LOS ANGELES, CA, May 19th, 2013 – Anime Expo proudly announces Kaya and Moon Stream as Guests of Honor for AX2013! Renowned solo artist Kaya will be joined by musical unit Moon Stream, featuring Satsuki and Tomo, for an amazing night of Visual rock in Main Events on Friday, July 5th!
Kaya debuted in 2002 as vocalist of Schwarz Stein, a band produced by ex-MALICE MIZER guitar legend Mana. After Schwarz Stein's disbandment in 2004, Kaya continued his career as a singer, making a formal debut as a solo artist in June of 2006. He then made his major label debut with Universal in 2008. While a Visual Kei artist, Kaya has not limited himself to a band style; his performances also incorporate elements such as dancers and drag queen, making his concerts “show-like.” Supported by fans around the world, Kaya has performed in North and South America, Europe, Russia and across the world. Recent years have marked a focus on gothic and decadence in Kaya’s "Return to Origins," his live performances expanding to include drums and guitar. Furthermore, Kaya began performing chanson in 2008, incorporating it vigorously into his life’s work. Kaya is also known around the world as a gothic lolita fashion icon, representing renowned brands such as BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT.
Moon Stream is a new musical unit combining the forces of Japanese visual style rock with the sounds of the New York underground. Created in early 2011, Moon Stream is fronted by Satsuki (vocals, ex RENTRER EN SOI) and Tomo (guitar, echostream). These two veterans of the early Visual Kei explosion in Japan are now active on opposite ends of the globe. The first half of the band’s name “Moon” is derived from Satsuki’s own name, while the latter half, taken from Tomo’s band name “echostream,” fuses to create a fresh concept for a band unlike any other – channeling the energy of the moon as a powerful musical force. Displaying their visual and musical talent from signature rock sounds, ambient compositions, to dance rock music, their US debut launched Moon Stream into the sky.
Join us as welcome Kaya and Moon Stream as a Guests of Honor, as Anime Expo presents the best in Japanese music entertainment with our 2013 concert series! Don't miss this chance to experience world class rock at our Main events hall on Friday, July 5th! Tickets will be available soon! Connect. Create. Culture. All at AX2013!
About Anime Expo
Hosted annually in Los Angeles, SPJA event Anime Expo is North America's largest celebration of Japanese culture. Anime Expo 2013 will be held July 4 - 7, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register, or for more information, please visit the Anime Expo website.
I want to point out something to put this announcement in perspective. Back in 2008, Kaya performed at another Los Angeles-area convention: PMX, or Pacific Media Expo. Echostream and Moon Stream have also performed there. PMX is a much smaller convention - back in 2008 it was in a Hilton Hotel, and Kaya played in a small ballroom that wasn't even full. So basically what this says is that Anime Expo's musical guest of honor this year is an artist who can be afforded by a much smaller convention. I would expect that Anime Expo - with its much larger space and attendance - would be able to afford an more A-list act.
In comparison, Otakon this year hailed T.M.Revolution, Home Made Kazoku and Yoko Kanno (although it is their anniversary). Otakon also frequently uses the First Marina Arena where as Anime Expo has never used the Staples Center. It should also be noted that Anime Expo also sent out a survey this year asking fans for opinions on their musical guests, so there's that. Curious what Arama thinks of this news.