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 ...

David Dicembre

| Mar 15, 2012

David Dicembre

David Dicembre has been in Tokyo for the past nine years, and has been spinning records for just as long. He’s the manager of the Japanese version of online music magazine Resident Advisor and on top of that he organizes a regular chill-out party ...

Best of 2011: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto 'Summvs'

Dec 29, 2011

Best of 2011: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto "Summvs"

Pioneers in their own respective musical fields, Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) and Ryuichi Sakamoto began their exploration of sound and visual arts, evocatively titled the Virus Series, in 2002. Nine years on and the fifth and final installment of the collection, “Summvs,” reaches ...

Make it a countdown to remember

Dec 15, 2011

Make it a countdown to remember

In Japan, New Year’s Eve is traditionally celebrated at home with the family. For many it is a somber — if not sober — experience. Yet over the years Japan has firmly placed itself on the world map as a major stop-off point for ...

Producer Miyahara wants more J-pop on the world stage

Dec 1, 2011

Producer Miyahara wants more J-pop on the world stage

Tucked away in a cozy corner of Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, million-selling singer and rapper Soulja twirls an unsmoked cigarillo in his fingers while nodding his head to a hip-hop beat. “Yeah, that’s good. I like that,” he says to the man beside him, who ...

P.O.L. Style

| Nov 17, 2011

P.O.L. Style

DJ P.O.L. Style (Paul Beveridge) moved to Tokyo from Glasgow in 2003. He created the Numbers Tokyo party series and produces his own beats under the T&A Records, Tiger Bass and Nightshifters imprints. Ahead of this week’s Yume Fest, The Japan Times looks in ...

Martyn

Oct 27, 2011

Martyn

Dutch-born DJ and producer Martyn is perhaps best known for his dub-heavy bass tunes, and the back catalog of his own 3024 label would appear to confirm that. However, four-to-the-floor house and techno beats actually make him feel more at home. “It’s very much ...

KOSS

| Oct 20, 2011

KOSS

Sapporo’s Kuniyuki Takahashi, aka KOSS, has the ability to deliver an unmistakable fusion of culturally diverse and soulful soundscapes with his own organic take on deep house and techno. The Japan Times took a look inside his record bag. Golden Oldie: Vangelis — “Creation ...