The Art of Music Branding and London Ramen Bars

Since the release of the first single in the UK, there’s been some interesting facts on the social media activity insights. In an era when you can target the demographics to the most specific point, so many unexpected factors can be analyzed from those insights; for example, majority of the new Facebook fans of Rié page are Brazilians. Must be the accent on the “e”, or maybe there’s a large Japanese community there, or it could be that the Facebook population is generally big over there, like in Indonesia(majority of fans of the other Rie fu page are Indonesians). 80 percent of people who checked the music video for St.Martin were, bizarrely, Moroccans. I have no clue why. And to my surprise, the most popular tweets are NOT about my music, but about ramen bars in London…yes, I know, nobody gives a flying fuck about music anymore, it’s all about ramen, right?…No. Rather than being sulky about this, I’m going to do a little analysis on my own to turn it around. This could actually be useful for planning music promotion too; Which is —

The analysis of branding and promotion, seen in London ramen bars



There are many restaurants run by Japanese, but even though the food is authentic there, somehow the level of presentation is so much better when is comes to ramen bars branded by the locals, or non-Japanese. Japanese have a common rule to focus on the quality of service and food, and not so much on the presentation. (Presentation meaning, the interior, logo, atmosphere, etc.) Japanese simply assume that people would notice and appreciate such value without spelling it out through those presentations. Whereas here, it’s ALL about presentation. So for ramen bars, it’s all about having a neo-pop Japanese retro design posters on the wall and having drum rolls upon customers’ entrance.



It’s ironic that a Japanese commodity of uniqueness such as gourmet is presented with more impact through Westernized filters. But it’s not that difficult to know the secret to their successful branding, because everything is obvious. So here are the key observations of secrets to branding ramen, in comparison with how it can be applied to music promotion;


Ramen bars—visually catchy, smart and communicative.

Music—I’ve asked a calligrapher friend, Kotaro Hachinohe, to design my artist logo, a combination of flexibility and strength.

音楽活動の場合→今回、書道家の知り合いのKotaro Hachinohe氏にお願いして、しなやかで芯の強い、理想的なロゴ仕上がった。

2.The experience

Ramen—Funky and exotic interior, vibe. With Japanese sakes on the menu, the experience is not just to eat, but also to socialize, drink and have fun in a non-traditional environment.

Music—Funky and exotic groove? That’s hard to imagine, but at least not to be too serious or solemn.



3.Contents(flavor and sound)

Ramen—I would say the Westernized ramens do have quite an authentic soup broth, but for me it’s a bit too oily and heavy, as the flavor is for the Anglo Saxons’ stomach.

Music—Maintaining the originality and identity, add more spice, impact, and trend.



Ramen—waiting time for the food is about 2-3 times more than Japanese ramen bars, since in Japan it’s considered fast food. But overall service is good, and recently I was surprised to find a hair tie on the table in Bone daddy’s.

Music—No need to rush(?)Be confident and active, considerate and responsive to fans

My husband mistaking the hair ties as edible


5.Cost performace

Ramen—The price is almost double of what you pay in Japan. Something a bit more than fast food.

Music—Live performance should be in a more exclusive environment, a bit more than pub music and dingy basement bars.

値段は一杯1500ー2000円ぐらいで、それにサービス料 15ー20%だから、日本と比べるとそれなりに高い。

See, the topic of Ramen can be applied to music marketing. So here’s the part where I promote my second single, Calling, from my upcoming EP. Themed around the feeling of being an outsider in a small Surrey town, that urges me to call out to communicate and unite. Opposites attract, and the differences are what’s amazing and beautiful.


Rié – Calling 

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