DJ KENTARO PROFILE :
Japan’s turntable maestro, DJ KENTARO, has taken music appreciation in all genres to another level, and has managed to exceed expectations from his fans and has also gained respect of the music industry around the world. As Japan’s premiere DJ/producer/scratch master-turntablist, he became Asia’s first record-breaking world champion at the DMC World Final in 2002. From then DJ KENTARO went on to play the world-famous Fuji Rock Festival, which paved the way for his global recognition and to grace the stages of some of the biggest international music events.
In December 2004, under the Ninja Tunes label, DJ KENTARO released “On the Wheels of Solid Steel,” his mix-tape CD mixed with a collection of Ninja Tunes tracks. As a leading producer coupled with exclusive remixes, he has amassed quite a collection of collaborators, musicians and singers, remixes for domestic and international artists, and has contributed to numerous song-writing productions, which is available world-wide.
After the release of the DVD, “National Geoscratch,” in January 2005, which covers his first 40-day, solo European tour, one of the featured clips, “Loop Daigakuin,” reached 2,000,000 views on You Tube. During this time DJ KENTARO appeared on numerous television programs such as, NHK’s “Top Runner” and Space Shower TV’s “ID.”
In April of 2006, he officially signed with the Ninja Tune label and in 2007, his first solo album, “Enter” was released internationally. This album was highly acclaimed for its intense rhythms and genre-crossing sound design. It reached #1 on the Oricon Indies Chart, and both the album and single were the #1 hit on the iTunes Dance Chart.
In 2008, DJ KENTARO released “Tuff Cuts”, on the UK reggae label, Pressure Sounds, and his DJ mix, “Nama Live Mix”, was later released on his own label, Endeavor.
In 2010, he participated in the 20-year anniversary compilation CD for Ninja Tune and in April of 2011, DJ KENTARO played to a fanatic crowd at the legendary US music Mecca, the Coachella Festival.
He is also slated to play Fuji Rock ’12 this summer with the live performance of his long-awaited second album, “CONTRAST.” As a standard-setting producer, his long awaited second album, “CONTRAST”, is a record that is definitely going to take him to the next stage of “Step In.”
The “CONTRAST” album release event “BASSCAMP” was on 6/30/2012 at ageHa in Shin-Kiba. (BASSCAMP is the festival that DJ KENTARO organizes/directs, twice a year). The 5th & 6th BASSCAMP were held alongside with Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival in Puerto Galera, Philippines, 2016 and the 7th BASSCAMP just finished in Tokyo in July 2016.
DJ KENTARO’s Fuji Rock Festival ’12 appearance on “White Stage” was the biggest news in 2012. (Co-Headlining the stage).
DJ Kentaro’s tune “Step In ft. Foreign Beggars” (Tha Trickaz Remix) has made it to #4 in Beatport chart (Jan 2013)!!!
DJ Kentaro’s produced DJ Academy “World DJ Academy” in Tokyo has been going since 2015.
He is currently working on his 3rd full produced album. (Meant to come out from Ninja Tune/Brainfeeder in 2017).