On Sunday, January 24 at 4 p.m., former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will make an in-depth presentation at the MIDEM music industry convention in Cannes, France, focusing on all things J-Pop (an abbreviation for Japanese pop, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s) — the musical side as well as the business side — and in particular his unique place in the current Japanese music scene. He will also take part in a question-and-answer session at the event.
Friedman began his career as a Shrapnel solo recording artist and later joined forces with Jason Becker to form the unrivaled dual guitar unit CACOPHONY. Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar superstar, he came to the attention of MEGADETH. Racking up sales of over 10 million records with MEGADETH, Friedman continued to record solo records, often embarking on adventurous musical forays far removed from his work with MEGADETH.
In a bold move, he left the legendary MEGADETH to pursue new musical goals and has succeeded tremendously. Friedman‘s many accomplishments make him currently the only musician to be a fixture in the top class of the Japanese domestic as well as international music scene.
Now residing in Tokyo, Friedman has become a television celebrity appearing as a regular on five major networks, he can be seen on mainstream hit TV programs almost every day in Japan.