American-born Japanese musician Nano wrapped up her fifth anniversary tour of Asia, The Crossing, last week with stops in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Osaka, Aichi and Hong Kong, with the final show in Taiwan on Saturday (Sept. 2).
With a career that started by posting music on YouTube and Niconico, Nano became well known for her English lyrics and cover songs. Her love affair with J-Pop started when she recorded several original theme songs for different anime series and video games, realizing how anime and music are connected, forming a unique part of Japanese culture.
Ultimately, Nano was signed to the major Japanese label Flying Dogs. Her latest album, The Crossing, celebrates her fifth anniversary in the industry and a different sound than her previous album.
In this exclusive interview with Billboard Radio China, Nano talks about her new album, how it differs from her previous work and how on the road to success she did not reveal her gender or her face to avoid “visuals” and “stereotyping” influencing people’s opinions of her music.
We also discuss her experiences in the music industry, both as a genderless singer and as a female rock musician.
Listen to the full 10 Questions interview with Nano on Billboard Radio China.