Hey EDM fans! It’s your favorite rookie EDM journalist, Alex Kil, here. I am currently in Tokyo, Japan, where I will be for the next 12 months. This weekend, I have the amazing opportunity to cover Ultra Japan 2017, one of the largest EDM events in Japan. This is possibly the first of many events I will cover while in Japan, in order to give our EDM LA readers a glimpse of the EDM seen abroad!
Ultra Japan will occur September 16, 17, and 18 on the beautiful beachfront of Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park. Located southeast of the famous Shibuya and Shinjuku areas of Tokyo and facing the scenic Tokyo Bay, attendees from all over Japan and the world will have the opportunity to close out the humid summer with bangin’ beats and dirty drops alongside some of the most famous EDM DJs in the world. This year’s lineup is headlined by the likes of Alesso, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, Hardwell, Joseph Capriati, Knife Party, Kygo, Nicky Romero, Sasha John Digweed, Seth Troxler, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, and Tiesto. This 4th Ultra Japan will also include a live stage for the first time, with live headliners including Empire of the Sun, Kshmr, Pendulum, Porter Robinson, Tchami, and Underworld. Along with the heavy-hitter headliners are a variety of Japanese DJs. While I personally don’t know them, I will be sure to check them out!
As my most avid readers know, I am a big fan of The Chainsmokers as they not only have tons of hit singles but know how to make excited sets at festivals. I missed Porter’s “Shelter” tour in the states, so you know I will be front and center for his live set. Alesso, Knife Party, Kygo, and Tiesto are also must-sees.
One Japanese DJ I am looking forward to see is Mitomi Tokoto and his world famous Cyber Japan Dancers crew, a group of beautiful Japanese dancers who are extremely popular performers at the biggest clubs and concerts in Japan. The question is, will his set at Ultra match the expectation of the Ultra Music Festival image and the hype of his dancers? From my two past Japanese club experiences, I have not heard any mixes of sets from Japanese DJs that were on the level of American or European DJs. If Ultra Japan is the place where the best of Japanese EDM can flex their skills, I hope they bring their A-game and impress me.
If you happen to be attending the festival and see me, say “hi” as I will be running around taking pictures and having a jolly time as usual.
Until next time when I provide my review of Ultra Japan 2017!