Last month I went to Seattle to see the kick off show for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu‘s Nanda Collection world tour. Thanks to a tip from my friend Alex, who let me know that drunks in the bar at Showbox at the Market get inside before the all-ages line outside, we miraculously wound up in the front row. Sorry, tiny girls in the crowd stuck behind me, this 6 foot tall gaijin monster isn’t going anywhere. I gripped that barricade like my life depended on it, and I got so close that I could see Kyary had what looked like a flea bite on her ankle. The show could only be described as a mind-blowing dance-along Lisa Frank acid trip, and the energy and skill of her backup dancers really has to be experienced to be believed.
The next day I woke up to multiple tweets from friends in Japan saying “I saw Pete-san on TV!”. When someone tells you that you’ve spotted on Japanese television but doesn’t give you any context, there’s a moment where you are unsure whether to be excited or alarmed. It turns out the Japanese news shows were doing a segment on Kyary’s tour kicking off in Seattle, and I wound up in some crowd footage. So, it’s less exciting than what I initially hoped for, which was that I’d become some kind of meme and accidentally inspired a “Shibuya Lumberjack” fashion trend, but it’s still pretty damn cool and another strange thing I can tell stories about in interviews.
Thanks to Kana & the IRC room at 91.8 The Fan for finding the video clips, and whoever uploaded these. See if you can spot me! (Hint: Look for the giant bearded white guy who seems blissfully unaware that he looks totally out of place!)
The 5th episode of my weekly mix show of J-Pop, K-Pop & EDM hits, as heard every Saturday night at 8PM PST on 91.8 The Fan! Archives are posted here the following week.
My 1st digital solo single “Haunt My Pancakes” is out now, to coincide with my upcoming t-shirt project! This is a 128BPM electro-house tune with some ridiculous creepy church organ action. Happy brunchcore! GET THE SINGLE AT peteellison.bandcamp.com / Pre-order limited edition “Haunted Pancakes” and “Haunted Waffles” at http://shop.heyitspete.com
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be returning to the rave stage at MTAC for my 2nd year! I’m excited to play a set of the latest K-Pop/J-Pop and EDM hits for all the anime ravers! Last year’s was one of the best stages I’ve ever played on, so I’m excited to be returning. I’ll also have a booth in artist alley where I’ll be selling my music, prints, shirts, etc. More details soon!
Someone call the Breakforcist (breakfast exorcist)! I’ve just posted my two new art tees “Haunted Pancakes” and “Haunted Waffles” available for pre-order at shop.heyitspete.com
– both are limited to 50 pieces, and available in your choice of 3 different colors! These will be hand screen printed by me using water-based inks on special Gildan hand-dyed super bright neon tees, and will ship in mid-may! Pre-order to ensure you get the size/color that you want, and get a handful of EXCLUSIVE bonus goodies not available anywhere else!
to pre-order now!
A warehouse groove & speed garage inspired track produced by Pete Ellison, 2014. Pete Beat Manifesto is an ongoing musical project reviving sounds and influences from the mid-90′s underground rave scene.
The 4th episode of my weekly mix show of J-Pop, K-Pop & EDM hits, as heard every Saturday night at 8PM PST on 91.8 The Fan! Archives are posted here the following week.