For the eight edition of our Beatcast we went all the way to Japan (well, sort of) to introduce you to one of Tokyo’s finest local DJs: Shinya Okamoto. Born in Yokohama in 1980, Shinya has gradually become a major figure in Tokyo’s electronic music scene. He has organized parties in some of the best clubs in town and established a growing fanbase of artists and clubbers alike. As a DJ himself, he currently holds a residency at AGEHA, one of the biggest and most popular clubs in town. Given a population of almost 9 million people, this is quite an achievement and yet another prove of his talents. The following mix gives you a taste of Shinya’s impeccable track selection and mixing skills, delving into the bowels of the metropolis with some deep and dubby soundscapes.
Donnacha Costello – Fathoms Deep (Look Long)
Jason Fine – Midwest N [Luke Hess Deep Detroit Remix] (Kontra-Musik)
Ribn – Plain City (Ovum)
Addex – Multiple Shock (System)
Luke Hess – City Light (Modelisme)
Richard Bartz – From Munich With Love (Kanzleramt)
Tom Chair – The Polar (Indalo)
Sebastian Davidson – The Furthest Home (Seamless)
Mick Rubin – Thaibreak (Musik Gewinnt Freunde)
Joel Mull – Soursweet [Petar Dundov Remix] (Spectrum)
Three questions with Shinya Okamoto:
Where do you come from and where do you play at the moment?
I come from Japan. I live in Tokyo now and I currently have residencies in several clubs in Tokyo, among them Ageha, Womb, Unit and Warehouse702.
How would you describe your influences?
I’ve been a vinyl collector since I was a teenager, but back then it was mostly Rock, Punk, Alternative and Jazz. After that I met dance music. In those days, friends of mine were already playing out every weekend and I went with them all the time and I became interested in electronic music. After a while I started organizing parties in Tokyo myself – “Reveal” and “Dial” were the names. Past guests were Minilogue, Dave Mothersole, Estroe, Efdemin, Garnica, Sety and many more. Producers that influenced me the most were Kaito (Kompakt), So (Mind Games), Lawrence (Dial) and Aril Brikha. And of course my friends!
What is your mix about?
Driving. Emotional. Melancholic. Music.