I’m not sure what I just watched.


Our new music video is totally yabai (“yavay”).




Japanese slang for cool, dope, sick, ill. Fast, intense. What moves you. Yabai is yabai. There’s no other word to describe it.


Sort of like kawaii?


No no, kawaii is only for “cute” things. Yabai is for awesome things. Bite into piping-hot pizza, it tastes yabai. Once a good DJ takes the

stage, the club gets yabai. Funky Kota is totally yabai.


したりすると、そのクラブが「ヤバい」。そしてFunky Kotaは、全体的に「ヤバい

You’re losing me again.


Funky Kota is a new style of rave and house music from Indonesia. Over there they call it Dangdut, but it’s also contracted as Funkot. The beats

are hyper fast, usually around 180 to 200 BPM, like happy hardcore except with more vocal samples. “Are you ready!” “Hey DJ!” That kind of

stuff. Except to Japanese ears, it sounds like “TICCCKKEE!” It doesn’t mean anything but it gets you pumped up.

Funky Kota」は、インドネシアから来た新しいダンスミュージックで、現地では「Dangdut」ってよばれてるんですけど、同じ様に縮めて「Funkot」とも呼ばれ

てるんです。テンポが凄く速くて、BPMが、大体180から200くらい。ボイスサンプルをもっと使いまくるハッピーハードコアって感じで“Are you ready!” “Hey


What’s the Funky Kota scene like in Japan?

日本Funky Kotaシーンって、どんな感じ?

Mandokoro Takano, AKA DJ Jet Baron pioneered the craze back in 2009 on a radio talk show with the rapper Utamaru from Rhymester. He layered Funky

Kota bass lines and samples over J-pop, folk tunes and old super hero theme songs. Now he’s remixing our stuff. Very yabai.

高野政所さん(DJ Jet Baron)が、2009年ラッパーライムスター宇多丸さんのラジオから流行らせました。Funky KotaベースラインにJ-POPとかフォーク


So this is a new direction for the group? Your older songs are conservative as far as idol music go.

これは、グループにとって新しい試みなんじゃない? これまでの君たちの曲って、正統派のアイドルソングって感じだよね?

We were in before AKB48, playing free shows in Akihabara and making a name for ourselves. The current idol culture didn’t exist back in 2006.

AKB48’s rise to fame set the standard for all other acts to follow. They made idols yabai. Now you need to have a hook to stand out from the





And you’re carving out a nice niche with Funkot. You’ve played over 600 shows but are still underground. What’s the goal of the unit?



If AKB are the heroines of the idol world, then we’re the heels. We belong just outside the mainstream. Anything too popular loses its edge.

Being on a prime-time variety show like other Top 40 groups would rob us of our essence. But we’d thrive on a late night comedy program!

AKBヒロインなら、うちらは悪役。メインストリームからは外れてます。あんまり有名になりすぎると、エッヂがなくなっちゃうじゃないですか。他のTop 40の


Those shows like to put their guests in bikinis. Funkot club dancers tend to be dressed very sexymaybe you could play on that angle?


No, unlike some other groups we don’t do the bathing suit thing anymore! We want to keep our act more pure, more genuine.

いや、他のグループとは違って、うちらは水着とか着ませんから! うちらはうちらのやることを、純粋に突き詰めてくだけです。

Have you changed over the years?


We’re more hyper than ever! If anything, we’ve learned how to be humble. We used to expect to be pampered. I mean, that’s one of the perks of

being an idol, right? But now we aim to emulate the humble shrimp – head down, waist bowed in respect.



What makes Hyper Yoyo hyper?


Non-stop adrenaline! If we’re not having a blast on stage, then how can the audience enjoy themselves?

まらないアドレナリン! うちらがステージで爆発しなかったら、お客さんも盛り上がれないでしょ?

With the advent of live streaming sites such as Nico Nico Live, more people are content to stay at home rather than venture out to events.


Funky Kota isn’t something you listen to, it’s something you experience! The sound reverberates through your body. Watching through the

computer screen dulls the impact. The monitor stands between you and the party.

Funky Kotaは、聞くものじゃなくて体験するものです! 音が身体で反響するんですよ。この衝撃は、パソコンモニターで見てたんじゃわからないですからモニター邪魔

Even with that buffer, your new music video is pretty intense!


Oh yeah, that’s a perfect example of what our concerts are like! It was filmed inside Robot Restaurant, the most yabai place in Japan. 10

billion yen to build, all of it going into colored light bulbs and makeup for the robots.

おおぅ。あれって、うちらのギグそのものなんですよ! ロボットレストラン撮影したんです。日本で一番ヤバいスポット。あのロボットや照明を作るのに100億円かけたって話です。

It’s been all over the news since it opened last summer.


Seriously? We hope the video shows people how yabai Japan is. See, the Japanese take on Funkot is different from Indonesia, so the originators

are starting to reverse-import it. Even the way we dance isn’t authentic. It’s half cobbled together from YouTube clips, half improv.

本当に? あのPVを見て、日本いかヤバいところか知ってほしいですね。日本のFunkotは、インドネシアのとは違ってると思うんだけど、最近本家のそっちの方に、逆輸入され始めてるそうなんです。うちらはダンスも本場とは違ってるんだけど、あれって急いでyoutubeクリップから作ったのと改良したのが半々なんです。

It’s as if we’re going full circle, with DJs in Indonesia remixing copies of their original tracks…


Next step, Jakarta! We want to party with the local club kids and experience the scene firsthand. Get the authentic experience.

Imagine, our first Asian tour. How yabai would that be!?

次の目標ジャカルタ! 現地のクラブキッズパーティーして、現地のシーンを直に体験したい。本物を体験したい。想像してくださいよ。うちらの最初アジアツアーですから。相当、ヤバいですよ!?


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