What inspired you to pick up a career in music rather than any other job?
I love music, I was the kid doing everything and being everywhere wearing earphones. Entertainment is my life, first as dancer, then as DJ and eventually picking up the path of producing, which is a never ending learning-phase. I believe I was born to entertain ON & OFF stage and I wish to make others happy with my love for music. As long I can do that, I will be producing and playing music
Being as decentralized as this whole industry is with different bookers in every club circuit and a whole cast of various A&R members to try and gear music towards, how did you go about navigating this chaotic scene and manage to make a name for yourself?
Honestly, I would never have imagined that people from literally all around the world take note of me and my career, it is just something which seems to have happened overnight. I was not prepared to be dealing with labels, magazines, music platforms and countless requests from peers and colleagues alike. I have a small but very efficient team around me to assist me in such matters and I am positive that they are doing a great job, us and my brand moving in the right direction. But let me point out - self marketing is a tough job and takes way too much time of my day I would rather spend producing music.
You mentioned hardships, well nothing worth having comes easy right? I think in general the industry is still very dominated by men, specially in a traditional society like Japan I sometimes had a hard time standing my ground, but it is getting better and i wont ever let myself being discouraged by such minor setbacks as inequality.
At what point in your career will you have thought to yourself, "This is it, I've finally made it."?
I am happy about the progress the brand Tiara made, mostly in 2019 in terms of DJing half around the globe and in all major clubs and events in Japan. When it comes to producing I have to say, as sad it may sound, Covid19 helped me a lot to focus and to spend sometimes 3-4 days without leaving the studio. Something like that was unimaginable pre-pandemic as simply my DJ and social schedule was way too hectic. Last and this year I was able to release on major labels such as Revealed, Mixmash, Hexagon HQ, Bring the Kingdom and that is due to the pandemic affecting nightlife.
We have high profile remixes in the pipeline, but I am unfortunately not allowed to talk about it yet.
To make it short, I don't think there will be ever a time where I say "I made it". I am a work in progress and never stop learning.
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