- Crosswind by Mo'Fone
- Honest Opinion by UAF - Feat. Eric McFadden
- Kick It With Me Now by Blackwash
- Blood & Silver by Jessie Evans
- Speakeasy by Brent Goodbar
- Love Conquers All by Scott Katsura
- Bring The World by Jessica Will
- Breathing (Instrumental Ver) by KB
- Come Home by Marquis Canaan Da Lion
- I'm Good To Me by Go Indi (Indigo)
- Piano Sonata #3 by P. D. Witter w/Fred Horowitz, piano
- Run 2 U by Shawn Michael Perry
- Mosquito's Buzz by KB
- Culbutos by Djizoes
- In My Blood by Star & Dagger
- Kool by Mo'Fone
- I Feel Love by ElectroSexual & Sunday Luv
- Flower Lei by Scott Katsura
- Class Magic by Jessie Evans
- Life String by Scouts Honor
- Bookenka (The Adventurer) by Ancient Future
- Got me Like by Marquis Canaan Da Lion
- Dog Star (Fly On) by Blackbyrd McKnight w/ G. Clinton and P-Funk
- What Do by Go Indi (Indigo)
- West Wham by KB
- Untouchable by Stimulator
- No Tomorrow by Jessica Will
- Let Me On by Jessie Evans
The electronic dance music craze has been stretching across the globe for quite some time now, but for Japan, this particular music scene is just getting started. The synthetics and bass-heavy sounds that characterize EDM had been trickling into the country’s most popular genre of music J-Pop since 2012, which has helped to expand the community and has even led to Japan abolishing an archaic law that prohibited dance clubs from staying open past midnight. Part of the law also indicated that these establishments had to limit the size of their dance floors. Prior to the invalidation of this regulation, local DJs were struggling to maintain a local following outside of the nightclubs, but thanks to the influx of tourists due to music festivals and the impending Summer Olympics, the country’s burgeoning producers now have a chance to share their music with a larger audience.
In the western world where no outrageous dancing laws exist, numerous DJs have established a name for themselves with residencies in nightclubs in casinos. And the fact that these entertainment complexes invite a huge crowd because of their festive atmosphere as described by InterCasino, a casino nightclub is a significant platform for the success of electronic music that would benefit Japanese DJs. Though it may be a while before Japan’s EDM scene finds itself in the same league as its American counterparts given that casinos haven’t been legalized yet in the East Asian nation.
Despite the delays in gaming liberalization, Japan’s EDM community has seen tremendous growth over the past couple of years. Events such as the Road to Ultra Tokyo opened up new opportunities for international producers and local artists alike as Japanese residents were exposed to the diversity of electronic music and all its subgenres. With Japan now part of the Ultra worldwide family, a music festival reminiscent of the Miami madness was imminent, and in 2014 UMF Japan became the largest EDM event ever to take place in the country.
Ultra’s launch in Tokyo has boosted the number of fans and Japanese DJs are now flourishing. If you’re curious about the Japanese generation of EDM acts, check out dubstep producer Dubscribe who also happens to be one of the first artists to introduce sonic elements into J-Pop.
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