Their performance is recognized highly by many artists around the world and the members of Boyz II Men introduced their cover of, “On Bended Knee”. The video was introduced and spread widely by their Instagram followers.
In November 2021, WITHDOM released a cover song, “Gunjou” by YOASOBI. YOASOBI is a Japanese artist who is very popular among anime fans and generation Z worldwide.
This news spread all over the world, including among the States, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil. Their name was known widely.
In March 2022, WITHDOM released their digital single and their new song, “Tetris” which was then selected for playlists by Spotify and Apple Music. The song “Tetris” was ranked as 10th for the first time on J-POP weekly charts of DJFM, which is the FM radio station of Surabaya, Indonesia.
Their news was on more than 20 websites around the world including Indonesia, the States, France, German, Korean, Mexico, Hong Kong. Their release of the official cover song “Gunjou” helped them gain more popularity in the world.
On Wednesday the 20th of July, WITHDOM released, “RIDE ON TIME(Cover),” by Tatsuro Yamashita on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming sites. This song is a typical summery song and Tatsuro Yamashita is a legendary artist of City Pop in Japan.
WITHDOM didn’t lose the coolness and light rhythm of “City Pop” in their cover, a characteristic feature of the original song. They even gave the song a more pop and danceable sound with the arrangement of adding a “New Jack Swing” beat modestly.
Also, they show off their ability as a vocal group by singing the lead vocals one by one. They succeeded in singing the chorus beautifully and they showed a different charm to the original.
WITHDOM released their music video of, “RIDE ON TIME (Cover)” on their official YouTube Channel. The video has the freshness of summer and a light movement which invites people to dance both physically and mentally. The video has a selection of subtitles in different languages including English, Indonesian, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai. Both the, “RIDE ON TIME (Cover)” and “Tetris”, which was released in March, have been released not only inside Japan but worldwide.
Japanese pop music called “City Pop”, which was formed in the 1970s and 1980s, has been coming back since the beginning of its revival in 2010. Japanese artists from City Pop have been gaining popularity. The artists’ names include Tatsuro Yamashita, Mariya Takeuchi, Anri, Toshiki Kadomatsu, Yumi Matsutoya. These are all famous names in Japan.
For example, Indonesian artists Rainych covered the song, “Stay With Me” by Miki Matsubara, and the song ranked No.1 on the viral chart on Spotify. This created a big boom of City Pop music outside of Japan and this movement is still happening.
Japanese new artists also started to cover songs by City Pop. A new generation of artists started to create songs which were influenced by City Pop. Those “New City Pop” songs were created and released massively. There are many hits from New City Pop.
WITHDOM’s songs also have the taste of “New City Pop” and their songs including “Tetris”, “Hey Girl”, and “Vampire” are all gaining popularity through various streaming sites such as Spotify. “Tetris” has ranked on J-POP weekly charts of DJFM in Indonesia, and “Tetris”, “Hey Girl” and “Vampire” are all in the Mini Album “JUK3BOX”.
Producer TATSUYA smartly mixed the amazing old sounds with the latest music seamlessly. His cutting edge sense has been recognized highly.
“WITHDOM” has formed in Kyoto and they worked as, “Visit Kyoto Ambassadors”. They have collaborated with the beautiful, famous scenery of Kyoto and companies in Kyoto.
For example, they did a live show at a famous garden in Kyoto. The garden was built in 1300 and is situated in a temple. They are the first artists to do a live show in it.
They released a live performance on YouTube at the special stage on the Arashiyama station. There was a famous art installation called “Kimono Forest” and the live show was streamed to the world. The train line is called Keifuku Randen Tram Line.
WITHDOM’s song is used as the theme song for the weather forecast in a news program in Japan. They were introduced as an upcoming new artist on a TV program nationwide in June.
WITHDOM’s music embraces the unique world of Japanese esthetique. They are good at singing all kinds of music including JPOP, New City Pop and Ballads.
Their activity is getting great attention inside and outside of Japan!
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