Patrick ST. Michel

For Patrick ST. Michel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

Jan 29, 2017

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

Unlike a lot of kids growing up in the 1990s, Toru Koda didn’t have much hands-on experience with video games. “My big brother always hogged the system,” the 32-year-old, who records electronic music as Quarta330, says with a chuckle at a cafe in Tokyo’s ...

DJ Okawari brings us back to chill on 'Compass'

| Jan 22, 2017

DJ Okawari brings us back to chill on 'Compass'

It has been six years since Shizuoka-based DJ Okawari last released an album, but his timing in releasing new collection “Compass” couldn’t be better. It’s a set of warm, calming hip-hop beats anchored by acoustic guitar and orchestral string swells, a comforting bit of ...