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I became a little writer for JROCK NEWS 😁

I don’t talk about it as much on this blog/story/radio thing I have going on here, but everyone that knows me knows that I am pretty much obsessed with everything Japanese.

The language, the culture, the media, the music, and the celebrities. Anything you name, as long as it’s Japanese, even if I am not obsessed with it I’ll have some basic/rudimentary knowledge on the topic.

I could go on about how this obsession came to be and how long I’ve had it but this post isn’t about that, it’s about how I’ve become a little volunteer writer for JROCK NEWS.

So I love rock music, I personally think the heavier the better but then again I also like the more softer country vibes or nu-metal stuff (honestly it depends on my mood).

I ventured into JROCK, Japanese rock music when I was 14, so it’s been four years now. I won’t say I’m the most knowledgeable on the topic but I have many bands I love and music I listen to.

As some of my more faithful readers know I study Journalism and Politics at undergraduate level (1st year) and I’ve been trying to get more experience in writing. Then I notice that JROCK NEWS, this news website that I’ve been low key religiously following for a while, had an option to join their team.

JROCK NEWS is one of the leading news sites for Japanese alternative music in the West. In one of my earlier posts I showed the article I used in my application, there were other things as well that I had to write about to apply, but I’m not going to get into that. Long story short I became a writer for the website.

I am super happy right now. I have so much free time now because of the University strikes that I mentioned in an earlier post. So I started writing for them and now two of my articles are up on their site.

I’m still a beginner and I’m trying to improve, I had to do a lot of revisions on these articles 😫but I’m doing my best. I can feel myself getting better.

So check out my articles on their site and tell me what you think!!!! It would mean the world to me 😃

Blog updates, Random news update

Esprit D’Air came to Buffalo Cardiff during Constellations Tour

Blog update: So I applied to be a News reporter/writer for JROCK NEWS and I got a role. I’m so happy right now. I’m going to give it my all guys. If you don’t know them already, JROCK NEWS is one of the leading news outlets for Japanese rock music in the west and they are continuing to grow and expand everyday. So if you really like JRock I suggest you go check them out. 

This is a little article I wrote recently when I was applying for the role.

On the 6th of February Esprit D’Air performed at Buffalo Bar in Cardiff from 19:00 until 22:30. The band met with a lot of positive reception in Cardiff as attendees of the event commented on their Facebook page that “Last night was amazing please come to Wales again”, and “The gig was awesome guys! Thanks so much. Wales loves you.”

After the gig many attendees posted Instagram posts about the event. @amberjazzys stating “Was so much fun seeing these guys tonight though I’ll be deaf until the morning.”

More and more rock/alternative music fans in Cardiff have become aware of this Jrock band and are wondering who they are and when can they get more.

The tour

At the beginning of 2018 the Band announced their Constellations tour, of which proceeded from the 5th of February to the 11th. Tour locations included London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle, and Glasgow. Their gig in Carlisle was sold out and the rest of their gigs also had a relatively high turnout, proving that their popularity is soaring with every day.

Who are they?

Esprit D’Air are an electronic Jrock and progressive metal band based in London, they’re aligned with StarStorm records, and currently have two albums (Constellations and Deai) out now.

Esprit D’Air are one those bands that you come across and become obsessed with instantly.  This obsession with them is reflected by their growing popularity with 1.1k followers on Spotify that is growing every day. Perhaps it’s due to their futuristic and niche quality sound, the impressive artwork on their albums and merch, or the energy that the band brings with them. Regardless of the reason Esprit D’Air are a band not easily forgotten.

They initially formed in 2010 and were active till 2013 until they disbanded only to reform again in 2016. The band currently has 3 members: Kai (Guitar), Daishi (Drums), and Ellis (Bass). As well as two members that appear on tours: Ryoma Takahashi (Guitar) and Jan Vincent-Velazco (Drums).

Their debut album Constellations lead single ‘Guiding Light’ was listed on TeamRock’s best rock songs of 2017. The band itself was also debuted on TeamRock’s Metal Hammer and Classic rock magazine.

The Constellations Album

The Constellations album consists of the tracks Ignition, Rebirth, Guiding Light, The Hunter, Starstorm, The Awakening, Reminisce, and Versus. The album can be described as a complete “banger” as claims in their in-depth review of the album.


Random news update

University Strikes At Cardiff. Quick Summary.


05/03/2018 Lecturers and Strike supporters around Cardiff University Students Union

The University strikes began on Thursday the 22nd of February and are set to continue till March the 16th after a five day walkout.

Why is this happening?

The Strikes began due to an unresolved dispute between the University College Union (UCU) and the employer’s representative University’s UK (UUK) over changes being made to the Universerties Superannuation Scheme (USS ) pension plan. The changes to the pension scheme would reduce lecturers pensions to 20% of their current amount.

The UCU claims this will mean a £10,000 a year loss for staff during retirement.

Cardiff University is one of the 61 universities that have decided to take industrial action against these strikes. 89% cardiff UCU members voted in favour.

How are students reacting?

Many students over the last two weeks have lost out on many contact hours with lecturers which has led to growing frustration. Leading to a growing demand for compensation from the university.

At Cardiff University £9,000 a year per student is paid in tuition fees. Students demand money back for contact hours missed. 3,900 cardiff university students have signed the petition that demands every affected student to receive £840 back.

Not only in Cardiff but over 100,000 students across the UK have also signed such petition demanding compensation.

At the moment on the website most of the petitions signed have been rejected.


  • Strikes have resumed on Monday after Cardiff University was closed from Wednesday to Friday due Snow.
  • Vice Chancellor Colin Riordan held a Q&A session at Bingo Hall, Cathays Community Centre, at 12 noon today over the current pensions dispute.