Influences: Hiroshi Watanabe

A singular producer from Japan who has left a legacy in his wake.

Influences: Hiroshi Watanabe

A singular producer from Japan who has left a legacy in his wake.

There are very few whom can claim as much delicate intricacy as Hiroshi Watanabe, a singular producer from Japan who has left a legacy in his wake. Since 1996 he has evolved as a musician - from early appearances on the infamous Nite Grooves record label all the way through to his ambient project kaito which has been heavily supported by Kompakt. He is a veteran in the exploration of sound and continues to push both the boundaries of modern day club music and the ethereal realms of electronic music and soundtracks as a whole. Some might regard Hiroshi as an unsung hero but those in the know are well aware that he is very much a champion in his own realm. With an enviable back catalogue and a plethora of supporters you would be hard pushed to find a more infamous figure with renowned success...

This month saw him release on Transmat Records, a label with which he has held a long affiliation. We invited him to chart influences below...


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Isao Tomita 1985 The Mind Of The Universe Live At Linz 1984

Tomita is certainly one of my heroes. I especially appreciate the live outdoor recordings from his catalog, those performances always stood out and really impressed to me. I found his choice of landscape to go with the music very inspiring and I hope I can do something similar, where I can choose a landscape that contributes to my music and recording. I was very lucky to have attended a huge live concert at Yokohama bay in Japan when I was a high school student. It was in the summertime and his amazing music was accompanied by a fireworks show. His infamous pyramid control room was there, out on the sea. All I could feel was “WOW”.

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