Friday, 13 May 2016
Track 9 Bali
Jl. Dewi Sri No.21, Kuta 80361

HIDEO KOBAYASHI (a.k.a. H.I.D./Nagano Kitchen, Fuente Music, Sonic Vista Studios Japan)

One of Japan’s most prolific electronic music producer and DJ around now, his versatile musical prose is now a welcomed item in the world’s dance music scene. His releases of modern deep house and also some floor-smashing techno under his own name, his collaborative production of top notch, tech-house with Ibadan’s Jerome Syndenham as Nagano Kitchen and regular DJ appearances at some of the coolest clubs around the globe, Hideo Kobayashi is a no holds bar, proficient, electronic samurai extraordinaire.

Born and based in Nagano, in northern Japan, like many in his generation, Hideo discovered electronic music when he first heard YMO at his father’s electronic store which lead him to delve into Kraftwerk, Top 40, etc. Having also learning piano from a young age, by high school in 1986, got the itch to compose electronic music with his sequencer, keyboards, drum machine and started performing live as well. In 1988, he went to Tokyo and discovered the enfolding world of clubs and dance music, first getting into Soul II Soul and soon turned his attention to techno and began his production career in 1994, in the thick of the emerging techno scene in Japan, producing music with DJ Miku, as Lotus.

Getting a bit tired with techno, while visiting the U.S. west coast, he discovered the then emerging deep house scene in the Bay Area and decided to move there to breathe and soak up all the excitement that was happening at the time. A chance meeting with Jerome Sydenhem at a club there, lead to the first collaboration with him and also DJ Said, as Lagos Nagano Players Association, with the release of DJ Tools Vol. 7 out of Ibadan in 2006. His release of Children Of The Drums, another collaboration with DJ Said from Chez Music, caught the attention of the legendary Francois K. who was said to want to release it on his own label, Wave. Afterwards, Hideo found a new fan of his music in Francois K, who has been championing his music regularly.

Around the same period, Hideo returned to Japan, clutching a wealth of studio and DJ experience, at his base in Nagano, with Jerome Sydenhem, he produced the Nagano Kitchen album released from Apotec Records and Apt. International in Japan in 2007, which caught the attention of
many DJs around the world. This period marked a turning point in his career.

Going from strength to strength, Hideo released his debut album, Zero in 2009 from Apt. International and a year later, his 2nd album, a Drama which featured appearances from Lisa Shaw, Ramus Faber, Tomomi Ukumori, etc. With these handful of releases, Hideo’s music began captivating a wide range of the big DJs such as Tiesto (who featured Hideo’s track in one of his podcasts), Paul Van Dyk, X-PRESS 2, Francois K., Richie Hawtin, Hernan Cattaneo, Laurent Garnier, Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell, Simon Dunmore, amongst others.

A fusion of Japanese mystique, mixed with a solid, top notch, modern production of silky deep house, tranquil tech-house and floor-rockin’ techno, his unique musical vision has gone beyond the limits of micro-genres to capture a cross section of dance music fans all around the world. Hideo also consolidated his status in the world’s dance music scene, by receiving numerous remix and license offers from the leading labels such as Ministry of Sound, Defected, King Street, Renaissance, Ibadan, OM, Avex, Hed Kandi, etc. His track, Amarillo was featured in Hernán Cattáneo’s mix CD, Renaissance: The Masters Series Part 13 and
his track, Made in Japan was included in the mega-selling mix CD by Hook N Sling, Anna Lunoe & Axwell- Clubbers Guide To 2010, out of Ministry Of Sound (Australia). His remix of Shigeru Tanabu’s track, Adrian was included in the mix CD, Heartbeat Presents Mixed By Francois K. @ Air (Daikanyama Tokyo) as well. He also topped the Traxsource album chart, a first by a Japanese artist, with After The Drama, a dance floor oriented rework of the album, pattissier, released in April 2011, which features various collaborations with Soil& “Pimp” Sessions, Rasmus Faber, Barbara Tucker & Tucillo, etc. The pattissier album went to Number 1 in the iTunes Store Japan Dance Chart as well.

Recently, he has returned to his techno roots and produced a new track, Black Panther, with his partner in crime, Jerome Sydenhem in their Nagano Kitchen alias, which was included in Adam Beyer’s label, Drumcode’s 15th Anniversary compilation, 15 Years Of Drumcode. Hideo has also found time to do remixes for Ken Ishii’s Metropolitan Harmonic Formulas project, with a track called, After the Rainstorm Feat. Jazztronik, reworked London Elektricity’s London Is 8pm (Meteorites) track which he featured only piano and bass and shaped it into an acoustic affair. He also just remixed Tokyo Black Star’s track, Together featured in the compilation called Tokyo House Underground, released out of Apt. International.

Parallel with his production releases, he also zigzags across the world to DJ frequently, showcasing his versatile aesthetic of dance music panache and technique, by manipulating Traktor Pro seamlessly, for maximum dance floor impact and euphoria, in many Asian and European clubs such as Moxa in Italy, Egg in London, the notorious Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, 360 in Dubai and at various clubs in Seoul amongst others as well as at various clubs across Japan. In Tokyo, he is the resident DJ at a party called “No Borders” at Warehouse702. But Hideo also has a relaxing side to his DJ repertoire and spins a soothing, well-selected, chillout/ lounge mix as well, to much acclaim.

Now, the world awaits his much anticipated new full-length album, Underground Business which he has just finished producing, slated to be released in the summer of 2012. Underground Business showcases Hideo’s versatile nature, focusing his sights to a more, head-spinning, raw, electric, spacey, floor-rockin’ direction. He is also spreading his avenues of activity and started his own radio show called Absolute Mind Oscillator at block.fm, Japan’s first dance music only internet radio site. Whether from his various productions being canned by the top DJs or with his rockin’ DJ sets at various clubs around the world, one can only look forward to this ever-progressing, prolific samurai wielding his many guises.




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