Completely adapting to the Pinoy lifestyle remains a worthwhile quest for pure Japanese singer Aisaku Yokogawa. Over the course of his career as a Tagalog singing Japanese artist, he has remained truly grateful for being well-accepted in the local music industry.
Since the successful release of his debut album Ikaw Pa Rin, which features the auspicious title track popularized by Ted Ito, Japanese singer Aisaku has continuously been receiving various major awards and recognition as a recording artist, a performer and even as a host.
This 2015, he gained new opportunities for him to develop his talent not only in singing but in composing as well. This year, he was also given the chance to release an original song that helped finally establish himself in a totally unique genre: the Nihonggo-infused OPM genre.
His digitally launched single “Imademo Aishiteru” (“Hanggang Ngayon Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko”) gained a considerable amount of airplay on Metro Manila's pop radio stations. The song was composed/written by Aisaku's friend and producer Robster Evangelista. “Imademo Aishiteru” is popular among Aisaku's newly discovered fans: the chinky-eyed and Tagalog-speaking foreignoy.
Aisaku seemed to look very serious in his previous album packaging. Even his music videos before all had serious themes. This is exactly the reason why he decided to somehow alter his image.
In an attempt to become more accessible, Aisaku injected humor in his latest music video “Imademo Aishiteru.” Only a few people know that Aisaku is a natural comedian. In the music video, Aisaku portrayed a plain looking chinito high school student, crazily and madly in love with his long time friend, a character portrayed by Gyan Murriel of Rouge Band. Although they are very much in love with each other, both of them are so caught up in a myriad of emotions that they find the situation too overwhelming for their young and vulnerable hearts. The concept of the video revolves around a ‘90s old school setting.
Aisaku is more than grateful to partner with Gyan Murriel in the music video. What's so special about the music video also is that Aisaku himself was the one who conceptualized and injected the cartoon animation through out the entire video.
“Imademo Aishiteru” recently premiered on MYX and MTV Pinoy channel. Fans can now request and vote for the video, which is also currently available on YouTube.
A couple of weeks back, Aisaku surprised a crowd of 5,000 during the Handumanan concert held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. Aisaku entertained the crowd with his signature Voltes V number. Having won singing competitions, armed with professional training as a tenor, Aisaku can actually hold a note for almost a minute long, eliciting generous applause from the crowd.
Aisaku recently won the 2015 Asia Pacific Excellence and People’s Choice Awards for his innovative song “Imademo Aishiteru”. His fans can expect more interesting OPM covers translated to Japanese in the future.
Fans can catch Aisaku live every Friday at Misono Japanese Restaurant located along Jupiter Street, Makati City.