Ryuuseigate

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:16 pm
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So it seems that Ryuusei, the guitarist of a band called Kyogetsu - who nobody seems to have heard of before this incident - made a long post on his blog about why small bands disband and basically accusing bangya of not spending enough money on band goods. He also talked about the economics of the business and how much smaller bands make as opposed to bigger ones, and he kind of called GazettE out by mentioning "bands who play in conifer forests" as the highest money-making groups. He concluded by telling students that they should keep studying so that they'd have money to spend on bands someday and women with jobs to spend money on bands instead of host clubs. This led to a complete shitstorm on Tanuki among bangya who resented being treated as ATM machines - there's a translation of the original post and discussion and analysis of the drama in this discussion on Monochrome Heaven. However, the entire thing would have probably escaped the notice of most western fans had Reita not weighed in with his opinion on Twitter. (Basically, he said that a band is something that someone should devote their whole self to, and if someone is not willing to give it their all, they shouldn't be in music.) The end result was that Ryuusei apologized for his post, then went back on his apology, while his bandmates tried to clean up the mess on social media. The group - who nobody, especially in the West, seems to have heard of before this incident - decided to disband.

On one hand, I can see Ryuusei's point in that a band that's not making money really can't continue, and visual kei is an incredibly competitive business - just looking through a copy of Cure yields a dizzying array of bands, and that's just the ones who have managed to end up with a fairly decent-sized label (i.e., Ains or BP Records or the like). And I also believe that fans should support bands when they can - I do try to buy one version of new releases from groups I like. (However, when it comes to things like the eight versions of Kiryu's Kyubi or nine versions of Alice Nine's Daybreak? Um, NO. That's overkill on the part of the record companies). But the flat-out demand that fans spend money? That's just a bit arrogant - fans, whether they're in Japan or overseas, have lives. They have expenses. They need food, clothing, shelter,medical care. If they're recent graduates, they have student loans. They have friends and family who have birthdays. They have to pay for the cell phones and Internet access that are necessary for fans to follow bands nowadays. And, yes, they even have other entertainment options. It's good to support your favorite bands - it's how they make their living. But to demand they make it their first priority? That's going a bit far.
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Title: The Camera Eye: The Last Lonely Man
Chapter: Installment 79 overall in The Camera Eye series. Links to previous installments can be found here.
Author: Boots
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Porn industry AU, drama, smut, romance
Warnings: Male/male sex, polyamory, lap dancing, tattoo/piercing workship
Pairing: Junji (Kiryu) x Gaku (Fest Vainqueur) (main), mentions of Junji x Mahiro x Subaru x Tomoya (Royz), Toya (Gotcharocka) x Subaru, Tomoya x Kazi (Fest Vainqueur), Hitomi (Moran) x Jun (Gotcharocka) and Jui (Gotcharocka) x Mahiro
Disclaimer: Royz and Kiryu are property of BP Records, Gotcharocka is property of God Child Records, Fest Vainqueur belongs to PLUG RECORDS west, I own the story only.
Summary: Junji has been the odd man out in his polyamorous foursome – all of his lovers have side boyfriends, while he doesn't. He's happy for them, but also a bit envious. But then, he accidentally bumps into a very pretty someone at a house party . . .
Notes: I blame thehamhamheaven for this – her story What Colour is Love has such amazing chemistry between her Junji and Gaku that my own Junji muse wanted a Gaku of his own. Sequel to the previous Camera Eye story, The Honest Image.

Anyone given use of a house would throw a house party. )

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