“Japanese are very serious about their music, and that’s the scene I grew out of. Sometimes I find the DJs in America and Europe a bit boring from a musical point of view. In Japan, you really have to be a good DJ—you can’t just play to the crowd.”
Going back to the heady early days of Tokyo’s house music scene and fantabulous clubs like Gold, DJ Emma was there. Two decades on and he’s still there, behind the decks at Tokyo’s biggest discotheques, ministering the gospel of classic house music to the faithful. Metropolis tracked Emma down for a quick Q&A on the occasion of his latest dance remix album for Daikanyama club Air.
With an unsettling eight shows over three days at Fuji Rock 2012, Argentina’s Onda Vaga were the universally acclaimed masters of the event’s small stages. Now they return to Japan to tour their new disc, Magma Elemental. We caught up with singer-songwriter Marcelo Blanco ahead of the quintet’s biggest gig yet in their native Buenos Aires.