< 11, Dec, 2015 >
December in the last year, we featured Japanese Pops. I got a question along the news gathering activities. That doubt was “Aren’t Pop music makers too separated from the listeners?” In Japan, pop musicians are almost regarded as TV personalities, not artisans. Moreover, I felt the real situations were too far away from the hits shown by mass media, record makers and ranking companies. I guess, in that scene, it hardly gets satisfactory to only produce interviews with the makers.
Then, featuring “2015 Pops,” we have to take what the listeners think about the present pop music. However, countless is they for real. We should not do street-survey, blindly believing statistics. Therefore, I decided to pick up Moma who’s produced and managed his private website “Beautiful Dreamer” featuring Japanese pop culture. Since 2002, almost every day, he has heard some CDs and given his thoughts. I believe Moma becomes a delegate of the listeners.
■ I am so pleased to interview with you.
Moma: You, too.
■ First, let me ask why you did build your private site “Beautiful Dreamer.”
Webmaster of "Beautiful Dreamer"
Born in 1985 March.
Lives in Saitama.
Got interested in J-Pop when
belonged to an elementary school.
Built up "Beautiful Dreamer" when
belonged to a high school.
Still there today, keeps writing
the thoughts on J-pop.
Says "Not a review site."
M: I made up in 2002 when I was a high school student. There were no SNS like Facebook and weblogs at the time. So many private websites were there. Then, I got interested and built up supported by my friends. I was already fond of Japanese pops and it was natural to feature the music. In the early times, I had posted some thoughts on the books. But that disappeared since seldom called accesses and reactions.
■ Have you never guessed about moving to any weblog service?
M: I have never. Not a lowbrow, I am the one to use the old thing I got used to until it breaks down. Then, I still use a then format because I can easily.
■ Is it easy to post anything every day?
M: Past years, even a day when I heard several CDs, I picked up one from them and posted the thoughts. So when I was very busy, I often left the site alone for a week or so. This year, I noticed the way was extremely inefficient. Recently, I have written several impressions when free, and been able to post every day.
■ How many CDs have you got within this year?
M: Today is November 8. About 40 to 50 ones including new and secondhand in total, I guess.
■ How many have you heard actually?
M: The maximum is 3 in a holiday. Of course, I have some days for no listening. On the average, I listen to one or two a day. However, some of them are heard repeatedly. I guess, a year, less than 180 CDs to be listened to for the first time.
■ That sounds kind of tremendous. I heard you live in Saitama, by the way. Saitama is an ideal place for enjoying pop music? Around you, are there CD shops?
M: I have none around me. If I had just to do walk, I must give up getting any CDs. So online shopping is my last resort.