Shinichi Osawa

Japanese Dj and producer

Shinichi Osawa
Shinichi Osawa made his debut as the leader and bassist for Mondo Grosso, a band formed in Kyoto in 1991, with an eponymous album released in 1993 from For Life Records (Japan). In the heightened acid-jazz movement of the time, the album got great reviews and was well-received overseas as well. In 1995, after finishing off the tour following the release of the second album ‘Born Free’, the group was disbanded. Thereafter, Mondo Grosso has become a collaborative unit featuring Shinichi and various vocalists and musicians that he teams up with. In 1997, third album ‘Closer’ was released around the same time that he began his career as a hit-making producer, creating hits such as ‘Rhythm’ by UA and ‘You Make Me’ by Monday Michiru, to name but a few. In 1999, he created his own label, Realeyes. During the same year, Bird – fully produced by Shinichi Osawa as the very first artist from his label – had a massive hit, selling well over 800,000 copies. As of the year 2000, he resumed activities as Mondo Grosso, now under his own weight, with the release of a highly acclaimed masterwork album, ‘MG4’, which included the smash hit ‘Life’. In 2003, fifth album ‘Next Wave’ was released. With a sales record of over 150,000 copies, which is extraordinary for a club music album, Shinichi truly triggered the ‘next wave’ in Japan’s music scene, which has in one fashion or another, led onto ‘The One’, Shinichi’s 2009 album. Throughout his career Shinichi has played with various DJs from overseas such as Pete Tong, Switch, Mutiny, Tim Deluxe, Miss Kittin, Azzido Da Bass, 2manyDJs, and James Murphy along with collaborations with various international artists. In 2004, he produced ‘Samurai Theme’ (later recorded in Fatboy Slim’s Mix CD ‘Fala ai!’) from Bob Sinclar’s Yellow Production compilation series ‘Africanism 3’. Shinichi also works closely with the French creators Kitsune – editing works of Christopher & Raphael Just / ‘Poper’ and Boyz Noize / ‘Feel Good’ which became a worldwide club hit. His has recently taken to producing mixes across the musical spectrum for club superstars like Felix da Housecat, Digitalism and Tim Deluxe, through to chart pioneering acts such as Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx and Jamiroquai.

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