News Archive >> "NANA's" Songstress Olivia Goes to L.A. for PMX
Olivia's Dream In L.A.
A "Triumphant Return"
To Her Father's Homeland
Translated by Lisa Lam
Half Japanese half American singer Olivia (age 26), who sang the ending theme song to NTV's hit anime "NANA," will be performing live at the Pacific Media Expo (PMX) in Los Angeles, October 28th 2006. For Olivia, being able to take the stage for the first time in the US, signifies a "triumphant return" to her homeland. "It was a dream," which was said with excitement.
Olivia was granted the wish of a "Triumphant Return Concert." She will appear at PMX, an event which not only celebrates Japanese animation and movies, but many different entertainment outlets offered by Japan. This year is PMX's 3rd anniversary.
United States' interest in Japanese animation is especially high. Japan's super popular manga "NANA," is sold even in the US. Now, negotiations are advancing towards broadcasting. This time, the presentation of Olivia in the US will be on the fact that she obtained the role of Reira the songstress, Nana's rival. Olivia's enchanting voice was chosen out of many other female singers, to represent Reira's musical vocals.
Olivia is half American (father) and half Japanese (mother). Although she was born in Okinawa, Olivia has been moving back and forward from Japan to the US, since the age of 2. Regarding the live, "Till now, I have grown up in two different cultures, and two different language environments - Both of which are important hometowns to me. It is a dream to be able to perform live in my other homeland, the United States. I am really happy," she relates with her heart dancing.
Moreover, Los Angeles where the event will take place, is where Olivia's little brother and sister lived. "Since I have been there many times, it is a favorite place of mine's." Because the area is a familiar place, she feels just a bit insecure performing live.
PMX is an annual event which attracts 10,000 to 15,000 spectators yearly. For it's main live events, a crowd of 2,000 is usually expected. Olivia says that she will take the stage for a one hour performance.
The Americans' expectations for the songstress who can manipulate both the Japanese and English language, will be especially high. The "Triumphant Return Concert" can most likely serve as a huge stepping-stone towards a full debut in America.
Source: [ Yahoo Japan || Olivia's Official Site || PMX 2006 ]
Pacific Media Expo
Superstar OLIVIA Headlines
PMX With American Debut
PMX's Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Singer/songwriter sensation OLIVIA Lufkin will perform at
Pacific Media Expo (PMX) one day only: Oct. 28, 2006.
"We are honored to be her American debut," said Mike Tatsugawa, PMX
Event Chair. "Her music has a long following on both sides of the
Pacific. Her goth style reaches out to our big fashion fans. Her songs
for the Nana anime are huge hits among the anime fans in the US. OLIVIA
is one of those rare performers who resonates with everyone."
Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, OLIVIA was discovered
while attending the celebrated Okinawa Actors' School and signed to
Eurobeat girl group Dance & Dream (D&D). Their moderate success paved
the way for her critically acclaimed 1999 solo debut produced by legend
Komuro Tetsuya (TK), frequent collaborator of Amuro Namie, Globe, TRF
and Hitomi. In 2004, Avex released an overseas version of sophomore full
album The Lost Lolli as recognition for her growing popularity.
After enjoying a musical hiatus, during which OLIVIA gained respect as a
fashion model and designer, she was chosen by popular Nana manga author
Ai Yazawa to provide the singing voice of character Reira Serizawa on
the television program. She has since performed three songs for the
opening and final credits. The first single, "A Little Pain," ranked at
#8 on the Oricon charts and sold 20,162 copies in the first week.
Offscreen, Nana has sold an astounding 22 million copies of its first 12
OLIVIA appears courtesy of Avex as part of the Pacific Music Live
concert series. Other performers featured are UchuSentai NOIZ,
MECHANiCAL PANDA, Dig Jelly and Random Ninjas. PMX will also welcome
Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael
DiMartino, as well as Kamikaze Girls creator and Lolita fashion icon
Pre-registration is available online and includes a group discount of 20
percent for at least five attendees. Concert tickets will be on sale
beginning Oct. 7, 2006. For the convenience of our attendees, we accept
all forms of payment and have extended reduced membership costs to
complement performance ticket releases.
About Pacific Media Expo: America's first major media trade show
dedicated to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment, Pacific
Media Expo (PMX) is an industry event sponsored by the Pacific Media
Association. Pacific Media Expo will be held on Oct. 28 and 29 at the
Hilton Los Angeles Airport. The show will feature honored guests, live
performances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, Asian cinema and
animation video rooms, art exhibitions and one of the country's only
exhibit halls dedicated to Asian media and pop culture.
About Pacific Media Association: Pacific Media Association, a
not-for-profit company, is dedicated to promoting the Pacific Rim's
entertainment and media industries. PMA specializes in Asiašs cultural
exports, such as anime and manga, music and live entertainment,
live-action television and films, and diverse cultural lifestyles, while
building creative communities and promoting Asian awareness within the
United States. PMA is the parent of Pacific Media Expo. The Pacific
Media Association is located in Los Angeles, California, USA.
For more information about Pacific Media Expo,
http://www.PacificMediaExpo.com or e-mail information@PacificMediaExpo.com.
Business inquiries please write to:
Pacific Media Expo
914 Westwood Blvd, Suite 586
Los Angeles, CA 90024-2905