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Ken Ishii

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Ken Ishii (ケンイシイ) is a successful techno DJ and producer from Tokyo. He has released work under his own name as well as under the pseudonyms: FLR, Flare, UTU, Yoga, and Rising Sun.

Ken Ishii debuted on a legendary Belgian techno label, R & S Records, in 1993. In that year he straight won No.1 on the UK’s NME magazine’s techno chart, which led him to worldwide recognition. In 1995, the highly praised album “Jelly Tones” (R & S / Sony Japan) was released. In the following year, the video for the single “Extra” from this album (directed by Koji Morimoto, the animator of the worldwide hit cartoon, “Akira”) won MTV’s “Dance Video of the Year”.

Since then, Ken has been regarded internationally as one of the Japanese pioneers who can create world class electronic sounds. In 1998, he produced the official theme song for the winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and it was played in more than 70 countries around the world. Then in 2000, Ken was interviewed and was on the cover of Newsweek magazine, featured as a symbol of the Japanese new culture. This was acclaimed as a great undertaking by a dance/electronic music artist.

He also produces music for films, such as doing the theme song and soundtrack for the monster hit Japanese film “Whiteout” in 2000, which led him to be nominated in Japanese Academy Awards. He expands his boundary to games as well. Rez, the game Ken contributed his exclusive tracks to, became a cult hit. In 2005, he reached a major achievement in being in charge of the music and designing an exclusive 12.2 surround sound system for the Seto-Nihon Pavilion, enforced by the Japanese Government, at World Expo in Aichi, Japan.

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  • altermaven

    Jelly Tones was groundbreaking and I still listen to it even to this day :D

    22 Jul 10:16am Reply
  • crushhamster

    See you next Saturday in Munich ;)

    25 Feb 6:30pm Reply
  • rascal0pl

    Jelly Tones!!

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    i am surprised how few shouts this shoutbox has

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DPF55

    Endless season>>

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Abroxas

    Exra is raising a sudden urge to play F-Zero GX in me.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • QuintonDempsey

    Jelly Tones are the jelliest.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • fujiline

    tokyo is legend!

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Daniellynet

    Yay, seems like the default name is Ken Ishii now, neat.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • WiTHiNt

    "last.fm is suggesting" The users are suggesting, not last.fm :)

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Daniellynet

    I agree. Just looked on all his sites/pages and it seems that Ken Ishii IS the actual name.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Abroxas

    It annoys me a bit, btw, that Ken Ishii is shown with this "correct your tags" picture within my library. Spelling an artist in his correct romanized (look at his bloody homepage) form doesn't make it "wrong" and people should get used to have two different artist pages until last.fm is actually getting to melt them (which seemingly never happens).

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Abroxas

    last.fm is suggesting Ishii's name written in japanese letters. If you enabled romanizing on last.fm (which helps to get your last.fm library straight), the website displays all japanese names in their romanized form, but it still differentiates them. That's why it seems that last.fm suggests the same name it thinks to be misspelled.

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Spacirelei

    Wait...last.fm? How is it that your "do you mean ..Ken Ishii?" is spelled the same as what you think is misspelled?

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • KiteKiteKat

    нравится принравится!!

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ZoiQ

    woah this guy is pretty cool

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • DJ-IGORSTEP

    !!!

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • DJ-IGORSTEP

    !!! Respect !!!

    4 Nov 2009 Reply

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