In the record bag: Mark Birtles

| Jun 20, 2013

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

by Shaun Mckenna

Born in Nottingham, England, Mark Birtles began DJing in Leeds before coming to Japan in 2008. He is one half of the Tokyo Indie events team, which has hosted DJ gigs with touring bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Metronomy, Mystery Jets and Yeah ...

Eadonmm

| Jan 23, 2013

Eadonmm

by Erik Luebs

Known to most as Eadonmm, Shinya Wada is a Kansai-based producer and DJ. In addition to organizing an event called Idle Moments in Kyoto, he is now busy finishing a new album, “Aqonis,” due out this spring on Osaka label Day Tripper Records. Here’s ...

Ken-ske

| Nov 22, 2012

Ken-ske

by Mike Sunda

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

by Mike Sunda

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 ...

Hiroshi Watanabe

| Jul 19, 2012

Hiroshi Watanabe

by Mark Jarnes

Tokyo-based DJ and producer Hiroshi Watanabe, who has also worked under the monikers Quadra, Tread and more recently Kaito, recently released the mix compilation “Contact To The Spirits 2.” Watanabe is now on the final leg of a tour to promote it and stopped ...

A Taut Line

| May 17, 2012

A Taut Line

by Shaun Mckenna

Tokyo-based British DJ/producer Matt Lyne, aka A Taut Line, coruns the record label Diskotopia, with Brian Durr, aka BD1982. A Taut Line’s melodic broken house, garage and techno productions are just as influenced by the Chicago jazz and postrock scenes as by the 1980s ...

David Dicembre

| Mar 15, 2012

David Dicembre

by Mark Jarnes

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 ...

P.O.L. Style

| Nov 17, 2011

P.O.L. Style

by Mark Jarnes

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 ...

KOSS

| Oct 20, 2011

KOSS

by Mark Jarnes

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

by Mark Jarnes

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

by Mark Jarnes

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 ...

Broken Haze

| Jul 21, 2011

Broken Haze

by Mark Jarnes

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 ...