A few years back, when I was traveling during the wintertime, I rented out my Berlin apartment to Alison, a DJ from New York. Last summer, before I flew to Japan, she connected me with Yasu, an old friend of hers, who lived in Tokyo.
He and Alison met, when Yasu was studying music business in New York back in 2000 , while working as an intern at a record label called ‚Turntable Lab’.
On his return to Tokyo after finishing his studies in 2004, he opened up his own record label and store called ‚Moonwalk Records‘ as well as a Tokyo branch of ‚Turntable Lab‘.
But the music business in Japan was not going as well as expected, so Yasu switched to advertising. He worked for clients like Audi, doing brand promotions including parties and popup stores, where he could combine his love for music with the job.
A friend of Yasu started an animation company and asked him to join as a producer.
For animation you need a story, graphic design and music. Working as a producer, has enabled Yasu to integrate his many previous life experiences.
Shooting with Berlin DJ&Producer Dirty Döring for the Witness This MIX OF THE MONTH!
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