Son Hacks Dad’s Blog Pt 1: Utaite/Youtaite – Basic Cover Stuff, I Guess

Heyo, I’m the hella homosexual 15-year old son of the owner of this blog! I kinda just got on my dad’s laptop and he doesn’t suspect a thing at the moment since he’s watching some live-action show (ew real people). (Just kidding, it’s the Mindy Project.)

Anyways, I’m gonna let you into a world that my dad doesn’t dabble in: The world of Nico Nico Douga and YouTube.

I should probably explain what an “Utaite” is before anything else.

An Utaite is a singer, one who covers Japanese songs (particularly Vocaloid ones from varying producers) and uploads them to the Japanese equivalent to YouTube, Nico Nico Douga.

If you’ve heard artists like MARiA from Garnidelia, the vocalist who sang “Ambiguous”, the second OP to Kill la Kill and the Mekakucity Actors OP “daze” or CHiCO , who occasionally sings with the producer Honeyworks for anime OPs (“Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru” from the anime Ao Haru Ride or “Ai No Scenario” from Magic Kaito 1412), those vocalists started out as Utaite.

If you’re into Vocaloid (particularly covers), it’s likely that you’ve heard the names Lon, Soraru, Mafumafu, Halyosy, and/or 96Neko, they’re all Utaite.

Now for the Youtaite side.

As the name suggests, a Youtaite is basically the same as an Utaite, but rather than upload on NicoNico, they generally upload on YouTube (although some Youtaite/Utaite do both). Popular youtaite include Amanda Lee, JubyPhonic, Rachie, Chishio, Razzy, Saint, Sojiro, Mica Caldito, and countless others.

BUT, there are things to distinguish.

There are many different jobs that Youtaite and Utaite can have:
1.) Vocalist: This is pretty self-explanatory, the vocalist is the voice you hear in the cover.
2.) Mixer: A mixer is a magician– I mean, a mixer is someone who takes the raw vocals for a cover and edits them so they sound clearer, on-tune, and more connected to the instrumental. Mixing is one of the most important things when it comes to vocal covers.
3,) Instrumentalist: They make off-vocals, arrangements, and/or remixes for songs. The most popular example would be dj-Jo (but I like to call him the dubstep god).
4.) Artist: Many (Yo)utaite like to have original art for their covers.
5.) Animator: Similar to an artist, many people like to have original PVs, especially for choruses (which I’ll explain later).
6.) Translyricist: This is a more exclusive one. People who like to cover songs in English, Chinese, or any language that isn’t the original have to write or use other people’s translyrics (standing for “translated lyrics”). Translyricists have a lot of freedom in making the song theirs. They take the original translation, interpret the meaning of the song, and then convey them in a way that the words can flow naturally in whatever language they’re writing for.

I personally am both a vocalist and English translyricist. I enjoy interpreting songs, especially those from an anime that I’ve watched, as I can also connect the lyrics to the anime (I avoid making direct references to the show, and I’ve analyzed some songs more in-depth than my English papers).

The Youtaite community is extremely adverse, and pretty much everyone is really friendly and open! I’ve made several amazing friends, and collabed with them several times on different projects. There are many talented people that I’ve had the pleasure of talking to (and eventually collaborating with some of them).

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQYQ0FdcwxFfeN7Ne-F44VA/featured

This is my channel. I know I have a lot to learn, but everyone is always working on improving their work, and always helping others do the same! It’s a really caring community, and it’s very fulfilling to hear compliments along with constructive criticism!

Sorry that this is probably super boring without videos and pictures and whatnot, but I’ll still be back one day, just you wait…

Until then,
Glace (the son)

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9 thoughts on “Son Hacks Dad’s Blog Pt 1: Utaite/Youtaite – Basic Cover Stuff, I Guess

  1. CheesyJ June 8, 2015 / 3:22 am

    Looks to be a father and son blog from this point on! I look forward to it!

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  2. madreceiver June 8, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    And this is why you log out of your wordpress account when not in use….I don’t mind. It is a good thing for him to put out there and I am glad he gets the support from the youtaite community that he does.

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    • miharusshi July 5, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      I am really happy with this post! It makes me feel warm. 🙂 You’re such a great dad, though you probably already know that. Just wanted to say it because I really think you do, and more children deserve to have dads like you!

      Also, it makes me glad that you now have a post like this. Vocaloid/(Yo)Utaite are rarely talked about in wordpress aniblogs, so this was a delight.

      To your son, Keep posting and singing!

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      • madreceiver July 5, 2015 / 11:46 pm

        Thank you…You’re making my blush. 🙂 I have my good points and my points that will drive any teen nuts as well like any parent does. I just have a few unconventional interests and try to support my boys in things that interest them.
        As far as the post: I’ll tell him that. He’ll be thrilled to hear it!

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      • miharusshi July 6, 2015 / 5:43 am

        D’awww. Honestly, this conversation is making me tear up a bit. :’) I’m just so touched to know stories like this. Anime lover parent and children? I think that combination is quite uncommon, so it’s enlightening to have read this. :3

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      • madreceiver July 6, 2015 / 6:13 pm

        Well that’s the funny thing..I wasn’t an anime lover before my children were into it. I actually, inadvertently, got them into anime. I think at one point my older son had asked for a Dragon Ball Z video and I got it for him… I couldn’t stand it (blasphemy, I know), too much screaming and fights that lasted forever, so I thought I’ll get him something better and got him Naruto (more yelling but the story moved along). A few years later, Avatar: The Last Airbender came out and I loved it and knew it was influenced by Japanese anime. Then we got Netflix and my son started watching more anime…I still largely ignored it. Then one day I was looking through the Amazon video app for something to watch and found Clannad. And that was it…I started watching more and more. This was a good thing: it gave me something to bond with my boys with over.
        I have always been a sci-fi/ fantasy fan and loved animation, so it just “fit” when I gave it a chance.
        Thank you for the kind words. Parents like me are out there, but perhaps not the “norm”. That is unfortunate in a way, in that as one gets older it is tempting to “become a mature adult” (whatever that means) and people get too serious and stop liking things because they are either set in their ways or think they are too old to enjoys something.
        Like what you like. Love what you love. Life is too short to only see the negative and serious things.
        Thank you again for your kind words. I appreciate it. 🙂

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  3. justanotheranimefan June 8, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    I love Vocaloid songs but haven’t checked out many covers. This is very interesting, thanks 🙂

    (Thanks to Dad for not logging out 😉 )

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