Music Matters 2013: J-Rock Matters Media Conference


23rd May 2013, Singapore – Japan’s largest entertainment news portal, BARKS, shared about its business strategy for its overseas market.

BARKS has recently launched it’s English website( on 12th April 2013, and on 23rd May 2013, its Simplified Chinese website ( and Traditional Chinese website ( are being launched to better reach out to it’s international audience.

According to Producer of BARKS, Mr Tadashi Goto, BARKS has been receiving request from the global community to learn more about Japanese music, but majority of the information are available to the public in Japanese only. With the new languages website, BARKS hopes to share the latest news and trends of Japan music and artists with more people overcoming the language barrier.

During the press conference, members from famous Japanese bands – SID, Flumpool and WEAVER also expressed their anticipation and desire to be able to share their music with the world through BARKS as the medium.

J-Rock Matters presented by BARKS
As part of Music Matters 2013, BARKS will be presenting J-Rock Matters on 23 May 2013.
A showcase of emerging and established J-Rock bands, J-Rock matters is set to be an unforgettable night of top-notch Asian music entertainment.

The live event, “J-rock Matters presented by BARKS”, will be held on Singapore from 9pm, as a JAPAN SHOWCASE, where Flumpool and SID WILL be performing on the main stage that has the capacity to hold 15,000 people.

At 11pm in the same day, the groups will be switching locations to the Beer Market.  WEAVER will join flumpool and SID to have an exclusive invite-only event where they will perform a secret gig.

Music Matters Live with HP

The annual Music Matters Live with HP is a three-night music festival featuring emerging and established bands from Asia and around the world. This time, it will be featuring over 50 bands from more than 20 countries, perform over 160 shows around Clarke Quay over three nights.

There will be representatives from Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Latvia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA – performing at the 7 participating venues around Clarke.

If you are unable to attend the event in person, don’t be too disappointed, the event will be broadcast live globally on YouTube from the Fountain Stage which you can view on

For more information about the bands and schedules, you can check out Music Matters Live Facebook page, or Music Matters Official Website.

Blog Post & Photo Credit: Chai Chok Fern