Arni Kristjansson is an Icelandic music writer, DJ and photographer based in Tokyo. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Tokyo University of the Arts, researching the history of club music in Japan.
For Arni Kristjansson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Nov 19, 2013
I am at Battle Train Tokyo, the first official footwork dance tournament in Japan. It's being held at Kata, a gallery in the capital's Ebisu district. Sixteen dancers have signed up in the hope of becoming Japan's footwork champion, which comes with a ¥50,000 cash prize and a small championship belt that wraps around the winner's leg.
Jul 19, 2012
Feb 9, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Bass advocates Diskotopia are a small group of producers and DJs who have been holding events since 2005. Their main focus is the ever-expanding area of dance music that uses heavy bass sounds, including dubstep and bassline-house. Originally based in Osaka, they moved operations to Tokyo in 2009 and expanded their activities last year to include a record label. For their seventh release, Diskotopia is offering up an expansive compilation of music made by the artists on their roster and some friends.
Dec 22, 2011
Oct 6, 2011
The British media quickly championed James Blake as the poster boy of dubstep's entry into mainstream outlets. Along with artists Untold and Joy Orbison, Blake rode into the scene with a mishmash of melancholic chord sequences and manipulated vocal samples taken from 1990s R&B — characteristics that are often referred to as a postdubstep sound.
Sep 15, 2011
Matthew Herbert can hardly be called a one-trick pony. Leaving his background in classical violin early on in his career, he has traversed many genres of dance music with his Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain and Herbert aliases. He has also conducted his own jazz big band and scored films and dance productions. This abundance of experience with different styles, however, is not what defines Herbert: it's just his unique approach to making music.
Jun 30, 2011
It's juke night at Club Noon in Osaka on a Monday. The event, called Hobo, has drawn about 50 people — not many, but alright for a genre of dance music that is making its debut on the city's club scene. As with most debuts, the reaction is mixed. The men nod their heads and the women shift their weight slowly to the music, but if they're going to become true fans, they'll have to pick up their pace.
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