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Arni Kristjansson
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:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Nov 19, 2013
Japan's juke scene gears up to go foot to foot with Chicago
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jul 19, 2012
Greeen Linez debut revisits Japan's City Pop summer jams of the past
Nostalgia is nothing new in popular music. A disco revival during the 1990s (think Deee-Lite), led to a renewed fascination with the 1980s during the 2000s (think Chromeo and a synth-pop boom) and that decade even started seeing a '90s revival toward the end of it.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 9, 2012
Goth-Trad hatches postdisaster pop
Talking with Takeaki Maruyama in a Tokyo cafe, I'm caught off guard when the dubstep artist better known as Goth-Trad suggests that his fourth and latest album is pop. When I let it sink in, though, I realize that "New Epoch" could in fact be the perfect postdisaster-pop album.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 19, 2012
"Diskotopia Various Artists Volume One" Various Artists
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Dec 22, 2011
Best of 2011: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions "Magnetic Soil"
My favorite Japanese album of 2011 sounds even better live. "Magnetic Soil," the eighth album from self-described death-jazz act Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, further proved that this Tokyo-based sextet belongs in a class all its own.
CULTURE / Music
Oct 6, 2011
James Blake
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Sep 29, 2011
Azari & III to get Japan sweaty
Azari & III (pronounced "Azari and third") have snagged a lot of influential supporters in the short period they've been making music together.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Sep 15, 2011
"Matthew Herbert"
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Aug 25, 2011
Red Bull invests in tomorrow's dance-music stars
Thirty-two-year-old Yoshiyuki "Yosi" Horikawa from Ibaraki, Osaka, couldn't believe his eyes when he went online the morning of July 16.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jun 30, 2011
Getting Japan to think inside the juke box
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jul 16, 2010
The Backwoods: "The Backwoods"
The self-titled first album from The Backwoods is the solo outing of DJ Kent, otherwise known as one half of nu-disco outfit Force of Nature.

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