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Name: Naoki Yamaguchi
9 July 1985 Born in Tokyo
Electronic Music Producer, Composer, DJ, Graphic Designer, Student
Genres: Detroit Techno, Techno, Minimal Techno, Tech-House, Deep Techno, Deep Progressive, Ambient, Dub Techno/House
Label: Random Recordings, Structural Damage Records
Through Naoki Yamaguchi’s many aliases (Cosmic Soul, Jean-Michel Serres, Dark Emotion...) we detect his manifest interest for philosophy, literature, design and Detroit’s techno music. He’s influenced mainly by what he reads and studies; like no other the expression “once a student always a student” fits him perfectly.
His music is defined by stunning “strings”, powerful basses and ever-growing mixes lead the listener to another dimension and wishing to never come back!
Thanks to that, what was supposedly a contract to release a couple of records soon became a partnership with Random Recordings, leading him to become co-owner of the label in 2012. Toxic-R8, the founder of RR, didn’t hesitate to sign down this 27 year old Tokyo born (but living in Osaka) producer /composer.
His prolific work goes from musical production to all the graphics related to Random Recordings and releases on other labels. Within a period of 6 months, he’s responsible for 6 of the 9 RR’s releases, never loosing the sight on the quality standards that he and Toxic-R8 impose for the label. And he has just begun!
Now, he’s already being remixed by people such as Santonio Echols (from the mythical Detroit duo “Reese & Santonio”), Dj Von (Gong Records) and Rob Belleville.
Discography: (on Random Recordings)
RR001 – Cosmic Soul – Circular Passage ep (4 track ep)
RR002 – Jean-Michel Serres – Amour de toi (5 track ep divided in 2 parts)
RR003 – Cosmic Soul – Cogito (12 track album, inspired on René Descartes’ philosophy)
RR005- Dark Emotion – 2K11 (part1) – Emotikon ep (4 track ep)
RR007- Dark Emotion – 2K11 (part2) – Dealing with Anger (4 track ep)
RR009 – Dark Emotion – 2K11 (part3) – Embracing the Machine (4 track ep)
Note – 2K11 series are inspired by Arthur C. Clark’s “2010 Space Odyssey 2”.
Equipments: Apple/iMac&Logic Express
MACKIE/1402-VLZ3, M-AUDIO/Pro Fire 610, FOSTEX/PM0.4, SHURE/SM58, KORG/TR61, Kaoss Pad Quad
KORG/MonoPoly, MS20, M-1, WAVESTATION, Spectrasonics/OMNISPHERE, Native Instruments/Pro-53, FM8, Togu Audio Line/TAL-BassLine, TAL-Elek7ro, GForce/Minimonsta, Oddity, VSM, Waldorf/Largo, LinPlug/Albino 3, discoDSP/Discovery, Scabee/JAY-BASS, d16/DRUMAZON, Nepheton, NITHONAT, Audio Damage/Axon
WAVES/Native Power Pack, PSP/Vintage Warmer
Live Equipments: Apple/MacBook Pro
KORG/Kaooss Pad Quad, nanoKONTROL2 & nanoPAD2