Continuing their line of in-store live stream events, XENON in Little Toyko Los Angeles hosted a Q&A live stream event with visual kei band Lin ~the end of corruption world~ recently on December 13, 2014 and A-To-J Connections' alavic_222 was there to report.
Xenon is a clothing store in the Little Tokyo Mall that offers unique fashion straight from the streets of Shibuya as well as releases from some of the biggest music acts Japan has to offer. They are also no stranger to hosting events for some of the hottest visual kei bands/artists whether it be live concerts (The Visual Kei Fest in July comes to mind.) or the many live stream events (Prior ones featured DIAURA, Royz and CELL) this store is the place to be if you are a fan of the Japanese fashion, visual kei music or the genre in general.
The Lin event did not fail to deliver as many fans came out to see Kisaki and crew both ask questions as well as answer them. Hosted by Ryo (ex. LF-laissez faire-) and DJ Meirlin, the event lasted over an hour and was completely free. Following some introductory clips featuring the new Lin line-up, the band was introduced and the session began. To start the show, Lin asked the crowd questions ranging from local hotspot recommendations to favorite anime characters. Answers varied and many laughs were had and more than a few surprises were revealed regarding the band's likes/dislikes as well as some of their eating habits! Not content to play things up with the standard Q&A questions, Kisaki shocked the attendees by requesting marriage proposals from the crowd! Some were lucky enough to be accepted, others were turned down and one fan, Felipe, was repeatedly singled out for special attention due to his knowledge of the members' previous work. Moving into the next segment, the band questions were followed by open questions from the attendees. The questions from the audience were as varied as the bands and ranged from inquiring about musical influences to worst nightmares. Unique answers were given and all were left wishing the session could have lasted longer still. Following the stream, exclusive Lin items direct from Japan were available for purchase.
On the verge of re-recording their former material with the new "Second Stage" line-up, Lin is set to take the visual kei world by storm and events like this can only ensure that their name and music spread throughout the world. We at A-To-J Connections, and all the fans in the US, can only hope that we can see more of the band stateside. Hopefully in concert form.
A-To-J Connections will have exclusive video of the event that will be uploaded shortly complete with fan testimonials. Xenon's next in-store live stream event will be on January 24, 2015 and will feature the band DaizyStripper.
◆ Tom Kiryu