*Interviewd by DJ Anthony Huttley – https://www.instagram.com/anthonyhuttley/
How would you describe your sound/the music that you play?
Energetic, driving and groovy.
How did you break into the Tokyo scene?
It took some time to break in but I was lucky to know some promoters doing Techno parties in Tokyo so this really helped. Also the releases helped a lot too in getting bookings.
20 months into a pandemic, what’s the music scene like in Tokyo at the moment?
Well the music scene here is slowly recovering. I feel it will take a bit more time but things are looking positive!!
I see you often playing bush doofs in Japan, quite often in Nagano, and more recently in Gifu for the Orbit open-air party, do you have a preference between club gigs or outdoor? If so, which do you prefer?
I personally have no preference. Currently in Japan there are not many festivals like in other parts of the world with a proper big stage and lightings. Bush doofs are the standard here for outdoor parties and I really enjoy playing in these types of events. To be very honest, I love both. Clubs are the base of the scene and outdoors parties are more a seasonal thing here in Japan. I feel the scene needs both for balance.
I see a *lot* of big names doing livestreams these days, often at cool locations like a buddhist temple like you did, and tbh, the DJs often look like they’re struggling to keep up the energy. So tell me, on a scale of 1 (piece o’ cake) to 10 (むず as Fk), how difficult is it to DJ and get a good vibe going for a live stream when you don’t have the punters there in front of you?
On a scale, I would say 1.
The one big difference is that there is no crowd. You can just play a set that you want.
It was very difficult in the beginning but after doing few streams I got used to it. Also seeing great reactions got me more into enjoying the streams. I think it’s easy once you get used to it.
“We need your energy” was recently released on Octopus recordings. Was it, by any chance, inspired by the answer to the previous question? If not, would you like to elaborate a little on the background of the track? How did it come about?
The track “We Need Your Energy” just came naturally. I just purchased a Dave Smith OB-6 so this was a track I made only using that synthesizer for all the synth sounds.
Can you tell us a bit about the composition/production process of the track? What was the writing process like? Was it a struggle, or did you luck out and have the track practically write itself?
Well, its always challenging for me in the studio. I always try to leave my comfort zone while also maintaining my style. Its quite a challenge to do this so the idea part of producing can take a bit of time but once the idea is there, the follow is usually very smooth.
One could assume that you work quite well in the studio, how long does it take you on average to produce a track?
It really depends. Some tracks I finish in half day, some would take close to a week. It just really depends on the inspiration at the time.
What are some staple plug-ins that are in your template?
I don’t really have a template but some go to synths are Native Instruments Reaktor, Rob Papen Sub Boom Bass and Synapse Audio Dune.
Do you have a favourite synth? Why?
I really like my Dave Smith OB-6. The variety of sounds are great!! Definitely use this in all my tracks.
Moving on, you’re about to tour the US for the first time in… well, a long time, What are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about? Do you even get nervous about shows these days?
The most nervous part for me this time is getting into the US and going back to Japan. I think it’s the same with a lot of DJs travelling now. So much more of a hassle it is to travel between borders with the Covid restrictions.
As for playing gigs, I am 100% excited!!
For future visitors to Japan, what venues can we hear you DJ?
I play in many venues around Japan. In Tokyo I usually play at
WOMB or VENT. Sometimes I play in other clubs. From time to time I play in other parts of Japan such as Joule in Osaka, Acid Room in Sapporo , and COA in Shizuoka
What do you like to do away from music?
Just relax, and go out with friends for some good food and drinks.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Well I listen to a lot of DJ mixes but definitely Carl Cox is the one I listen to most often. The legend is also so inspiring.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?
After my USA tour, I have some shows coming up in Japan for the rest of the year. In December, I will be playing in different parts of Japan so I am very excited for this!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Sangenjaya. Favorite food : Yakitori, ramen and Japanese style BBQ.