Japanese House Hero: DJ Nori

How important was your time in New York?
When I first went to the Paradise Garage club in ‘85, it was a very unique atmosphere. Towards the end of the 80s, the experience playing with Larry Levan (in the US) gave me lots more energy and since then I have kept playing house music in Japan. Little by little, what I did infiltrated the scene (in Japan) and in the 90s, the movement accelerated. Rather than me building anything in New York, I know some people evaluated my work through me bringing down house music to the Japanese scene.
What was last year like for you?
I played in Seoul and Hong Kong in 2010 for the first time. I met many people and experienced an emerging Asian scene.
Define your music style and what about it appeals to you.
I just love good music. I play any music in which I love its lyrics, sound qualities and grooves.
You will be playing at the Amex Asian Masters and on the same day chef Shigeru Shiraishi of Takumi restaurant will be cooking up a feast. Are you a foodie?
Yes I am! I love any kind of food but I am the kind of person who is loyal to restaurants which have their own unique style.
Are there any similarities in DJing/producing and cooking?
Just like the best cooking ingredients, we all love music that has been taken good care of in its production. And we love it for a long time afterwards!
How do you think electronic dance music has grown in Asia over the years?
It’s not like the old days anymore. It’s been growing on a global basis. I am sure we can expect much more growth in the next few years.
What would you like to see more of in Asia’s music industry?
I would like to see Asian people cooperate with each other more and build a good organic music scene.
What are some of your favorite tracks at the moment and why?
It’s not a track but I was smashed with Herbie Hancock‘s latest album The Imagine Project simply because it just sounds great.
How does 2011 look for you?
Well, I’ve already been invited to Singapore and it’s wonderful. I would love to spread my work more outside of Japan.
What can we expect from your gig at Privé?
You can all expect comfort, great vibes and grooves generated by my music.
Catch the Sunset Sessions with DJ Nori at the American Express Asian Masters on Jan 28-29, 6pm. Privé Waterfront Bar, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay, 6776-0777. $68 includes two drinks and free flow of Asian tapas from 6-9pm.