Vocaloid producer Iyowa on influences, songwriting process

Reflecting the fun of playing the keyboard within songs

Irie: I personally became a fan of your work because of the unusual impression that the natural and danceable groove combined with the unique avant-garde sound creates. The first thing I’d like to ask about is if you remember the moment when you first became conscious of music.

Iyowa’s hit song Kyu-kurarin feat. Kafu (over 10M views on YouTube at the time of writing)
Goodbye Jackpot feat. Hatsune Miku, flower
apricot feat. Hatsune Miku

Thoughts on chord progressions and a “concept-first” songwriting process

Irie: Are there any artists you’ve been especially influenced by in your composition?

OVER! feat. Hatsune Miku and Kaai Yuki
Clover Knight feat. Hatsune Miku, flower, Kaai Yuki, GUMI

Realizing the scope of the Vocaloid scene

Irie: Do you have any impactful memories of breaking through a concern that formed while you were working?

Iyowa’s 2019 song IMAWANOKIWA feat. Hatsune Miku
Crossfade of Iyowa’s second album, watashi no heritage

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Kim Louise Davis

Kim Louise Davis

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Kim Louise Davis is a freelance Japanese to English translator and hobbyist musician.