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Hmmm..... Any chance that on their way to Lollapalooza, X Japan may be planning to drop by Otakon Saturday just to say hi?

What gave you the impression I was referring to a guest?

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What gave you the impression I was referring to a guest?

You never said that you weren't. And, well, this is a thread about musical guests...so.... :)

Well it is a reasonable assumption, certainly, but please don't forget that I'm *evil* and enjoy playing word games with you guys. While it's vastly entertaining to watch you guys try to figure it all out, it's only fair to remind you that I am being pretty deliberate about what I do and don't say, and that making assumptions may lead you down the wrong path.

It's also fair to remind everyone that sometimes plans evolve, and things change, and opportunities sometimes crop up that weren't there before.

Anyway....so I've just come back from Japan, and then San Francisco, and I can assure you that my time in both places was not wasted. Once I unbury myself from the pile of laundry and work, I will be following up on some very interesting conversations....

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What gave you the impression I was referring to a guest?

You never said that you weren't. And, well, this is a thread about musical guests...so.... :D

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Anyway....so I've just come back from Japan, and then San Francisco, and I can assure you that my time in both places was not wasted. Once I unbury myself from the pile of laundry and work, I will be following up on some very interesting conversations....

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Oh I know this year's guests are penciled in already, but just wanted to throw out a few names for next year's consideration:

I would love love LOVE if Radwimps could make it here someday. I would also like Bump of Chicken, but I'm not sure if they've played in the US before or not. But yeah, Radwimps would be supremely awesome! Please look into it for future guests! Thank you!

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I am gonna have to put my request for School Food Punishment out there. Great band with a very unique music style and they did the theme for Higashi no Eden I believe.

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FLOW!! I like them =)

BoA!! Highly unlikely I know, but she is my all time favorite singer ever!

Leet Street Boys! Woo!!

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I would love love LOVE if Radwimps could make it here someday. I would also like Bump of Chicken, but I'm not sure if they've played in the US before or not. But yeah, Radwimps would be supremely awesome! Please look into it for future guests! Thank you!

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Guys -- please understand: Otakon is already booked for musical guests for 2010. Our Friday and Sunday concert headliners have already been announced. Unless the labels approach us with freebies, we won't be squeezing anyone else in.

If we have anything else on the musical guest front, it will NOT be a big saturday concert, and it would already be underway.

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Guys -- please understand: Otakon is already booked for musical guests for 2010. Our Friday and Sunday concert headliners have already been announced. Unless the labels approach us with freebies, we won't be squeezing anyone else in.

If we have anything else on the musical guest front, it will NOT be a big saturday concert, and it would already be underway.

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Guys -- please understand: Otakon is already booked for musical guests for 2010. Our Friday and Sunday concert headliners have already been announced. Unless the labels approach us with freebies, we won't be squeezing anyone else in.

If we have anything else on the musical guest front, it will NOT be a big saturday concert, and it would already be underway.

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Guys -- please understand: Otakon is already booked for musical guests for 2010. Our Friday and Sunday concert headliners have already been announced. Unless the labels approach us with freebies, we won't be squeezing anyone else in.

If we have anything else on the musical guest front, it will NOT be a big saturday concert, and it would already be underway.

So does this mean that Otakon will only have 2 musical guests this year?

I'm just curious :)

I feel pretty sure I've said that already, but yes, the plan is two have two official concerts this year.

Keep in mind, though, that that has been the plan every year since I took over this section in 2007. If the right opportunity came up and was workable within budget and didn't overly strain my team, I'd consider it. There WILL be significant musical programming on Saturday, though -- that I promise you.

There's a possibility that we might gain an opening act. But I'm really trying to avoid squeezing in a Saturday concert because it's just an awful lot of work juggling the logistics and timing and staffing, since the usual Main Events crew are working on the Masquerade show all day Saturday. It took quite a bit of juggling to make a Saturday show happen the last couple of years and we're trying to keep things a little less insane this year. (And there may be something else happening that will pull many of my staffers....but I don't want to jinx that possibility.)

By way of background, there are basically two crews that are required to support concerts: the main events tech staff, and the guest relations staff (typically a handler and 1-2 interpreters). For every performance, you need a production meeting, a rehearsal, a tech run-through, and a sound check. The venue isn't ready until Thursday evening, and we have limited time then to do a lot. So friday morning, the friday act is doing its prep, and then the handlers/interpreters are busy with the band all weekend. Saturday, everyone's in panels and autographs and press. Sunday, the sunday act's busy all day and really, they needed time on Saturday because trying to get musicians and techies moving very early on Sunday morning (after Saturday parties) is pretty hard. So again -- limited time. It's been a real squeeze to fit in more concert time.

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Sigh.

You'd think after 6 years of this I'd have grown used to the fact that most people who "read" the forum don't actually look at the words in it...

:)

I would be interested in a (non-staffer) perspective on what people *think* I have said....y'know, since I'm pretty tricky with words sometimes...

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Sigh.

You'd think after 6 years of this I'd have grown used to the fact that most people who "read" the forum don't actually look at the words in it...

:)

I would be interested in a (non-staffer) perspective on what people *think* I have said....y'know, since I'm pretty tricky with words sometimes...

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Sigh.

You'd think after 6 years of this I'd have grown used to the fact that most people who "read" the forum don't actually look at the words in it...

:)

I would be interested in a (non-staffer) perspective on what people *think* I have said....y'know, since I'm pretty tricky with words sometimes...

I'm sorry, I was just confused by the wording. I have been studying abroad for the past year so my English is rusty right now.

I saw that you posted about having two concerts this year, but I wasn't sure if that "concert headliners" meant there was going to be opening acts or additional musical guests who don't plan on performing at Otakon (like VAMPS last year).

Oh, please don't take it personally! I get grumpy from time to time, at least partly because the same questions crop up so frequently in the same thread.

As for your more specific question...the only answer I'll give right now is that you seem to be parsing my words carefully. As you say, I have only said that there won't be another full concert. Anything further would be conjecture....

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Sigh.

You'd think after 6 years of this I'd have grown used to the fact that most people who "read" the forum don't actually look at the words in it...

^_^

I would be interested in a (non-staffer) perspective on what people *think* I have said....y'know, since I'm pretty tricky with words sometimes...

I'm sorry, I was just confused by the wording. I have been studying abroad for the past year so my English is rusty right now.

I saw that you posted about having two concerts this year, but I wasn't sure if that "concert headliners" meant there was going to be opening acts or additional musical guests who don't plan on performing at Otakon (like VAMPS last year).

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Expect an update by next week.

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Sigh.

You'd think after 6 years of this I'd have grown used to the fact that most people who "read" the forum don't actually look at the words in it...

^_^

I would be interested in a (non-staffer) perspective on what people *think* I have said....y'know, since I'm pretty tricky with words sometimes...

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CAN WE PLEASE HAVE MIYAVI ISHIHARA WHO IS FINALLY ON TOUR IN AMERICA HERE?! I KNOW IF YOU ADD HIM TO OTAKON WEEKEND, IT'LL BE THE BEST TURN OUT IN OTAKON HISTORY! I LOVE HIM PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE OTAKON SEMPAI'S!!!

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Egad, double-posting *and* caps lock? O_o

Also, AFAIK, Ota's already booked solid for musical acts this year.

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CAN WE PLEASE HAVE MIYAVI ISHIHARA WHO IS FINALLY ON TOUR IN AMERICA HERE?! I KNOW IF YOU ADD HIM TO OTAKON WEEKEND, IT'LL BE THE BEST TURN OUT IN OTAKON HISTORY! I LOVE HIM PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE OTAKON SEMPAI'S!!!

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Nope.

This year's all booked up. There's at least one more pretty big musical thing to announce, and a few pleasant surprises yet to come.

And even if it weren't Miyavi's not something you can throw in without prior planning a couple of months before the con.

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CAN WE PLEASE HAVE MIYAVI ISHIHARA WHO IS FINALLY ON TOUR IN AMERICA HERE?! I KNOW IF YOU ADD HIM TO OTAKON WEEKEND, IT'LL BE THE BEST TURN OUT IN OTAKON HISTORY! I LOVE HIM PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE OTAKON SEMPAI'S!!!

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Nope.

This year's all booked up. There's at least one more pretty big musical thing to announce, and a few pleasant surprises yet to come.

And even if it weren't Miyavi's not something you can throw in without prior planning a couple of months before the con.

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For future years it would be awesome if one day we had Tomoyasu Hotei or Shinichi Osawa. It would make my day! like forever tee hee. but its all wishful thinking.

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Yui Makino plz! It'd be the best thing ever.

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Becca

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But... BECCA was already at Otakon just last year. It's *highly* unlikely that they would just bring her back, especially since Otakon never recycles their past musical guests. :D

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hey alabaster-senpai can u give us a hint to who are next musical guest is?

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I've already announced our Friday and Sunday concerts.

However I *will* be announcing a couple more guests very soon. I think it's fair to say that we still have stuff up our sleeves on the musical front, and I think people will be fairly happy about what we have to say....

One of the frustrating things about aiming high for guests (including musical guests) is that it can be a far more frustrating trip on my side, because it takes longer to put the deals together. Even though some amazing opportunities practically fall into our laps, that's only the *start* of the process. The rest is where the real work comes into play.

BTW: As some of you look with jealous eyes at the offerings of our friends out in LA, remember that our concerts are included in your membership fee, and you don't have to pay extra to go see them.

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I've already announced our Friday and Sunday concerts.

However I *will* be announcing a couple more guests very soon. I think it's fair to say that we still have stuff up our sleeves on the musical front, and I think people will be fairly happy about what we have to say....

One of the frustrating things about aiming high for guests (including musical guests) is that it can be a far more frustrating trip on my side, because it takes longer to put the deals together. Even though some amazing opportunities practically fall into our laps, that's only the *start* of the process. The rest is where the real work comes into play.

BTW: As some of you look with jealous eyes at the offerings of our friends out in LA, remember that our concerts are included in your membership fee, and you don't have to pay extra to go see them.

I am curious. I know the economy is really hurting right now but are you still hoping to do some kind of music fest sort of event in the future? I remember you were hinting at that possibly happening at some point...

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It's not forgotten, and there is some movement on that front, but right now our priority is this year's Otakon.

Oh, and by the way: expect a bit of news in the next week. Just sent off a draft press release.

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It's not forgotten, and there is some movement on that front, but right now our priority is this year's Otakon.

Oh, and by the way: expect a bit of news in the next week. Just sent off a draft press release.

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It should be:

Two people on one day.

One person on a different day.

Possibly the second will come first.

Also there should be a special promo coming along soon for some concert tickets...

....

PS: I'll take credit for the careful torturing here -- that really *is* all me, and I've been doing it since before we announced L'Arc~en~Ciel wayyy back in 2004. I've been pretty up front about how much I enjoy that aspect of it, and I'm glad you guys seem to appreciate it. :P

But making musical guests happen takes more than just me; I'm just the boss, so I'm supposed to provide vision and direction and keep people on track. I do a fair amount of negotiating and strategizing, but it would all be useless without the right staff to pull it off.

There are years of groundwork laid by my immediate predecessors as Relations Chief (the Heaton brothers and Jonathan Harmon) -- and by a guy named Jeff Kleist who has been involved in this stuff since the beginning and has really been bringing his A-game the last couple of years. Then when acts get onsite, I've got Jeff Kleist, my assistant Jeff Lee, and former con chair Terry Chu (who was chair in 2004) all taking point for various musical guests. Our main events staff (led by Mike Lee) and our tech ops coordinator (Walt Sysak), plus the guys from DSL Sound, make all these crazy things happen. And our interpreters make sure we can all communicate.

And then we have folks like our many contacts and friends in the industry, who campaign on our behalf. Folks at Sony and Geneon and Avex and King Records and Domo and Lantis...be very glad that there are folks on the business side who get it and believe in it and that really makes a difference. We earned their trust over the last decade, but they've also earned ours by playing fair in an industry not really known for that.

So when you're sending your positive vibes and your thanks, remember that it's not just "Jim Vowles", it's the entire team of people who make this happen.

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So only 2 musical guests this year?

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So only 2 musical guests this year?

2 concerts but there are a few musical guests coming.

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We have:

- two full concerts Friday and Sunday

- one brief performance Saturday

- one non-performing guest

We will also have a number of other musical stuff:

- a new song composed and performed for otakon 2010

- a music video themed opening animation

- 2-3 additional smaller scale performances that you will hear about soon

- at least two give aways for concert tickets to be announced

- otaku idol

- lots of music related prizes

- stuff I've probably forgotten about

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We have:

- two full concerts Friday and Sunday

- one brief performance Saturday

- one non-performing guest

We will also have a number of other musical stuff:

- a new song composed and performed for otakon 2010

- a music video themed opening animation

- 2-3 additional smaller scale performances that you will hear about soon

- at least two give aways for concert tickets to be announced

- otaku idol

- lots of music related prizes

- stuff I've probably forgotten about

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Nope, these are things I haven't even mentioned yet. ^_^

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Nope, these are things I haven't even mentioned yet. :ph34r:

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Has Otakon ever invited an R&B artist? If not, can I suggest Wada Masaya as a nice change of pace? I found him when I was one day idly wondering "does Japan even have any R&B singers?" and stumbled across his Myspace page after a google search.

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