SparkPlugged was invented to help you find good music to blast through your speakers while simultaneously stomping out the ever-growing expanse of questionable music. That “good music” happens to mostly be Japanese indie, rock and alternative with a few other oddball genres tossed into the mix. Simply put, SparkPlugged explores good Japanese music and more.
Shay, Founder and Editor
sparkplugged.net[at]gmail.com | Shay’s Twitter | Shay’s last.fm | Articles by Shay
Shay currently lives in Hokkaido, Japan. He enjoys a wide assortment of (Japanese) music and writing so it only made sense for him to create this ROCKetship of a website about good Japanese indie, rock, and alternative music. Besides loving music, writing, and writing about music, he enjoys fashion, web design, and robots.
Todd, Editor and Contributor
toadsoup[at]gmail.com | Todd’s last.fm | Articles by Todd
Todd recently went from ‘guy who spits ideas at Shay’ to ‘guy who spits ideas at Shay and also does stuff for Sparkplugged.’ He is currently the Sparkplugged businessguy. If you have any business, he’s your guy. Unless you need an executive override of some sort, then Shay is your guy. Todd also enjoys drawing pictures of both dinosaurs and robots.
Jimi, Editor and Contributor
thejimi[at]gmail.com | Jimi’s last.fm | Jimi’s [art]blog | Articles by Jimi
Jimi is a Designer who currently works in the animation industry. He has an unhealthy obsession with Japanese music (specifically with the alt/indie variety) which is mainly how he ended up here at Sparkplugged. Aside from art, animation, and music, Jimi takes interest in…. well actually that pretty much sums it up.
kohanyi.robert[at]gmail.com | Psycho_Dad’s last.fm | Articles by Psycho_Dad
Psycho_Dad is studying computer science / engineering at a Hungarian university. Although he lacks the skills of an average computer engineer, he is aspiring to be a professional good-for-nothing (he is right on track so far). However, through the Sound of Japan he found his ultimate goal in life: to become a rock guitarist in the land of Nippon! So he is diligently learning Japanese and playing the guitar simultaneously (literally). Besides these ambitious plans he is a retired lame yo-yo and devil stick player!
kamikazen[at]gmail.com | Shen’s last.fm | Articles by Shen
Shen is a journalist currently living in the New England area. He was first exposed to Japanese indie rock what seems like ages ago and has grown terribly addicted to it over the years. Other than religiously following the ways of the Japanese indie world, Shen is interested in playing guitar and video games. He is also a casual manga/graphic novel reader and is amused by all shapes and sizes of entertainment.
intheneaux[at]gmail.com | Neaux’s last.fm | Neaux’s blog | Articles by Neaux
In addition to writing for SparkPlugged, Neaux runs Neaux clicked on it where most of the site is about many things he likes on the internet, mostly asian music, rock, hip hop, pop, and more.
Articles by Nick
Nick is currently a undergrad in International Studies with a concentration in Asia at the University of New Orleans. He finds his interest in Japan through the diverse Japanese music scene.
Articles by KJI
Hailing from south California, KJI has had an interest in Japanese music for years. Eventually, this interest became solely focused on Japanese indie/alternative rock. With his secret identity as a developing musician, j-indie has greatly affected his occasional attempts at (bad) songwriting. Aside from this, KJI has also recently obtained a piece of paper that allows him to do computer stuff.
Mike, Former Contributor
Articles by Mike
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