Iori Wakasa (Dessous / Saw / Get Physical / Highgrade Records )
Iori spent his early life on small islands, surrounded by the sea and the mountains. He began to experiment with keyboards for the first time at the age of only 3, moving onto the piano by the age of 5. Even in these early years, he was drawn into the electronic sound; through game music, and heavily influenced by the tastes of his father.
As the years went on he devoted himself to the piano, which gave him an avenue to explore his feelings and sensitivity. Iori also became fascinated with the spirit of rock music, especially punk rock. Although different in sound, this fascination allowed him to open his eyes to the addictiveness of deep and energetic dance music, particularly house and techno
By the age of 15 he became a part of Tokyo’s nightclub scene, starting to DJ a couple of years later. His sets would range from Detroit Techno, to Chicago House and Asian folk music, meaning he became indispensable in the club scene of Tokyo.
His sets spun out a vortex of sound, his technique focused on mixing a wide range of genres such as House, Techno, Jazz, Funk, Down Tempo, Nu Disco, Chill, Breakbeats and Ambient, all interlaced with chaos and sophistication. His music allowed the audience to experience ‘supernatural underground space, whilst being deeply wrapped in a magnificent forest.’
Over the last three years Iori has played 450 gigs, including a European tour of 10 performances over four countries in 2010 and 2011. In Germany he was booked with Sis, Kollektiv, Termstrasse, Format; B and youANDme. He also appeared in Frankfurt at the 24th Anniversary party of Club Airport , playing to a crowd 6,000-strong,and He booked to Nature One Festival which is one of the biggest open air festival in Europe (about 65,000 people had come in that time all together),and he made over 3,000 crowds on the floor freaky.
His sets are recognized by many of big artists,like,in April of 2010,his mix set "Contrast Of Deep" was chosen to the best of official podcast contest award of Atjazz.
Also in September of 2013,he appeared for the guest mix on John Digweed`s official online radio showcase `Transition`,and he got great feedbacks from over 10,000 crowds.
His music reflects the warm and rich fellowship of an addictive groove in the brain, combined with raw humanity. He describes it as ‘hard-softness’; music entangled by a complex web of delicate and organic sound.
His track "Orbit (Original Mix)" from his first vinyl release Mind Piano EP" was recorded in Mix CD by Stacy Pullen (Cadenza), which was released in September 2013 from Renaissence of UK that won fame as a well-established huge label.
His original second 12inch vinyl "Earth Steps EP" is the first release of Iori’s on the emerging ‘Baastard’ label, handpicked by Vaal to be the statement record on the imprint.
This release has received a great support and attention, for example was played in Xpress-2 in the Ministry Of Sound Radio Show.
His work has gained huge support over the last year from artists such as John Digweed,Richie Hawtin, Satoshi Tomiie,Osunlade,Nic Fanciulli, Luciano, Kerri Chandler, Move D, Dyed Soundorom, Lee Foss, Pezzner, Alex Celler, Dubfire,DJ.T, Reboot, Robert Owens, Steve Lawler, Jimpster,Peter Dundov,Daniel Wang, Florian Kruse, Kolombo, Robosonic, Gorge, Slam, Shur-i-kan, Sante, Robert Babicz, Move D, Vaal,Joris Voorn,Paco Osuna, Robert Grant, Mirco Violi, Andre Crom, Robert Dietz, Francesco Bonora, Marcel Vidal & Sandro Beninati,Satoshi Fumi and Franco Bianco.
Selected discography Iori Wakasa