The EDWIN Music Channel tap Japanese selector Akie for their revolving guest mix series.
Akie began her journey has a curator at the RECORD SHOP rare groove in her hometown of Osaka. She now works as a buyer for the Newtone Records store, overseeing the dissemination of dance music news. “My work makes me sensitive to trends of music.” Akie shares, which in her words “doesn’t directly affect my DJ style.”
Akie’s first official release came in the form of a collaboration with EDWIN Music Channel host DJ Lil Mofo – an interlude-heavy, collagist take on naturalistic sounds. Levelling up, Akie’s solo EDWIN mix is governed more by momentum, spanning obscure underground discoveries from the 90s all the way to the present – accelerating between psychedelic dance, throbbing tech house and Musique concrète.
Integrating the energising electro-clash of Berlin’s Nummer, the ritual house of Africaine 808 and the polyrhythmic reticulation of ‘Hypopompic’ by Glaswegian duo General Ludd, Akie’s guest mix is skittering, exploratory and divisionless.
Listen to the mix and read Akie’s interview with The EDWIN Music Channel below…
Hello Akie, can you introduce yourself a bit to our readers? What is your first musical memory? What is your musical background?
Hi, I work at the record shop called Newtone Records as a buyer. My first musical memory is six years of piano practice when I was a child. My parents were strict and only let me listen to classical music. This constraint is at the root of my musical quest. When I became a high school student, I started listening to various kinds of music while stealing my parents’ attention. Especially Japanese underground rock. Even now, my parents don’t know that I work in music.
When did you start to DJ? And what were your early passions and influences?
I started to DJ when I was in college. Around the same time, I started working at a used record store called RECORD SHOP Rare Groove. They stock almost every genre including disco, soul, new wave, krautrock, club music, spiritual jazz, etc. I think the many encounters with music there gave me the motivation to DJ.
Do you have a fixed schedule? How does music feed back into your day?
I listen to music all day because I deal with more than ten distributors at work. I mainly deal with Europe, so my life is adjusted to the time abroad. I usually listen to music for six to eight hours or more every day, so it’s always by my side.
As a record buyer for Newtone Records, how does your job influence your work as a DJ and are you buying specific genres or all kinds of music?
Mainly club music, but I am buying almost all genres. My work makes me sensitive to trends of music but this doesn’t directly affect my DJ style. The purpose of my work is to spread good records, and I think that it’s a different field from DJ expression.
How do you stay on top of all the new music being made right now?
My mailbox fills up with new release information every day.
You recently published a tape with DJ Lil Mofo. Can you tell us a bit about this release?
Lil Mofo is one of the DJs I respect the most! She connected me with the label owner, Amos Childs. We made it based on ambient and dub. I could also include various ideas like mixing field recording and screwing.
What future projects are you working on right now?
I am working hard on a track that I am making between work!
How did you select the tracks for your EDWIN Music channel mix?
I selected atmospheric and psychedelic dance music released from the late 90s to now.
When you DJ, what are some tracks that currently get the most rewinds?
What new musicians/producers from Japan are you into now?
They may not be new but Akira Umeda made a big impression with their latest release.
What are your favourite places to play/hang out in Tokyo?
MANDARAKE in NAKANO is the best. It’s Japan’s largest secondhand bookstore. However, they sell not only books but also toys, used records, video games and anything maniac. You can find either junk or treasure there!
What is your idea of happiness?
Maybe I’ll be happy to know what happiness is to me.
Miguel Graca – I’m Taking The Long Road (Instrumental Mix)
Zona Di Franco – Solid Vibes
Dan Curtin – Recognize
Lea Lisa – Keys Of Life (GU’s Esoteric Chicago Dub)
David Alvarado – Luna Version 2
Nummer – The Golden Age
Aural Expansion – Subsonic Soil (Remixed by Jouni Aikio)
Rudolf C – Totally Refracted
General Ludd – Hypnopompic
Africaine 808 – Basar
Tim Toh – Pandemonium (Original Mix)
Ruutu Poiss – Palav Aed
The Primitive Painter – Psycho Kinesis
Nine L – Untitled B2
Tulioxi – Rockafella Fohimi
Zona Di Franco – Healing Templates
Inigo Vontier – Furia (Split Secs Remix)
Jenovah – Afrikaan Beat 2.0
Organic Audio – Latin Oddstep
Yasuko Agawa – Ooo Baby Baby
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