JJ Barrado aka Maydenfield is a British-Spanish electronic music producer, songwriter, remixer, musician, actor and MC. He has lived in Japan since graduating from university, and speaks Japanese fluently. He mainly produces future bass with Japanese atmospherics, house, trance and movie soundtracks, and his imagery is strongly influenced by Japanese architecture, culture, anime and lifetsyle. A strong melodic sentimentality and longing runs right through all of his music, and to date, all of his own vocal production has been with Japanese or half-Japanese singers.
He has remixed Justin Bieber, Fall Out Boy and Gotch (Asian Kung-fu Generation) among others.
His most recent melodic bass release is "Miles Away From Language" featuring lisakay, released on 3.26. This follows a string of other 2021 singles, including "Way Too Deep" and "Never Coming Down."
JJ has played for, supported, toured, written, recorded and/or produced with various artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tetsuya Komuro, TM Revolution, The Gazette, The Brilliant Green, Tommy Heavenly, and Ryudo Uzaki.
His producing, remixing, recording, songwriting and lyric-writing credits include songs for Tetsuya Komuro (various), The Gazette (various), Tommy Heavenly (various), Hase Miho ("Everlasting"), Xai ("Sleep"), DJ Hello Kitty (TBA), DJ Yamato ("Shizuku," "Ashura," Beatmania track "Level One"), X-Factor finalist Ayako Kanroji ("Ai No Ura"), Elixia's debut album ("Secret Me") and follow-up single ("Hope Motion"). He also produced the soundtrack to the TOHO movie "Startup Girls" and the indie film "The Prisoner," in which he was also supporting actor.
The highly anticipated debut Maydenfield EP is coming soon. All guest vocalists are Japanese, half-Japanese, or living in Japan.
JJ has several acting credits. He made his film debut in the major Japanese hit movie "My Darling is a Foreigner," and has appeared in several major movies since then including "Mitsubachi to Enrai," "Nippon Dokuritsu," and a supporting role in indie film "The Prisoner," for which he also produced the filmscore.
JJ is also a regular TV show MC on multiple NHK shows ("JTrip Planner," "Journeys in Japan," "Out & About," "Train Cruise") and a regular football commentator for the Japan national team. He was also stadium announcer for the Seibu Lions baseball team, and Rugby World Cup 2019 announcer at Yokohama Stadium. He has also narrated many NHK TV shows, and also TV commercials for Sony, Starbucks and Google.
A new NHK show MC'd by Maydenfield, with the music for the show also produced by Maydenfield, has just been greenlit as a full series for 2021.