This week we’ll like to bring your attention to some of the finest Asian electronic music producers and DJs.
Double Clapperz are a Tokyo based grime-producer duo made up of Shintaro Yonezawa (djsinta) & Kodai Ukawa (UKD). Starting out as producers in 2012, they became the finalists of Wardub jp, a Japanese grime competition and later released their debut single “Last Night Boogie” in 2015. Their strong musical background in dancehall, dubstep, 2step and garage influences led them to pursue a more UK/Bass production to create alternative bass music. While they produced tracks for Japanese grime MCs, their unreleased tracks were played on radio platform such as Rinse.Fm, Block.Fm and NTS Radio. Double Clapperz considers producers such as Kahn & Neek, Last Japan, MCs D Double E, Nico Lindsay and Skepta to be their favourites and have supported artists such as Elijah & Skrilliam and Dubkasm in Tokyo. They have also played at the Outlook Festival Japan Launch and performed in London with Spooky. Double Clapperz are also part of a bi-weekly radio show on Nous.fm which features dub plates and guest mixes from upcoming producers and local talents. 2017 will see them collaborating with Japanese MCs and as well as a vinyl release.
3ASiC is a Netherlands-based electronic producer from Nanjing, China. He released his debut album “ THIS ALBUM MADE MY FRIENDS BASSICK” back in 2015 as well as accompanying singles “Keli X 3ASiC – 脱轨列⻋ (Single, 2016), Conrank – Air (3ASiC Flip) (Remix, 2016)” etc. His music can be described as current-gen bass music and his influences include EPROM, Om Unit, Nervous Horizon to name a few. 2017 will see 3ASiC releasing a new EP as well as embarking on a China tour.
Demon Slayer aka Dan Nguyen is a Californian born and raised multi-disciplinary creative, currently based in Saigon, Vietnam. Starting out as a turntablist/hip-hop/DJ in 1998 at 16, he transitioned his focus to producing experimental hip-hop (“cloud rap”) a few years later. His musical style has roots in Jazz and Hip Hop, laced with UK club and West Coast Bass and is currently minimal bass music and sounds from Asia. His musical influences include David Axelrod, African Funk from the 70s, Sun Ra, Christian Marclay, ISP, Beat Junkies, YMO, Ngoc Lan from the 90s. Demon Slayer has performed at Coachella Valley Music Festival and shared the stage with artists such as Steve Aoki, RL Grime, Tokimonsta to name a few. Apart from being a DJ, Dan is also a world-renowned visual artist and has held gallery exhibitions with Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Barry McGee and has exhibited his artworks in galleries in Los Angeles, Beijing, Tokyo and more. He is also the co-founder of the prominent Beat Cinema Club in Claremont and also helps to coordinate and run events in Vietnam, with both international and local acts while being part of the internet label STYLSS. 2017 will see Demon Slayer dropping a mixtape of older, Vietnamese-American analogue new wave music from the 80s, a new album of instrumental and rap music as well as more collaborations with Vietnamese artists such as Suboi, Ha Le and Onionn.
Louis Quek aka Intriguant is a electronic music producer and DJ from Singapore. 2016 was a hectic year for the producer as he performed at various festivals such as St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and the Singapore International Jazz Festival whilst in preparation for the release of his LP. He released his much anticipated full length debut LP “Recluse” in January 2017 featuring artists such as OmarKenobi of rap crew Mediocre Haircut Crew and KATØ. With the sounds of experimental beats, downtempo electronica and inspired by the likes of Shigeto, Nujabes, Gold Panda, Daisuke Tanube, the album “Recluse” is an exploration of the self inspired by Intriguant’s discovery of empowerment in solitude, whether at work, in the studio or his daily life. Intriguant is also part of Singapore’s premiere audiovisual collective, Syndicate SG.
Foodman (食品まつり) aka Takahide Higuci is an electronic music producer and visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. His music often comprises of various types of song forms including techno, ambient, footwork, raw electronic percussion. His musical influences include artists such as Nobuo Uematsu, XTC, SUSUMU YOKOTA, RP BOO, DJ Rushed, DJ Krush and NUMBER GIRL. Higuci released his acclaimed album ‘Ez Minzoku’ to critical acclaim, having been chosen for various awards including ‘Pitchfork’s Best Experimental Album’ of 2016 and recently played a Boiler Room set in New York. We can definitely look forward to more quirky mixes and an Asian tour from the Japanese producer in 2017!
Singaporean electronic producer Yllis is known for mashing together experimental electronic pop, bass, sino-grime influences together with infectious R&B vocal hooks. The NYC-based artist has released music on acclaimed Beijing underground electronic label Do Hits, and his tracks have been featured on Boiler Room, Radar Radio, 88 Rising and Vice China. In 2016, his experimental album “Exodus” was ranked the #1 Singaporean EP by Bandwagon. There’s much to look forward to for Yllis in the coming year, as he’ll be releasing more remixes, mixes as well as an upcoming EP. According to Yllis “My musical journey so far has been a rather enlightening trip of self discovery. I finally feel like I have something important I want to say, stories that I really want to share. So I’m going to take a bit more time with this one to try and get it just right.”
Jason Hou is a Beijing-based music producer, having worked on various projects from genres such as classical, metal, pop to ethnic music. He is also known for producing music that blends experimental elements of oriental music and is also part of Chinese electronic label Do Hits. His guest mixes have been featured on Rinse FM and Radar Radio and his music has received praises from musicians JoJo Mayer and music label Mad Decent. Jason has toured in Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and Germany has shared the stage with acts such as Plastician, Jubei, SP:MC, Nosaj Thing, Soulection and Darker than Wax. 2017 will see Jason releasing various EPs, with a different vibe of music from his previous releases as well as more collaborations with Chinese traditional and folk musicians.
Arrio is the electronic project of Jakarta-based producer, Adhe Arrio. His music is testament to Indonesia’s thriving electronic music scene and has produced music for other artists including alternative Indonesian singer Neonomora. Arrio’s music style can be described as mainly electronic but with a touch of pop, techno, downtempo and his influences include Jamie XX, Richie Hawtin, Bonobo, and Nicholas Jaar to name a few. The producer, who has previously played at festivals such as the Djakarta Warehouse Project released his highly anticipated debut album “In Time” in late January 2017. The album features previously released tracks such as “FIN” and “Drown Me” as well as collaborations with Kallula, one of Indonesia’s popular performers. The album is a testament of Arrio’s sensibility to explore never-ending potential to further expand his love for the modern backdrop electronic music composition.
Fauxe is a prominent name in the Singapore underground electronic music scene. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the enigmatic electronic music producer has collaborated and produced music for other Singaporean artists such as rnb singer Sam Rui and rap trio Mediocre Haircut Crew. He is also part of music community H Y B R D T H R Y and electronic label Phyla. 2016 was quite the busy year for Fauxe as he played at various music festivals including Urbanscapes and Raising the Bar in Malaysia, opened for artists such as Gold Panda, Girrafage, Gorillaz Sound System and Oddisee and has toured in cities spanning Shanghai, Tokyo, Taipei and Melbourne.
Emir is an Indonesian-producer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apart from producing for popular hip hop artists from Malaysia such as Altimet and SonaOne. Emir considers Australian musician Ta-Ku to be a huge influence, and it is quite apparent when you take a listen to Emir’s tracks. He has also previously played at music festivals such as Goodvibes Festival and Raising The Bar in 2016. Emir is currently working on his upcoming album, 3AM in Jakarta, scheduled for release in February 2017 and it will feature other Indonesian artists including Ariel Nayaka, Novokane, NAJ, Arethvsa, DJ CZA and Niska.