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.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Tourism Foundation have announced a new initiative to support the city's nightlife industry in a bid to boost 24-hour tourism.
The 'Nightlife Tourism Promotion Grant' will see the government give away grants and subsidies worth billions of yen to to nightlife promoters and venues with a desired outcome that tourists be able to enjoy the city at any time of the day.
Tokyo’s Hoshina Anniversary is next up on Volvox and John Barera’s ever-reliable techno and electro imprint Jack Dept.
Set for release in November, the ‘A Cid’ EP is a four-track serving of pure, no-nonsense, dancefloor heat. Opening with the intense and urgent title track, the EP doesn’t loosen its grip once. Distorted electro cut ‘DZYYY’ pummels the senses with its dense bass and drum clatter while the classic techno of ‘Vuvu’ should rattle the rib cages of Joey Beltram devotees the world over.
Gorillaz will debut their new album, 'The Now Now', live from Tokyo during a Boiler Room stream this weekend.
The announcement came on Twitter yesterday, with the performance set to be aired on Sunday 24th June, and the news follows several singles that have been unveiled in the run up to the long-player being ready— most recently 'Fire Flies', which closely followed 'Sorcererz'.
Tokyo-based musician Will Long will release the second volume of his ‘Long Trax’ trilogy this month.
Pursuing the thematic ideas that defined volume one, ‘Long Trax 2’ tackles notions of “cultural stasis” and the delusional optimism that clogs our media, distracting from an often bleak reality. Long presents these ideas using minimal, deep grooves, understated and beautiful synth backdrops and resonant spoken samples, taking the listener to a thoughtful, lucid place.
Sumiko Iwamuro — aka DJ Sumirock — runs a dumpling restaurant by day and DJs in clubs by night in her hometown of Tokyo.
She holds down a monthly residency at DecaBarZ nightclub in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, after she first got into DJing a decade ago at the tender age of 70.
Describing the music she plays, DJ Sumirock says: "It’s fundamentally techno music, but just that would be boring. I add jazz, French chanson and a bit of classical music."
Korg's chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi has stepped down from his role at the Japanese technology company.
Creator of popular synths like the Minilogue, MS-20 Mini and the Volca range, the respected engineer made the announcement via his Facebook earlier today.
He announced he'll be making the move from Tokyo to Cologne later this year to "explore new areas where sound and technology can have positive social implications".
Tokyo Dance Music Event (TDME) is the first dance music conference of its kind in Japan, and is set to welcome journalists, producers and tastemakers from around the globe from 1st to 3rd December 2016.
The event's second wave of speakers has just been announced this week and includes Chew TV's Ben Bowler, The Volume Group's Ed Jenkins and DJ Mag's own digital editor, Charlotte Lucy Cijffers. They join other UK-based influencers taking a trip to Tokyo in December, with Listen Up's Lucy Allen and Mark Lawrence of the AFEM also on the conference bill.
We are delighted to announce that DJ Mag Japan is the latest member of the international family.
DJ Mag Japan, which is live now at djmag.jp, has launched at a key moment for the nation's nightlife scene. For the last sixty years, club promoters have had to work out around outdated and surprising rules that prohibited dancing at night. The legislation, which stretches back to World War 2, was largely unenforced, however its abolition has galvanized the Japanese club scene.