OCEAN CITY, NJ – July 13, 2009: MELL, Otakon’s Friday night musical guest, will be taking over Tainted Reality for a special broadcast live from the convention. The broadcast, set to air Saturday night at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific, will also be simulcast on the show’s webcam. MELL will be talking about her live, her experiences at the convention, playing some of her favorite songs for the audience, and interacting with fans via the webcam.
After MELL’s appearance, Tainted Reality will continue to broadcast, with the possibility of other special guests appearing as well!
The broadcast can be accessed via Tainted Reality’s official website www.taintedreality.net, with the webcam accessible at http://www.blogtv.com/People/taintedreality
About MELL: MELL’s debut single release Red Fraction featured IVE Sound’s trademark combination of a heavy groove and distortion. Her fascinating voice spread first through the insiders of the Japanese music industry, but when she started to perform live, her superb stage presence and passionate singing made her tour an instant sensation.
With her second smash hit-Proof, she expanded on her image of heavy and dark sound, by contrasting it with a more nurturing lyrics and sound that bring together all ages with her music.
Unique among the other artists on IVE Sound, such as KOTOKO, Mami Kawada, Eiko Shimamiya and Kaoru Utatsuki, MELL worked with founders Kazuya Takase and Yasutaka Ipposhi even before they had their own label. Her unmistakable voice over Kazuya’s arrangements created a new genre, and has quickly grown a strong following in Japan. MELL Links: Official Website – http://www.iveusa.net
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore’s few large, city-wide events, drawing over 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans. This year, the convention is boasting member pre-registration of 17,985. Otakon has been known for for providing some of the most memorable J-Music events in America, hosting shows from L`arc~en~ciel, TM Revolution, MUCC, AAA, and many many more.
Otakon Links: Official Website – http://www.otakon.com
About Tainted Reality: Tainted Reality is the premiere source of Japanese rock (J-Rock) entertainment in the United States. Tainted Reality hosts their own internet radio network dedicated to Japanese musical programming and produces radio shows such as Tainted Reality & The Tainted Reality Talkshow. Tainted Reality often conducts interviews with some of the biggest musical artists of Japan like Yoshiki of X Japan, Die of Dir en grey, Miyavi and MUCC. They also manage and organize tours for prominent J-Rock bands such as BLOOD, Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet-, The Candy Spooky Theater as well as producing media such as the Darkest Labyrinth Vol.1 DVD and the Darkest Labyrinth CD.