TSUNDERE VIOLENCE

Here is an interview of Tsundere Violence label.
1 – Hi, first could you introduce yourself to the readers who don’t know you?

I’m Himeko Katagiri, I make music (lolicore, noise, breakcore, etc) and run the massive hyper-active label Tsundere Violence. I’ve been making music since around 2009 (I was like 13), and made Tsundere Violence in early 2012.

2 – Could you tell us a bit about the History of the label, it’s important moments etc?

There hasn’t really been any important moments, but the label itself was an important moment. I got into lolicore in 2011, this was the same time when many of the 1st wave artists were either quitting or moving on from the genre. I had a few circles of friends but everyone was pretty scattered across numerous websites. RaevLoli came up with the idea of making a Facebook group, so we made Lolicore Artists Association. All of us were making music but we didn’t really have anywhere to put it, you can always self-release but if you don’t have a strong fanbase its basically lost in the sea of the internet. I initially created Tsundere Violence as a home for my friends and I to release on, then it started to grow, and has grown massively since those early days.

As with the importance thing, the important moment was the existence of the label itself. It revitalized lolicore, which was a dying genre at the time. It was the Bubblegum Luv and UGU of the second wave. But unlike those labels that died off with the first wave, Tsundere Violence is still going strong long into the 3rd wave, and for all waves to come. Tsundere Violence kept lolicore alive.

3 – You mainly do digital releases but you still have a store with merch including physical copies of some of your releases but also shirts , stickers etc, do you plan to make this bigger with the time passing by or keep mainly on a netlabel format?

 

The label will always be digital/netlabel focused, but I do definitely plan on expanding the physicals. So far all of the physicals have been dubbed by friends who were nice enough to make copies, or were done by the artists themselves. I have a tape dubber now, Junpei recently mailed me a cord for it since the one I bought didn’t work. When I get that up and running tape releases will become a frequent thing. I will mostly be doing physical runs of things already released on the label, but there will be 100% new stuff too~! I already have my business model thought up and it should work out very well. I’ve been wanting to expand the stickers too, and I even have some crazy ideas like a VHS series of lives and music videos. I want to put out lathes and pro-CDRs too. I know people will ask about this so I’ll answer it now, the physicals will be available on the Tsundere Violence website, not Bandcamp.


4 – Could you tell us what are your top 3 favourite releases on Tsundere Violence?

 

This is the hardest question to answer lol, there’s just so many things on the label and stuff is so varied. Its really hard to pick the best three, but if someone who was new to the label and asked what artists to check out I would say: Napkin Terrorizer, Ennnn, Himeko Katagiri, Ninja McTits, Vaenus / Reizikini, GUNSLINGER-R / AMEN JUNKY / CDR, RaevLoli, Tsubaki Yeah!, Kyary Ero Guro, TETSURO, GHETTOLOLITECH, Floppie, Schoolgirl Upon Thy Corpse, and of course all of the compilations~!

But aaaaaaaaaaaaa, I know after this interview goes public I’m going to constantly go “DARN I WISH I MENTIONED _____”. Thanks fam for the new “I wish I did this differently” scenario~! :^)

Seriously though, people who like exploring music and finding sonic treasure can have a lot of fun exploring the 900+ releases. Download tons of stuff, explore artists and their releases over the years, stuff on there is diverse, even releases from the same person can sound nothing alike. Download stuff and have fun~!

5 – It seems you have quite a following in Japan even though you’re not from there, could you tell us more about that? 
I’m actually going there hella soon dude~! sabi_c and CDR are throwing a クソイコア (Kusoikore) party for when I’m there~!  I honestly don’t know how it happened but I’m pretty popular in the Japanese scene. My music, my label, even my clothes. Japan currently has the best most-active most-true-to-lolicore lolicore scene (and has always had an amazing scene there) so I’m really happy that I’m already established there. It could be because my music has always been MUCH more inspired by Japanese lolicore (especially artists like ONOMATOPEEE), than it has been inspired by Western artists. A lot of Western lolicore artists think Goreshit is the best and that influences their sound, but I think artists like ONOMATOPEEE and DJ東国原 are the best, and that has influenced my sound. Also, the Japanese scene sure loves breakcore, and a lot of Western stuff is more speedcore and gabber inspired, but my lolicore stuff is basically all breakcore. Probably a combination of these things and the fact that I have the most “Japanese sound” in the Western scene led to me being popular there, ばんざい~!

6 – Could you explain to newcomers what lolicore is?

This should’ve been question two lol haha B) (editor’s note : Indeed. I’m still a beginner at interviewing :P)
I’ve seen a lot of people give incorrect definitions of lolicore, so its good that I’m being asked this~

Lolicore is a genre of electronic music that was invented by the collective LOLI RIPE in 2006 on 4chan, probably as a joke. Lolicore mostly pulls elements from genres like breakcore, speedcore, and gabber, but it has also pulled elements from noise, extratone, Drum’n’Bass, hardstyle, etc etc. Lolicore often features samples of anime girls and J-pop. Common themes are lolis, anime, otaku culture, internet trolling, self-deprecating humor, and perversions and pedophilia. Unlike most genres, lolicore is up for interpretation, two lolicore artists can sound NOTHING a like but still be 100% lolicore. Lolicore is also one of those genres where its OK to sound crappy, sometimes people even strive to sound crappy; bad breakcore can be seen as excellent lolicore. And of course, there’s lots of very talented lolicore artists as well.

Also, when I said that people give wrong definitions I meant stuff like this:

• People say lolicore isn’t a real genre. These people either give zero explanation for their claim or say its because the genre is too varied. THIS IS VERY BAD “LOGIC” AND LOLICORE IS VERY MUCH A GENRE. Is experimental no longer a genre because its up for interpretation?
• People say it parodies lolicon otaku culture, but they mean it in a way that’s untrue. I’ve seen people try to imply that lolicore is somehow against what its about. WHAT THE FUCK, HOW???? Whoever says this is a poser, lolicore artists make fun of themselves because its hilarious. They aren’t anti-lolicon, they aren’t anti-otaku, they’re just making funny titles, its part of the culture. Lolicore is not meant to be PC, its literally a genre about the sexualization of children, its not anti-lolicon because the listener might be against it. Is white power music no longer racist because you’re not? Also, a lot of lolicore artists are lolicons, and not all are 2D only, cheesy pizza anyone? :^) (editor’s note : we here sure do not support non-2D lolicon, actually we find this quite disgusting!)/end rant

7 – You told me recently you have quite a shitton of projects yourself, could you tell us about your most important ones and which ones would you recommend us to check?

Yeah dude, I have literally like AT LEAST 60+ different aliases, and almost all of them are still active (even the ones that barely have any releases, lol). I remember this dude in high school was somehow disturbed by the alias thing, and I only had a few at the time. Himeko Katagiri is definitely my most important one, its my persona, and my best music is released as it. My other most important one is Ninja McTits, its my most active alias and is mostly for noise but I’ve released lolicore and what not as it too.  I’m actually a very stressed out person and doing noise really makes me feel better, even if I end up bleeding after recording sessions~! There’s Recovering Hikikomori too, its cloud trap stuff, it took a long time to finally get my sound together for that alias but its really fun remixing music I like. Also check out Sunblock Bukkake and Protostomia. There’s Seifuku Sound too, its totally unlike the rest of aliases, its very soundtracky, sounds like JRPG and anime music. My friend and I made a black metal circle last year and that has been birthing tons of new projects, both solo and bands. When the time comes, the info about the circle and the link to where to purchase the tapes will ONLY be available on my personal Facebook, but I wanted to troll those who can’t get them since kvlt and what not haha >:^3

Hopefully this doesn’t crash FireFox since I’ve been typing all of this in my email, but here’s a list of all of my aliases and bands that I can think of, there might be more by the time this interview is released:

Himeko Katagiri (Breakcore / Lolicore)
Ninja McTits (Noise / Lolicore)
Recovering Hikikomori (Cloud Trap / Instrumental Hip-Hop)
Belgum Trail (IDM)
Sunblock Bukkake (Loligrind)
PANTSU SCUM (Scum)
Seifuku Sound (JRPG, Anime, And Eroge styled BGM / Classical)
Prometh (Dungeon Synth)
TCLB (Field Recording)
C. (Experimental Classical)
Ibuki Mioda (Raw Black Metal)
ChibiuSSa Kult (Stupidly Raw Black Metal)
White Genocide (Southern RAC / Black Metal)
1960’s Daisuki (HNW)
Zange Chiroh (Christian Black Ambient)
DJ Tsundere Violence (DJ)
DJ Nonstick Cookware (Mashup / Screw)
DJ Nurse Joy (Ultra Shit Mashcore)
DJ ебать війни (Hardvapour)
11:30 PM (UTAU Dreampop / IDM / House / Moeclick)
An-Nāṣirah (Industrial / Noise / Instrumental Hip-Hop / Turntablism)
Azusa The Raw Data Tester (Experimental)
Burkha ضجيج (Industrial / Noise / Instrumental Hip-Hop / Turntablism)
File City (Vaporwave)
HarshNoise Suzumiya (Plunderphonics Noise)
Lolitendo (NESBM / Chiptune)
Omorashi (Instrumental Hip-Hop / Turntablism / Acid)
Protostomia (Gorenoise)
おやすみFacebook™ (Vaporwave / Mallsoft)
島田市 Japan 1995 (Vaporwave)
Beauty Nails (Vaporwave)
唐人街卡帶 (Vaporwave)
苛性関係 (Vaporwave)
加油站和便利店24/7 (Vaporwave / Mallsoft)
李桂英  &  吳趙  Law  Firm (Vaporwave)
Chrono Crusader (Christian Black Metal)
LOLIヴォミツ (Parody Black Metal)
䨺龘𪚥䨻𠔻麤 (Vaporgrind)
CCCCCCCCxxxxxxxcxxccxc (Parody Cybergrind)
Missed Call Of Misanthropy (Cellphone Black Metal)
Randoseru (Vocaloid Grindcore)
Kupelekwa Kutokomea (Gorenoise / Noisegrind / Zoogrind)
Menorrhagia Anemia (Goregrind / Gorenoise)
Hedera Helix (Experimental Grindcore)
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Hot Tub Full Of Menstrual Blood (Gorenoise / Noisegrind / Noisecore)
Lonely Spacecraft (Space Ambient)
yumichanzeropoint367 (Experimental / Experimental Ambient / Ambient / Noise)
Fumiko Ishino (Acid / Techno)
Dog-Eared Loli (Pseudo-Zoogrind)
3-kyū (Nightcore)
Kvlt Ov Kvroneko (Black Metal)
SS Brigade (Black Metal)
Frostbitten Freezerburned McFlurry Moon Forests Of Spooky Darkness (Parody Black Ambient)
Keyne Acqua (Xwave)
✝언약 예배 센터✝ (Christian Vaporwave)
Black Vampire (Gothic Symphonic Black Metal)
HOUSE PLANTオーディオ (Vaporwave)
Pony’s Home (Ambient)
Antarctica Exploration Team (Vapowave / Ambient)
Sanya V. Litvyak (Purposely bad raw black metal)
Manbavaran (Symphonic Black Metal)
Aryan Israeli Witch Kommando (Noise / Power Electronics / NS Techno)
ਆਰੀਅਨ ਪਿਰਾਮਿਡ 88 (NS Techno)
𒅒 88 (NS Techno)

Bands I’m in:
B*H (Noise / Speedcore)
AxTx (Grindcore)
Lolinacht (Raw Black Metal / NSBM)
Wolvenloli (Raw Black Metal / NSBM)
Neuroi Hive (Black Noise) 
Photinia Loriformis (Instrumental Hip-Hop / Glitchcore)
神中! (Scum)
Gaijiphace (Raw Black Metal)
Castus (Christian Raw Black Metal)

And uh, despite some of that being NSBM and having 88 and what not, I’m not a Nazi or racist. The NSBM ones are just about Strike Witches. The NS techno ones will take way too long to explain and it goes offtopic, but they’re meant to be comedic.
(Note : Moessacre Rex doesn’t support in any way NS stuff, even in a comedic intent)

8 – Five years of activity for a netlabel is pretty unusual (I hope Moessacre will cross this symbolic line hehehe). What are the factors in your opinion which allowed it to last so long and with success?

Yeah dude its lasted forever~! And its going stronger than ever~! I think part of the success was simply just good timing, as I said earlier, it came into existence at the perfect timing. But of course I could’ve ran it into the ground. A lot of the success came from how dedicated I am to running it and my love for the music. I’ve always tried to have the label have a sense of community too. I love giving positive support to both new artists and established artists, and create a place for fans of this kind of music to get tons of it. I put A LOT of time into running the label, and always have ever since it started. Not to mention God blesses stuff when you do right (me turning down anti-Christian demos). My love for the label and my whole method is its success.

9 – Could you give some pointers to beginners here?

I’m assuming this question is for those who want to make labels. First off, make sure that you truly want to run a label. What is your mindset? What is your goal? What do you want your label to be in the world? How much do you love music, truly, deeply, love it? How much do you want to help promote other musicians? Do you mind having large amounts of work to do constantly? If you don’t have positive answers for all of those then you shouldn’t run a label. A lot of people want to make a label since you’re in control, but it means nothing if you’re the only person on the label. You have to have a clear idea of where you’re going, and to be very determined and passionate to run a successful label. Also, promoting the releases is a VERY important thing. People wont want to release with you if they aren’t getting promoted, so you should make it very clear that you promote your artists. Even if everything you release is free, its still a business, and businesses that aren’t planned out fail. Businesses that aren’t promoted fail.

Also, Bandcamp labels come off as amateurish and most of them fail and/or are horribly operated, I think all labels should have an official website, even if you decide to use Bandcamp. Also, its just a trend, don’t build your label on a website that will die eventually.


10 – The last word is yours!

Heil Loli and God Bless

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