Back in 2013, an all-female rock band known as Band-Maid made their debut. What started with vocalist/guitarist Miku recruiting fellow guitarist Kanami, drummer Akane and bass player, Misa to the band, the band would eventually recruit lead vocalist Saiki and perform at the P Festival at Shibuya-AX.
Modeling their image similar to Maid cafe hostesses, the concept came up when guitarist Miku was working at Noodol Cafe in Akihabara. And the concept involves serving their masters (their male fans) and their princesses (female fans).
While Band-Maid has released one studio album, three mini-albums and three CD singles.
They made their first overseas appearance at Sakura-Con in Seattle and have since performed in Asia, Mexico, Hong Kong and throughout Europe. And for their second U.S. appearance, the band would perform in front of thousands of fans at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco for J-Pop Summit.
J!-ENT had the opportunity to interview Band-Maid days before their live performance in San Francisco.