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STAMP: J-Rock by Esjitu STAMP: J-Rock by Esjitu
:iconaibouai: boughted me a subscription.

Now I must become a stamp whore.

I'm making a couple unique ones; this one's my statement on J-Rock. I could have done one for J-Pop, but my preference lies with J-Rock, and it would have been a pain to just change those few frames and upload a whole new stamp so...suck it.

Anyways, Japanese music. Yes, I like it. A lot. Most of my music is Japanese, but it's not A) all from Anime or B) made up of a million and a half Visual Kei/J-Goth bands (OH YOU LIKE DIR EN GREY, YOU'RE SO ORIGINAL). I like I lot of different types of music, and I like it because it's good, not because of some ridiculous bias. Over the years I've gotten into a lot of bands BY WAY of having heard an Anime song of two from them, and have grown to like the bands and aquire more of their music. I follow Japanese artists because I've gotten into their music, and I do the same for American artists I'm interested in.

J-Music does not equal Anime. I tend to find myself stereotyped for my tastes in Japanese music much more than by being an Anime fan (because most of the crowd I hang out with at school are also Anime fans, but for some reason many of them dislike J-music). I think that's pretty stupid, because I like music for MUSIC, no matter the language...lyrics are nice, yeah, but even if I didn't know what was being said (I know enough; my Japanese is passable), I'd still enjoy it. People put far too much emphasis on words and not enough on music, which is universal. I think that's a real shame.

Feel free to use; linking back to the download link with a thumbnail would be appreciated.
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IZZAME123 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha yaaay
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FatesGuardian Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sniff* Thank you...
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XxInvaderLIZxX Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
*Sigh* The only reason I like J-pop and vocaloid songs is because they're so unique. Where american Music is all about Sex, partying, lame love songs, and drugs.
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Glamrgrl104 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I so agree with your comment.
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Esjitu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just to play Devil's Advocate, a fair amount of Japanese music follows along the same themes, so it's not really an exclusive trait of American music. That said, I stopped listening to the radio years ago for essentially the same reasons, just because everything felt played-out and done before. Not just as far as lyrics themes go (just because something is in a different language doesn't mean they're all that different), but just...I don't know, quality of the music/artists? I feel like I can connect so much more to the Japanese artists I follow than the generic garbage I hear whenever friends talk about popular music these days.

They can all keep their "Party Rock" and "Friday" nonsense...I'll take the music of Acidman or The Gazette to the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber any day.
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XxInvaderLIZxX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
I feel the exact same way
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KentraSnow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny! I like it! I personally love Japansese music, as well as anime. I often have point out there is a difference~!
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GhoulsReign Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this!! yes sooo much!!! thanks for making this!!
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The-Syreth-Clan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't agree more with you.
Pesonal experience:
I wrote in the school news about my favourite japanese singer: :iconhatsunemikuplz:. After it was sent out my classmates were totally looked wierd at me. But what pissed me off was this:

Classmate: Are you really listening to THIS?!
Me:Umm... yes. And?
He:AHAHAHA idiot.

I don't understand why people jugde me by the music I like.:(
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Okamiamaterasu908 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to butt in,but that's totally mean and rude!What jerks :(
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Christabelluv Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
I couldn't agree MORE with this. I mean seriously, it's so true!

I listen to metal ALL the time, and every guy at my school is like "god she always cuts herself" and I can do nothing but laugh, because why would music label me, like really?
and yes, I cannot understand Dir En Grey (or any Japanese band for that,) but I have looked up on some translated lyrics for it :XD: they are amazing. But it just pisses me off that people are to judge without thinking first.

ANYWAYS, great stamp! :heart:
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Esjitu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sad that these days people can't even be proud to listen to their own music without headphones, or let anyone take a look at their playlist on their computer or MP3 player. You'll get immediately judged to be something that you're most likely not. But as long as we know who we are, and that we listen to music because we enjoy it and not because we want to pose for some identity, then it's all good. :D
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Christabelluv Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
that is so true =)
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AylaBlackStatic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Filmographer
OMFG YOU'RE SO RIGHT. Just because it's japanese does NOT mean whoever listens to it is a wapanese desukid. =/
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Tenmatic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I know right? I've been seen as a weab back when I was listening to Chikako Sawada and Ryoko Kuminaka. 8|

...as if the average weab even knows of them; they're actually the artists that got me into Japanese music AND anime, not those who have been singing for anime series.

Besides, I've somewhat outgrown most of the J-Pop I listened to. True, some of these were from anime series, but not all of my 5 GB Japanese music library was sourced from them.

Staples of my Japanese-language music playlist are Shinichi Osawa (formely known as Mondo Grosso, who makes DAMN AWESOME MIXES and has a couple of good acid jazz/electronica/house material), Chikako Sawada (to this day, her music still has a spot in my heart), Pizzicato Five (SHIBUYA-KEI FTW), Fantastic Plastic Machine :happycry:, eLEQUTE (and their sometimes cheesy house covers, lawl), and Exit Trance (yeah, you could tell I'm prolly a trance-fag now, but it's not like trance is the only thing I could listen to.)

Again, I bet most Wapanese desukids don't even know of the artists I have mentioned above. Neither do those people who're total Visual Kei fans.

Back to what I really want to say, I really hate how people tend to classify people from the music they listen to. You can't absolutize based on one part of their personality, and music preference can only give so much as to a person's traits.

For instance, just because I listen to a lot of house, electronica, and trance, doesn't mean that I love going to parties or that I love dancing; because I don't. Listening to progressive rock doesn't make you a band junkie, and listening to pop doesn't make you a prep. At the same time, listening to Vietnamese folk music doesn't make me one of the Vietcong. :lol:

(Sorry for the loooooong 'reply', I was just excited to see someone who shared my sentiments.)
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zewhomustnotbenamed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Esspecially about the 'whiny emo kid' part. Seriously, this one girl asked what I was listening to, and I said 'versailles' and she was like 'so are you emo or goth or what?' and I was like *FACEPALM*.
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Esjitu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand how the type of music someone listens to automatically determines what they are. I like Versailles too, but I also like J-Rock and J-Pop bands and don't actually listen to that many visual kei bands. The ones I listen to, for any genre, is because I like the band, not the social category. It's unfortunate when people have to feel embarrassed over letting others see their music library because of things like that -_-
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zewhomustnotbenamed Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, it's stupid.

I mean, in my experience it tends to be the other way around; people listening to certain music because of the stereotype/fashion/etc surounding it (I'll bet you anything that's why hip-hop is so popular) then deciding all of that other shit based on music.

But I'm just like '...meh.'. I listen to the song, not the genre.

I listen to j-pop, Oshare-kei and VK more than Jrock, because I don't actually know that many Jrock bands. Any suggestions?
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Tenmatic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I have to agree, it really sucks that you're judged because of the genres of some of the songs you listen to, thinking that it's your taste.

It's why I hate genres with a passion, because people keep making pointless arguments as to how one band is not of this genre but of another. But for all we know, these bands don't even give a shit about the genre their music falls under, because their music actually encompasses a myriad of genres. (If you look at Screamo and Death Metal groups, there's a lot of argument stating that one band is not Death Metal and that blah blah blah.)

I just don't see how people give a big deal with genres, because I'm just some person who likes songs, and sometimes likes a genre because of a lot of artists under such. To me, it doesn't matter if a song is pop, country, folk, trance, electronica, prog rock, or what not. So as long as I like my songs and I like my music, I'm fine.
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zewhomustnotbenamed Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with the listening to whatever part, but don't nessisarily hate genres. Imagine if you'd listened to pop and country all your life then heard black metal. Your ears would bleed. So they help reduce blood loss. But I DO hate music snobs who think genre is the most important thing ever. I mean, really? I have heard both good pop groups and absolutley terrible metal bands so the next time a metalhead yells 'pop sucks!' I'm totally gonna be all '...hypocrite. >_>'
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Esjitu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree. People choose their type of music the same way they choose their type of clothes, hair, etc...why can't anyone just be themselves?

As for some J-Rock bands that are worth checking out...well, I could go on for pages, but some of my favorites would be UVERworld, HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, abingdon boys school, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Acidman, 9MM Parabellum Bullet, Flow, The Pillows, ELLEGARDEN/The HIATUS (ELLEGARDEN has disbanded and The HIATUS is the vocalist's new band; I think they have a very similar sound), STRAIGHTENER, ORANGE RANGE...well, that's a good enough list to start with, anyways. :P
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zewhomustnotbenamed Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think that in todays society it is possible to truly be yourself, sadly.

And thanks, I'll check them out. ^^
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AyamaSullivan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're so right!
you have no idea what I suffer cuz I like J-Music, they think I'm an anime freak... I mean... Versailles never done an opening theme <_< and for the part where you say you follow some artists you have heard on opening themes... ...well, that happens, I had it with Nightmare and Maximum the Hormone and thank God I follow them as much as I do with the occidental artists I like! It feels so good to be able to follow them and see that have improved with the ages and cry when something happened!
I know what you feel! ^_^
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UltimateShadowChaos Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009   Photographer
There are some really amazing J-rock bands that aren't from anime or video games.
Look up Galneryus.
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Shouten-Samurai Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
thank you.
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GrayWolfTsume Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
totally agree with this stamp :nod:
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Esjitu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it :D
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
and i listen to the music for the music, and i am, and most my friends r anime frieks and love j-music
me and a few friends grouped together and became Squad 14 of the 13 Court Guard Squads, all with Zanpactos (sry for the spelling, i'm tired and 2 lazy 2 look it up),
So yea, u r not alone there
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree, this is awsome, one of my fav's 4 sure, j-rock rocks (no pun intended)
my fav j-rock bands are: Maximum the Hormone, Nightmare, Dir en Grey, TM Revolution (i kno they r j-pop), and Aqua Timez
other good bands that r from the us and canada r: Disturbed, Nickelback, Skillet, Bare Naked Ladies, The Killers, The Used, Within Temtation, Evenesence, Tree Days Grace, and more
notice the heavy/emo/gothic rock bands and i'm not emo, so ur statement is tru 4 everything
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Hayaikiru Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
I totally agree~!
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