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Yoshihiro Sawasaki


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サワサキヨシヒロ (Yoshihiro Sawasaki) started producing in 1993 under the name ‘Techno The Gong’ and soon after was signed to R&S sub label ‘Apollo’ under the name ‘Y.S.’ after fellow DJ Ken Ishii suggested he send in a demo tape. In his early days, his sound was strongly influenced by German progressive sounds to which he added a spacey and ambient twist which sent shock waves through the Japanese and European techno scene.

In 2000 he released his first album “Dr Y.S. & The Cosmic Drunkards” featuring a colorful guest line-up including Masumi Okada, Keiichi Sogabe and Guitar Wolf’s Seiji. The album was a carefully constructed ‘almanac’ of experimental sounds tried and tested over a long period of time.

Not slowing down, in 2003 Y.S. began a regular monthly party at La Fabrique, Shibuya and also established a new unit “ColorCrayon” after pairing up with veteran Jazz pianist Masayuki Nakatomi. Balancing a busy DJ schedule and preparing for several releases this year, Y.S. is definitely someone to keep an eye out for in the Japanese club scene.


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