Bo-Peep album recording with US music icon producer Lee Popa (Canceled)
American music icon producer Lee Popa will record Japanese indies legends Bo-Peep
We are Bo-Peep
We're a legendary Fukuoka Japan three-piece indie band. Our group core is Mika Yoshimura on vocals and guitar, with Ryoko Nakano on the drums. We play loud and break things.
Bo-Peep are seeking funding from you to make a full-length recording for release in cooperation with you, our fans! Bo-Peep, with our producer Lee Popa (Ministry, Cheap Trick, KMFDM, Tool, and Killing Joke), Jolee Popa, Yoshinori Arie , and Yuki Suzaku would like to produce a world-class album as the basis to tour the world!
WE ARE Bo-Peep!
Mika Yoshimura on vocals and guitar and Ryoko Nakano on the drums formed Bo-Peep in Fukuoka in 2000. Our intense live show is well-received by many. In the U.K. and USA, we have a strong and loyal following. One UK fan has been quoted that it was better than sex!
Bo-Peep has been covered by all the famous music magazines like NME, i-D, and Neo. With rave reviews from the New York Times music section. We’ve played many major music festivals around in the world, including Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, The Great Escape (Brighton) and In the City (Manchester) in the UK, and American festival SXSW (Austin). In April 2018, we headlined the Sakura Festival in Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York City (USA).
While seeking a new bass player we are currently working on songwriting with Yoshinori Arie (Vola and The Oriental Machine, Sugimoto Kyoichi, Moon Beam, Yoshihiro Yuji and Tape Echoes, The Pillows) on bass. Our touring bass player is Yuki Suzaku (Talking Lights, ex-Nananine).
Please read the review from our SXSW performance in the New York Times:
“A Surprise from Japan!” Years of rock-showcase experience have shown me that Japan likes to export jokey concept bands that quickly wear thin. So had I not looked at a wrong date in the SXSW schedule, I never would have ended up seeing Bo-Peep, a hard-rock band from Tokyo. Lucky me. There was no joke about Bo-Peep’s brutally efficient riffing, whether the band was bashing out brusque one-chord stomps or dissonant metal lines or blaring punk… Bo-Peep could strong-arm itself a place alongside any American or English stoner rock band, and should.”
— Jon Pareles, New York Times
Lee Popa, a key figure in the American music scene since the late 1980s, is well-known as a touring engineer of the American industrial metal band Ministry, and as a producer and sound engineer of many artists Killing Joke. Tool, Living Color, Korn, Cheap Trick, Prong, White Zombie, Danzig, Phunk Junkeez, KMFDM, Queen, Gnarles Barkley, Phantom Planet, Bad Brains, Bush.
His production partner is Jolee Popa. Jolee has worn many hats behind-the-scenes, has been a long time musical partner of Lee’s for over 25 years. Jolee along with specializing in vocal production has also acted as Songwriter, Producer and Recording Engineer. Jolee has left an indelible imprint on music productions across the globe with her signature melodic voice.
We Bo-Peep would like to make a world-class album with producers Lee and Jolee. To make it available worldwide and tour the US and UK and Europe next year.
The reason why we decided to do the project:
We sent a Facebook friend request to Lee Popa last year and he accepted it. We didn’t know it, but Lee seems to have had his eye on Bo-Peep for awhile ("Friends called me from Chicago and said that the band Bo-Peep was here and they do rock" - Lee). Unannounced, Lee and Jolee Popa (co-producers) came to one of our shows in Tokyo, but they left after the second song. ("We were so blown away by the first song that we went back to the hotel to make a plan!“ - Lee)
We wondered maybe we had failed to impress them, but then, when we were feeling blue about it, Lee contacted us (“It was wonderful. I could see that it was a good band just by watching the first song. I want to work together. Fans overseas will LOVE you!” - Lee) We communicated by email many times and realized that Lee had a much bigger vision for us than we understood - a worldwide album release and tour.
Encouraged by his words and actions, we raised our expectations for Bo-Peep. Lee met with several record companies in the USA. But to facilitate things more quickly, Lee recommended we do crowdfunding in order to make a master recording.
To start things off, Lee and Jolee remixed four songs from the Bo-Peep album Thank you. In February of this year, Lee and Jolee came to Japan and made a demo with us for presentation to record companies. Through Lee and Jolee’s efforts and help from our long-time supporter Yukio Kobayashi we had a great meeting and our MUSIC everyone liked very much so we can't say who yet but without a doubt, Bo-Peep's next album will be released by a long-established record label in Japan.
Message from Mika
Hello. I’m Mika, the guitarist and vocalist of Bo-Peep. Thank you for checking out this page. Bo-Peep formed and started playing live in 2000, and we’re still going. The big turning point for the band was an offer to play in the UK (from Mr. D) in 2006. At that time, I thought, Bo-Peep hasn’t gone very far in Japan… why would the UK be any better? We talked about it as a band, and the result was 2:1. I was the skeptical member. But we took the challenge, and the result was way different than I expected. The audience reaction well exceeded my expectation! As the chaos of the audience grew, I grabbed a chair from the side of the stage and got up and jumped off it, meeting the mood head on. That jump was recorded for history - it’s the image on the back side of the Is It Good For You?!! CD jacket.
I still remember the atmosphere of that show vividly. The experience gave us so much motivation and new direction. We did more shows overseas, and always got a frenzied reaction from audiences. So obviously we want more! We want to go around the world and have all kinds of people experience and be moved by our show. Of course, I want Bo-Peep to be more visible in our home country too.
To that end, we have to think differently and have new tactics. Our sound is essential. Lee and Jolie Popa are an incredible team, and working with them is positive and essential to making our best sound. When we recorded demos with them in February, I was so impressed by their professionalism and their technique. With them, I realize that a new door has opened for Bo-Peep! The big obstacle is the cost. The reality is that we need money. So I started this Kickstarter project.
We’ve been playing and thinking and creating for a long time. I’m deeply grateful that we’ve come so far, overcoming obstacles and being supported by so many great people. And with appreciation, we want to keep evolving. We’ve become calm, in a good way. We want to start the next chapter. All the hardships we had were worth it, to get to this place. Thinking back over 18 years, I can honestly say that Bo-Peep are at our best right now. In order to get this new chapter written, everyone’s support is absolutely necessary!
We humbly ask for your participation, and you know we’ll give our best!
Message from Ryoko
Hello. It is drummer Ryoko. Thank you for seeing the Bo-Peep Kickstarter project. I met Mika when we were students in Fukuoka and we made various bands together. Bo-Peep is the one that worked out, and now it’s been 18 years. We’re like family, and we’ve come a long way, but it was hard at times.
When we started out, our original 4-piece girl-band Rubashka was getting popular and winning contests, right when “band fever” was at it’s height in Japan. It was like a miracle dream. We were so close to a major label contract, but one of the members got married, and it all fell apart. Of course, marriage is a great thing! But we missed our chance due to immaturity and lack of experience, mentally and musically.
For awhile, Mika and I would drive to the beach or through the mountains in Fukuoka. I made handmade crafts. I tried to stay away from music. The fact that Rubashka failed might be one of the reasons that we succeed now. Mika and I recovered from it, and after trying several formulations, Bo-Peep was born as a 3-piece. At the beginning, every day was filled with music. We rehearsed three times a week, making songs and practicing. After shows we had some stoic trips to the bars. We recorded as we could during the year, and we drove from Kyushu to Tokyo several times to tour. Looking back now, I can say it was a deeply meaningful first year.
We decided to move the base of our activity from Fukuoka to Tokyo. At that time we sent a demo tape to a myriad of music offices. Third Stone From the Sun picked Bo-Peep up and we could release several CDs from their indies label. It was our great fate to be picked up by a label with a liberal worldview, that understood our music (which was not the type of music that sold well in Japan at the time). 3rd Stone helped us in our first ventures overseas, where we saw the wild reaction of audiences to our sound, and we could feel the power of that: our music wasn’t a mistake. Suddenly we had a new expectation for the band.
Our original bass player Hime had a baby and took time off from the band (we’re so happy for her). It’s very difficult in the music industry, especially in Japan, to get married, have kids and keep the band going. I’ve done it myself and chose to keep going. We had a few changes at bass over the years, and there were rough times, I admit, when both Mika and I thought about quitting. When I look back on those moments (fighting, crying moments), it’s hard to believe now. Mika and I have reached a calm, better place (the opposite of our musical style, right?) and we’re having lots of fun. Now I’m an office worker, and the mother of an elementary school child, but with the support of family, friends and fans, Bo-Peep goes on. While we haven’t found great success in the business, there’s some great wealth in the time and experiences and personal connections we’ve had with all of you.
Now, working as Mika, Ryoko and Sujaku, Bo-Peep is at it’s very best ever. Our big chance has come again, in the miracle encounter with Lee and Jolie Popa, and this time we’re not going to miss out! I hope everyone, in Japan and around the world, gets to experience Bo-Peep live and through our recordings. I want to make a name for Bo-Peep, as a successful band. For 18 years, Mika and I have been working toward this. It’s been a great ride.
We want to share this great moment with you. Thank you so much for reading to this whole comment. We really appreciate your support! Please participate!
Message from Sujaku
Hello. I’m the bass player Sujaku. It’s my sixth year since I joined Bo-Peep. I answer yes to all Mika and Ryoko's proposals.
"Is there a live offer abroad? It's good, I’ll do anything!"
It’s not because I’m younger, or a “yes man”. It’s because I believe in these two great musicians. Of course, Mika and Ryoko seem casual about things, but I’ve watched them closely, and I’ve witnessed their deep desire and their passion. Even in times of flux, even with the supposed obstacles of culture, and age and gender (etc), one thing endures: they believe in their music. They embody the great power of their live show. And in addition, they are always appreciating their position and looking ahead to the future.
I really respect that as a band member. Don’t ever underestimate them!
I participated in the music festival called Sakura Matsuri which was held in Brooklyn (USA) this April. I saw the reactions of the audience there, my skin was tingling, and I thought that there is still a lot of possibility of spreading overseas. I got courage from that, and became a better asset to the band.
In order to further expand that possibility, I feel that it’s necessary to have a world-class sound to match Bo-Peep’s already world-class live shows.
I’m convinced that Lee and Jolee can make that world-class sound.
So we started this Kickstarter.
This is not an idle chance - we’re the right people at the right time for this. The environment for working overseas is perfect now. All we need is your cooperation. I answer yes to everything that Mika and Ryoko ask me. I really appreciate that you would consider helping to give me the opportunity to say so. Everyone, thank you for your cooperation!
Message from Lee and Jolee Popa
Greetings Bo Peep fans, please allow me to introduce myself I'm Lee Popa. I'm a producer for 30 years in the music industry. I'm one of the founding fathers of the Chicago Industrial Hard Rock seen. And a long time punk rock legend. My mixing skills have brought me to travel around the world.
While in Japan I ran across this fantastic band Bo Peep they are on fire at the show I saw 2 minutes of their opening song and I knew I wanted to work with them. After being Lost in Translation I was finally able to go to Tokyo with my co-producer Jolee and record some songs with them after doing some remixes at my Portland Studio.
We achieved our first goal we're able to get Major Distribution on one of Japan's best houses of distribution. Now we're seeking funds to help the band move to the next level which is completing a full length record. record companies no longer have that type of support and so that's why we're asking you for your support.
Check out all the cool perks and please donate what you can. The band and I sincerely appreciate it hopefully we'll be able to raise enough funds and I'll be able to go to Japan and produce the full-length record regardless. Let's help this band reach its next level. I sincerely thank everyone who contributes. if you can't contribute, please share. Thank you so much everyone.
Activities up to now
Bo-Peep was formed in Fukuoka in 2000. We’re a loud three-piece indies grunge band centered on the guitar and vocals of Mika and the drumming of Ryoko. Our intense live show is popular abroad. We’ve performed in the UK and the USA many times, and been covered by famous music magazines like NME, i-D and Neo. We got rave reviews from the New York Times music section. We’ve played many major music festivals around in the world, including Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, The Great Escape (Brighton) and In the City (Manchester) in the UK, and American festival SXSW (Austin). In April 2018, we headlined the Sakura Festival in Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York City (USA).
· Recording studio fee
· Lee Popa's fee and his traveling and accommodation expenses in Japan · Support musicians performance cost
· Equipment rental fee
· Mastering fee
· Photographic expenses
· Jacket design fee
· Recording Assistant fee
· Promotion fee
About the rewards
· Bo-Peep’s new album with 8 songs
SIGNED PHOTO AND THANK YOU MOVIE DATA
· Autographed photo data and Thank You message video data
· Limited Edition T-shirt from this project
· Download 4 songs remixed by Lee and Jolee from the Bo-Peep album "Thank you"
LIVE TOUR PHOTO BOOK
· Autographed Tour photo book by long-time friend of the band Azusa Takada, with surprising rare photos. We can’t wait to see this!
JOIN A REHEARSAL OR GET A HANDMADE CRAFT· Enjoy laughter and playing the instrument! as a guest at a Bo-Peep band rehearsal OR Choose an original leather pouch designed by Ryoko with engraved Bo-Peep logo
· Have your name in the thank you section of the CD liner jacket
NY SOUVENIR OR JP SOUVENIR·A souvenir from Bo-Peep’s 2018 NY Tour OR A souvenir of Japan from Bo-Peep (accessories selected by the band)
2019 GUEST LIST PASS
· Be on the guest list at every show Bo-Peep plays, wherever they play in 2019! (a huge value!!!)
DINNER TOGETHER OR BO-PEEP HAND FAN· Mika, Ryoko and Sujaku will invite you for dinner and fun at a restaurant in Tokyo! (you can invite your friends, but they come at their own expense) OR Bo-peep hand fan of this project exclusive products
KIKUNA MISHIMA SIGNED BOOK
· Autographed photo collection of Kikuna Mishima who directs Bo-Peep album cover photography.
· DVD of rare live performances by Bo-Peep. This DVD is not for sale. Very rare!
· Leather tote-bag designed by Ryoko with the Bo-Peep logo engraved.
JOIN US ON STAGE OR WRITE A SONG FOR YOU
· Either join Bo-Peep on stage for a full show (any instrument, vocal, even dance or art!) that will be videotaped and delivered as DVD OR have Bo-Peep write a song for you (a conversation will be necessary to decide the style and lyric subject)!
A STAGE COSTUME AND KIMONO
·Stage costume of Mika and Ryoko(These dresses made by my friend of Clothing designer for Bo-peep)
·Hand Made Modern Kimono of Ryoko's personal item
Bo-Peep will become your personal city tourism ambassadors at the ancient castle town of Kitsuki in Oita Prefecture!
· Ryoko will cook for you, Mika will give you a relaxing massage and Sujaku will smile a lot.
The main event of the trip is seeing Bo-Peep live in Fukuoka City!
Notice: Your flight to and from Japan is not included (you must arrange that), but accomodation is included!
In Kituski, you'll stay in a new but traditional Japanese home.
In Fukuoka, you'll stay at a modern hotel.
The invation extends from April 2019 until April 2020.
Please tell us your preference for the date of your trip to Japan at least 3 months in advance.
Because of pre-planned events that the band must attend, we may not be able to accomodate your first choice.
Let's schedule as soon as possible to make sure you have a great trip!
We are planning to be 3 nights 4 days.
I would like to discuss about plan with you.
Image is for illustration purposes.
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We want to make as much use as we can of this big opportunity that may come only once in a lifetime. Bo-Peep is at the height of our art right now. PLEASE lend us your power!
Risks and challenges
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