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 ...

Broken Haze

| Jul 21, 2011

Broken Haze

DJ Broken Haze is making big strides with his latest release, “Broken Haze vs. B. Bravo,” as well as monthly podcasts cohosted by DJ XLII. The Japan Times takes a look inside his record bag. Golden Oldie: Beastie Boys — “Pass The Mic” (Capitol ...

Charity show by Japanese artists streams live to the world

Jul 17, 2011

Charity show by Japanese artists streams live to the world

Gigs held by popular artists regularly sell out in Japan, especially in the J-pop scene. This month however, there will be one concert where music fans won’t have to worry about missing their favorite artists perform live, even after the tickets have all gone. ...

Website Nico Nico Douga goes live ... house

Jul 14, 2011

Website Nico Nico Douga goes live ... house

Online video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga has become a popular place for young Japanese to check out new music. Now imagine stepping inside the site to experience those tunes live. That’s the feeling you get when you enter Tokyo’s newest live venue, Nicofarre. “We ...

Fighting for change the Fuji Rock way

Jul 14, 2011

Fighting for change the Fuji Rock way

Faced with the nation’s worst disaster since World War II, Fuji Rock Festival founder Masahiro Hidaka had to make a choice back in March — whether to hold Japan’s biggest summer music festival this year or not. He decided that the show must go ...

Festival season hits Japan

Jul 1, 2011

Festival season hits Japan

Summer in Japan is widely known to be two things: hot and humid. Fortunately, for those who’ll be in the country during the sultry season, the nation’s annual music festivals will be a well-deserved trade-off for any discomfort. With something to offer revelers of ...

Red Dot Relief

Jun 23, 2011

Red Dot Relief

A party taking place in Tokyo this weekend aims to support the disaster-stricken northeast of Japan through a night of club music ranging from organic and jazzy house to solid techno. The Red Dot Relief Tokyo charity party is being organized by Parties 4 ...