Is Official Hige DANdism (Hige Dan) Music Good?

Official HIGE DANdism Group

Today we are taking a look at one of the hottest pop bands sweeping the nation in Japan. Official HIGE DANdism (Official髭男dism), or as most people say Hige Dan. Now, prepare yourself for some controversy because, except for a few songs, I’m not fond of Hige Dan. We’re going learn about the origins of the band, rise to fame, discography, and lastly, my personal thoughts on why I think Hige Dan isn’t living up to their potential.

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Red Velvet’s(레드벨벳) Irene & Seulgi(아이린&슬기) – Monster Mini Album Review

Red Velvet’s Irene & Seulgi are taking on the K-pop world as a duo, and fans have been wondering if these two girls have enough singing power to carry a whole album. Although it’s not a full album, the girls have released their new Mini Album, “Monster”. We will dive into each song and determine of the mini album is amazing or a dud. This is Irene & Seulgi’s, Monster Mini Album Review.

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NiziU’s “Make You Happy”: Japanese vs Korean version

NiziU is the gift that keeps giving. With the release of their very successful mini-album, they have also released a Korean version for their main track “Make You Happy“. So naturally, I have to compare it to the Japanese version and determine which is better. So let’s take a look at NiziU’s Make You Happy: Japanese vs Korean version!

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The Evolution of Video Game Music

Video game music is perhaps the most underrated genre in the music industry. It’s a shame when you think about it, considering the emotional impact video game music can have for the listener.

Now let me get this out the way. I’m a very avid gamer and have been playing games since I was 4 years old on my Mom’s Nintendo and Sega Genesis. However, most of my growing up came from the 6th and 7th generations. But because I’ve grown up with video games, I’ve been able to experience old school and new school gaming.

So, while we are exploring the evolution of video game music, we will also have to talk about video games. So, let’s dive on in!

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Influence of K-Pop in Japan

K-pop Group - BlackPink

Throughout history, there have always been rivalries between two parties. America vs the UK, Microsoft vs Apple, DC vs Marvel. All of these have their own fan base, with some being more toxic than others. But, I don’t know any fan base as toxic as K-pop.

Now before you attack me, let me be clear, I’m also a k-pop fan. I was introduced to the magnificent world of k-pop during the end of the 1st generation. Although, I’m more familiar with the 2nd gen and of course 3rd gen.

Growing up in the States during the early 2010’s k-pop wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is now. However, Japan didn’t share the same lack of popularity compared to the rest of the world. I should note, when I say K-pop I’m referring to Idol K-pop. I know other genres of K-pop are popular as well, but nowhere to the extent of the idol genre. So, let’s explore the history of K-pop and its influence in Japan.

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How to Transpose Music

This is a topic that can seem a little overwhelming to many musicians, including those that even play transposed instruments! The good news is that like most music theory, it’s not as hard as it initially appears. The bad news is that if you play a transposing instrument you are the one that will have to learn this, as a good portion of musicians these days play blissfully unaware in concert pitch. However, that’s not to say all students of music shouldn’t learn the basics of transposing. If you have any interest in composing music, even as a bedroom laptop music producer, knowing how to transpose will make your music sound that much better.

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