PARTY @club_Harlem “ROYAL FLUSH” at BX Cafe with @djkenske @djshinobu @DJ_GIN_

Royal Flush at BX Cafe / Harlem

Royal Flush at BX Cafe / Harlem

 

ROYAL FLUSH at BX Cafe / Shibuya, Harlem

My favorite Tuesday night party 🙂

Main floor of Harlem showcases the totally awesome duo DJ Koya & DJ Kango for the famous “Red Zone” party.  One of the longest (if not longest?) running hip hop parties in Tokyo it gets pretty packed, The Tuesday night hot spot in Shibuya you will always be able to spot celebrity dancers as well as MCs and DJ from the Japanese hip hop scene.

However, for a more chill scene with a bit more of a ‘step to the left, step to the right’ sort of vibe head upstairs to BX Cafe.  A lot of 90s music, more space to move and usually better smoking manners.  One price for entrance gets you into both sections.

 

 

 

A Review of : Osiris DCLXVI – Mix 001 by @MrTikini #NP

From @MrTikini

From @MrTikini

What I’ve been waiting on /// Osiris DCLXVI 

Mix 001 by @MrTikini

Words by @TokyoTwilighter

I’ve been in anticipation of THIS mix by good friend, collaborator of choice and DOPE DJ – MR. Tikini ever since we first met year over half a decade back.

One of the MOST talented people I know, not just because he can spin but because he is one of the FEW non-Japanese residents that has been successful in connecting the Japanese music scene with the outside world.  His attention to the nuances of Japanese culture and his sincere admiration for the dope artists here make for amazing collaborations and sound results.

For me personally I have seen my good friend go through transitions professionally and personally that from my perspective have finally found a creative outlet in this new mix series.  The vibe is raw like a live mix, but smooth and refined in a way that reflects pre-meditation and life experience.

At first I thought the mix was a bit dark, much like a lot of the Japan scene has been of late.  Hard beats and lyrics that reflect a hustler attitude and non-stop grind, but then the transition around minute 14 shows an almost naive hope, a re-birth maybe.   And when I heard the innocent voice of Darren’s adorable mixed son speaking in English it confirmed what I already knew, this mix was about more than an eclectic selection from the ‘real’ music scene, it was a tribute to the collection of experiences in the British-born/Japan-kidnapped/one-half Spexsavers Mr. Tikini’s emotional state as of late.

This is by no means, ‘a pretty mix’, it’s for lovers of the paranormal, those experienced in heartbreak and emotional explosion.  Those of us able to be unbridled in our fury and desperate in our passion.  From around track 10 – Cas Ft Sheg Nasa – Spaced, the British hip hop influenced and slightly grimey London scene makes its presence known.  Check out the video’s visuals below.

In a lot of ways, I found the mix hard to listen to.  It brought up some emotions in me that I didn’t expect, raw feelings about life and the grind I personally have been on that have been a trial to deal with as of late.  For Tikini, I wonder if it was in that mind state that he free flowed in the booth to create this mix.

At the risk of alienating other age groups, the late 20s, early 30s range that me and my close friends are moving through right now involves a lot of transition and traditional lifetime milestones (marriage, kids, promotions, death of family members, etc.) It is also a moment where a lot of us are trying to decide if we can purse a passion as a full-time career and whether our responsibilities and relationships are adding unnecessary weight to our creative process.  It is a time to decide, is now the moment to be ‘selfish’?  Or am I beyond that opportunity because of my life decisions?  Am I prepared to live with the financial, familial and career consequences of my choices?

Perhaps I am reading too much into the mix, but as I listened to the raw sounds that blended into a short soundtrack to a snippet of my life that’s what I got out of it.

Not for the tame of heart, this mix will make you think.  And if it doesn’t, then you may want to check purgatory cuz your soul is lost in between this world and the next.

Photo by Jesse Freeman

Design by Reuben Cape:
Photography by Jesse Freeman:
Engineered by Kazuhiro Namba:

INTERVIEW : @DJMonumental ready to return to ‘the Far East’

The Dynamic Duo – J-Lie & DJ Monumental

Dubbed “the young genius from Brooklyn” the youthful @DJ Monumental is already making moves big enough in NYC to catch the attentions of trendsetters and promoters in the Far East.  Hear him spin and watch the handsome party person mingle with his mostly female fan base and it’s easy to understand why Tokyo taste-maker @NaoDiddy has chosen him as a brand ambassador for his popular Asia-based hip hop inspired Magic Stick apparel street brand.

Sneakerhead, ‘good health’ spokesperson and the most popular DJ under 25 in the New York metropolitan scene right now, the ambitious entrepreneur has received co-signs from colleagues such as Bow Wow’s Tour DJ and long-time friend DJ Jus to government officials like respected New York State Senator Martin.  Already getting booked regularly for gigs overseas in Europe and the West Indies,  DJ Monumental returns to Japan for a second time in 2012 to headline his first Japan DJ Tour.  The “Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12” kicks off on November 2nd and will include club play, in-stores and fan meet & greets across Japan.

Name: DJ Monumental
Occupation:  Trendsetter
Twitter: @DJMonumental
Website: DJMonumental.com

@TokyoTwilighter How did your first Japan tour come about? 
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@DJMonumental Being that I’m J-Lie‘s (New York movement Slowbucks first artist) official DJ, J got the call for Swag Family Legacy’s “Summer Music Festival” and the rest is now history
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@TokyoTwilighter What was the highlight of your trip?
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@DJMonumental That’s a really hard question. There were so many highlights. It’s a toss up between the  show at Espirit Beach House that turned into a foam party and the after party at Vanity Lounge for the Zepp Tokyo Show. GOOD TIMES!
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@TokyoTwilighter Where did you shop and what did you buy?
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@DJMonumental I didn’t get to do as much damage as I wanted because our schedule was FULL.  I was able to do a little shopping in Harajuku the day before we left.  I got a little carried away at Supreme, Undefeated, Bape and Kinetics.  I was able to find a lot of pieces which were sold out in New York. Good thing I didn’t have much time to shop huh LOL!
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@TokyoTwilighter How was the food, anything you couldn’t eat?
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@DJMonumental Being that I’m a man who L-O-V-E-S food, there wasn’t anything that I wasn’t willing to try! My favorite dish has to be OKONOMIYAKI! (a Japanese omlette) I’ve never had anything like it. Thank you J-Lie and Nati (J-Lie’s Japan road manager) for the introduction.
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@TokyoTwilighter What surprised you the most that went against your expectations of Japan? of Tokyo? 
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@DJMonumental Our driver D-Nice was listening to Chopped and Screwed music, that was probably the last thing I would of expected to hear in Japan.  Come to find out there’s quite a large following of southern Hip-Hop culture in Japan.
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@TokyoTwilighter What Japanese words or customs did you learn?
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@DJMonumental Arigato (thank you), watashi wa nihon ga daisuki (I love Japan) and my favorite HAI! (yeah).
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One half of the #DreamTeam

@TokyoTwilighter You were able to DJ in concert with @JLie and in the club as a headliner, how did the party scene in Tokyo compare to your NYC hometown?

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@DJMonumental Honestly, at times I would forget that we were in Japan.  I felt like I was home until I looked up and everyone had their camera phones out recording us.  Lol.  (DJ Monumental performed at Zepp Tokyo and spun at Shimbashi 300 Bar, Vanity Lounge and on Enoshima beach.)
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@TokyoTwilighter What songs that you spun got the biggest reaction?  
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@DJMonumental SHOTS! SHOTS! SH-SHOTS! Lol LMFAO feat Lil Jon – Shots, worked every time.
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@TokyoTwilighter Anything you didn’t get to do that you aim to get done next time?
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@DJMonumental I would love to visit more Japanese monuments, do some real shopping and take a ride on the train , it’s the  New York in me.
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@TokyoTwilighter When will you be back to Japan?
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@DJMonumental November 1st! for my very own tour.  The Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12
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Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12 Schedule

DJ MONUMENTAL “HOMETOWN HERO JAPAN TOUR” 2012

11/2 (FRI) “CEREAL KILLA” @ Erecktrik Jinja(六本木)
11/3 (SAT) “MANHATTAN RECORDS INSTORE LIVE
                 @ Manhattan Records(渋谷)
11/8 (THU) “MAKE OR TAKE” @ UCess Louge(原宿)
11/9 (FRI) “FLY FRIDAY” @ Bar One(大阪)
11/10 (SAT) “MANHATTAN RECORDS INSTORE LIVE
                  @ Manhattan Records(大阪)
11/11 (SUN) B’S KITCHEN @ Sam & Dave’s(大阪)
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Contact DJ Monumental’s Japan promotion team the #JapanCrew @ILMPJapan for more details.
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Check out Dj Monumental’s favorite Tokyo-based clothing brand Magic Stick here

@Eminem and @DrDre Reunite in Tokyo at the Ginza Apple store

 

Beats by Dre Continues its Global Domination. 

Eminem and Dr. Dre reunite in Tokyo at the Apple store in Ginza on August 15 to talk to fans about the cultural phenomenon, Beats By Dr. Dre.

Photos by Jeremy Deputat

Words by TokyoTwilighter

★★★

While in Tokyo, Luke Wood (president and COO of Beats Electronics) and Dr. Dre were joined by superstar Eminem for a live Q&A session at the Apple Ginza store in Tokyo on Wednesday, August 15.  The popular rapper was in town with opening act Slaughterhouse for his sold-out concerts.  They performed in Osaka and Tokyo.   (See video message below for a few chuckles.)

 

Takeover or Makeover?

To take on an industry as over saturated as the ‘audio visual arena’ takes guts, but more than that it takes a vision that can paint the bigger picture while still being rooted in the reality of legal and financial limitations.  A number of auditory devices have popped up in recent years but none with the global success and pop culture trendiness as ‘Beats by Dre’.

Lead by Dr. Dre. Jimmy Iovine and Wood the brand has captured over 20% of the global market share in just under three years, an accomplishment that many ‘haters’ never thought could or would happen.

Thanks to the generous rolodexes of Iovine and Dre there has been phenomenal brand placement in music videos and tie-ups with top celebrities,  but what’s made their brand consistent increase in profits possible has been the fact that the company has not created a US-centric product as many of it failed American predecessors and contemporaries have.  They’ve gone for world domination.

With strategic partners in the world trend setting markets of Tokyo and Seoul, as well as consumer savvy zones such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei, this global audio brand works with local leaders and icons in every significant market.  And they will not stop there, the brand is recruiting and evolving as it grows to fit, expand and redefine its corner of the auditory sensory technology.

Some may call it a takeover, I see it as a creative makeover to a dull industry that needed an injection of perspective to the previously ‘geeky stereophonic culture’.  Everyone’s ears deserve good sound, not just audio techs and DJs.

Let’s Party!

Tonight (August 17) the brand will host a party at celebrity hotspot Vanity Lounge in Roppongi with special guest Verbal.

 

 

 

 

 

Tune into web radio program @JapanVB

 

 

JVB – Japan Visionary Broadcasting

Your weekend has now officially begun.

A refreshing option to going out, enjoy good music and great DJs at home or in the office to get your weekend started.  You can tune in free to Japan Visionary Broadcasting via live web streaming.  Spinning a variety of good music, the DJs positive vibes and great energy transmit from their ‘secret’ studio location through to your PC, iPad or smart phone no matter what time zone you may be in.

Check it out 🙂

http://thejvb.co/

 

 

INTERVIEW : Welcome to @Raye6 … in JAPAN

‘Hurricane vocals’, daring fashion, big hair, saavy business sense and tantalizing stage performance skills.  Raye 6 is the perfect example that a woman can have it all and do it all when you’re focused on what you want.

Name: Raye6
Occupation: Inspiration
Twitter: @Raye6
Website: http://raye6.com/

@TokyoTwilighter : How many times have you been to Japan?

@Raye6 : Two times.

@TokyoTwilighter : Tell us how the latest trip came around.

@Raye 6 : Same as last year, through Jon Lynch who is the creator of Japan Music Week.  This year Jon proposed a sponsorship deal, we negotiated and I accepted his best offer. Marlboro Japan was the primary sponsor this year and they used 2 of my singles ‘Universal Lover’ & ‘Misstery’  available on Itunes. You can also go onto the Marlboro jp site to download my music.

@TokyoTwilighter : What was the most memorable part about your trip?

@Raye6 : Hanging out with some of the most beautiful people in Japan! I wrote about it on my blog on http://raye6.com/?p=324 . I got to connect with DeeJays, producers, label owners, directors, photographers, make up artists, writers and more! It was a beautifully creative trip!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you learn any Japanese words or customs?

@Raye6 : Only cross the street when the light turns red, KAMPAI! (cheers), HAI (yes), Sumimasen (excuse me)

@TokyoTwilighter : Where was the best place to party/perform?

@Raye6 : Best place to party is Micro Cosmos, best place to perform was all of them! Nippori for the GUNGNIR Skate event, Glad, Unit. I love everything about the venues and the promoters of the events.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What did you eat while in Japan?

@Raye6 : I ate a lot of croissants and water from a bakery in Mark City in Shibuya, Seafood Curry from Shantay (DELICiOUS), I had Japanese pancakes at Micro Cosmos and it was like biting into heaven!

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you go shopping and what did you buy?

@Raye6 : I went shopping at Don Quixote they have everything! I went to find gifts for my family and friends. That place is like a drug store, beauty supply, macy’s, kmart, and fao schwartz all in one! I made a detour into 109 and damn near lost my mind! So many floors full of so many things! A girls paradise! I couldn’t decide what to buy so I bought nothing lol!!!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any regrets about this trip?

@Raye6 : I regret I couldn’t stay longer! I know I can accomplish so many things in Japan but I’ll be back again and again and each time will be magical!

@TokyoTwilighter : What is the biggest challenge regarding performing in Japan compared to the US?

@Raye6 : No challenge, I perform with nothing but passion anywhere I perform. You get what you put out!

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the reaction to your music in Japan?

@Raye6 : People were excited and in aww. I’m a bit of a shocker on and off stage and they love it!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Are you planning another trip back to Japan?

@Raye6 : The next trip will be sometime in June so I can cover more ground. Between GOD, my relationships in Japan and my work ethic, I will be on the Official “Welcome To Universe 6 Tour”

@TokyoTwilighter : What do you definitely want to do next time that you didn’t get to do this time?

@Raye6 : Shop for me! I need a $2000.00 USD budget to rip a mini hole in 109!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any words for your fans in Tokyo?

@Raye6 :

Passion is Universal
It has no skin color, no religion, nor does it have bias

I’ve witnessed in my many years on this planet

people’s passion for food, love, music, war, work and more

A passion to live is a common goal we possess as humans
My trip to Japan showed me once again my passion for living

To live
To breathe
To see
To take it all in
I have a Passion for life

To that I say KamPai! Cheers to you all! I will always have a PASSION for Japan

Whitney Houston live in Japan

Whitney performing in Osaka, Japan circa 1991

Then in 2010 Japan got a special treat when Ms. Houston sold out the Saitama Super Arena 3 DAYS IN A ROW.

And she nailed those last 3 notes of ‘I Will Always Love You’

She wasn’t washed up, she was reborn every time she walked onto that stage, blessed be that phoenix who rose from her own ashes.

Japan will miss you.

 

 

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Members

Whitney Houston (Vocal)
Michael Baker (Drums, Musical Director)
Sherrod Barnes (Guitars)
Matthew Garrison (Bass)
Jetro Da Silva (Keyboards)
Shedrick Mitchell (Keyboards)
Adi Yashaya (Keyboards)
Bashiri Johnson (Percussion)
Cindy Mizelle (Background Vocals)
Valerie Pinkston (Background Vocals)
Sharlotte Gibson (Backgournd Vocals)
Gary Houston (Background Vocals)
Dres Reid (Dancer)
Shannon Holtzappfel (Dancer)
Ryan Chandler (Dancer)
Tre Holloway (Dancer)

■ セットリスト:ホイットニー・ヒューストン@さいたまスーパーアリーナ
Setlist : Whitney Houston @ Saitama Super Arena, February 14, 2010

show started 16:15
00. Intro
01. For The Lovers [From CD “I Look To You”2009]
02. Nothin’ But Love [From CD “I Look To You”2009]
03. I Look To You[From CD “I Look To You”2009]
04. My Love Is Your Love [From CD “My Love Is Your Love”1998]
05. If I Told You That [From CD “My Love Is Your Love”1998]
06. It’s Not Right But It’s OK [From CD “My Love Is Your Love”1998] (Whitney out of stage)
07. For The Love Of You (Sung by Gary Houston) [Isley Brothers, Whitney]
08. Queen Of The Night [From CD “Bodyguard”1992]
–. Video Montage (One Moment In Time) [Recorded Song]
(Whitney came back on stage)
09. (Unplugged Medley #09-12) Saving All My Love For You [From CD “Whitney Houston”1985]
10. The Greatest Love Of All [From CD “Whitney Houston”1985]
11. All At Once [From CD “Whitney Houston”1985]
12. I Learned From The Best [From CD “My Love Is Your Love”1998]
13. Amazing Grace [Traditional]
14. I Love The Lord [From CD “Preacher’s Wife”1996]
—-. A riff of “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Missing You”, “You’re The Man In My Life”(Lady In My Life).
15. I Wanna Dance With Somebody [From CD “Whitney”1987]
16. How Will I Know [From CD “Whitney Houston”1985]
17. I Will Always Love You [From CD “Bodyguard”1992]

Enc. Million Dollar Bill [From CD “I Look To You”2009]

show ended 18:01

[ Saitama Super Arena show info via here]

See more photos from the 2010 Japan tour here

Billboard Live Music Event : @JoseJamesMusic [Brought to you by Jazzy Sport]

Jose James performs at Billboard Live Tokyo & Osaka

 

Sexy man, sexy voice… what else could a girl want in the post-Valentine’s day blues.

 

I mention again and again my admiration for Japanese music selectors for their ability to find high-quality music worldwide and import it into Japan, successfully bridging the gap between language, music and culture… intersecting somewhere near audio-sensory perfection.

For myself I was first introduced to Jose James via  Japanese label Jazzy Sport’s DJ and producer Mitsu the Beats who created such a delectable collaboration with the NYC artist that I could hear, taste and smell New York almost as vividly as I could feel and see Mitsu’s record needle and music notes weave a dream within a dream of vinyls, NYC sidewalks and couples with hands clasped on an autumn day through Yoyogi park.

 

 

Is it possible to want to fall in love and have it broken just to be able to fall in love again all at the same time?

 

That’s how this music makes me feel, that’s how Jose James makes me yearn.

 

 

Jose James will  performing live in Tokyo, Japan February 18th & 19th as well as Osaka on February 20th

You can follow him on twitter @JoseJamesmusic … but it looks like the only person he follows back is @DalaiLama 😉

Learn more about him in the video below.

 

TOKYO STYLE : Dig deep to spin fresh.

TOKYO STYLE : DIG DEEP TO SPIN FRESH

Straight out of Tokyo, a brand that redefines “urban street fashion”

Mynority Classics digs deep into the crates to bring a brand that gives a fresh spin on urban lifestyle brands.

When the line first launched, I gave you a firsthand look at the Japanese brand via popular Toronto based lifestyle website iLuvLola.net The response was enormous and everyone wanted to know… how do I get it in my time zone?

Well, now with the launch of their new website, MYC is finally available for on-line sales both in Japan and internationally.

Great news for overseas style watchers that have been trying to get their hands on the b-girl/b-boy inspired state of mind ever since its launch by dj sarasa and asami one in 2010.

As described by its creators:

“MYNORITY CLASSICS treasures the differences between individuals. Our bold, timeless attitude and style will fit perfectly into your wardrobe, allowing you to mix and match your clothing items for maximum impact. With MYNOIRTY CLASSICS express your true colors with confidence, and reach for a higher ideal with swagger.”

Fresh, sassy and practical for breakers and party people, even though it is designed for women by women the brand has unisex pieces popular with men as well.

The brand’s launch of its international website is a great move forward for the brand that continues to expand globally.

For more information check out their bilingual website http://www.mynorityclassics.com/

Also, make sure to follow them on tumblr here

Songstress TREZURE rocking MYC earrings

Happy Birthday @DJ_Sugi

 

One of my favorite DJs who I can’t say enough about is having his birthday party tonight!  Looking at the DJ and dancer line-up I know that the party is going to be CRAZY… so jealous that I can’t go 😦

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For those who don’t know, DJ Sugi is one of the best DJs in the South hip hop scene in Japan.  Not only a DJ, he also works as a promoter for his own parties as well as setting up DJs and artists to tour in Japan.  Releasing popular south hip hop mixtapes regularly with exclusive hosting by people like Roscoe Dash and Lil Scrappy, I’m always looking forward to see who he’ll collaborate with next!

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The party is at Azabu-Juban’s WAREHOUSE702 and I guarantee by 2am EVERYONE will be schwasted, dancing, partying and having a great time.

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Happy birthday Sugi-san!