Happy new year, everyone! As how the Japanese say it, 新年明けましておめでとうございます。
Hello again, fellow Axcels! As promised, here is the entry that will provide more detailed information regarding the Fan Stories project. To make it a lot more appropriate, I gave it a title of the project: AXCEL Stories Project or just simply call it AXCEL Stories.
I've thought long and hard on how I can get this organized, how often will I be posting stories and other factors that play in the project. I'll include them in this post too so that those who may be reading this may probably (?) pitch in some ideas that would make this project run smoothly.
So, while I was brainstorming about this project, and I really did think about this a lot, there were some factors that came into play:
There are probably more factors I didn't list, but the ones mentioned above are what was going through my head. So, I thought through them and here's what I came up.
For the time being, whatever is submitted will go through thorough reviews and then get them posted. I don't expect a huge turnout of submissions in the beginning, but I am somewhat expecting that submissions will eventually increase. But, when we do get a lot of submissions, that's when we'll have to go through batches (monthly, maybe?) and provide a due date of these submissions. It may be like an online magazine in a way, or it may come to have its own stand-alone site, just like with the blog translations and other translations in Letters @ AXCEL STYLE.
But in the beginning, fan stories will commence in January 2019. Submissions will be open on December 30 and will be reviewed and posted as we go along. When submissions are increased, that's when I would have to think about management and organization. More on this much later.
With this, I decided to make this project a guest contributor-based project. What this means is that those who are interested in sharing their fan stories will have a Contributor access to this site. You can log in the backend and you can start writing your stories. There will be a video tutorial on how you can post your stories if you've never used a blogging platform before.
But, for those who are familiar with WordPress, then everything should be straightforward.
The Contributor access will allow a user to write their posts on the main dashboard. However, once submitted to be posted, I will be reviewing the post first and will also going through proofreads (grammar, spelling, punctuation check). If there are some things questionable with the content of the post, we'll contact you directly.
If you are interested in sharing your stories and be a contributor, you will have to contact me. I'll get to this much later.
I will be honest on a few things: I don't have any Japanese Axcel friends. Sad, but true. Another thing I will be honest on: my Japanese translation skills are on a subpar to close to non-existent level. Third to be honest on: Most Japanese in general are very shy and would rather not share their stories. Tying to that, we also have some of these fans who are what Japanese fandoms consider as yarakashii fans and would sometimes pick fights with fellow fans who have the same favorite group/member/artist as them. I'm not saying that us global/non-Japanese fans are any better, as we all know in general that there will be obsessive fans like these in any fandom, no matter what genre or country they may be.
The language barrier is definitely a struggle, and sometimes the shyness and the culture shock can also play a factor too. For now, we'll only focus on global/non-Japanese Axcels until further notice.
Here's the truth. Among all five members of MADKID, four out of five know or have visited AXCEL STYLE. In fact, one of them tweeted one of my review posts on his Twitter account.
But, this doesn't guarantee that any of the members come and visit the site frequently. After all, they've got their careers and their lives to work and rehearse that they have very little time to meddle with anything fan-related. That can only mean one thing: they wouldn't take the time reading fan stories posted here.
Fans who want to remain anonymous can still contribute their fan stories, but we want some kind of names (like a nickname or an alias name) to be credited on your stories. We also require your email address so that we can set up and register you on the site and get your contributor account. Also, please provide your location, so that everyone will know which country or city you represent.
Just keep in mind that fan stories and fan fiction stories are completely different from each other. Fan stories are experience stories from fans who may have met, encountered, or at least recognized by MADKID or any one (if not all) of the members. Here are some suggestions that you can get ideas from:
If you're able to, please provide some screenshots or images that will incorporate to the stories you share. I'm aware that you're not allowed to take any photos during lives and release events unless stated. If you have any videos, please share them by uploading on YouTube or any other video platform like Vimeo. We do not allow video clips to be uploaded directly to the site.
There's no specific format on how you want to share your story, but we do want you to be honest also. Just writing your story as if you're writing a letter to a close friend is a lot more raw and real than writing your story in a "fan fiction" format if you know what I mean.
Please use the contact information in our Contact section. It has an email form that you can send via email or if you have Twitter or Instagram, you can contact me on @axceltweets (Twitter) or @axcelstyle (Instagram). These three are the easiest ways to contact and are guaranteed that I'll be receiving your messages through any of these platforms. Although, I can get to you a lot faster if you through Twitter or Instagram than through email, but it's all up to you.
Once I contact you, you will have to provide me the following:
Once you're set up with your contributor account, you'll receive further instructions on what to do next. There will also be a link to a video tutorial in case you're not familiar with the WordPress dashboard.
The process will go as follows:
The Fan Stories posts will be on display at the front page at another mosaic grid, right below the main mosaic post grid that you're seeing right now. When it's posted, @axceltweets (Twitter) and @axcelstyle (IG) will automatically tweet/post them, so be sure to follow both of them to see that notification.
If you have plenty that you'd like to share, share them. There's no limit as to how many stories you can share. The more, the merrier!
I will be taking submissions effective December 30, 2018. The fan stories posts will be up on the site anytime on January 2019.
Please contact me using any platforms in the Contact section.
And that's it! I really do hope you'd be able to share some of yours so that all other fellow Axcels would be able to read them. It can be a great way to make friends also. I'll be sharing some of my fan stories too when I have the time to do so.
Hope you all have fun! I look forward to reading about your fan stories soon!
Hello, Axcels far and wide! 😊
We all hope you are enjoying the holidays as we begin to countdown with this final week of 2018. Knowing MADKID, the year always begins with something huge and special and ending the year the same way. That’s how MADKID rolls and that’s how we AXCELS should roll too.
There are a lot of things that is to come for 2019... and I mean A LOT. Let’s get started, shall we?
Why would you want to "go back" when you're already "moving forward"?
On January 31, 2019, we will be celebrating the first anniversary of MADKID's major debut with their first major single, Never going back.
For the time being, it's only an announcement. We don't know what's going to happen on that day, but for sure there will be a gathering of some sort with MADKID and the Axcels. Who knows, maybe it'll be livestreamed on LINE LIVE too...
If you have been following AXCEL STYLE since the site was first opened, you'll certainly remember that MADKID had a trial run with a temporary radio show called MADKID FROM TOKYO. Not only that, we all are required to download the Japanese radio streaming app JFN PARK. Like the livestream app Shin used for his livestreams in the past, Pococha, JFN PARK is another Japan-only app that you (as a non-Japan/foreign fan) would have to do some workaround to get that app installed.
If you were one of the test listeners of MADKID FROM TOKYO, AXCEL STYLE has a guide on how to install JFN PARK in English. The page may have outdated screenshots for the demo MADKID FROM TOKYO, but as far as I know, the steps and the registration instructions remain the same. I'll be updating the guide with the new radio show title MADKID RISING HOPE to avoid any confusion.
If you still have JFN PARK installed in your mobile device, just search for the title: MADKID RISING HOPE. The radio show will begin airing on January 2, 2019 at 10:00 am JST. The format is (probably) the same as their MADKID FROM TOKYO demo show, where the show will be archived should you miss it on the actual date. But, the format of the show itself will be a little different.
The radio show will run for 3 months starting on Jan. 2nd, then every Wednesdays from then on. The members will have an MC to host their projects this time and will also be challenging the MC with different events and projects. Listeners who get to catch them at the live time (10:00 a.m. JST) will also have the chance to leave messages and requests at the TALK ROOM section of the app.
2018 introduced us to high-end retro-style fashion brand Hysteric Glamour, which graced MADKID with 1960s-80s media-inspired fashion, starting from their debut single Never going back to their summery blue Summer Time and Forever young to the stylishly cool RISE. 2019 now introduces us to a new fashion collaboration with fashion brand A'GEM/9. Because I don't have a lot of info regarding this fashion line, this may be a surprise.
However, they do have a Twitter account. From reading the description (and consulting with a fellow global Axcel who wears a lot of similar Korean streetwear), A'GEM/9 is a select streetwear fashion distribution shop specializing in Korean streetwear brands. If you are a SHIN or a YUKI bias, the two of them are already strutting their Korean street/K-Pop style fashion for the longest time, and now we get to see all of MADKID donning this street but sweet style through this fashion collaboration.
Let's wait and see, Axcels, once 2019 arrives. MADKID is still a J-Pop boy group, regardless of the fashion they wear.
Let's not forget! We still have MAD MUSIC on LINE LIVE!
There will be a New Year's Special Episode next Friday, January 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. JST on the LINE messenger app or (recommended) the LINE LIVE mobile livestream app. All you have to do is scan the MADKID Official Line account QR code located at the site's home page and scroll to the bottom and you should be good.
If you want to install the LINE LIVE app, you will have to follow the installation instructions as Pococha and JFN PARK. But, everything is self-explanatory once you install the app in your phone or tablet. The LINE LIVE interface is completely in English.
Yesterday was the final day of the first live tour, MADKID LIVE TOUR: "GIANT KILLING." If you have been an Axcel long enough, you'll notice a pattern with MADKID and all the new events coming up. I've been expecting that brand-new surprises were going to be announced at the end of the final show, and they did.
Aside from the ones mentioned above, the boys already announced their second series of one-man live tours under the guise of "CIRCUS." There's still more information about this at a later date, but we finally got a schedule:
If you do plan on flying over to Japan to attend one (or more) of the one-man live tours, keep an eye out for more info by following the MADKID Official Twitter account... or follow us if you don't know how to read Japanese.
The design of the RISE CD cover jackets are here! Information about the CD single and its contents are already mentioned on this post. In that way, this will help you decide which type you plan on getting.
SOURCES: MADKID Official Twitter, JFN PARK News, AGEM Official Twitter, OMigseu Twitter, MADKID @ Nippon Columbia
It's coming very soon! We're finally going to open a new section of blog posts straight from the hearts and words of fellow (global) Axcels! We call them Fan Stories. I've already touched based a bit on this on the previous post, but I want to make a separate post about the fan stories project in full detail, so it doesn't get mixed up with this very long What's Happening? post.
I decided to make this project as guest blogger based, instead of going through interview-style or me writing everything for that said fan. I think it's a lot more raw and authentic if the fan him/herself writes his/her stories. Again, more to come in detail about this project in another post.
I will also be joining the project as well, as I've got a lot of stories to share.
Keep an eye out on the Twitter account for more tidbits of info and when submissions are open.
Whew, what a long post! But there will be more posts coming as we count down to the end of 2018, which will include a recap post.
Till next time, Axcels!
First up, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who don't celebrate Christmas or don't celebrate anything in the last month of the year. It's really amazing how 2018 went by really fast! But most of all, if it's chilly where you may live right now, be sure to stay warm, drink plenty of hot beverages (tea), and, as SHIN mentioned on one of his blogs, try and eat some good ol' hot pot for the winter season.
It's here! It's finally happening! OMG! 😱
So, we're counting down to the GIANT KILLING One-Man Live tour, and it's happening this upcoming weekend in Osaka and Nagoya! So, if you happen to be there around this time and you didn't get a chance to pre-order tickets online months ago, you can actually order them at the door.
Or, better yet, you can travel to Shibuya, where the third and final day of the GIANT KILLING tour will take place. It will be on the 26th, right after Christmas Day. Tickets are still available for pre-orders online, but it's also possible that you may also purchase tickets at the door too if there happens to have extra tickets.
On each venue, we've got the goodies on sale for you to splurge! The available items are as follows:
If my memory serves me correct, if the official items were not sold out during the venues, they will be available for sale online at the Nippon Columbia store. You would have to use a shipping service such as Tenso to order and purchase the items. I haven't tried this service yet, but hopefully, I'd be able to if the goods go up on sale online.
Are you single? Or if you have a special someone but don't have a clue on where you're going to spend your Christmas Eve date, there is one place: The final AXCEL MEETING with MADKID, of course!
Because of the holidays, the boys will be holding the final AXCEL MEETING of the year at Nippon Columbia Studios in the afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Christmas, or whatever it is you celebrate (or not celebrate), with the boys, maybe exchange gifts and share what you want to share with them and your fellow Axcels.
If you have been following our Twitter for awhile now, you should see a short 1-week poll that I opened regarding the site. The results came out with the following:
So, if your choice was not the majority, don't worry about it. We're still going to consider the other choices as part of the site, but will not be priority in comparison to the choice majority. In this instance, that would be Fan Stories with MADKID.
But, let me explain the choices in full detail first:
Because Fan Stories with MADKID won the majority of the vote, AXCEL STYLE will add this content feature starting next year. Because their 3rd single RISE and the MADKID FACTION campaign will come to fruition starting January, the first month of 2019 would be the perfect time to introduce this new series of posts. As mentioned regarding Guest writers from Axcels, I think I'm going to combine the two.
More information about Fan Stories will come much later, hopefully sometime next week or after Christmas Day, so please, stay tuned.
That's all for today before the GIANT KILLING tour, Axcels. Till next time!
LYRICS: IRONICAL (LIN rap line only)
For the month of November, LIN & HYLEN released another collaborated joint with fellow brother boy group XOX's rapper, Riku Tanaka (credited under the pseudonym RI-U). Because of MADKID's heavy schedules back in October, the two partners-in-crime haven't released a single for that month. But, now they're back in action, as the end of the year continues to close in, little by little.
Lin & Hylen have done a good number of collaborations with third-party collaborators in their recent few singles from a solo rapper (LIL'B) to a duo of vocalist and mixmaster (XYLOZ), but with IRONICAL, this was the first time that the duo have collaborated with a member of an already seasoned, well-known boy group, XOX. We've seen MADKID perform with various dance and vocal groups of all backgrounds, whether they're from the major leagues to the indie scene, on huge live events like the SWISH series, TOKYO TRAX series, and more, but we rarely, almost never, see any of these groups do collaborations with each other when it comes to originally produced tracks.
Even though that this is a side collaboration with XOX's Riku Tanaka/RI-U, this could also mean a sign that there will be many future collaborations with more established artists and groups. Who knows, some of these tracks may even end up being released as a major track and get counted on the coveted Oricon Charts. Let's all hope for the best!
As we all know, the kickoff of MADKID's end of the year one-man live tour, GIANT KILLING, begins this weekend, 12/15, in Osaka, followed by their second day on 12/16 in Nagoya. There will be a long break as we all spend the Christmas holidays with our loved ones. After Christmas Day, the final day of the tour will be back in Shibuya on 12/26. After that, we get to spend the rest of the final days of 2018 resting, preparing for the new year, and spending more time with our family and friends.
But first, let's check out the November single, IRONICAL.
The title IRONICAL is based on the English vocabulary word ironical. The meaning of the word is rooted from the noun irony and is also the same meaning as the more known term ironic. According to the Quick and Dirty Tips English Grammar section, ironical is a much older version of ironic, and because of the English colonization of many parts of the world including the U.S., different varieties and "dialects" of English have been developed in each colonized nation. Because ironical is the original word, the term is more common in the U.K. than it is in the U.S., Canada, Australia, or any other English-speaking nation.
So, in other words, ironical is not a typo or an intended misspelling.
To start off the song, we get this very simple, very nice, very laid back organ chord, followed by another smooth, laid-back beat. Imagine yourself driving in an open-top convertible with your homeboys, just bopping your heads while cruising through the streets at 2 mi/h (3.22 km/h) so everybody sees you. And while the song hypnotizes the bystanders, they begin to follow you Pied Piper-style, leading them to some special place where you can party all day, all night. For me, that's how I pictured on the first few chords.
IRONICAL reminded me of those iconic past hip-hop/rap songs from the '90s-early 2000s where the lyrics' message is in "poetic" format expressing the sadness and disappointment of the man towards a girl who pretty much played him. We've heard of those types of hip-hop tracks before, but there are at times where society dismisses them, criticizing these forms as random rambling. Sometimes, the tune and sound of a song can play tricks on our minds, thinking that a song that sounded so smooth and relaxing would also mean that the lyrics sung to this sound would have the same theme.
In the case of IRONICAL, that doesn't mean that the sound/tune of a song and the lyrics performed to the song are the same. After all, as the title says, the lyrics and the sound opposite (but complement) each other, which makes this song ironical.
LIN posted his part of the song on his lyrics blog, but other than LIN being dope as eff as always, how about giving some props to Riku Tanaka's/RI-U's rapid-fire rhyming skills? Though it's still difficult for me to pick up Japanese lyrics (especially rap lyrics) by ear, his style and flow is a huge contrast in comparison to the style and genre of music that his group, XOX, is known for. Maybe it's a little too early or sudden to say this, but maybe in the near future that XOX may try to experiment with other concepts since their lineup change, just like how MADKID stepped down from their usual upbeat badass concept to something more relaxing and smooth during the summer when they released their 2nd major single, Summer Time.
You can check out IRONICAL from your favorite audio streaming services right now.
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