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WE HERE NOW with Tomoyoshi Nomizo

January 19, 2012

Following our interview with Chris Akira, we sit down with the other half of the new seditious night, WE HERE NOW

  • Text by Sophie Jackson

Satellite Voices Tokyo recently announced our partnership on landmark new night, WE HERE NOW, taking place at Secobar in Shibuya a week from now. Created by Chris Akira and Tomoyoshi Nomizo the new night seeks to represent Tokyo's younger generation and creates a new sound to come out of the city. Tomo, a young DJ and architecture student, took some time to introduce himself and give his take on the new event.

Satellite Voices: Could you describe your background a bit for us?
Tomoyoshi Nomizo: I was born in Japan in 1990. At the moment I am studying architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo as well as DJing at the same time.

SV: How did you and Chris meet each other?
Tomoyoshi Nomizo: Through a mutual friend called Yosuke Nakamoto, when Chris got back from Holland. Yosuke is also a DJ and is studying architecture in Australia, actually. I am a bit of a shy person, but Chris is a very open-minded guy so we got on from day one.

SV: When did you start DJing and where?
Tomoyoshi Nomizo: I started to have an interest in the whole electronic music scene when I went to the WIRE festival. It really triggered something inside of me on the packed out dance floor. That was when I was 15, but a year later I bought a pair of Technics turntables and a Vestax mixer and started to DJ with vinyl. I started to spend most of my time digging records after school ever since then. I made my DJ debut when I was 19 and that was a pretty exciting experience for me, with crowds dancing like crazy to the music that I was playing.

SV: What is your favorite thing to do in Tokyo?
Tomoyoshi Nomizo: I think Tokyo has very unique personality, which makes it fun just to go around different areas of the city now and then. And of course, going out to clubs and chilling with friends at home is also something that I enjoy.

SV: Why did you want to start WE HERE NOW and where did the idea come from?
Tomoyoshi Nomizo: It was Chris’s idea to start with. In October last year, he described the whole concept of WE HERE NOW to me, creating a future music scene in Tokyo with young and talented DJs and producers. It interested me straight away. I always wanted to have a residency somewhere as well, so I joined. I am hoping that We Here Now will be the platform where a new generation of cultural movements cross over. The clubbing industry amongst young people in Japan is shrinking rapidly. I want to let them know that there are much more fun things, than just going to karaoke bars and izakayas!

SV: Your track for 2012
Tomoyoshi Nomizo: Burial's new EP, "Kindred".

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