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Amy Yonemoto: An Interview with MassiveMusic Tokyo's Project Manager


In her previous job, she interviewed over 100 artists. Now it’s her time to get interviewed

Amy Yonemoto: An Interview with MassiveMusic Tokyo's Project Manager

Meet Amy, MassiveMusic Tokyo’s new Project Manager. She previously worked as Head of International Artist Relations at local online radio owned by legendary J-pop producer Taku Takahashi, where she booked and interviewed over 100 artists, curated radio shows and produced events. With almost seven years of experience in the music industry, Amy shares some of her highlights from the past few years as well as her goals for MassiveMusic. 

Q> This MassiveMusic series is called ‘A Cup of Coffee with’ which sounds like rituals and deep conversations. What’s a good habit you’ve formed in the last year? 

Amy> I’ve made it a habit to wake up early. This gives me time to organise the day as well as enjoy my coffee.

Q> Do you still remember your first approach with music? 

Amy> My dad was a musician and even now there’s a corner in our house with all of his synthesisers. I vividly remember ‘Rydeen’ by Yellow Magic Orchestra playing at home. I think that what he used to play subtly influenced me.

Q> When did you start thinking about working in the music industry?

Amy> I happened to be babysitting for my previous boss who is a legendary producer in Japan. If you have the chance, please check out his group m-flo. Around the time when we had to start internships during university, I asked him if he had any available positions for me at Working there really deepened my interest in music. 

Q> Any anecdotes about your beginnings at MassiveMusic?

Amy> I was at my previous job for about seven years (including my internship) and felt like I needed a new challenge. That's when my dear friend Sayaka introduced me to the company! Very grateful to have her guide me through this industry that’s new to me.

Q> What did you do at your previous job? What projects have you worked on?

Amy> It was a small company so I did a little bit of everything, but my two main roles saw me working as head of international relations and social media director. Some of my biggest projects include producing Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival 2019 Japan Recap Movie and creative directing and writing the interviews for the Summer Sonic 2019 official IGTV series. I also had the chance to host AMY.FM, my own radio show, where I introduced tracks I was listening to and invited my friends for a chat! 

Q> You have such an interesting career, collaborating with world-famous artists and even being a radio personality yourself. What are some of the most memorable episodes you recall?

Amy> Thank you! There are so many that it’s really hard to choose… having my own radio show was really fun because I got a chance to interview some of my really talented friends. On top of that, Baths, JIIN, Holodec, and Nosaj Thing were guests on the show and they are all artists I loved from before, so that was surreal. I also loved doing the CHATROOM series as the interviews were set to be funny and I was always laughing during the recordings. All of the interviews were great, but if I had to choose a few favourites it would be the episodes with Sam Tiba and CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry.

Read the full interview on the MassiveMusic blog

Japanese version 

MassiveMusic 東京のプロジェクトマネージャーである米国カリフォルニア州出身の米本エイミー氏は、伝説的なJ-POPプロデューサーである☆Taku Takahashi氏が主宰するインターネットラジオ局にて、約7年間国際的なアーティストリレーションの責任者を務めていました。100人以上のアーティストのブッキングやインタビューを行い、ラジオ番組のキュレーションやイベントのプロデュースを手がけた実績を持つ彼女が、私たちのミリオンダラー・クエスチョンにどのように答えてくれたのか、読み進めてみましょう。お気に入りのコーヒーの準備はできましたか?

「A Cup of Coffee with」シリーズにちなんで、まずはこの質問から。この1年で身につけたいい習慣はありますか?









小さい会社だったからいろんなことをやってたけど、メインの役割が海外アーティストのコンテンツ担当とSNSの担当。いろんなプロジェクトを手がけた中で最も達成感を感じたのは、Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival 2019の公式日本アフタームービー制作担当と、Summer Sonic 2019の公式IGTVインタビューのクリエイティブを担当したことです。その他に、自分のラジオ「AMY.FM」もやらせて頂いて、好きな音楽を紹介しながら友達を呼んでインタビューしてました。


ありがとう!多くて絞るのが難しいけど... 友達を何人かインタビューできて、自分のラジオ番組を務めるのは結構楽しかった。みんな才能ありすぎて、それについて話し始めるとこのインタビューが終わらない。よかったみんなの活動をチェックしてください。その上に、前から大好きだったBaths、 JIIN、HolodecとNosaj Thing​​もゲストに呼べて最高だった。


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MassiveMusic Tokyo, Fri, 19 Nov 2021 08:45:21 GMT