This is a site dedicated to music, but music is made by people (yes, even vocaloid), and those people matter.
Usami Moe was a long-time member of Bellring Girls Heart, and she had her final of three farewell performances this past Monday. I’d been meaning to post about it and kept getting caught up in other things, but just spied this tweet from the alt-idol herself.
Even among some of the more prominent groups, most idols fall within the broader idea of an amateur — even if they or their group are able to make a decent amount of money from performing, recording, merchandise, etc., they’re not looking at being an idol as a career. And, honestly, so few idols really make a lasting career out of it that to have almost a hobbyist’s mindset toward it is probably a good idea.
But to get an idea of what the underground idol, the true part-timer, thinks of themselves and their work, check out this article from Tokyo Girls Update that features Usami Moe from Bellring Girls Heart. Moe is graduating from Bellheart on Feb. 1, 2016, after having spent three years with the rambunctious little crows, and is otherwise a university student.
It kind of puts your high school garage band into perspective, doesn’t it?