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For Mark Jarnes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Rainbow Disco Club may be the dance music scene's pot of gold

Apr 17, 2016

Rainbow Disco Club may be the dance music scene's pot of gold

With new venues such as Contact and Sankeys opening their doors in Tokyo this spring, there is hope for a resurgence in the underground electronic music circuit in 2016. But with a glut of EDM mega-bashes, the festival scene for mature dance music fans ...

Purity Ring's secret? Start your morning right

| Aug 2, 2012

Purity Ring's secret? Start your morning right

How does Fuji Rock compare with other festivals around the world? Megan James (vocals): It’s huge! Everything’s really tight and relaxed. Corin Roddick (instrumentals): It’s so streamlined. Like they have people taking care of everything. As soon as we stopped playing like 25 people ...

Mono wants you to give your parents a hug

| Aug 2, 2012

Mono wants you to give your parents a hug

Great gig! Yasunori Takada (drums): We feel great. We’re thankful to everyone who put the show together and to the people that came to watch us. And of course, the orchestra. What made you decide to add the orchestra to your recordings and performances? ...

James Blake says nothing beats mum's advice

| Aug 2, 2012

James Blake says nothing beats mum's advice

Two gigs in one day, you must be busy balancing your schedule right now. No, not really. I’m here and c’est la vie. I’m so bodily topsy-turvy that I don’t even know what time it is. I’m just happy to be here. But I’m ...

Hiroshi Watanabe

| Jul 19, 2012

Hiroshi Watanabe

Tokyo-based DJ and producer Hiroshi Watanabe, who has also worked under the monikers Quadra, Tread and more recently Kaito, recently released the mix compilation “Contact To The Spirits 2.” Watanabe is now on the final leg of a tour to promote it and stopped ...

DJ Kentaro set to scratch a new itch

Jun 28, 2012

DJ Kentaro set to scratch a new itch

Only a handful of artists can say they’ve reached the top of their trade, but Kentaro Okamoto is one of them. As DJ Kentaro, his record-scratching skills got him noticed by beat heads worldwide back in 2002, when he won the DMC World DJ ...

Grassroots group forms to fight antidancing law

Jun 14, 2012

Grassroots group forms to fight antidancing law

Around 200 people gathered on the dancefloor of Kyoto’s Club World on Sunday — but they weren’t dancing. In fact, that’s exactly what they were there to protest: a 1984 addition to the 1948 Fuzoku Eigyo Torishimariho (Entertainment Business Control Law) that prohibits late-night ...

Ex-champ Sudo set for a second round

Apr 5, 2012

Ex-champ Sudo set for a second round

In a world saturated with celebrity culture, it’s not hard to sometimes get a bit envious of some stars. It’s understandable, because from a distance the fame, the sex appeal and seemingly endless amounts of cash can seem pretty alluring. However, the green-eyed monster ...