Taku Hirayama is a name that’s synonymous with good vibes when it comes to DJs and festivals around Asia. Hailing from Fukuoka in Japan, Taku’s roots are split between his record collection and his overzealous love for travelling across the globe, mostly to connect with likeminded music heads, while sparing enough time to chase sunsets and explore the soundscapes of nature from Asia to Europe. His unprecedented approach to music has landed him profound shows at top tier Berlin clubs like Berghain, Hoppetosse, and CDV, as well as Closer in Kiev.
He’s been based in Hong Kong for over a decade, reigning over local dance floors with his subtle, sophisticated and ‘super long mix’ style of playing blissed out techno and house. Hong Kong is where he founded his own night called Junktion, which he used as a platform to share decks with like-minded artists. When it comes to selecting records, Taku is full of surprises, unearthing gems that only a few have their hands on, while also staying true to classic sounds of the underground.
Taku described his set to us as "post-COVID-19 pro-techno... pro for proletariat. It serves as a little escape from pandemic anxiety and anger towards authority — a little energy booster until the rave returns." The deeply thought out mix is packed with plenty of old school rave cuts and melodic tunes, mixed with pristine care on a fine rotary mixer.
These days Taku focuses purely on expanding his sound by way of energy, hardly by genre or perceptions of previous phases in his musical career of twenty years. Today, he goes deep into a smooth and meditative state of incessant groove — listen below to Mixmag Asia Radio 017 with Taku Hirayama.
01. Time Flies / Vegas Soul
02. Fifth Avenue, 5AM / Eddie Merced
03. The Solution / Project Pablo
04. Moontrip (Back To Life Remix) / N.U.K.E
05. Everything Is Under Control / Sequential
06. He Chilled Out / Phenomania
07. Servito 95 / Love Letters
08. Bedroom Beat / Luca Lozano
09. Now And Ever (Liquid Crown Edit) / Cosmix
10. Melt / Ntel
11. Step Back / Renato Cohen
12. Shifting The Overton Window / Tripeo
13. Phasing / Peter Van Hoesen
14. Shifting / Brain Pilot
15. Sülk / Encephaloïd Disturbance
16. Do It / Pryda
17. Constructed Identities / Brabe
18. Monmay / Low Orbit Satellite & Reii
19. Rejected / Joris Voorn