Mike Sunda is a music writer focusing primarily on electronic music and the Tokyo club scene. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England with a degree in Japanese and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 2010.
For Mike Sunda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Oct 31, 2018
Jan 8, 2017
Aug 13, 2016
Dec 6, 2015
Good things come to those who wait. For 50-year-old producer Soichi Terada it's a wait that has lasted more than 20 years, but now he's one of the most in-demand artists in the house music scene, and has just returned from a tour of Europe that saw him perform in front of capacity crowds in some of the continent's most iconic clubs, including Panorama Bar in Berlin and Concrete in Paris.
Nov 12, 2015
Even within Britain, grime has long been considered a niche genre. Pioneered by east London artist Wiley in the early 2000s, whose dark, stripped-down 140-beats-per-minute rhythms drew on U.K. garage and two-step influences and updated them, the sound then evolved on the rooftops of inner-city council estates as pirate radio prospered and MCs such as Dizzee Rascal and Crazy Titch literally battled to have their bars heard over the airwaves.
Nov 11, 2015
Oct 31, 2015
Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation' challenges audience perceptions in both content and delivery
There was a time when the term "straight-to-video" conjured up images of cheap, low-quality sequels and B-movie knock-offs, inevitably featuring the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal, and destined to line the shelves of video rental stores without ever making it to the vaunted window display.
Aug 14, 2015
When it comes to cuts of meat, there are few sights that raise expectations like the marbling of a prime cut of wagyu beef. Brands like Kobe and Matsuzaka are already household names in Japan, and increasingly consumers and chefs the world over are buying into the luxury meat, with import bans lifted on wagyu headed for the European Union and the United States in recent years.
Jun 27, 2015
In 2009, critic and philosopher Hiroki Azuma had a dream. It was a recurring dream (as befitting of someone well-versed in the psychoanalysis of Freud and Jacques Lacan), and riddled with complexities. In his own words, which open the introductory chapter of "General Will 2.0: Rousseau, Freud, Google," it was "a dream about the society of the future." One, he says, in which politics is informed by information technology, and its ability to visualize societal consciousness: the so-called "General Will 2.0" of the title — his updated version of a term coined by 18th-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
May 15, 2015
Kohei Matsunaga does not see things like you and I see things. Take the 3-D glasses that he is rarely photographed without, for instance. Throwaway red-and-blue anaglyph paper frames from cinema's distant past, they have become an apt visual trademark for the Osaka-based artist, who delights in operating within different planes and dimensions to most people.
Apr 24, 2015
Whether it's younger stars like Sam Smith and Charli XCX whose pasts have seen collaborations with producers such as Disclosure, Alex Metric and Starkey, or established names like Bjork delving into the underground to work with Arca and The Haxan Cloak, the trajectories of pop and club music have never felt more closely aligned.
Apr 23, 2015
For all the criticism that can be levelled at the conventional "white cube" gallery space — its quasi-religious, sanitized hush and incongruity with large-scale interactive installations and other emergent forms of media art — as a visitor, it's at least unlikely that you'll wander into the path of a stray cyclist as you muse over canvases and ponder brush strokes.
Mar 28, 2015
In "Japanese New York" author Olga Kanzaki Sooudi draws on her observations of Japanese artists in Lower Manhattan to paint a vivid picture of migrants in New York. Her study includes biographical and fictional representations of the migrant experience as relayed in the literature of Mori Ogai, the films of Sono Sion, and the real-life stories of artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono.
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