Hatsune Miku Artpop Ball Full Report

artpopI was one of the lucky ones to go to he Lady Gaga concert to check out the show first hand. I hope to bring some insight to further eliminate any rumors or hesitation to the show to begin with. Before I speak and give you all information on this, let me give you a background on me and my musical taste and how I approach things before you allow my opinion to influence you. This way you can make a more informed decision on what you plan to do.

I am a media professional, I worked in radio for Atlanta’s Project 96.1 as an intern and various projects with Clear Channel. I hosted and produced concerts for local indie bands, including bands such as From First to Last and Atilla before they became big time names in their respective industry. I have always been a fan of Jpop with Ayumi Hamasaki and T.M. Revolution being the first Jpop artists I started listening to. When I look at concerts or shows, I look at the entertainment value and quality of the show production.

Before the concert, I had a meal with some Little Monster fans and friends of mine, I educated my friends on the wonders of Vocaloid and how the program creates Hatsune Miku’s voice. I was sporting my only Vocaloid shirt that consists of the crew walking across Abby Road, a tribute to the Beatles. As of late, I have been studying how to produce music and know a lot of different things around Vocaloid and explained the complexities of the program and production method that I have learned to this date. Everyone expressing great respect and appreciation toward the cause. They also educated me on the more finer details and obsessive passion for Lady Gaga, the same tonality that I used expressing my appreciation for Vocaloid and Hatsune Miku.

This was going to be a fun and educational night. More simply, because we were all passionate about the reasons we were going.

As I get to the Phillips Arena and park, it’s 10 minutes on the clock to the 7:30 doors open time. I get into the Arena and look around for a Merch table for Miku, unfortunately, I couldn’t find one. I only stayed on one side of the arena as it was closest to my parking spot and I wanted fast escape when the show was over. So unfortunately, I made it the night without buying anything to remember the night for Miku.

I make it to the Phillips pit area on the floor and wait patiently, the overpriced water running $5 and $8.50 for a beer, if you’re into that sort of thing. Not the concerts fault, but the venue for sure. As I am waiting, I am parked next to some tweeny aged girls that have that high pitched winny voice going on and on about Gaga and how they cannot wait to see her “OMG!!!”. So be warned, you’re going to have to accept this or appreciate this, as there was an abundance of this. After waiting around 15 minutes, the lights go dim the crowed goes wild.

The show starts at 8pm and the Miku makes her US concert Debut. Mesmerizing many who have never seen this. I notice a bunch of phones set to record video and shortly after the show find them being posted by our affiliates and more. New travels fast on the first US experience of the Miku Tour with Gaga. This is the first actual TOUR and not just a single show in LA.

With all the awe, I still don’t feel the passion as you would see it in the prior concerts and I am certain it may have to do with the fact that there is no interactive element to it. Miku still talks in Japanese when addressing the audience, in which I’m sure the audience has no clue what she is saying in Japanese.

There are three nets setup with a projector behind. The center net is Miku’s and there are additional projections made on the two side screens where two dancers do come out to impose a silhouette over the screens, which does add a little more to the experience, but depending on the angle you are viewing, the dancers can be seen through Miku on the main screen.

Overall, the songs presented were nothing new if you have played the new Project Diva F2 game and are familiar with the concerts. There was no show of any of the other Vocaloids, so if you came to see an appearance of Rin, Len, or Luka, no luck here. Strictly a solo act for Miku and she looks so lonely.

Some of the more poppy hits did get a better reaction with hands waving in the air and people dancing. This was I think 5 songs into the set. So, it seems that it started to grow on more people as it progressed. There is HOPE!

To sum it down, I had a really good time and really enjoyed the experience. I did cry just a little bit in happiness to see this first hand. I stayed for all of Lady Gaga’s show and I have to say that the entire concert was impressive. I have a deep amount of respect for Lady Gaga and the message she brings now. After seeing the concert, the people that attend the show and experiencing it myself, Miku couldn’t have had any better of a host to help introduce her to US.

Lady Gaga pushes for that individuality in all of us, and lets face it, we are special.

As a side note, I don’t normally write a lot, so please forgive my lack of Journalistic quality, I leave that up to Scott or Johnny, so this is just my own personal log of events. Thanks!