Taku Takahashi (m-flo)
Interview by Dave Cirone
June 11, 2019
m-flo’s Taku Takahashi is gearing up to inject a mind-blowing dose of Tokyo club culture into L.A. on July 3. Following up last year’s marathon music event OTAQUEST LIVE, m-flo is hosting a back-to-back set of Japan’s hottest EDM and dance music artists at the Novo in Downtown L.A. The chart-topping music producer, performer, and self-certified otaku (yes, you did see him at that Street Fighter tournament) breaks down his plans for this summer’s hot ticket J-Pop event.
OTAQUEST LIVE is coming back to L.A. this year with a powerful lineup, including m-flo, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and CAPSULE, and now you’re adding the OTAQUEST KICKOFF after arty. Why did you decide to add the DJ event to this year’s celebration?
Takahashi: There are two main components of Japanese pop culture that I’m hoping to introduce from Shibuya. One is vocal performance, and the other is DJ culture. The live vocal performance might fall in line with your imagination, but the Japanese club and DJ scene is very unique. We’re connected through all sorts of avenues, especially rhythm games like Beatmania, DDR, and all sorts of titles. Of course, anime music has a place in all this too. Our style is a bit varied from regular EDM parties, and I hope our friends in the U.S. can experience this too.