Takaya Nagase Takaya Nagase

Takaya Nagase, a New York based DJ/producer/remixer/sound designer over 10 years, was born in Yokohama, Japan. As a boy who loved sports and music, he spent most of his childhood by swimming and playing electric piano. He started buying records of Soul Music, and in college, NY House Music made a deep impact on him, which pushed his back to start a career as a professional DJ. Not only as a successful resident DJ at Loop in Tokyo and Planet Café in Shizuoka, but also as a collaborator with another famous DJs, he started another career as a sound designer at restaurants and hair salons and providing compositions for various places in Japan. He joined an artist group Earth Pipe and has done many fashion show jobs. Nagase’s long time dream of living in New York was finally came true in 2001. He then traveled to South America for 6 months and encountered many different cultures to extend his field to worldwide. Currently, as a DJ, he plays various places in New York. His own party event, “Shanti New York” is regularly held in NY’s most popular nightclub, Club Shelter, with various guest DJs and artists and attracts a great deal of attention. His music style does not seem to meet as one genre, rather, expresses aspects of House, Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Dub, Techno, Ambient, Electronica, Rock, Hip-Hop, Africa, and Latin; it’s free and flexible and original. In fact, he is a rare DJ who appears on many different types of parties without a barrier of heavily subdivided musical genres

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