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How to find local singers?

Postby Kinh » Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:50 pm

I'm looking for Japanese singers for a project. I've put out adds everywhere, on facebook and talent forums, I've scanned soundcloud, tried youtube location search and cant find anyone.
So I'm wondering if you may know any other methods for finding a specific singer for recording that I haven't tried. I'm been trying for a month, I knew it wouldn't be easy, they must speak Japanese and I live on the most isolated capital city in the world but there's got to be something I haven't tried.
Any advice I would appreciate.
Thanks.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby MOF » Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:08 pm

A quick internet search and I found this, any good?
https://www.twine.fm/find/singers/jp/shinjuku-ku
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:16 pm

Hi Kinh!

It might help if you let us know whereabouts you are, and perhaps also why you're specifically looking for a Japanese singer. Do you want them to sing Japanese lyrics for instance, as well as just speak Japanese?


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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby BJG145 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:11 pm

MOF wrote:A quick internet search and I found this, any good?
https://www.twine.fm/find/singers/jp/shinjuku-ku

Maybe not...

https://www.twine.fm/find/rubber%20emu/jp/shinjuku-ku
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby CS70 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:15 pm

A wild shot is that the best place to find Japanese singers is in Japan!

Go to Instagram, use hashtags to find people who sing there and are japanese and send 'em a DM.

There are also several Japan-<name country> friendship groups on Facebook - the odds of finding a singer are low but you can ask for help from someone in Japan to place an ad where they know best.. they are usually extremely friendly and happy to give an hand.

Once you find your singer,t he major challenge will likely be communication, as not many people speak English in Japan..
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby shufflebeat » Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:07 pm

I know a very good concertina player.


But seriously folks, I can actually ask her and see if she's still got musical connections in the ould country.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby Malcolm Smith » Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:33 pm

BJG145 wrote:
MOF wrote:A quick internet search and I found this, any good?
https://www.twine.fm/find/singers/jp/shinjuku-ku

Maybe not...

https://www.twine.fm/find/rubber%20emu/jp/shinjuku-ku

Priceless! But now I can FINALLY fulfil all my metal ostrich requirements!

https://www.twine.fm/find/metal%20ostrich/uk/london

In fact, they will apparently somehow satisfy any yearning you have for whatever you re-type into the URL after the word "find". Where is my credit card...? :headbang:

Thank-you ever so much :bouncy:
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby Malcolm Smith » Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:38 pm

And to answer the OP, what worked out well for me was to use this URL:

https://www.twine.fm/find/time%20machine/jp/tokyo

...and fly back to 1976 to work with Akiko Yano.

But just in case the Twine people can only source the one machine locally that I am now visiting various epochs with and necroposting from the far future, then I guess CS70's advice above is the easier option.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby CS70 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:32 pm

Priceless!

I couldn't resist and put in some specific words, and can't believe what it is possible to hire online these days :bouncy:
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby RichardT » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:44 pm

Malcolm Smith wrote:
BJG145 wrote:
MOF wrote:A quick internet search and I found this, any good?
https://www.twine.fm/find/singers/jp/shinjuku-ku

Maybe not...

https://www.twine.fm/find/rubber%20emu/jp/shinjuku-ku

Priceless! But now I can FINALLY fulfil all my metal ostrich requirements!

https://www.twine.fm/find/metal%20ostrich/uk/london

In fact, they will apparently somehow satisfy any yearning you have for whatever you re-type into the URL after the word "find". Where is my credit card...? :headbang:

Thank-you ever so much :bouncy:

I particularly like their promise that you’ll get ‘no time wasters, only hand picked metal ostrichs’. It’s a high quality service for sure.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby RichardT » Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:41 pm

Kinh wrote:I'm looking for Japanese singers for a project. I've put out adds everywhere, on facebook and talent forums, I've scanned soundcloud, tried youtube location search and cant find anyone.
So I'm wondering if you may know any other methods for finding a specific singer for recording that I haven't tried. I'm been trying for a month, I knew it wouldn't be easy, they must speak Japanese and I live on the most isolated capital city in the world but there's got to be something I haven't tried.
Any advice I would appreciate.
Thanks.

Getting back to the original point of the thread - it would help us if we know where you are.

The other thing to try is remote recording where you provide the singer with a backing track / lead sheet and they record their part in their studio and send it to you.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby Kinh » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:18 am

RichardT wrote:
Kinh wrote:I'm looking for Japanese singers for a project. I've put out adds everywhere, on facebook and talent forums, I've scanned soundcloud, tried youtube location search and cant find anyone.
So I'm wondering if you may know any other methods for finding a specific singer for recording that I haven't tried. I'm been trying for a month, I knew it wouldn't be easy, they must speak Japanese and I live on the most isolated capital city in the world but there's got to be something I haven't tried.
Any advice I would appreciate.
Thanks.

Getting back to the original point of the thread - it would help us if we know where you are.

The other thing to try is remote recording where you provide the singer with a backing track / lead sheet and they record their part in their studio and send it to you.
I live in Perth WA. I want Japanese people because I need the pronunciations correct and I need to do it locally because I want to be present while recording. Ive had many tracks recorded overseas and they've never nailed the vocal the way I wanted it. These tracks are going on my portfolio, there are complex harmonies and only I know the way it should be sung.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby Kinh » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:42 am

CS70 wrote:A wild shot is that the best place to find Japanese singers is in Japan!

Go to Instagram, use hashtags to find people who sing there and are japanese and send 'em a DM.
The problem with this approach is you cant search 'ethnicity'. You type 'singer Perth' and you get everyone. I did the same thing in soundcloud, it took about an hour and found no Japanese singers. I wish there was a similar thing as youtube location search but for audio tracks. That way I could just type in cover songs/Japanese and use the location already set. In soundcloud and others it's not so easy.
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby Kwackman » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:32 am

I googled Japanese Society in Perth, Western Australia, and got several results, including facebook groups and this..
https://www.ajswa.com.au

Maybe worth approaching one of these groups?
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Re: How to find local singers?

Postby James Perrett » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:52 pm

Kinh wrote:I live in Perth WA. I want Japanese people because I need the pronunciations correct and I need to do it locally because I want to be present while recording. Ive had many tracks recorded overseas and they've never nailed the vocal the way I wanted it. These tracks are going on my portfolio, there are complex harmonies and only I know the way it should be sung.

For voiceover sessions it is standard practice for the producer and client to be on the end of an internet link. Voiceover producers are often fussy about phrasing and intonation in exactly the same way as music producers are, and will ask for retakes until it sounds exactly the way they want it to sound. If you find a studio in Japan that does professional voiceover work there's no reason why you couldn't produce the session remotely and then have them send you all the files at the end of the session.

However, preparation helps. Sending a guide track (and possibly notation) before the session will help the singer understand the basic parts.
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