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Ian Martin

Ian Martin is a freelance writer covering music and pop culture. He has been active in the Tokyo music scene as an indie event organiser, DJ and label owner since 2004 and has been contributing to The Japan Times music page for almost as long.

For Ian Martin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Keep up the hunger to find new music

Jun 28, 2015

Keep up the hunger to find new music

Have you heard or had this conversation recently? "Hey, long time no see! How are you? Are there any cool new bands where you are?" (Pained expression) "Not really, no." Exchanges like this are going on between touring musicians and local indie scene faces all over Japan, ...

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

| Mar 24, 2015

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to the music charts in Japan knows that for many years now they've been a joke. Year-end charts are increasingly clogged up with mass idol collectives, sales buoyed by multiple purchases from "otaku" (obsessive fans), encouraged by marketing ...

Sympathy for the snob: Real DJs play vinyl

| Feb 24, 2015

Sympathy for the snob: Real DJs play vinyl

Up a backstreet in Shibuya's Udagawacho neighborhood, tucked in behind the Milky Way, Chelsea Hotel and Star Lounge live-music venues — an area tight with record stores — I'm on my way to a party crammed with style-conscious young folk in sweaters and berets, ...