Music in Japan with Peter Barakan & Guy Perryman

July 23, 2013 19:00 - 21:00


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Music provides the soundtrack for our lives. Whatever the form and whatever the style, only the most tone deaf have no affinity or affection. And it is a creative art which allows for 70 year olds to headline Glastonbury; for a constant succession of newcomers to build on musical legacies going back to the dawn of time. But behind all of this is a fast moving industry - radio, recording, sales, tours, promotions and tie ups - all of which rise and fall not just with the creators and consumers, but also with business and technology trends. The last few years alone have seen downloads - illegal and legal - replace physical ownership; they've seen bands and promoters get out on the road; and they've witnessed the growth of mega-festivals and tours. It is perhaps the ultimate consumer industry, but equally one where the consumer is an unpredictable beast. How then can the music industry cope, and what does it hold in store in Japan?


Peter Barakan is a Japanese DJ and broadcaster, and the host of "Barakan Morning" on InterFM (76.1). He also hosts the TV series Begin Japanology on NHK World, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture, and is co-host of CBS Document, the Japanese version of 60 Minutes. A self-described ‘music-nut,’ Peter has also written several books, including a beginner’s guide to soul music, and an album guide covering black music from Africa to the Americas.

Guy Perryman

British radio DJ Guy Perryman was brought to Japan on a three month contract for the launch of Virgin Megastores in 1990; twenty three years later he’s still here! Over the years Guy has carved out a successful career in broadcasting and entertainment - including creating a cable radio channel broadcast to over 30 Virgin Megastores across Japan in the 1990’s. From 1998, Guy has hosted daily programs on Tokyo radio station Inter FM and has interviewed over 2000 famous faces including Sting, Coldplay, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Paul Smith and Dame Judi Dench. Currently Guy hosts Japan’s only dedicated British music program, Inter FM's LHR – London Hit Radio (Monday - Thursday from 14:00-16:00, Guy’s voice can be heard on a number of TV commercials for companies including Suzuki, Schick and Fuji Film. Guy also produces annual events for his Black Card Members with leading British brands Virgin Atlantic Airways, Alfred Dunhill and Paul Smith. More can be seen at

Keitaro Sumii

International Division Head, Warner Music Japan


- Cancellation policy: Paid reservation by July 17, after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged. (締め切り後は返金できませんが お名前の変更は受け付けます)

- Free seating: BCCJ members are invited to use their free seating coupons for this event. 


Ticket price includes 2 drinks and a selection of finger food.

満席です。Fully booked


Venue Information

Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052

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Member Cost: ¥4,500

Non-Members Cost: ¥6,500