Interview with Hiroko


This time, we get to know Hiroko and her thought on music in this exclusive interview.

[Hiroko a.k.a Hiroko Sarah] Mumbai-based Japanese artist. Multilingual Singer-songwriter & Dancer.
Hiroko Sarah is from Tokyo, Japan and now lives in Mumbai, India. Learned to play piano and singing for 10 years since she was 5 years old. Began performing on stage in acting and dancing at a tender age. Later encountered and learned various dances such as Bellydance, Bollywood Dance, and Indian classical Kathak Dance (Visharad/B.A. Professionally trained under Guru Smt. Jayanti Mala Mishra, Banaras Gharana) Hiroko works as a multilingual Singer-songwriter (English, Japanese & Hindi) on solo and collaboration projects with other artists in India and foreign countries. Her first Hindi song “Aatmavishwas -Believe In Yourself-” collaborated with Indian rapper Ibex got the 1st place of “Dance Top Music Video” on Apple Music (India). Enjoy an upbeat dance number of mixture of Dancehall and Indian classical flavas. Also released “Shiki No Monogatari ” as Team Mystic Jounetsu, Mumbai based Chill Hip Hop Music Group. Apart from singing, performing dance and appearing on a TV commercial, a radio program, and a talk show. Doing live performances of dance and singing as a bridge for exchange of Arts and Culture between India and Japan at several events in India. Working on new collaboration projects with several artists. Several performances in India are scheduled. Stay tuned on her social media channels to get updates on all her songs, music videos and live performances.

Where are you from?

What is your main genre?
Indian Fusion, Chill Hip Hop, Indian EDM/Pop

How long have you been making music?
4 years

Can you tell us about your latest release and the background behind it?
Song title: Shiki No Monogatari 四季の物語
Shiki No Monogatari (The Tale Of Four Seasons) – The only thing that is constant is change.  This change is particularly depicted by the cycle of seasons which passes through Haru (Spring), Natsu (Summer), Aki (Autumn), and Fuyu (Winter). Haru (Spring) is the time when life emerges from hibernation.  It’s the time of rebirth. Natsu (Summer) brings sweltering heat and it calls for refreshing and rejuvenating our lives. Aki (Autumn) is the harvest season. It is a time to be thankful to nature and offer prayers   for bounties harvest. Fuyu (Winter) takes us through a dark and cold phase which we must overcome to become a stronger version of ourselves.  The Characteristic of this natural phenomenon of changing seasons is deeply embedded in the tune, melody, and lyrics of this song.  The mellow harmonious instrumentals along with Japanese Koto infused with Hip Hop flava by Kushmir, melodious Japanese-English rap by Ibex, and a crystalline voice by Hiroko play a crucial role to bring out this aesthetic beauty and design of nature more powerfully in this Chill Hip Hop song. Team Mystic Jounetsu celebrates nature’s ever changing beauty and evokes the splendour of the changing seasons with Shiki No Monogatari.  With this song they strike a chord between the cycle of seasons with the rhythm of people’s lives. This project has brought strong affinity to the beauty of Nature and in this song various elements of nature are depicted to exude elegance and glorify the full radiant beauty of the transition of the four seasons.  They are closely linked to this natural cycle and this gave rise to a profound appreciation for the glorious four seasons. Incorporating seasonal elements into their skills they aim to bring beauty into people’s lives through Shiki No Monogatari.

What do you think of the music industry after 2022?
I think the music industry is currently in transition. While subscription digital media makes it easier for anyone to release songs, promotion in various ways is required to get listeners to find their songs in the huge number of songs. Perhaps because India, where I stay and work in, has a great Film industry, audiences prefer to watch Music videos as well as Audio. However, the popularity of Lofi/Chill music is increasing in India recently, so the number of audio-only listeners are increasing. By the way, almost 99% of Indian listeners listen to music on digital media rather than CD media. Also, digital media and SNS have made it easier to collaborate with overseas artists. Artists from all over the world will be connected through music, and Music indusry will become more interesting.

Who is the most influential artist in your life?
Namie Amuro, ZARD & Becky G (Sorry I could not choose one hehe.)

How do you think you differ from other artists?
My advantage points are: Japanese artist working in India.
Multilingual singer (Hindi, Japanese & English).
I am Indian classical Kathak dancer as well, so I know about Indian classical music too. Therefore, I can make Indian Fusion Flava music.
Who would be your dream collaboration
KSHMR, Lost Stories, Marshmello

What was the first album you bought?
I forgot but maybe ZARD.

What is your favorite song at the moment?
Mad Love – Sean Paul, David Guetta ft. Becky G

What is your favorite words?
Believe in yourself

What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Dance (I am professional Kathak dancer, got B.A. of Kathak dance as well.)

Tell us more about your upcoming project?
I have three more music projects. One is my solo song and other two are collaboration with Rajasthani musicians. All songs are in Hindi.

Any comment 
Finally all covid restrictions were lifted in India and I am back on stage. I would like to focus on stage performance more this year. I would love to visit another countries across the world to perform and see you all. Thanks!

Thank you so much Hiroko Sarah. We look forward to your further success in various countries. will continue to support Hiroko Sarah.