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

Review: Chaos Conductor at Shinseiki Dance Hall in Tokyo

Nov 14, 2014

Review: Chaos Conductor at Shinseiki Dance Hall in Tokyo

The events organized in the course of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo have run the gamut from tired to inspired. This breezy, entertaining evening of improvised music at the Showa-era Shinseiki dance hall in Uguisudani slotted happily into the latter category, while ...

New Zealand's Fat Freddy’s Drop puts its foot down on jamming

Nov 4, 2014

New Zealand's Fat Freddy’s Drop puts its foot down on jamming

Not long ago, the members of groove-surfing New Zealand seven-piece Fat Freddy’s Drop set themselves a strict new rule: No more jamming. Currently working on a follow-up to last year’s “Blackbird” album, the group had discovered that there’s such a thing as being too ...

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

Oct 28, 2014

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

When the people at the Berlin-based Samurai Horo label asked Yu Asaeda to contribute to a compilation they were putting out, they got more than they’d bargained for. “I must have sent them about 20 or 30 tracks in total,” says the Tokyo-based producer. ...

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 ...