The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Japanese band flumpool: Music not a national duty


If Japanese music could get the same kind of attention Korean pop gets, Japanese pop-rock band flumpool would be happy.

But they do not feel like they are carrying the weight of national pride on their shoulders, the way some of their K-pop counterparts take it as a duty to extend their country's soft power via entertainment.

At a recent interview held at M Hotel Singapore, leader and vocalist Ryuta Yamamura tells Life! that they "don't feel any obligation to expand J-pop's popularity".

"But we do have a lot of things to convey to the audience through our performance and music."