Satoshi Tomiie [Tokyo/JPN _ saw recordings]
Satoshi Tomiie has been a pioneering and driving force within the global house community since the late 80s. Now, decades after his most enduring hit ‘Tears’ alongside late Chicago legend Frankie Knuckles, the Japanese born, New York and Paris based DJ, producer, remixer and label boss is as relevant as ever as he launches a new label and album. In his colorful and acclaimed career, Satoshi has laid the corner stone of careers for artists like Robert Owens, has had seminal releases on labels like Strictly Rhythm & FFRR, turned out mix compilations for Renaissance and has played every major club and festival on every major continent from London to Lisbon, Tokyo to Turin.
A student of jazz and classical piano, he is a musically adept and accomplished producer who’s 2015 album New Day is not just a collection of singles, but rather an immersive musical journey that touches on many rich styles and sounds from deep to song based, instrumental to emotional resonant. It lands as the first release on his brand new label Abstract Architecture (his second alongside the taste making and influential SAW.RECORDINGS) and the releases that follow promise to find Satoshi producing more club focused and DJ friendly stuff.
Along the way highlights have included 1990 Satoshi Tomiie feat. Arnold Jarvis ‘And I Loved You’, the 1991 tour with Ryuichi Sakamoto in support of his Heatbeat LP, 1994 Loop 7 ‘The Theme’ on Strictly Rhythm, 1999 1st Album ‘Full Lick’, winning an Ibiza DJ Award for Best Tech House DJ in 2001, various solo releases on SAW during the 2000s and 2010s, and his recent standout Love Unlimited EP with Matthias Voigt in 2014.
Over the years, Satoshi has evolved how he works, and as such is as adept when playing vinyl as he is CDJs, Serato, Traktor or with iPads, and always lays down sets infused with real passion and understanding. In the studio, too, he is as confident with hardware as he is with software, and it means the way he organically integrates digital and analog production and playback techniques continually inspire both him and the crowds he plays to.