Kenichi Aono


Kenichi Aono

What do you do?
DJ / Writer / Creative Director

Where are you from?

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
A secret party at Loop Aoyama with DJ Harvey on the decks. The dance floor wasn't too crazy and I remember how chilled he was, dropping his collection of African music consecutively that had no distinct beat. Joe Armon-Jones, a young jazz keyboardist, at Billboard Live Tokyo in June 2019 was fun too. It brought the energy of London’s Jazz scene and I actually realised it always has the influence of reggae and dub behind music expression based on black music in London.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
New Wave. I was born in 1968 so I was really open to this kind of thing in the ’80s. Something like New Romantic, which was one of the offshoots.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Zero Aoyama in Tokyo, where I regularly throw parties. I usually play vinyl records so I like the high-resolution sound there. It’s a venue that I would consider as a reference point.

If you could be on the line-up with any bands in history?
Under the influence of YMO, I like Japan so I would love to see their gig from the side of the stage. The year could be around the early 1980s when their esthetics had gone stronger. Some occasional hits on the pads along them will be more than enough.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I would love it if Paul Weller guided me around record shops in London. Let's say it was around 1987, when I first started DJing, I'd go crazy and buy a few crates.

Your greatest unsung hero (or heroine) in music?
I hope more people would listen to the album by Ex:Re. It’s by Elena Tonra, vocalist from a trio called Daughter. 

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