ABOUT Kuniaki Takenaga

Techno, Electro, Industrial DJ & producer born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (1977). Kuniaki Takenaga’s music career began in 1997 influenced by The Prodigy, Ken Ishii, Fumiya Tanaka and the djs’ at the famous Juliana’s Tokyo club.

Takenaga sent his first demo to Takaaki Itoh’s WOLS label from which 2 tracks ended up being included in a 2003 compilation put out by Sheep Records (Germany) SH032-Various-East-Meets-West. In 2004, 2 tracks were included in SH038-Various-World-Herding-Championships-Part-1 and 2005 in SH040-Various-World-Herding-Championships-Part-2.

He has also released on UK’s Damon Vallero’s, Electracom label ECOM21-various- Components III EP (Oct 2004). His track ‘Centrals’ on the Components III EP received praise by respected DJs including Grovskopa (Sweden), Tuomas Rantanen (Finland) who has a track on the same EP, and Yourhighness (Maracas, Sweden) and of course Vallero (also included on the ep) whose label had released the EP. Others who recognized his unique talent included Yasushi, Hiroki Esashika (Intec), Genn, Hiroaki Ilzuka (Symbolism, Soleil), and SUDO (Elektrigger).

A year later, in 2005, his own 4 tracks vinyl entitled Phantasmagoria (12”) MK010 was released on UK’s Manuke [Pure Plastic] label. One of the reviews by Boston DJ Paul Dailey had this to say:
“Four dark, evil, rocking tracks from newcomer Kuniaki Takenaga and the Manuke crew. The two standout cuts here are “Phantasmgoria Noel”, a menacing hard rocker with ferocious rhythms and ominous synths, and “Meltybladdia” an ass-shaking, body-rocking techno mover. Strictly for the forward thinking and headstrong amongst you; this is some sinister stuff.”

In 2006, his track Phalunx was included on Asian Dynasty’s release [AD-Digital001]- Various Artists – Perfect Strangers “Hard Techno”.

Kuniaki has founded his own label Dispired Recordings in 2008 and the rest is history.Takeshi el niño The work by the solo of collaboration EP of o and Marco Rane and Peter Gual has been released. Remix EP is being produced with Dispired Industrials now.

Remix EP of Gayle San and two works of the compilation are scheduled to be released from Elektrax in 2010 this year. It is an artist who cannot take his/her eyes off to the development in the future.