Unfold: Japan, Episode 3 with Asahi Super Dry
Akiko Kiyama Japanese, Tokyo based, Akiko Kiyama holds a hefty 30 releases including 3 albums to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterrior, MEAN, Nervmusic and op.disc amongst others. Her debut EP “Dimension” (2014) on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Vaeth and…
Japanese, Tokyo based, Akiko Kiyama holds a hefty 30 releases including 3 albums to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterrior, MEAN, Nervmusic and op.disc amongst others. Her debut EP “Dimension” (2014) on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Vaeth and Ricardo Villalobos. Live performances in London’s Fabric, Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, Moscow’s Arma17, MUTEK, Worldwide Festival Sete and many more. In 2015, her own label “Kebko Music” has been established. In the label, Akiko will release her 4th album, which is a ten track showcase of this artist complex talent, showing a new direction of electronic music with her humorous textures and rather adhesive groove. Akiko continues to explore, produce and release as well as pushing the boundaries of minimal techno with her live set’s performed around the world. Kebko Music’s YouTube channel has just landed.
Wooed by many high-profile acts wanting to take them on tours and featured as icons in McQ by Alexander McQueen’s campaign and works by Juergen Teller, as well as some of the world’s biggest festivals putting their name on their lineup including Glastonbury, Coachella, and Fuji Rock, BO NINGEN embody today’s art/music scene where crossovers of different cultures are flourishing. They are fusing disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves and bringing them across the oceans. This journey has been a success, attested to by support they garnered from musicians spanning a wide range of genres and generations including Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Kasabian, TV on the Radio, the Fall, and Savages to name a few. Their iconic look is only surpassed by their intense live performances, which have earned them a place as one of the most captivating live acts in the UK. Having released 3 albums so far, they are currently working on their new album scheduled to be released in 2018, recorded around the world in London, Tokyo and LA in a constant search for inspiration.
Maïa is a unique singer and flautist. Striking stage presence, crazy folk trance, volcanic energy, traditional and pop Japanese singing and occasional touches of flute make up the exciting mix that is Maïa Barouh.”From a French-Japanese background, she has clearly found her way towards a boundless musical self-expression, rooted in solid classical training and a unique rendition of her heritage. The audience can expect to be transported along the Paris-Tokyo axis to space and beyond. She describes her style as ELECTRO-ROOTS-POP-PUNK. Maïa sings using an unknown special throat technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds, but the flute is her first instrument. After studying classical and jazz, she quickly transformed the way she played as she started making her own music, improvising, singing with her flute and using it as percussion. The earthquake and the nuclear accident that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 marked a turning point in Maïa’s development as a musician. The man-made catastrophe and the destruction that followed pushed her to re-root herself deeply in the musical traditions of Japan, gathering the songs of fishermen, sailors, party songs from Fukushima which she calls as « Japanese bleus » and take them out to the wider world, in her own interpretation, while integrating also her compositions.The album « KODAMA » got released in France UK and Japan in 2015.
Mari* is a Radio Producer, a Radio Presenter, and a multi-cultural free spirit. She has lived and worked in the US, Japan and the UK and has produced and coordinated radio shows with more than 30 radio stations around the world.
She presents bite size daily morning show on Worldwide FM called “Morning Mari*” (Mondays – Fridays / 9.45-10.00) and Japanese music focus show “Oto Nova Japan (音の波)” every first Monday (16.00-18.00).
DJ/Radio Presenter/Event Producer.
Founding member of United Future Organization (U.F.O.) which was formed in 1990. The collective established the beginning of Japanese club culture, and released 5 full albums in 32 countries which gained a massive reputation in 12 years. After leaving U.F.O. in 2002, he has continued to play as a solo DJ at clubs and festivals internationally and currently produces events and supervises music for notable fashion brands. He has remixed many high profile artists in a wide range of genres, such as James Brown, Astor Piazzolla, Gotan Project and Melanie De Biasio. In 2013, he gathered talented and forward-thinking artists based in Tokyo to produce a project called “HEX,” which presents Tokyo’s progressive form of Jazz to the world and was released from Blue Note Records worldwide. His latest project “Toshio Matsuura Group” gathered radical musicians from UK and performed at Worldwide Festival in 2018. He has a weekly show called “TOKYO MOON” on InterFM897, a popular Japanese FM station, and “WW TOKYO” 1st & 3rd Monday of every month broadcasting 11:00-13:00 (GMT) on Worldwide FM.
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Unfold: Japan Episode 2 with Asahi Super Dry
Makoto Makoto Shimizu, more widely known simply as ‘Makoto’, is a testament to the international scope and power of electronic music and he is one of the few DJ/producer who made a success outside of Japan with Drum’n’Bass music. Clubbing icon LTJ Bukem signed him to Good Looking Records imprint in 1999 and after his…
Makoto Shimizu, more widely known simply as ‘Makoto’, is a testament to the international scope and power of electronic music and he is one of the few DJ/producer who made a success outside of Japan with Drum’n’Bass music. Clubbing icon LTJ Bukem signed him to Good Looking Records imprint in 1999 and after his 2nd Album “Believe In My Soul” Makoto began to release music for other labels such as DJ Zinc‘s Bingo Beats, London Elektricity‘s Hospital Records, Fabio‘s Creative Source and of course, the legendary DJ Marky‘s Innerground Records. His musical connection with Brazil’s DJ Marky runs deep, and was solidified with his very own release on Marky’s label in 2009 titled “DJ Marky & Friends presents Makoto”. The pair went on to collaborate and release a number of tracks together. He has toured across Asia, Europe, UK and USA, and most recently Makoto has been busy living in London, releasing on leading imprint Hospital Records to whom he signed in 2017, and setting up his own label – HE:Digital.
As a Red Bull Music Academy graduate and originally coming from a techno/breakbeat background, Daisuke has developed his own style of production to create a distinctive sound between Drum’n’Bass hiphop, electronica, folk and jazz. During his time in the UK, his track was chosen on a Brownswood label compilation, as well as some of the leading lights in the UK breakbeat scene. Beyond Japan, he has toured across the UK, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and Australia. He is a remix master and has worked for wide range of high profile musicians including the UK’s Poppy Ackroyd. He also produces sounds for theatre performances and installations.
DJ/ Crurator/ Radio DJ
Tastemaker of Belgium and beyond. Described by Fact! Magazine “your favourite dj’s favourite dj”, affiliated with Brownswood Recordings, Blue Note, !K7 Records, and one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer. Lefto is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter, and is one of Mixcloud’s highest performing DJs, with 580 shows on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussel under his belt. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His weekly show “Early Bird with Lefto” is Wednesdays 11-13.00.
DJ / Creative director of KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE / Music writer
Since forming “Kyoto Jazz Massive” as a DJ unit in the beginning of 90’s, Shuya and his posse have built up a jazz / club crossover music scene in Japan, and have successful careers overseas. In 2000, Kyoto Jazz Massive signed to Compost Records in Germany and in 2006 Shuya Okino released his acclaimed solo album “UNITED LEGENDS”. He has written a book and is currently working on another on the subject of DJing in the Club Jazz scene. Shuya Okino continues to be a hugely important figure in the Crossover/Jazz scene worldwide – he has a weekly show called “Jazz ain’t Jazz” on InterFM897, the prominent Japanese FM station, and “WW Kyoto” 2nd Mondays 11:00-13:00 (GMT) on Worldwide FM.
Unfold: Japan Episode 1 with Asahi Super Dry