Taro Imai

Tokyo

Monday 23rd December 2019

Name, where are you from?
TARO IMAI. Born in Kyoto, Living in Tokyo.

What do you do?
Model / DJ / Staff at JKPT.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Octavian, rapper. I thought Grime was the best of hip-hop in London, but Octavian attracted me with his different rap style from Grime. It must have been the right time to see his gig as I was just starting to like 4 on the floor styles and trap music. I guess the gig took place in September 2018 at the reception party for Stone Island in Minami Aoyama. He was closing it and It was the first day on the tour for him so he was quite aggressive and great.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
It has to be Grime. I got to know it because of Skepta’s album ‘Konnichiwa’, released in 2016, and I was shocked in many ways. Grime sounded similar to the Japanese language somehow. I particularly got knocked down by ‘Shutdown’.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
It’s closed now but I choose UC Ucess The Lounge in Harajuku. I played a lot there when I started DJing. Those memories, you know.

If you could be on the line up with any bands in history?
Legends don’t really interest me much for now so I would say Octavian or Skepta. I’d DJ behind them or be their stylists.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I’d love to chill out with Octavian in London.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I name Bakar, actually from the States but based in London now. He is positioned well between hip-hop and soul music. I encounter new artists through producers or ones featured in tracks of my favourite artists.

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