Cross-dressing Ladybeard and Japanese fellow wrestler to release single, three years after he left Hong Kong for Tokyo
Australian who launched his ring career in Hong Kong before moving to Tokyo forms musical duo Deadlift Lolita with Japan’s Reika Saiki, and says self-discipline has been key to his success after multiple failures
Australian professional wrestler and heavy metal sensation Ladybeard describes his passions as dancing, singing and destroying. And now he has a new playmate to help him delight and assault the senses of his fans across Asia and Europe.
Ladybeard and Japanese singer, professional wrestler and female bodybuilding idol Reika Saiki will release their first single as Deadlift Lolita, titled Six pack Twins, on March 31 and perform live for the first time in Tokyo on April 5. The muscle-bound duo have something for everybody: heavy metal vocals from the towering Ladybeard, delicate alto singing from the doll-like Saiki, dance energy galore, and cute outfits and pigtails all round.
Three years after moving from Hong Kong to Tokyo, Ladybeard (real name Richard Magarey) now has 200,000 Facebook followers and a long list of successes, including two years as the frontman of one of Japan’s biggest kawaii (“cute”) metal groups, Ladybaby. The group’s first music video went viral in 2015, with 20 million hits. Ladybeard has since performed in 15 countries, and returned to Hong Kong for a gig at the start of last year.
“I sat down and said ‘All right, what’s going on here?’” he recalls. “The answer came back: ‘I don’t want to do what I’m doing right now.’ So I asked myself what I wanted to do, and had a profound realisation. I walked out of my room, almost in a trance. My flatmate asked if I was okay and I said, ‘I think I want to be a rock star.’ He said, ‘Do it.’ And I said, ‘I think I will.’”
He puts most of his success down to self-discipline. “I really believe that self-discipline is the key to life,” he says. “I failed and failed and failed, but I pushed through, and that built skill and led me to this super-exciting, amazing career. There is massive joy and deep satisfaction in that.”
And now, with the launch of Deadlift Lolita as the next phase of his career, what’s his long-term plan? “World domination, of course,” Magarey says. “What else?”