Music Monday: Gen Hoshino’s Quarantine Collaborations

Like many of us around the world, Japanese singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino is social distancing at home as Tokyo braces for a 2nd wave of coronavirus outbreaks. While in self-quarantine, he wrote a new song titled “Uchide Odorou / Dancing on the Inside” and uploaded the track to YouTube, inviting anyone who wishes to collaborate with him by creating their own arrangements or accompaniments.

To encourage collaboration on a global scale, Hoshino has crowd-sourced translations to his song and, as of the writing of this article, the lyrics have already been translated into over 10 different languages. He even posted the sheet music to his twitter account.

So far, artists around Japan have responded by posting their own renditions. Here are some notable ones:

Comedian Naomi Watanabe

Dancer and singer Daichi Miura

Art director Santa Yamagishi remixed and stitched together several collaborations to create his own

Music producer and bass guitarist Seiji Kameda added his own intro

Animator and director Masaaki Yuasa

Comedian Yuriyan Retriever

And lastly, this bizzare cucumber sound effect

Like what you hear? You can find more of his music on YouTube. Gen Hoshino is also on Twitter and Instagram. And be sure to check out our other Music Monday picks.

1 Comment

  1. (Message from japan)
    so cool article! Thank you!

    i like this word “Dancing on the inside”.
    it`s nice word & translation.

    I know taking it too seriously, I feel cramped from “stay at home”
    But I found a good word represent the situation.
    thank you again.

    Warm Regards,

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