Ko Kimura

Ko Kimura has been spinning as a professional DJ for over 15 years. He started DJing in his teens, and was one of the very first DJs to spin House music in Japan. Now, he is known as one of the most influential and most talented DJs in Japan. The vinyl he reviews in magazines or the records he plays, become hit items in record shops. He often appears in Japanese media as a charismatic opinion leader for underground culture.

All of his regular parties usually attract an average of 1,000 clubbers. Outside of Tokyo, Ko also plays at clubs in major cities throughout Japan every month. Outside of Japan, he became the first Japanese DJ to play at the main floor of the Ministry of Sound, London in 1998. He also played many times in Hong Kong, spun for Singapore crowds three times, and also made an impact as a powerful DJ in Sydney when he played at Sublime in the fall of 1999. Ko also introduced club culture to Guam, and has already spun twice last year. Ko was a Japanese ambassador at the huge rave "Lovestern Galaktika meets Expo 2000" in Hanover, Germany.

Ko started the first house music label in Japan, FUTIC RECORDINGS TOKYO, in 1997.

The 1st 12 inch "Boys EP / Ko Kimura presents SOUND BRIGADE" was sold out immediately after its release. Ko activated the label again at the end of 1999 with a series of new releases, including his original track "HOUSEMUZIK" (FUTIC 005) in the Spring. His ambition with FUTIC is to introduce the Tokyo sound to the global dance scene.

Ko has been supported by key corporations in Fashion. From time to time, his parties, or Ko himself, have been supported by Calvin Klein, Guess Jeans, Swatch, and Seiko Watch (Spoon), Stussy, NIKE, WTaps, Neighborhood, realmadHectic, and other charismatic street brands. Ko is recognized as an icon for youth culture.

Ko is also a pioneer DJ for mix CDs in Japan. When dance music was not yet popular, he released the first mix CD ever in Japan "Ultimate DJ's Anthem" (Toshiba EMI) in 1995. He created a new Mix CD series "MIXWORK" in 1997 from Warner Japan. It was received with surprise because the CD contained many tracks licensed from different independent record labels, for it was normal in Japan in that time to have tracks from Warner only. He launched a new series "KO:HEAR:ENCY" in December 2000. KO:HEAR:ENCY series will contain the latest hits and upcoming tracks from the dance floor.

He is currently hosting the Carl Cox Global on InterFM (Japan) every Friday night.

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