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For James Hadfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

Oct 23, 2014

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

It’s all in the location. For his sold-out Red Bull Music Academy show on Monday night, DJ Krush traded his regular clubland haunts for something a little fancier: the courtyard of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. ...

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

Oct 21, 2014

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

In its first week, the Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo has treated local audiences to a wide gamut of sounds, from hip-hop to deep house to noise, while keeping the capital’s billboards comprehensively smothered in advertising. The two-day EMAF Tokyo (Electronic Music of Art ...

Review: Wails to Whispers at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo

Oct 20, 2014

Review: Wails to Whispers at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo

Visitors to Roppongi’s SuperDeluxe last Friday arrived to find the basement venue decked out with tatami mats and a polite sign at the door asking them to remove their shoes on the way in. This was the setting for Wails to Whispers, one of ...

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

Oct 9, 2014

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

This month, artists from 34 countries will congregate in Tokyo for the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a caffeine-fueled creative hothouse organized by the world’s most ubiquitous energy drink brand. For participants, the event offers a chance to attend closed-door ...

RBMA co-founder hopes to support Japan's neglected artists

Oct 9, 2014

RBMA co-founder hopes to support Japan's neglected artists

The Japan Times spoke to Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) co-founder Many Ameri from New York, the site of last year’s academy, and now home to an annual Red Bull music festival. Here are some excerpts from the conversation: RBMA was originally supposed to ...

Dorian Concept to try new live set at RBMA

Oct 7, 2014

Dorian Concept to try new live set at RBMA

Each year, thousands of budding musicians and producers vie for a place in the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a globe-trotting workshop sponsored by a company better known for peddling buzz-inducing energy drinks. Over the years, the event has helped nudge a variety of ...

Haioka wants to represent Japanese style at RBMA

Sep 16, 2014

Haioka wants to represent Japanese style at RBMA

By his own admission, Shintaro Haioka was a late bloomer. The 32-year-old producer, one of only two Japanese artists taking part in the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo, says he was an avid music fan as a teenager — but a lousy musician. ...

More than beginner's luck for RBMA participant Albino Sound

Sep 9, 2014

More than beginner's luck for RBMA participant Albino Sound

There’s nothing like a deadline to pull things into focus. “When you’re making music on a computer, it’s hard to know when to stop — you could keep going forever,” says Hirotaka Umetani. “It helps to have a cut-off point.” For the 28-year-old Tokyo ...

Punk author Kou Machida on his offbeat samurai story

Aug 16, 2014

Punk author Kou Machida on his offbeat samurai story

You wouldn’t expect a punk musician to write decent novels, any more than you’d expect a boxer to be good at darning. The talents prized by the former vocation — restlessness, insouciance, hard-wired disregard for authority — don’t lend themselves to the rigors of ...