release (produced by Dave Dunn, mastered by Bob Ludwig) is filled with
energetic, strong hooked, mind driving songs. If you enjoy live performances,
DIG JELLY is special to watch. They have a
blend of raw energy and sex appeal that grabs the attention of everyone in
any given venue. Their in your face attitude and showmanship on stage are
not only well received by their audience but by anyone they meet. Show
after show has proved to be a testament to their hard work and dedication,
proving their potential to do great things in the music industry throughout
the world. DIG JELLY IS GETTING A HUGE BUZZ IN NAGOYA, JAPAN!
And it's all thanks to Zip FM, the biggest commercial radio station in
Nagoya Japan which all young and young at heart listens to everyday!
Rayko of Dig Jelly got interviewed by Kentaro the DJ of Zip FM 4 times
already, two of which were LIVE! The song Broken Trust has been played
over and over again as our new Japanese fans keep on requesting it, and CD
orders are pouring in! Dig Jelly is appearing at PMX courtesy of
Artist: Jane Lui
Bio: Raised in Hong Kong, Jane began playing piano age 4. With a noticeably keen ear
for music she later began teaching herself voice by observing and imitating her
idol, Anita Mui. After years of practice and formal education she received her
music degree from San Diego State University. Upon graduation Jane began making
waves in the San Diego music scene as part of the power pop duo Jason And Jane
by opening for the likes of Jason Mraz, Lisa Sanders, and Emm Gryner, quickly
establishing her reputation as a singer/songwriter of merit. Having officially
launched her solo career on Valentines Day 2004, Jane has already shared stages
with the likes of Gregory Page, Vienna Teng, Kyler England (LA), Eddie From Ohio,
Kathrin Shorr (LA), Robin Henkel (SD Music Awards 2004 Best Blues Album),
Greg Laswell (SD Music Awards 2004 Best Recording), all the while continuing to
create new music, growing as a musician, singer, songwriterand interpreter of images.
With an appreciation and sensitivity toward the interplay of sound, energy, and emotion,
Jane's music is rich, complex and sensual. Her track Freddie Goodtime has been selected
to be in the soundtrack for the documentary 10mph.
Artist: Kaila Yu
Bio: R&B singer/songwriter Kaila Yu loves performing. This savvy artist has developed a three-pronged
career in music, modeling, and acting, successfully merging her talents into one charismatic
package. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Kaila moved to Southern California at the age of three,
and began performing soon afterward. She has developed a three-pronged career in music, modeling,
and acting, successfully merging her talents into one charismatic package.In March, 2002, Kaila
recorded and released her first single, "Our Last Night", selling 3,000 copies of the single,
and opened up for rap artist Coolio at the Import Extreme Car Show in Honolulu, Hawaii in June,
2002. She also had two tracks on the Bay Area hit Import Jams, one of the #1 selling CDs in the
Bay Area. Kaila's 2003 debut album, "Kaila", showcases her sweet and soulful voice with 12
R&B/Pop/Hip-Hop songs, featuring infectious hooks, Asian flourishes, and solid, professional
production. Kaila has performed from coast to coast, including Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los
Angeles. Kaila's acting credits include "Dark Blue", a feature film with Kurt Russell and Scott
Speedman, and "Jade Buddha", a soap opera airing in China. Plus, she continues her successful
stint as a model on the import car circuit, has her own 2003 calendar, and is featured as a
character in "Street Racing Syndicate", a videogame for Playstation 2. Keep your eye out for her
cd at Tower Records and see her soon when she tours in her area! Kaila just opened for DJ Qbert
in Chicago and has upcoming shows in Los Angeles and San Jose. Also, she filmed her first music
video which was just featured on national tv on the show Extra! Meanwhile, check out the cd and
some samples tracks right now at http://www.KailaPop.com.
Artist: Kumiko Kato
Bio: A bright, young starlet in the Japanese music world, Kumiko Kato is delighted to meet and perform
for anime and J-Pop fans across North America. Kumiko has been around music all her life, with a father
who played bass in the hit late 70s pop band "Sentimental City Romance" and a mother who took her to
musicals in her hometown of Nagoya. Kumiko also sat down with the piano at an early age. But it was not
until she heard Namie Amuro's stirring performance on television that Kumiko, at the age of ten, realized
the dream she was destined to follow. Inspired by Amuro as well as Janet Jackson, Kumiko spent her teenage
years building a strong foundation in dance, winning regional awards in everything from jazz to classical
ballet to traditional Japanese dance. At the same time, she balanced her lessons with several part-time
jobs, hoping she could save enough money to visit America someday. Kumiko achieved her goal when she
turned eighteen, and as soon as she arrived in New York, she knew she had found the missing piece of
her musical puzzle. Today, Kumiko splits her time between Tokyo and New York, taking vocal lessons and
practicing for hours each day in preparation for her US debut single, "Thinking of You." For its August
2005 release from Sounday Records, Kumiko would like to share this message with you. "I sing from my
heart, and I dance from my soul," she says, "So I know you will love it!" Her debut single will be for
sale for the first time at Pacific Media Expo. Ms. Kato is appearing as a Guest of Sounday Records.
Artist: Lemon Drop Kick
Bio: Lemon Drop Kick is the result of two veterans of the South Bay (SoCal) punk scene
hooking up with 3 talented rockers from Japan. Lemon Drop Kick combines the coolest aspects of
Japanese rock with a SoCal punk/pop sensibility. Despite being unsigned, Lemon Drop Kick has found ways
to get its music out to the world. Songs from Lemon Drop Kick have been featured on several
internationally-distributed import racing DVDs, anime documentaries and even a major motion picture (Sony
Pictures' "Into the Sun"). XM Satellite Radio and California-based radio stations also have Lemon Drop
Kick's songs on their playlists. Lemon Drop Kick has been able to achieve this kind of
exposure without the help of a record label or management company. The members of Lemon Drop Kick
made all of these things happen by themselves. It just goes to show: great songwriting and a lot of hard work
(with just a little bit of luck) can go a long way in this business. More big deals are in the works for Lemon Drop Kick.
Be sure to keep an eye out for this incredibly unique band!
Artist: Next Phaze
Bio: Delfin Lazaro, Chris Dacoron, Carlo Ricafort, and Rich Gaddi all met during high school, singing in
both school and church choir. They chose the name, "Next Phaze," because of its meaning: a new
stage of development. For the next two years, Next Phaze performed in different cities throughout
California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Hayward, Milpitas, Cupertino, San
Jose, and Stockton to name a few. Every show came into play as Next Phaze raised enough money to
start their label and fund the production of their debut EP album, Next Phaze.
After releasing their EP album in 2003, the group worked endlessly to promote the album throughout
California and the US. They landed shows in Seattle, WA and Atlanta, GA, and gained more attention
from different managers, producers, and labels. Now the guys are back in the studio working on an
upcoming, full length album.
Bio: PINE*am features the three "electro-cuties", Taeca Kinoshita, Chizuko Matsubayashi and
Tsugumi Takashi. Hailing from Osaka, Tokyo and Vancouver, BC, PINE*am is gearing up for
a second U.S. tour following their debut release, "Pull The Rabbit Ears". PINE*am's
blend of machinated drum loops, synthesized swirls, rip-roaring guitars, back-bone bass,
and three-part harmonies makes for a Buffalo Daughter / Pizzicato 5 cocktail that
effortlessly ping-pongs between rock and electronica. A dusting of pop smarts and
art-school invention add the finishing touches to an aesthetic that defies categorization.
Coming off of appearances at SXSW 2004 and a television appearance on G4, Pine*am is appearing
at PMX courtesy of
Eenie Meenie Records
Artist: Random Ninjas
Bio: Random Ninjas is a rock band based in Los Angeles that performs their own original
compositions evolved from multigenre influences as well as covers of anime soundtracks, Japanese
pop music, and video game soundtracks. Complete with full ninja attire, anime costumes, dancing,
and big taiko drums, this collective of creative and talented musicians enlivens any venue with
their energetic performances.
Artist: Yousei Teikoku
Bio: Yousei Teikoku is a two-unit band comprised of Fairy Yui (vocal) and Tachibana Takaha
(keyboard). Through music, Yousei Teikoku is attempting to revive the Fairy Empire that
exists between the human world and the spiritual realm known as Spiritua. Yousei Teikoku
presents a visual image with gothic style as its core. "Gothic" and "empire" are keywords
in their musical concepts. TEAM FAIRITHM has come together to produce this musical
revolution. Special thank you to Broccoli
for making this appearance possible.
Artist: Zoo Hero
Bio: What happens when a karaoke master teams up with a rock guitarist? The answer can
only be found standing in the audience of one of Zoo Hero's rock performances where you'll be
left head banging, laughing, grooving, and confused all at the same time. Defining a new level
of genre fusion, this rock band based in Los Angeles performs their original compositions along
with some rather unique covers of retro favorites. With quirky yet strangely relatable lyrics
blended with a kaleidoscope of melded musical styles, the Zoo Hero music experience will not
disappoint those looking for fresh and creative musical and lyrical art.
Artist: Thee Out Mods
Thee Out Mods will be unable to attend this year.
Bio: Thee Out Mods' origins date back to 2004 when they started as an original garage
punk band and ventured into circus rock. Their first show in N. Hollywood was a
success, bringing in over 300 people. Since then the band has changed members and
continues to experiment with their sound, rocking out at famous live houses like
ROXY theatre, Whisky a Go Go and the Knitting Factory. Check out with the members
of Thee Out Mods, which are Jack, Yoshiki, Isam, and Yasuo, as these crazy
psychedelic rockers continue bangin' their heads away!
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