Nano, a Japanese bilingual singer born in New York, will perform at the Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC on 16 November 2018 in a performance that will feel like coming back home. nano has worked on many different anime theme songs like Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Btooom!, and most recently Conception.
Her career started with English covers of Japanese songs on websites like YouTube and NicoNico, which quickly gathered her many fans and lead to a professional debut in 2012. Her first album nanoir ranked 10th on the daily Oricon Charts on its first day of release. With many tours in and outside of Japan, nano is reaching out beyond borders and connects people around the world through music.
We were able to ask her a few questions about performing at Anisong World Matsuri and the rest of the world!
Interview With Anisong Singer nano
How does it feel to be performing at Anisong World Matsuri in your home city this November?
nano: It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been aiming for this opportunity since my debut, and to be able to reach that goal proves to me that I’ve been heading in the right direction these past six years.
Are there any differences you notice between the Japanese and US crowds?
nano: There are so many differences, but also many similarities at the same time. They are different in the sense that the crowd’s reactions and energy are unique in each culture, but similar in the sense that everyone is there to have a great time. I enjoy each show I spend with the crowd, no matter what country it is.
You are performing the opening theme to Conception and performed the opening theme for the PSP game. Do you have a favorite character from the series?
nano: I’m very honored to be able to sing the theme song for the TV anime series, after collaborating with the game in the past. It brings back many good memories. I don’t have a single favorite character, but I find the magical aspects and world of the series very fascinating. I hope that my new song, ‘Star light, Star bright’, will satisfy the viewers!
Your music is popular all across the world, but are there any particular countries you would love to perform in in the future?
nano: I’ve been to a number of countries in Asia, but I have yet to venture out to Europe, apart from Germany. I would love to go there. But of course, my deepest passion lies in America, my home country. I hope to come back to America as often as possible!
nano also left a video message for everybody who will be able to come and see her at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC 2018, so check the video out below:
Anisong World Matsuri brings together popular Japanese pop stars. The mission is to bring Japanese pop music popularized by anime (so-called anisong) to new audiences around the world with major concerts all around the world, from Los Angeles to Shanghai! Thanks to the partnership between Anime NYC and leading Japanese entertainment companies like BANDAI NAMCO, Amuse, and Sony Music Entertainment, great names like Luna Haruna, Shoko Nakagawa, and Morning Musume will come to New York and perform for their overseas fans. This event will be one of the largest Japanese pop concerts in the history of New York City! Check out the promotion video below and if you want to attend one of the two concert days check their official website for tickets!