OTAQUEST and LDH USA are bringing the high energy vibe of Tokyo’s nightlife to The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 3rd for a special one-night-only club event featuring the biggest names in Japan’s bustling club and EDM scenes.
OTAQUEST KICK OFF is a celebration of Japan’s electronic music culture that will feature live DJ sets from prolific DJ/Producers Taku Takahashi, Yasutaka Nakata, and TeddyLoid. Their live sets will create the culture and ambiance of the Japanese club scene and be accented with exciting visuals, stage lighting and the high production quality found in Tokyo’s most famous dance clubs.
OTAQUEST KICK OFF complements OTAQUEST LIVE, a special one-night-only live concert headlining The Novo in L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, July 3rd featuring live concert performances by J-Pop superstars Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and m-flo, as well as the first North American live performances from CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, and Hiroomi Tosaka. Each event is ticketed separately.
Tickets for OTAQUEST KICKOFF are available now:
OTAQUEST KICK OFF:
OTAQUEST Kickoff Club Event
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 10:30 pm
WHERE: The Novo by Microsoft L.A. Live – 800 W. Olympic Blvd
ARTISTS: Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE)
OTAQUEST events showcase what is “of-the-moment” in Japanese culture and celebrates the best in Japanese pop music and dance with some of today’s hottest artists. For additional information, visit: https://live.otaquest.com.
OTAQUEST KICK OFF ARTISTS:
Taku Takahashi launched his career in 1998 as the DJ/Producer of the popular hip-hop group, m-flo. The group quickly rose to prominence, and over the last decade has sold over 2 million copies of their 30 singles and 10 albums. Taku Takahashi is also well known for his solo work as a producer/songwriter and has remixed tracks for prominent artists such as Calvin Harris, The Ting Tings, Morgan Page, and SMAP. He also won the “Beatport Music Awards 2011 Top Tracks,” and has produced the soundtrack for the hit Japanese anime series, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Taku launched Japan’s first and only Dance Music Radio Station, “block.fm,” in 2011. Praised for his prominent role in the Japanese dance music scene, Taku Takahashi was voted the Number 1 DJ for three years straight, by Japan’s most well-known dance music publication “iLOUD” for their annual “DJ 50/50” top DJ list.
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/takudj/
Yasutaka Nakata is a leading figure in the prolific Japanese electro dance scene. While he delivers a distinct style driven by distorted sounds, he is also the creator of a style of “kawaii” electronic music, which has spawned many derivatives around the world. As a producer, he worked with top Japanese pop artists such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume. Yasutaka Nakata launched the musical unit, CAPSULE, in 2001 and has created the “Yasutaka Nakata sound” with his own works and tracks produced for many other artists. Many top international artists such as Madeon, Porter Robinson, Sophie (PC Music) have cited him as an influence. Yasutaka Nakata provided music for the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremonies and also had a featured track with the world-famous singer, Charli XCX with the song, “Crazy Crazy.” In addition to doing remixes for various artists such as ZEDD and Steve Aoki, he also co-produced a song with director JJ Abrams for the Hollywood movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness. In 2018 he released, Digital Native, which featured the colorful vocal cut-up track, “White Cube.” The release garnered him a top spot on both the overall and electronic music charts on iTunes.
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMWYqSmaxiqzpuBuFKbTTMg
Official Website: http://yasutaka-nakata.com/
Music producer and DJ/music artist, TeddyLoid, first served as chief DJ and sound producer for the recording artist, MIYAVI, on his world tour spanning thirteen countries. In 2010, he produced the soundtrack for the television anime series Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, along with Taku Takahashi (block.fm, m-flo). In 2011 he joined forces with musicians, Kou Shibasaki and DECO*27, to form the musical unit. galaxias!, and subsequently released an album with them. He was the sound engineer for the single, “Neo STARGATE,” on the 2013 album by pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z and later produced the group’s first official remix album, Re: MOMOIRO CLOVER Z.
In September of 2014, TeddyLoid released his first solo album, BLACK MOON RISING. December 2015 saw the release of his second album, SILENT PLANET, a collaboration featuring artists including Yasutaka Nakata of CAPSULE, HISASHI (GLAY), Tetsuya Komuro, Ryohei Shima (the dress codes), and Ayaka Sasaki (Momoiro Clover Z). In 2016, released of the SILENT PLANET 2 EP series digitally, as a sequel to his previous album. This effort featured artists such as KOHH, Bonjour Suzuki, CHANMINA, AiNA THE END (BiSH), and K Dub Shine, among others. As a music producer and remixer, TeddyLoid also has lent his talents to releases by a diverse range of musical artists, such as Yuzu, the GazettE, KOHH, HIKAKIN & SEIKIN, Crossfaith, and Yoshikazu Mela. Additionally, he has produced tracks for music videos by an array of top Japanese artists and numerous TV commercials and video game scores. TeddyLoid also garnered acclaim for his work abroad, including recognition as one of the top five most-played Japanese music artists on Spotify in 2016, and a successful world tour across four countries and spanning thirteen cities in 2017 and 2018.
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeddyLoidSpace
Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/TeddyLoidSpace
Official Website: http://www.teddyloid.com/
m-flo is a hip hop and dance group that has taken the Japanese music scene by storm and is captivating a widening international fanbase. Beginning with their 1998 breakout debut, the maxi-single titled, the tripod EP, which earned them an instant spot in the Top 10 of the Japanese Oricon charts, m-flo has gone on to chart 12 singles and 2 hit full-length albums, including Expo Expo, which sold over 800,000 copies in Japan. In 2017, m-flo celebrated its 20th anniversary and continues to inject vibrant sounds and moves into hip hop and pop music.
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astromantic,
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mflo10yrs.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is the most followed Japanese artist on Twitter and one of Japan’s most influential pop icons. She made her major J-Pop music debut with the Moshi Moshi Harajuku EP, which was notably produced by Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE). Kyary released her full-length solo debut Pamyu Pamyu Revolution in 2015 and it scored her first #1 spot on the Oricon charts, iTunes Japan charts and Worldwide Electro charts. Kyary has garnered accolades from Western artists such as Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Charli XCX. Kyary also curated an exhibition, The World Goes Pop, for London’s Tate Modern Art Museum. Kyary’s style and originality as a Harajuku icon and her music and artistic activities continue to attract and inspire an international fanbase.
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KPP.FC/
Official English Artist Page: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/english/
CAPSULE is the live production unit of Yasutaka Nakata. Formed with Toshiko Koshijima in 1997, they debuted in 2001 as a dynamic all-in-one music group combining shared passions for music, fashion, and video media. Yasutaka Nakata writes, composes, and arranges all of CAPSULE’s music. CAPSULE has performed at many renowned international festivals and incorporates impressive audio/video stage elements to its live shows. CAPSULE also has produced music for Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and contributed to the Star Trek: Into Darkness, Liar Game and Apple Seed Alpha movie soundtracks.
Official Website: http://capsule-official.com,
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CAPSULEOFFICIAL
CrazyBoy is the hip-hop project of ELLY, who made his debut as part of the J Soul Brothers III. His EPs NEOTOKYO and NEOTOKYO II have drawn wide international acclaim and debuted at #1 across multiple sales charts including on iTunes and mu-mo. CrazyBoy has collaborated with hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and PKCZ® (VERBAL / DJ MAKIDAI / DJ DARUMA) on the track, “Bow Down ft. CrazyBoy from EXILE TRIBE.” The song was released by the Dutch dance music label, Spinnin’ Records/Trap City. CrazyBoy has also appeared on tracks by Shinichi Osawa, the hip-hop icon, ANARCHY, and the dance hall reggae masters, Mighty Crown.
Official Website: http://crazyboy.jp
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbEutdoNcdNFEVKKQzGS2Mw
Hiroomi Tosaka is an actor, solo artist, and vocalist and released his major label debut in the Japanese pop group J Soul Brothers III from EXILE TRIBE with their first single, “Best Friend’s Girl”. In 2017 he released his first solo single, WASTED LOVE and last year debuted his first full-length album, FULL MOON, which he supported with a 23-date international tour. His clothing brand, CLAIR DE LUNE, offers a distinct world view expressed through fashion and draws influences from a wide range of cultures. As an actor, Hiroomi Tosaka debuted in Hot Road (2014), directed by Miki Takahiro, and was bestowed the Newcomer Award in four Japanese film festival ceremonies including the Japan Academy Prize. He is also an accomplished photographer and has released a collection of photo essays, NOBODY KNOWS.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/hiroomi_3jsb
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwjuPHBb3ZoncVeGoV1FSVg
OTAQUEST started as a web media platform delivering news on Japanese pop-culture including anime, music, video games, fashion and fan culture. Headquartered in Japan and staffed with a global network of contributors, OTAQUEST delivers timely content and daily updates including interviews with content notable creators, directors, and industry luminaries, as well as editorial and video content highlighting unique and focused topics for a growing English-speaking fanbase.
In 2018, OTAQUEST LIVE was established in both Japan and the United States with an emphasis on expanding the global audience for Japanese pop music and culture. Focusing on trending artists and the latest bands, DJs and live performers, OTAQUEST LIVE delivers the current sounds and styles of Japan with high energy and spectacular production quality. For additional information visit: https://www.otaquest.com
About LDH USA:
LDH USA Inc. was established to broaden, celebrate and raise awareness about Japanese culture internationally. The LDH roster of artists includes EXILE, J Soul Brothers III, GENERATIONS, and legendary Japanese hip hop and dance act, m-flo. A dynamic multi-faceted company, LDH Japan operates 14 dance schools and artist development facilities known as EXPG designed to inspire youth and develop talent. EXPG NY was established in New York City in 2014 and serves as an artist development center focused on training young artists in dance, music and singing and acting. In January 2019, EXPG LA was established in Hollywood in partnership with mL studio (Movement Lifestyle) one of the top dance studios in LA.
LDH Japan also operates 12 restaurants and 9 fashion brands including the renowned jewelry and apparel brands, AMBUSH, and HUMAN MADE, which is a partnership between LDH, Pharrell Williams and NIGO®. LDH USA is a part of the LDH Global Initiative which strives to share the LDH philosophy of “LOVE DREAM HAPPINESS” with the world and replicate the enormously successful live shows that LDH produces in Japan that have drawn over 50,000+ attendees per show and over 1.5 million guests per tour. For additional information about LDH, please visit: