Alex from Tokyo
Paris born, Tokyo raised NYC based international eclectic french DJ, producer, sound designer and international co-ordinator.
Having lived in Tokyo more than 20 years since he was a kid, he has developed into one of the strongest crossover DJ’s in Tokyo and also became a key person connecting the world and Japan (F Communications Japan representative, Mr.Bongo/Disorient Japan, Yellow Productions/Bossa Tres Jazz project co-ordinator etc.).
Now based in New York from 2004. Alex has been playing regularly all around the world in Japan, Asia, New York and Europe. Alex still travels back to Tokyo every 3 months to continue his 15 year residency at the Sunday afternoon party “Gallery”, his Timewarp party and tour throughout Japan.
In NYC he regularly plays these days at club Cielo, Le Bain, The Panther Room (Output) and in downtown venues like Santos Party House and nublu.
Alex has been also active producing music under the name Tokyo Black Star with his partner Isao Kumano, releasing original material on the Berlin based label Innervisions, as well as on the joint label Reincarnation by italian tastemakers Slam Jam, and on DJ Deep’s deeply rooted house music records label. Tokyo Black Star have done remixes for labels such as Flower Records, Yellow Productions, Frikyiwa, Bassmental, Disorient, with recent remixes as Kuniyuki “Birds” (mule musiq), nublu orchestra “Sketches of NY” (nublu), Bing Ji ling “Home” (Lovemonk), Master H and Greg Oreck “Coffee is ecstasy” (komplex de deep), Arno E Matthieu “Heritage” (clima records) and Filipson+Lindblad “Reflections” (mood music). Tokyo Black Star collaborated in summer 2008 on the german Great Stuff’s label “Summer Games” Olympic compilation with the track “Japan”.
Besides the club scene, Alex has been recently doing some music co-ordination, consulting and production work in fashion for brands like Y-3 and Louis Vuitton, and he has been invited to play at the official party of the world famous art fair ART BASEL in June 2007. September 2006 saw the Japanese release of Laurent Garnier’s book “Electrochoc”, which Alex translated from French to Japanese. Alex released in February 2008 his 5th mix CD in Japan for the DJ mix series “mi mix” on the Octave Lab label in Japan. In February 2009, Reincarnation released the official label mix CD “Dj Alex from Tokyo presents “Reincarnation” -The Flashback mix-”.
Tokyo Black Star released in April 2009 their first long-awaited Tokyo Black Star debut album “Black Ships” on Innervisions, and they toured live and DJ in the Fall 2009 in Europe and in Asia. Tokyo Black Star remixed Wagon Cookin “Come into the light” (om records) and Mezza Luna vs Felix Cage new EP “Blizzard” (electronical reeds) in January 2011. Tokyo Black Star released the EP ”Slam Jam” on Reincarnation in September 2011 and they remixed Carl Craig’s Psyche masterpiece “Neurotic Behavior” for the 20th anniversary of the Planet E label.
Tokyo Black Star’s latest release “Together EP” in response to the 311 disaster in Japan on the japanese label Tokyo House Underground/New World came out digitally in April 2012, and their latest remix Phenomenal Handclap Band “The Right One” for the “PHB loves NYC” remix album came out in May 2013 on Tummy Touch Records.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the fashion brand Y-3, Y-3 collaborated with Alex on a limited edition compilation of 14 innovative electronic music producers, with CD and vinyl sets specially packaged with artwork by PL Studio: (www.Y-3.com/music)
Alex was the last selector of the last edition of the great CD series “Originals vol.10 compiled by Alex from Tokyo” on the London label claremont 56 which came out in September 2013.
Alex started also in Spring 2010 in Japan with Isao Kumano a new “revolutionary” audio brand called phonon (www.phonon-inc.com) representating the brand outside Japan.
To keep things exciting, Alex is re-launching from NYC his own label “world famous” in the Spring of 2014.