Origins of Babymetal

Posted: April 7, 2017 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

Here is a bit of history. The girls in Babymetal was all part of an Idol group (basically a school class) called Sakura Gakuin formed in 2010 by the Amuse Talent Agency (in Japan). It was during these years that they recorded their first songs as Babymetal and the first track that was released was “Doki Doki Morning” that was a bonus on a Sakura Gakuin album called “Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo: Message”. Later in 2011, a second Babymetal song called “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” premiered at a Sakura Gakuin concert. In 2012 they released their first single, a collaboration with Kiba of Akiba, and this got a lot of attention. After this they released their first single on their own as Babymetal, “Headbanger” and in August 2012 they performed at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan. The average age in Babymetal at this time was only 12 (not counting the band of course) but what had begun as a weird school project now turned into a career. The girls were still part of Sakura Gakuin when Babymetal took off. Today Sakura Gakuin is a highly respected Class with an annual school book that sells well and everybody that attends has good careers. It is a talent pool that everybody goes to.

In a way, the birth of Babymetal is almost like a fairy tale. Talented young girls having a good time at school finding themselves in the eye of the storm. The fact that they had done several major festivals and sold out the super prestigious Budokan Arena in Tokyo (twice, available on DVD) around the time of the release of the first album in 2014 is utterly amazing. The management has carefully crafted a strong image and brought in the best talent available in the country to create the concept. Only the best musicians are accepted, the aim has been set incredibly high from day one. Some might say that the girls might have been exploited, but I don´t think so. If this had not happened, they could have been doing other things, but not with this success. As it stands, they are now seen as trailblazers to young girls all over the world. They are setting new standards and they have had incredible success. And the average age today is about 18. Amazing.

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