DJ Nobu has appealed directly to the Japanese government for club and venue compensation amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Chiba-born techno DJ and producer, DJ Nobu, alongside several anonymous volunteers, have made an appeal regarding finanical compensation for clubs and venues impacted by the coronavirus in Japan.
Making the appeal to the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, the move follows a meeting between Nobu, the volunteers, and three Japanese Communist Party politicians: Akira Koike, Yoshiko Kira, and Manabu Terada.
Tokyo-based, experimental arts promoter REITIN is launching a new festival in Japan this April.
Ensō will take place at the Ōya History Museum, a 400-year-old former stone quarry which dates back to the Edo Period and is now used as a cultural center in Utsunomiya, Tochigi.
Mars89 has hosted a protest rave in Tokyo.
The Japanese DJ and producer organised the Shibuya Protest Rave in the country's capital on Saturday (26th October).
In advance of the event, which featured sets from the likes of Miru Shinoda and Mari Sakurai, Mars89 - whose 'TX-55' we premiered back in October - offered up the slogan, "We Dance Together. We Fight Together" in relation to the event's open resistance against racism, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, sexism and more.
Japanese festival Labyrinth has been forced to cancel its first day this Saturday due to the forecasted Super Typhoon Hagibis.
It's expected that the typhoon will bring 90 MPH winds and heavy rain. "The levels of rain now projected on Saturday are extremely high across a large part of the country," said the festival's promoter, Mindgames, adding "it is now clear that trying to start the event on Saturday would not be safe".
Since the end of World War II, Western culture has loomed large over everyday life in Japan. The decades since have brought about a wide variety of American influenced subcultures, from Rockabilly gangs to biker tribes. Fashion designers have gone to great lengths to import American looms to recreate famous US denim. Distillers have done their best to perfect bourbon whiskey, city streets are lined with fast food restaurants and chain stores, and techno has long been the late night soundtrack of cities across the nation.
Before house music, though, there was techno. As soon as the late ’70s, soon-to-be Yellow Magic Orchestra members Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi were already experimenting with electronic sounds, thanks to early access to Japan’s newly arrived music making machines. They mixed lounge exotica with Kraftwerk style keys, robotic rhythms and the edgy, futuristic style that defines techno, and in the process became unwitting godfathers of the Japanese scene.
Arguably in light of that compilation, attention has turned to Japan in earnest. As a result, Bitta label boss and Future Terror party promoter DJ Nobu has gone from being one of Tokyo’s local heroes to now being well established on the global circuit and a regular at festivals such as Dekmantel. “His rapid advance overseas has taught me that we Japanese can play a bigger role in the world,“ says new school artist Masafumi Take, who runs exciting new label Katharsis Recordings out of his native Tokyo and put out his first production just last year.
Listening to Powder is like watching a synchronised swim routine. Agile, rhythmic movements appear as organic as they do complex, her sound as exhilarating as it is weightless. Patterns erupt and blossom while hypnotic ripples course from an electrifying core – Lush melodies dart and weave around propulsive beats and fluid bass grooves.
That sense of unity and togetherness extends into her new release on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space Records. As part of the respected New York label and radio show’s ‘... In Space’ series, Powder has sculpted a mix comprised of the sort of ecstatic house cuts you exchange beaming grins with friends on the dancefloor to, ambient gems for an easy take-off and landing, and deep groove mutations that wrap around one another seamlessly.
Beats In Space is launching its new CD series with a mix from Japanese DJ/producer, Powder.
Tim Sweeney’s revered label/radio show will kick of its ‘...In Space’ CD strand on 15th February as Powder delivers a 74-minute mix of vibrant deep house, electrifying vintage tech house and lush new age ambience.
The new series is described as an exploration of “dance music’s form and informality” and will feature mixes from DJs who have previously featured on the Beats In Space Radio Show as well as new contributors.
David Morales has been released by Japanese authorities without charge following his arrest this month on suspicion of drug possession.
In early October, the US DJ was arrested while travelling in Japan after authorities reportedly found 0.3grams of MDMA in Morales’ hold luggage.