intro Keita Sano SS19

by Keita Sano

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    intro Keita Sano Spring Summer Collection
    In 2015 I started working with Tokyo Digital Music Syndicates. At the time, we ran the now defunct Wasabeat digital download store and were starting a new venture called Qrates. One of my jobs was to go through interviews and proof read them, fixing up the English. Amongst those many interviews two stood out; one was with Soichi Terada and the other with Keita Sano.
    Wada-san and Mars89 from the office told me that it would be ‘muzukashii’ to meet up with Keita let alone book him for a gig but I stayed patient, messaging him regularly on Facebook and getting the odd response. Eventually, in the summer I had the chance to see him play at Oppa La a high-rise venue in Fujisawa just south of Tokyo. That was an interesting day to say the least... we hung out, drank loadsa beers, munched on the club’s Japanese curry and danced to Ray Mang expertly weave his way through a set of house, disco and techno.
    Just as the sun was setting, me and my mate Raul were dancing to Keita’s set and starting to come up on our acid. As we watched the sea peacefully lap the shore we spotted a fellow foreigner, joking around ‘who’s that English teacher hanging out here?’. On closer inspection it was Prins Thomas standing with Kenji Takimi, who was about to sign Keita to his label Rett I Fletta.
    Three years on after many releases and a few trips to Europe together Keita gave me access to his music folders from 2014-2018. One of the interesting things about Keita is that he believes making music is like keeping a diary meaning there was about 500 genre-spanning tracks to listen to employing almost all the studio gear and techniques available to him. Keita has just moved to Berlin, so I hope you guys can enjoy his vibe as much as I have over the years.
    Nic aka Pleasure Cruiser
    intro Keita Sano Spring Summer Collection
    2015年にトウキョウ・デジタルミュージック・シンジケイツ株式会社で働き始め、今は無き音楽 配信ストアWasabeatの運営やQratesという新しいサービスの立ち上げに取り組んでいた。仕事の一環 で、沢山の日本人アーティストのインタビューを英語翻訳していたのだが、そのなかでも気になる アーティストが2人いた。寺田創一とケイタ・サノだ。
    同僚のワダさんとMars89からは、「ケイタ・サノに直接会うのは難しいかもしれない。」と助言 されたこともあったが、僕はケイタと定期的にFacebookでメッセージのやり取りをし、その後念願 の彼のプレイを見る時がきた。会場は江ノ島のオッパーラ。僕とケイタはビールを浴びるほど飲み、 ジャパニーズカレーを食べ、Ray Mangのハウス・テクノセットで踊り明かした。
    日の出の時間になるとともに、ケイタのセットが始まった。僕と友人のRaulは踊り尽くした。パ ーティーも終わり、オッパーラから見える穏やかな海の風景を眺めていると、2人組の男性とたわ いもない会話が始まった。後日知ったのだが、その2人はなんとPrins Thomasとケンジ・タキミだっ たという。その後すぐにケイタはPrins ThomasのレーベルRett I Flettaからリリースが決まった。とて も濃い一夜だった...あの日のことを忘れることはないだろう。
    僕は、近年ケイタのリリースやヨーロッパ・ツアーのサポートをし、交流を深めた。そしてその 後、彼が2014-2018年の間に制作したトラックを受け取った。ケイタにとっては、音楽制作すること は、日記を付けるようなものだという。彼の持つスタジオ機材や、それらを使ったテクニックの数 は計り知れない。ケイタは、先日ベルリンに拠点を移した。僕が長年フォローしてきた彼の素晴ら しい音楽を是非みなさんにも楽しんでいただきたい。
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released June 19, 2019

All tracks written, produced, mixed and engineered by Keita Sano apart from track 1 ‘intro Keita Sano’ in collaboration with Julian Konsent. All tracks mastered by Yoshihiro Tatsuta GREENHOUSE STUDIO Okayama. Artwork by Calum Sutherland.


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