TarO&JirO, Asian Chairshot and Mayu Wakisaka To Rock Out In London


Japan Underground is one of the biggest organisers of Japanese music gigs, tours and club nights in London. As the name suggests they usually keep to the Japanese inspired market, but something fantastic is happening which includes the exploration of one of the lost genres in modern Korean music. On May 12th there will be a special showcase that will introduce the Japanese artists TarO&JirO and Mayu Wakisaka, as well as the Korean rock group Asian Chairshot to the many Asian music enthusiasts in London.


TarO&JirO are known as a duo of slap guitarists who are in the same category as Miyavi and like to live life on the edge. They have been on multiple stages with legends such as Scorpions (Rock Oz’Arènes) and Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse at the Guitare en Scène in 2012. After entering the Emergenza event in 2013 they proved they had what it takes and came out winning 1st place in the Japanese division for their lively, and enthusiastic performances. If winning the preliminaries wasn’t good enough they even travelled to Germany for the Emergenza World Final and although they didn’t win, they managed to land 2nd place for best guitarists. By the end of 2013 they dropped their first album Brothers Fight and proved they were more than just guitarists in a band, but entertainers who could capture you with one swift note from their guitars.


Mayu Wakisaka is more commonly known as the award winning artist who has had her music preloaded onto Sony’s MP3 player “Walkman”. After quitting law school Mayu moved to L.A to follow her career as a singer and performer. As a mix of folk, pop and jazz music, with her unique and well-written English lyrics Mayu has the ability to whisk your mind to a far away and relaxing place. Through her amazing skills with her music she became the winner of The International Acoustic Music Award (Open Category) and was also a finalist for the “UK Songwriting Contest”, “Australian Songwriting Contest”, and “Great American Song Contest”. Her upcoming release titled “Halfway to You”, has its place on her compilation album, which includes her previous EPs in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. In 2014, she has several international shows including “SXSW” in the USA and the “Great Escape” in UK.


Asian Chairshot got their name from a wrestling move known as the “Chair Shot” – a move that’s known as an instant K.O and by incorporating their Asian heritage, this is exactly what Asian Chairshot aim to do to their listeners with the trio’s hard-hitting mix of psychedelic music, garage rock, and alt-rock. In 2013 they worked on an album with the aide of Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder and engineered by Ryan Grostefon, who worked with Smashing Pumpkins on their 2012 Oceania disc. They have already made such an impact that they have been nominated for “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Song” at the 2014 Korean Music Awards. In March they travelled to Singapore to perform at the Mosaic Music Festival, and in May they will be embarking on their first UK tour to play in London and at Liverpool Sound City. Although Korea is known for their pop idols, girl groups and boy bands, there is never enough love for the great rock artists out there. Hopefully this time round people will show a little love for these upcoming rock stars of Korea.

If you are wanting a great mix of culture, music genres and a genuinely good night out, be sure to get your hand on some tickets. Be fast though as tickets are moving quickly.

When: Monday 12 May 2014 (7pm-10:30pm)
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Liverpool Street, Aldgate/East, Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £5 on the door.
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