YOASOBI, the acclaimed Japanese duo of composer Ayase and vocalist ikura, graces the cover of PAPER Magazine, delving into their creative process and international success. They are celebrated for transforming short stories into captivating songs, with their breakout hit “Yoru ni Kakeru” marking their rapid rise to fame. The duo’s recent highlights include a memorable performance at Coachella and a visit to the White House, symbolizing their growing global influence. They also released their third English EP, “E-Side 3,” showcasing their versatility and appeal to a broader audience.

Despite their international acclaim, Ayase and ikura remain focused on their roots, emphasizing the importance of cross-media collaborations and balancing their work with solo projects. Their narrative-driven approach to music, where each song is inspired by a piece of literature, sets them apart in the J-pop scene. The duo is also preparing for major upcoming events, including headline shows in the United States and performances in Japan’s largest arenas, promising an exciting future for their expanding fanbase.

Read the full story at PAPER Magazine

Photography: Brian Ziff
Illustration: Lauren Tsai

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