Fumiya Tanaka

Fumiya Tanaka (JP)

A Japanese techno veteran through and through, Fumiya Tanaka has been pushing forward his stripped down, funk infused brand of techno in the Land of the Rising Sun and beyond, for over two decades. After a brief teenage flirtation with punk music, the Kyoto-born producer and DJ founded Torema Records – one of Japan’s first indie electronic labels – in 1993. That put him on the frontlines of a drawn out, minimal techno revolution on home turf, from his beloved Chaos soirées in Osaka and Tokyo to marathon sets abroad in the company of Detroit heroes such as Derrick May and Jeff Mills. Besides sharing his deceptively simple rhythmic wisdom with patrons around the world, Tanaka has kept rolling out projects at a breakneck pace: releasing groundbreaking mix albums and material on respected imprints Perlon and Tresor, offering defiantly sparse grooves under his alternate monikers Karafuto and Individual Orchestra, and running labels op.disc (with Yoshihiro Hanno) and Sundance, which provide peerless breeding grounds for some of the brightest fledgling talents. In recent years, Tanaka has joined forces with Chilean maestro Ricardo Villalobos on Fabric cuts and teamed up with the likes of Zip and Sammy Dee for the Get Perlonized nights at Berlin’s mythical Panorama Bar. He makes his MUTEK debut as the specially chosen, longform Saturday night DJ at Métropolis.

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MUTEK 2015, montreal


30/05/2015

A Japanese techno veteran through and through, Fumiya Tanaka has been pushing forward his stripped down, funk infused brand of techno in the Land of the Rising Sun and beyond, for over two decades. After a brief teenage flirtation with punk music, the Kyoto-born producer and DJ founded Torema Records – one of Japan’s first indie electronic labels – in 1993. That put him on the frontlines of a drawn out, minimal techno revolution on home turf, from his beloved Chaos soirées in Osaka and Tokyo to marathon sets abroad in the company of Detroit heroes such as Derrick May and Jeff Mills. Besides sharing his deceptively simple rhythmic wisdom with patrons around the world, Tanaka has kept rolling out projects at a breakneck pace: releasing groundbreaking mix albums and material on respected imprints Perlon and Tresor, offering defiantly sparse grooves under his alternate monikers Karafuto and Individual Orchestra, and running labels op.disc (with Yoshihiro Hanno) and Sundance, which provide peerless breeding grounds for some of the brightest fledgling talents. In recent years, Tanaka has joined forces with Chilean maestro Ricardo Villalobos on Fabric cuts and teamed up with the likes of Zip and Sammy Dee for the Get Perlonized nights at Berlin’s mythical Panorama Bar. He makes his MUTEK debut as the specially chosen, longform Saturday night DJ at Métropolis.

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