Wata Igarashi has quickly emerged as one of Japan’s leading DJs and producers.
He has been exploring the deeper side of techno through well-received EPs on Midgar, The Bunker NY, and DJ Nobu’s Bitta label, as well as standout tracks on compilations on Semantica and Time to Express.
By day, Igarashi works as a sound producer and the skills he has developed through his work are reflected in his productions, which are distinguished by their subtle and carefully polished feel.
Igarashi pursues a similar sound in his DJ sets, developing a distinctive take on the more trippy and psychedelic brand of techno Japan has become known for.
Chris SSG is best known as the co-founder of the now defunct MNML SSGS blog, recognized as a leading source of critical insight on electronic music.
Following the end of the blog in 2012, he has devoted his energies to DJing and organising parties, and in the process has become an integral part of the Tokyo techno scene.
As a DJ, Chris SSG has taken a less common approach, focusing primarily on ambient and experimental music.
He has been developing a distinctive approach that has a similar structure and feel to a techno set, only it is aimed more at the head than the feet.
His style has been illustrated with mixes for podcast series including Resident Advisor, XLR8R, The Bunker, Smoke Machine, and Mysteries of the Deep, and has also curated a Japan showcase for Electronic Explorations.
His ambient DJing is complemented by more straightforward dancefloor sets, where he explores midtempo grooves and warm melodies.
Chris SSG has played most of the major clubs in Tokyo, and in recent years has ventured further afield, appearing at Berghain’s Elektroakustischer Salon, Concrete Paris and The Bunker NY, as well as major festivals including Berlin Atonal, Nachtdigital, Organik, Rural, and Sustain Release.
RA podcast: https://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?id=605