PeperonP / Nijihara Peperon (ぺぺろんＰ／虹原ぺぺろん)mylist
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I've always wanted to write about this producer, but his very long history and vast repertoire took a lot of time to explore (yes, I listened to all of his works). I'm happy that I'm finally able to feature one of my favorite Ps. Apologies if this becomes very long-winded :D.
PeperonP is a long-time Vocaloid producer, starting from a young age in 2007 to upload songs with Miku, and continue on to this year with a vast selection of Vocaloids in tow. He has uploaded more than 80 songs in his VocaloP career, has used almost all Vocaloids in existence, and has tried many genres and instruments--making him one of the most prolific and flexible Vocaloid producers to grace our community. PeperonP got his name from one of his works Peperoncino☆Panic!!
, although he has plans to formally change his name to NijiharaP recently.
PeperonP does all the work in his music: from composing, to setting of lyrics, to arranging, and sometimes even the art parts. When he started, he had a friend write the lyrics for him, but he eventually decided to take it upon himself to write his lyrics. He is also pretty obsessed with the meaning of his lyrics and likes seeing what people think of them. Most of the time, his lyrics are strongly emotional, with deeply rooted sentiments and internal conflicts, which is why his songs are always powerful and moving.
Melody-wise, PeperonP is known as the Intro god. That is basically because he has beautiful intro melodies that makes people want to listen to his songs. His intros are usually accelerandos rising to an instant climax (leading to a chorus), or melodies with strong rhythms that induces excited anticipation of the rest of the songs. While he has established a "fixed" reputation about his songs (some fans say they instantly know that a song is his work based on the intro XD), his songs are actually largely varied. He has covered ballads, electropop, traditional folk-sounding pop, jazz, rock, electronica, and others. Despite the variety, though, there is a certain quirk on his compositions that make his songs recognizable. He always starts off with a powerful chorus and has the middle of his songs rise into a climactic bridge towards the end. His songs are said to be largely influenced by anime and game songs, hence the distinct style.
Aside from the large variety in terms of musical styles, his songs are also played using tons of different instruments. As PeperonP is especially good in creating minor melodies, his songs are actually layer after layer after layer of instrument sounds piled on top of each other to create a majestic ensemble. He generously uses the piano, bass, drums, and electronic sounds.
PeperonP's Vocaloid history is very difficult to discuss because of the sheer massiveness of it XD;. He debuted using Hatsune Miku as his primary Vocaloid, but eventually, he moved on to use the Kagamines (especially Rin) in late 2007, Meiko in early 2008, Gakupo in mid-2008, Megurine Luka in early 2009, GUMI in mid-2009, miki in late 2009, Hiyama Kiyoteru and Kaai Yuki in 2010, Nekomura Iroha in late 2010, Lily in 2011, CUL and Tone Rion in late 2012, and IA in mid-2012. He has also created demo songs for both V3Lily and V3Gakupo.
Aside from his wonderful songs and majestic intros and deep, emotional lyrics, what sets PeperonP apart from all other VocaloidPs is his tuning prowess. If there is anyone who can skillfully tune ANY Vocaloid to sound humanlike, it would be PeperonP. All his tuned Vocaloids are considered to be masterpieces because of the intricate and detailed way they sing. Even hard-to-tune Vocaloids like Kaai Yuki and MEIKO sound amazing in his songs. He has no particular quirks in tuning as his Vocaloids sound different depending on the type of song they're singing (e.g., his GUMI sounds whispery in ballads but sounds solid and loud in rock songs).
PeperonP has released a number of doujin albums (as a solo producer or as a part of a doujin group) and has been invited to participate in other releases like EXIT TUNES GUMI and Gakupo albums, The Vocaloid Produced by Yamaha album, Happy Party (GUMI album), etc. You can see the long list here
. Aside from that, he is also planning to release his debut album (finally!), a 2-disc CD called ReFraction-BEST of PeperonP-
. You can watch a crossfade of the CD here
On an unrelated note, PeperonP is high school buddies with another VocaloP, No.D.
(famous for his song "Kasoukyoku"), and is only 23 years old (he's turning 24 this August). His favorite composers include Kajiura Yuki, Nobuo Uematsu, and Kazuya Takase.
The song list will be very long since I will include all the Vocaloids he has used.Demo Songs
• Lying and Lying
- V3 Lily
- V3 GakupoSample Songs
• Mienai Namida wo Nagasu nara
- Hatsune Miku
• Shade Slide
- Kagamine Rin
• Ouji no Gaika
- Kagamine Len
• Suzume no Namida
- Megurine Luka
• Silver Bullet
• Guilty Verse
- Hiyama Kiyoteru
• Forgotten Girl
- Kaai Yuki
• Blessed Child
• Lost Memory
• Anna ni Issho Deatta no ni -COVER-
- Nekomura Iroha
• Thousand Regrets
- Tone Rion
• Always and Forever
- GUMI x Rin
• Tooki Hi no Sakura he
- Miku x Rin
- Miku x Rin x MEIKO
• Links to Render
- Kagamine Rin x Lennikki says
I think it should be pretty obvious that I love PeperonP's works, especially his GUMI ones! I first discovered him in the 12Stars CD, wherein his GUMI song "Liberty Heart" was included, I was immediately taken by his tuning and interesting melodies that I started looking him up. I then discovered his song "Guilty Verse", which remains my favorite Kiyoteru song of all time. And what followed was a lot of firsts for me. I am especially picky with tuning when it comes to new Vocaloids and he ALWAYs makes me change my mind about them (like with Miki and IA). I don't think I've come across a song of him that I do not like, and I always look forward to hearing new songs from him. My favorite songs by him are "Silver Bullet" (GUMI), "Always and Forever" (GUMI x Rin), Guilty Verse (Kiyoteru), Satellite (miki), and Blessed Child (IA).
I think that if you're into Vocaloid, you should never miss PeperonP's works, since they are actually one of the best you can hear. If you're hesitant about going through his massive mylist, I suggest listening to the ones included in his album (and buy the album, too!) since it mostly contains his most popular works. :) Okay, I think I've rambled enough XD;.