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Kazuma Takahashi shares his Soundtracks for Life

Tokyo-based DJ and producer Kazuma Takahashi shares his personal Soundtracks for Life.
7.1.16

In 2008, the world of electronic music was graced with an extraordinary talent; Tokyo-based DJ and producer Kazuma Takahashi. Attracting huge audiences from Tokyo and beyond, the Japanese talent is known for his techno, acid and electro music, while he also mixes disco and house in a way you wouldn't expect from a 27-year old. Despite being well-established in the DJ scene, Kazuma's career has really began to take off over the past couple of years. In the summer of 2014, he became one of six finalists in the annual burn Residency DJ competition. Mentors Carl Cox, Pete Tong and John Digweed were instantly won over by his extraordinary style, christening him the music wizard. On the back of his success in the competition, Kazuma appeared on the decks at some of Ibiza's most prestigious clubs and bars, including Privilege, Cafe Mambo, Ushuaia beach club to name a few.

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Since then, Kazuma's DJing journey has gone from strength to strength. Over the past couple of years, he has secured residencies at reputable Tokyo venues Womb and Ageha, and played alongside big names including 2manyDJs, Boys Noize, Djedjototronic, Busy P, Boston Bun, Surkin and Yuksek. 2015 was a big year for Kazuma, with his set at electrox - one of Japan's biggest electronic music festivals - being real standout moment. To top it all off, Kazuma has also collaborated with the likes of the 80KIDZ and Off The Rocker (Shinichi Osawa & Masatoshi Uemura) to produce a number of killer releases.

We asked Kazuma to share his top five all-time anthems with us. Prepare to groove…

The first song in your DJ career: Felix Da Housecat - „Radio (Shinichi Osawa Remix)"

I started my DJ career when I was 21 years old, and electronic music was my passion right from the very beginning. Electro crush was a huge global movement in those days, and this Shinichi Osawa track is still as popular as it was back then. When I listened to this track for the first time, I was so excited. From that moment, I knew I wanted to become a DJ so that I could produce tracks like him.

The wake up song: Octave Minds - In Silence

I don't usually listen to dance music at home, especially in the morning when I want to relax… My wake up anthem would have to be my favourite piano track since it puts me in the right mood to start the day. Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize are two of my all-time favourite artists. The melody in this track is really special and their electronic sounds are just amazing.

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The sports soundtrack: Zia - Fracture (Alexi Delano Remix)

I always check out new tracks for my DJ sets whilst working out. It's the perfect opportunity for me to do so, since I don't have much time otherwise. This deep techno track from Turbo is unbelievably groovy with awesome samples. It's already a firm favourite in my playlist.

The song that gets the crowd going: Eats Everything feat. Tiga vs Audion - Dancing (Again!)

Eats Everything feat. Tiga vs Audion - Dancing (Again!) has to be one of the tracks I play most often and it sets the dance floor on fire every time! Eats Everything, Tiga and Audion are are all right up there in my list of top artists and I've played their tracks many many times in Ibiza. There's just something about their sound - it's unique every time.

The last song you listen to before going out: Patrice Bäumel - Roar (Original Mix)

I actually listen to so many tracks before leaving the house to get into the mood for my own set. Although this This Patrice Bäumel track has no bass or kick, it still gives me great energy and gets me in the perfect mood.