Artist Feature Series 003: Christian Bonori

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

For this edition of our Artist Feature, we welcome Christian Bonori into the Yoshitoshi Family. Christian first came on our radar with his devastating club tool “Unruliness” in 2016., and we’re so happy to finally have him on for for a full release. The “State of Mind” EP is a sharp portrayal of his evolution as an artist from that time, showcasing his original sound and versatility. Learn more about Christian’s artistic philosophy and process below.

The Roots

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Welcome to my hometown: Reggio Emilia, Italia! So much of my musical identity comes from my roots here, and I find inspiration around every corner. This picture was taken at the new high-speed train station designed by the famous Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava. It’s an amazing project that I feel is a metaphor for my musical DNA. I am on a lifelong search for something new and innovative, to create futuristic atmospheres and unique emotional waves with sound.

The Studio

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When I hit the studio, the first thing I focus on is the main riff in a track. I’m deeply grateful to my partner Paul S-tone, who has built these unique modular synthesizers over the years, that allow me to achieve some exceptional sounds. Once a new song takes shape, I’ll test it with different sound systems to see if it is consistent. Only when I’m 100% satisfied - and believe me, I’m really meticulous – it’s ready to be mastered. 

The Club

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Every time I perform, the expectations of the clubbers are always present in my mind, you never know what kind of crowd you’re going to be playing for. Those first few tracks are so important to help me understand what kind of energy is out there on the floor. While I have my own tastes, the clubbers always come first. If they’re having a great time, then so am I, and that is the recipe for an unforgettable night.

Artist Feature Series 002: Sharam

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

Label owner Sharam has been a driving force in dance music since the early 90’s when he founded Yoshitoshi with then-partner Dubfire. Despite giving countless interviews over the years, we wanted to touch base with Sharam about his beginnings in DC and his approach to his artistry. Sharam’s new single “Lobi” is out now on Yoshitoshi.

The Roots

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"I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Iran before emigrating to the United States. In Iran, western music was essentially banned but there was an underground culture of trading bootleg tapes that I got involved in. Once I was in the US I remember being so amazed and overwhelmed by how much music I could suddenly consume. It really laid the groundwork for my becoming a DJ. When I realized that you could mix two records together with turntables and a mixer, that was it. I knew what I wanted to do."


The Studio

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"In the studio, I usually start with a sample. Sometimes I’ll start a track with a synth melody, but usually, it’s an idea from a sample. I get inspiration from samples. Once that happens I’ll start laying down some drums, and that’s when the track decides whether to go in a more house or a more techno direction. I’m susceptible to both, but lately, it’s been more on the techno side of things, and a lot of times I completely take the sample out. Other times I leave the sample in like on my new track Lobi. I felt like the track had more character and soul to it that way. I can usually get the basic skeleton of a track done in a day or two, but the fine details, tweaking, and mixing can take me anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. I’m not joking."


The Club

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"For me, my DJ sets are a combination of playing all the new music I've been sent or bought, as well as new Yoshitoshi signings and demos, mixed with some tried and tested records. I'm happiest and actually more inspired when I'm playing new music which helps me create that musical ‘journey' for the night. I rarely have a pre-programmed set. I believe in organic DJing. I like not knowing what should come next and relying on feeling the crowd and getting inspired and using that to put on a show using their reaction. A DJ set to me is like a short story. You have to have moments and create ups and downs an aim for a memorable and cohesive story with a beginning middle and end. I also use my DJ sets to test out my new material that I'm working and to see how they stack up with the finished, polished music from other artists I'm playing. It’s kind of like a laboratory for me. I take all the input from the crowd and feedback I get and make those changes on my laptop on my flight to the next destination. Then when I’m back home I hit the studio with a fresh perspective."

Artist Feature Series 001: Aaryon

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

Aaryon came on to our radar with an incredible remix of Olivier Giacomotto and ace releases on Noir Music, Suara, and Steyoyoke. We knew his cutting-edge approach to production belonged on Yoshitoshi, and he delivered an EP that blended the best aspects of techno and experimental electronica. In our first Artist Feature Series we hear about Aaryon’s beginnings in the small town of Vigo, Spain, and his approach to artistry both in the studio and the club.

The Roots

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"As far back As I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to darker sounds and music. I started playing the bass in a metal band at 14 and its translated into the energy of everything I've made since then. I'm from a small port town in Spain with beautiful surroundings, so playing the local clubs helped me break free from the routine lifestyle and express myself through sound. Techno and dance music always felt like a natural fit."


The Studio

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"Before I hit the studio every day, I like to first seek inspiration listening to all kinds of music and sounds. Then I start jamming around with different instruments until I found what it will be the main idea of the song. Next, I like to give a bit of structure to the idea and create a draft of what the song will be to test it out later. I need some time to stop working on it completely, and almost forget about it! Maybe 3 months later I’ll come back around and really finish it... This latest EP on Yoshitoshi was different and special for me, as it was inspired by a big change in my life."


The Club

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"I basically grew up in clubs, so when I play them I just follow two simple rules. The first one is to remember to enjoy and have fun with what I’m doing. The Second is to play for me as much as I play for the people, trying to keep in balance with what I want to show them and what makes them dance.”

Dino Lenny - I Feel Stereo (Remixes) Vinyl Release

Exciting news for those following our Dino Lenny - 'I Feel Stereo' release; the vinyl release is almost here! We're expecting to be completing orders on or around May 7th. 

Along with the original master, for all you vinyl heads, it comes with the blockbuster Red Axes remix. Their remix broke into the indie disco/dance top 10 charts on Beatport. It has also had support from Dixon and others. The flip side has the rhythmic and groovy remix by Steve Lawler, supported by Annie Mac, Waze and Odyssey, and many others! Don't sleep on Frankyeffe remix either, it could be breaking the charts soon. 

Dino Lenny - I Feel Stereo (Remixes) Out Now on Yoshitoshi

The next Yoshitoshi Classic is here and it's an iconic one - Dino Lenny's "I Feel Stereo." Anyone on the scene in 2001, when this monster tune was originally released, remembers its pulsing rhythms and ear-catching vocal hook. Seventeen years later, "I Feel Stereo" is back with three remixes from some of the finest artists around.

First up, Steve Lawler (working here as Lawler) has crafted a badass, bassline-driven house track that pummels with all the energy of the original. Steve continues his reign as as key innovator in dance music, modernizing this classic with unquestionable finesse.

The Red Axes boys deliver their left-field brand of house with a variety of distorted arpeggio riffs, futuristic chimes, and other left-field sounds that make their remix truly unique. It's another ace production from the Israeli duo.

Last but certainly not least, up-and-comer Frankyeffe, who delivered the goods on his collaborative Splitting Minds EP with Loco & Jam last fall, serves up some impeccably produced techno for big rooms. The Italian young gun's mix is absolute savagery. 

Of course, it wouldn't be a Yoshi Classic pack without a remastered original mix. We hope you enjoy this excellent remix pack.

Khainz Releases Debut Yoshitoshi EP 'Collider / Elaborate'

After making his Yoshitoshi debut with a massive remix of the Yoshitoshi classic "Manila Sunrise" by Luzon, Khainz is ready to release his first original material with the label. The two tracks on this EP are masterfully crafted techno giants that solidify the Swiss producer's talent, and you surely won't want to miss out on this exciting release.

"Collider" is melodic techno at its finest, a gorgeous tune that swells with power and grace. Delicate synths construct melodies that glisten between resounding breakdowns. The track is immense and full of life.

"Elaborate" infuses more attitude into Khainz's equation. The track's thundering groove and substantial bass make this a perfect tool for the apex of your set.

Khainz throws in all manner of effects and studio trickery into the equation, creating a brilliantly detailed soundscape that will absolutely smash in the club.