Nocturnal pres. Takaaki Itoh
Denver, CO, USA
One of our favorite things to do in the Mile High is bring veteran talent to the stage for the first time in our city. We are delighted to introduce to your ears long time producer and virtuoso dj, Takaaki Itoh!
Takaaki Itoh [ Japan :: Wols | Mord Records | Att Series ]
Nick Carroll [ Seattle :: secondnature | Research | Kremwerk ]
Alex Whittier [ Denver :: Nocturnal | CELE ]
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Techno hit Japan hard in the early 1990s. Surprised, Takaaki Itoh was quickly impressed and intrigued with this new sound. The unique style of beats revealed the gateway to a new world of underground music in Japan - something he had never heard before. Surprise slowly gave way to addiction when Takaaki Itoh was exposed to the sounds of such artists and labels as Underground Resistance, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Hardfloor, Sven Väth, Harthouse, Warp and Rising High. This was his sound - deciding he just couldn't get enough of it, in 1994 Takaaki began to organize his own techno parties in his home of northern Japan. By providing a fantastic lineup, his parties quickly became a success. In 1996, having decided that it was time to start making his own tracks, Takaaki Itoh emerged to purchase the vital instruments to begin production. After sending out three finished projects to various labels, Electracom UK was fortunate enough to put Takaaki's first material out. This moment was something he will never forget, as he was finally able to hear his own music on vinyl. Several releases followed with Electracom as his tracks began to appear in magazine DJ charts as well as known DJ's bags from around the world. In 2000, Takaaki Itoh made his European debut in Slovakia. People recognized that he had his own style. His Japanese style of techno was pure, unique and underground - nothing that had been heard before in Europe. His reputation and popularity quickly spread all over the continent. He was becoming recognized as Japan's most underground and respected techno DJ. As of 2001 he was getting offers to perform at large clubs and festivals all over Europe. Promoters wanting him, party people loving him, Takaaki Itoh took the next step and started his own label Wols. Passion led to success and Takaaki became recognized as the top of the next generation of techno music. By 2005 Takaaki Itoh has released over 50 original productions on many different European labels and his demand is rapidly growing beyond his Asian and European roots.
SC :: https://soundcloud.com/takaaki_itoh
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We first heard Nick Carroll's talent when we brought him out as part of the secondnature showcase December 2016. As talent buyer for Seattle's famed Kremwerk nightclub as well as working on pushing secondnature from party to label, we are delighted to welcome Nick back to our party.
We aren't privy to mincing words so we will leave it to a quote by Nick himself,"I’ve found that DJs who focus on a creating a sense of narrative through grooves and emotions rather than focusing on playing a certain genre tend to be more inspiring to me as a dancer and listener. The context of music matters, so play what makes sense in the moment. If you play music that shows you respect people’s intelligence, you’ll connect with people on a deeper level. There’s a lot of DJs out there, but only one you, so be yourself."
SC :: https://soundcloud.com/ncarr0ll
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An up-and-comer on the Denver DJ circuit, Alex has quickly carved out a niche for himself in the Mile High. As the lead curator for Nocturnal, he has created a platform for bleeding-edge techno and house, while his work with CELE helps bridge the divide between the dance floor and more esoteric sonic aesthetics. Nocturnal's monthly residency at The Black Box is always a pleasure for those interested in exploring the shadowy fringes of club music while the sporadic after parties delve deeper into exploring the verboten dance floor.
SC :: https://soundcloud.com/alexwhittier
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