From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Jun 7, 2013

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Summer means a lot of things in Japan: stifling heat and humidity, fireworks and the Bon holidays, nagashi-sōmen noodles and chilled barley tea. For music fans though, the season brings a different kind of to-do list: booking cheap train tickets in advance, stocking up ...

X Japan waxes lyrical at Madame Tussauds debut

May 21, 2013

X Japan waxes lyrical at Madame Tussauds debut

This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. The life-size representations were just five of the ...

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

May 16, 2013

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

It’s fitting that I should be meeting Terre Thaemlitz on May 1, International Workers’ Day — she wryly refers to herself as a “feminist Marxist” before we begin our interview in proper. Thaemlitz, who produces music under her real name, the moniker DJ Sprinkles ...

Back to school for two Tokyo DJs

May 2, 2013

Back to school for two Tokyo DJs

Whether it’s an annual soapbox derby or sending a man to the edge of space just because they can, energy-drink manufacturers Red Bull have never been afraid to throw their cash at projects that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Red Bull Music ...

Ken-ske

| Nov 22, 2012

Ken-ske

DJ Ken-ske (real name Kensuke Sato) is a DJ’s DJ — he eschews celebrity club culture in favor of a purists’ approach to the medium, which allows him to play more than 100 gigs a year. Although primarily mixing hip-hop in a B-boy style, ...

XLII

| Oct 18, 2012

XLII

A mainstay of the Tokyo underground electronic scene and cofounder of the Raid System label/collective, XLII (pronounced slee) also regularly tours Europe, where his fan base stretches from London to Kiev. Here he shares tried-and-tested dancefloor destroyers with The Japan Times, including a tune ...

Lapalux, Taquwami tap into a West Coast sound

Oct 11, 2012

Lapalux, Taquwami tap into a West Coast sound

It’s early on a Saturday evening at the 1-2-3-4 Shoreditch festival in London and Lapalux is taking the stage. He’s only armed with a laptop, a MIDI controller and some select software, but the hundreds in the audience haven’t shown up expecting a flashy ...

Rustie to bring hyperactive set to SonarSound Tokyo

Apr 19, 2012

Rustie to bring hyperactive set to SonarSound Tokyo

When Rustie (Russell Whyte, 29) makes his Japan debut at SonarSound Tokyo this weekend, it will mark the culmination of a remarkable few years that has seen the Scottish producer swap house parties in his hometown of Glasgow for headline spots at some of ...

Lesser lights shine amid Fuji Rock rains

Aug 4, 2011

Lesser lights shine amid Fuji Rock rains

When U.S. act Washed Out hit the Red Marquee stage on Friday night, that’s when the Fuji Rock Festival 2011 really began to get going. Coming off a drab performance at May’s Freaks Festival that left many disappointed, singer Ernest Greene was determined to ...