October 3, 2006
News for Pacific Media Expo 2006:
Olivia Lufkin headlines PMX with American debut
"We are honored to be her American debut," said Mike Tatsugawa, PMX Event Chair. "Her music has a long following on both sides of the Pacific. Her goth style reaches out to our big fashion fans. Her songs for the Nana anime are huge hits among the anime fans in the US. OLIVIA is one of those rare performers who resonates with everyone."
Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, OLIVIA was discovered while attending the celebrated Okinawa Actors' School and signed to Eurobeat girl group Dance & Dream (D&D). Their moderate success paved the way for her critically acclaimed 1999 solo debut produced by legend Komuro Tetsuya (TK), frequent collaborator of Amuro Namie, Globe, TRF and hitomi. In 2004, Avex released an overseas version of sophomore full album The Lost Lolli as recognition for her growing popularity.
After enjoying a musical hiatus, during which OLIVIA gained respect as a fashion model and designer, she was chosen by popular Nana manga author Ai Yazawa to provide the singing voice of character Reira Serizawa on the television program. She has since performed three songs for the opening and final credits. The first single, "A Little Pain," ranked at #8 on the Oricon charts and sold 20,162 copies in the first week. Offscreen, Nana has sold an astounding 22 million copies of its first 12 volumes.
OLIVIA appears courtesy of Avex as part of the Pacific Music Live concert series. Other performers featured are UchuSentai NOIZ, MECHANiCAL PANDA, Dig Jelly and Random Ninjas. PMX will also welcome Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, as well as Kamikaze Girls creator and Lolita fashion icon Novala Takemoto.
Pre-registration is available online and includes a group discount of 20 percent for at least five attendees. Concert tickets will be on sale beginning Oct. 7, 2006. For the convenience of our attendees, we accept all forms of payment and have extended reduced membership costs to complement performance ticket releases.
About Pacific Media Expo: America's first major media trade show dedicated to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment, Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is an industry event sponsored by the Pacific Media Association. Pacific Media Expo will be held on Oct. 28 and 29 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. The show will feature honored guests, live performances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, Asian cinema and animation video rooms, art exhibitions and one of the country's only exhibit halls dedicated to Asian media and pop culture.
About Pacific Media Association: Pacific Media Association, a not-for-profit company, is dedicated to promoting the Pacific Rim's entertainment and media industries. PMA specializes in Asia's cultural exports, such as anime and manga, music and live entertainment, live-action television and films, and diverse cultural lifestyles, while building creative communities and promoting Asian awareness within the United States. PMA is the parent of Pacific Media Expo. The Pacific Media Association is located in Los Angeles, California, USA.