JAPAN is emerging as a new base for EDM – and TOMO HIRATA stands at the forefront of it all. A tireless promoter and believer in the global sound of EDM, he is proud to announce his new single TAIKO – released on the French top label DJ CENTER RECORDS. The track features a relenteless beat, based on the traditional Japanese taiko instrument. International response has been great so far with great comments from leading Djs all accross the world.
Sidney Samson: “I’m gonna put your song in my next radio show for sure!” Quentin Mosimann: “Full Support” Plastik Funk: “yeah! nice tune and perfect for the festivals!!” Jetfire: “cool track!” Justin Prime: “Dope”
TOMO HIRATA originally debuted in the early days of dance music. HOOJ CHOONS, the infuential UK based label released his first vinyl record in 1990 and ever since he’s been Djing and producing. Around 1994, Techno really exploded in Japan and the whole dance scene started to grow. Tomo and his friend Yo-C’s had a lot of success with the ‘X-tra’ events which became very popular in the mid to late 90’s. They featured UK Hard House & Trance and gathered 1000 people monthly. Tomo Hirata’s ‘Feels like Heaven’ was used in a Japanese horror movie and climbed up the Japanese mainstream pop chart. After that he compiled & mixed 10 Trance compilations for major record companies and supported Tiesto in Osaka in 2001.
Later his interests moved to deeper Trance/Psy-Trance and he released a track on Raja Ram’s TIP records. Yet, shortly after he almost stopped producing & DJing for 2-3 years. Then in 2009, one of the most talented and well known Japanese producers/DJs,Shinichi Osawa(Benny Benassi’s friend) invited Tomo to his studio and they started making Electro together. Tomo was back in the game.
TOMO HIRATA TOUR DATES
8/15(Fri) REVAMP PRESENTS DASH BERLIN IN TOKYO 2014 at Womb
8/22(Fri) SHIBUYA MIXX with Justin Prime at T2 Shibuya
8/24(Sun) HAMELN at module
8/30(Sat) OTODAMA BEACH PARTY at Makuhari
Listen to TOMO HIRATA‘S radio show ‘EDM ESSENTIALS’ on air every 1st-3rd Monday 2400-2500 JST on BlockFM.