To all my fellow American Axcels out there, Happy belated Thanksgiving!
To all my fellow Axcels around the world, Happy Holidays! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, or not celebrating anything at all, please enjoy the rest of 2018 as we are nearing to a close.
But, AXCEL STYLE has been quiet. That's because MADKID has been quiet and also, I have been busy myself seeking for a new job and taking code/dev bootcamp preps and enrolling in coding bootcamp programs. But the primary reason was that MADKID had been quiet most of November.
Still, the silence was very well worth it, because we've got PLENTY of things going on that is to come when we kick off 2019. Just like their major debut back in January 2018, something awesome will be happening alongside the current events that we have today.
But first, a little bit of a throwback.
Welcome, November! It's almost the end of the year, and why not end it with a bang?
As we enter YOU-TA's 30-something-day hiatus period as he recovers from his recent polyps removal surgery two weekends ago, the remaining four are taking strides to continue without their leader. One of these happens to be a prelude to their upcoming one-man live nationwide tour this coming December. That prelude is revealed in a digital-only format single sharing the same name as their tour, GIANT KILLING.
The single is now available for purchase and download in your favorite audio streaming services, such as iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify.
When we first heard of their newest single from last month's MAD MUSIC, the members already gave us a hint that GIANT KILLING will be a "mashup remix" of two singles, I Don't Care and Never going back. I have to say that upon hearing the teaser of the song, the boys were not joking.
Just transitioning slowly from the smooth and relaxing period of Summer Time, fall is almost nearing its end and Winter will be creeping in soon. This can also mean that we need the hard push and the adrenaline rush that we need to stay warm and on fire to our daily lives or goals that we are about to enter and take the chance while opportunities are available. When the weather begins to cool, we need an accelerator to battle the cold and keep us moving through all obstacles and reach for our goals.
The lyrics of GIANT KILLING is exactly what that is about.
First up, Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating this fun celebration! Hope you all get a lot of treats and that you stay safe!
This is more of some quick ongoing activities involving MADKID and of course, this site.
The original title of this blog post should have been [RECAP] MAD MUSIC #12: "Singing to the Sky", but announcements have piled up one after another near the end of the show, which is why I made this post into another What's Happening? post. Besides, I also need to do a bit of recap of last weekend as well.
There's a lot to cover and a lot to write, so please, bear with me. Alright, here we go!
On the day before this entry, I wrote a full post about the once in a lifetime (?) SWISH TOUR 2018 Autumn Edition live concert event that took place yesterday (JST), October 13, 2018. Because this is more of a recap than a review, everything will all be from my personal point of view, as this would be the very first SWISH Live event that I've ever watched, even if it was on the SHOWROOM livestream app. Unless I finally have a chance to go to Japan one day, just watching a major weekend live tour like SWISH on livestream would be the closest way for me to watch MADKID, a few other groups I listen closely, and new groups I recently discovered altogether.
Sadly on my end, I've had so much wifi issues and throughout all five hours but I was able to go through each of the included acts with no problems. If this were on daytime on my side of the world, I would have been bopping my head here and there while cheering them on loudly all at once. But, I don't live alone and my parents can be light sleepers, so I decided to scream out loud in the silence. I actually recorded most of the parts of the livestream (including MADKID's act) so I can rewatch them for the recap report, but I will not upload them on YouTube for obvious reasons.
While I was watching, I was also taking some notes on the acts in order, and if I'm familiar with the songs, I would list them down also. But, for this recap, because there were a lot of groups participating in this event, I'm only focusing on MADKID and the members who were also part of the special collab groups specifically for the SWISH tour series.
Okay, let's begin!
If you are brand-new to MADKID, or just J-Pop in general, the J-Pop music scene has many different smaller live concert events that take place during the weekends throughout Japan that features many notable J-Pop groups, artists, and bands. The performing artists scheduled to perform in these series of lives all depends on the concept and availability of schedules, and these said artists range from those who are already in the J-Pop big leagues to artists who are still budding in the indies scene waiting for their chance to get signed by a major record label. One of these series of smaller live events is the SWISH TOUR.
Either way or the other, this is the best way for artists and groups, no matter what level they may be, to showcase their talents and to hype up their fans while making new fans at the same time. Because these are small-scale lives that take places in smaller venues, all of these lives are standing-only. This means that if you attend a SWISH TOUR event or another similar event, you will be standing for the entire duration of the concert. Besides, if you want to get hyped up on a high-energy event like this, why would you be sitting down? Right?
MADKID and a good number of notable names, more specifically in the R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap/Dance category, are regulars in these smaller lives. They perform with other artists within the lineup, so these small lives aren't exactly like one-man lives or full-scale dome-sized concerts. They will perform maybe around 3-4 songs, and depending on the event, there may also be some surprise collaboration acts that involve a few members from respective groups. I'll get to this one a bit later.
AXCEL STYLE doesn't really specifically write or tweet about any of the MADKID lives occurring on these dates since we cater more to the global audience. The SWISH TOUR event that's coming this weekend (Saturday, 10/13/18 JST) is simply another SWISH TOUR event, but this particular one is quite special, which is why I'm writing about this right now.
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