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 ...

Kenji Takimi

| Sep 22, 2011

Kenji Takimi

DJ, producer and founder of Crue-L Records, Kenji Takimi has been a central figure in Japan’s house and disco scene since the late 1980s. The Japan Times takes a flick through the big man’s record bag. Golden Oldie: Edgar Froese — “Pinnacles” (Virgin). This ...

DJ SO

| Aug 25, 2011

DJ SO

DJ SO (Satoshi Aoyagi) is a central figure at Mindgames, the people behind The Labyrinth festival, where he plays a supporting role as resident with his delicate blend of ambient and techno. The Japan Times peeks into his record bag. Golden Oldie: John Tejada ...

Dommune goes outside for summer

Aug 18, 2011

Dommune goes outside for summer

Naohiro Ukawa, creator of live-streaming microclub Dommune, is pulling out all the stops this weekend with Freedommune 0 (Zero) in aid of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, when he takes the studio outdoors for a full day and night ...

Root & Branch Presents UBIK

Jul 21, 2011

Root & Branch Presents UBIK

Hiroshi Watanabe has been a trailblazer in the Japanese electronic-music scene since graduating in 1994 from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, producing beats under the monikers Nite System, Quadra, Tread, Crank and 32 Project just to name a few. Watanabe will ...