This is Saori, popularly known as @SaoriMilk. Don’t let her cuteness fool you.
She is assertive, strong-minded, and honest, yet shows her warmth and openness through her smile and personality. As Yuri said from Part 1 of our adventures, “[Saori] has a worldwide way of thinking” which she has developed while living in California for a few years, and now in Tokyo her hometown, one of the most exciting and international cities.
Traveling around the globe for music events, she is a true music lover and she shows this love not only as a fan, but is also very involved with the music scene in Japan; both on the front lines and behind the scenes. She has played at one of Tokyo’s’ most famous dance club Ageha as well as other well-known clubs throughout Japan.
The past few days of EDC JP, I was able to get her impressions and got a good sense of what kind of person she was. So here it is! Saori’s take on Electric Daisy Carnival Japan!
Courtesy of @yokoyamarock
What was your expectations before, and how did you feel about this year’s EDC in Japan?
I have been to EDCLV in the past but I actually didn’t have any information about EDCJP, so I honestly didn’t expect a lot. However, it turned out to be super nice, amazing and definitely became one of the most memorable festivals for me.
7-Up’s Stage 7 at EDC LV 2015
I would say that EDCJP and EDCLV were a bit different. First of all, the festival time was different so it felt a bit weird at first, but the weather was nice here. It was so much fun and felt so much free to dance under the sun with an ocean view.
EDCJP has the beach stage; circuitGROUNDS which was really nice and that is something EDCLV doesn’t have.
We amazingly had nice weather for those 2 days, and yes, it is beautiful to see the fantastic lighting and lasers at night especially.
What did you like about it?
The music was the main thing so obviously loved it so much and all the attendees seemed very happy and friendly. Yuri and I talked to lots of people there, chatted with them, and traded kandi. That is also a great experience that I like when I go to festivals.
How was your experience during the festival? People, atmosphere, music, display, sound etc.
All of the people who I met were so nice and friendly, I kinda felt like we have known each other for a long time. I met a lot of new people from all over the world and it was amazing to have the chance to talk to them. As we all know that the EDCJP lineup was super great so music was, of course, incredible as always.
I saw tons of people who had flags with his/her favorite artists on it and the artist logo stickers/tattoos on his/her face and body that made me super happy. I could feel the love for music. The sound system was great too.
What things do you feel they need to improve for next year?
EDCJP itself is already awesome and one of the most famous and worldwide festivals, therefore, I would like to expect EDCJP to bring lots of variety of producers who have never been to Japan or exposed yet to the Japanese music scene.
Also, we do have lots of amazing Japanese producers so it would be awesome if they get the chance to play at EDC JP next year.
Here are some of the great producers in Japan; Excellia, JapaRoll, NORIYUKI OMOTO, Tha Boogie Bandit, VIVID, and many more.
You can search them on Instagram or SoundCloud!
What are your hopes for the dance scene in Japan for the future?
I love music so much that I, myself, started to DJing a couple years ago. I don’t do it as much at this moment, but I have been attending as many worldwide festivals as I can. My dream is to introduce new music to Japan as there are so many great producers and new sounds all over the world that haven’t been exposed to Japan yet.
Courtesy of @yukki_photo
I personally think people tend to go to the main stage because the headliners are already huge and famous which is understandable and nothing wrong with it, but if you would like to discover new music or try to find new music or new artists that you like, I would like to recommend you to go to the sub-stages.
What was your most memorable experience of EDC Japan?
Definitely meeting up with new people, making new friends and sharing the music that I love. Also, I really appreciate iHR, Yuri, Chris, iFLYER and other friends who helped us during EDCJP, I really think that EDCJP/festivals are making friendships stronger and making people closer.
Note: iFLYER is Asia’s biggest source for music news, festivals, clubs and concert information.
How did you feel as an iHeartRaves unicorn? How was your experience like?
It was such an amazing and memorable experience I’ve ever had. I was so happy that lots of people knew the iHeartRaves brand, and Yuri and I got a lot of compliments about our cute outfits. I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it.
How did it feel to work with PartyFishYuri?
Yuri is already famous as “PartyfishYuri” on SNS (social networking sites), during the festival, many people came up to her and asked her to take pictures with her. I have never experienced anything like that before so it was very new to me. I was impressed by her and her fans in so many ways.
I appreciate Yuri very much and iHeartraves who gave us the opportunity to become the very first unicorns in Japan.
I am so honored to be able to a part of the rave culture with Yuri. She definitely has the PLUR vibes. I was so happy to work with her during EDC. Our friendship became stronger than before and I was super comfortable being with her. As Chris said, we are such a great team and I really like her personality and PLUR vibes. I can’t wait to go with her to festivals both Japan and overseas again.
I am going to Tomorrowland in Belgium from July 21 to 23, so if anyone goes and can find me, let’s trade Kandi! PLUR from Japan!
Courtesy of @yokoyamarock
Yuri moved to Tokyo a little more than a year ago, and I remember her telling me that she didn’t have many friends. But fortunately, Saori, someone who also loved music met with Yuri through mutual friends. From here, they started going to music events together, and eventually to EDC.
Watching Yuri and Saori in action at EDC JP 2017 was an experience of itself. Not only as iHR unicorns, I saw two people who were in their natural habitat and getting stuff done – handling fans, posting on two Instagrams and SnapChat channels, doing promotions for iHR and iFLYER, etc. I’m sure they’ll definitely play big roles in Japan’s growing night scene. Cute, friendly, loveable, and most important of all, extremely assertive when it comes to their passions; they’ve got it going on. Aside from going to festivals and enjoying the music, Yuri and Saori have similar goals of wanting to share it with others here in Japan.
Overall, EDC JP was a surprise in so many ways. The art, displays, music, beautiful people, etc. are all great. However, we can all agree that Insomniac provides a place to enjoy all of this with our friends. I was lucky to enjoy it with Yuri, Saori, and other awesome people that are all worth writing about. Maybe that’d come later. Nevertheless, two days just wasn’t enough for us and we were all wanting more.
So EDC, Insomniac, Pasquale, artists! Come back to Japan and show us your love! All the attendees of EDC JP, hear us out and help us expand our music world here by bringing quality music, good people, and good vibes.
And lastly, I would like to share with you how Yuri and Saori partied during this year’s EDC JP.
For now, we’ll just wait for it and see you guys next year at EDC JP 2018!
Some dude born in Hawaii, and now living in Osaka, Japan. Seeking ways to live more profoundly by chasing experiences rather than things. Luckily, I have found myself in a community which allows me to do that.