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Dive Into The History Of Japanese House Music

Japanese house pioneers Soichi Terada and Shinichiro Yokota of Far East Recordings open up about the early days of electronic music in Asia.

By now, most casual dance music fans will have heard Soichi Terada’s infectious house classic “Do It Again” at some point—but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, up until Rush Hour Records released the Sounds From The Far East compilation in 2015, the label and its constituents never got its due in the west—although the outpost has long been hailed by house music heads as one of the most influential early house labels in Japan and beyond. Rush Hour even helmed a megamix of some of Terada’s most epic jams, which you can listen to here.

More than a year after the Far East Recording’s revival, FACT sent the head of the Diskotopia label to Tokyo to meet with the two seminal producers. The piece traces their life stories and experiences in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and how economic ups and downs have influenced their music. “A lot of the music we made wouldn’t have been possible [without] what happened with the bubble economy and inexpensive digital technology,” Yokota told FACT. Read the rest of the interview here.

Read more: Satoshi Tomiie’s guide to Japanese house