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Part of the SuncéBeat takeover
Satoshi Tomiie is a house legend. Since his big break in 1989 when he co-produced ‘Tears’ alongside the “Godfather Of House” Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi’s career has been continually on the up.
It all began with a love for jazz and a dislike for Japenese pop music in his younger teens. “Miles Davis was my hero”, Satoshi states in a recent interview for Change Underground. A keen pianist, he began practising jazz at 13 years old, however the sign of the times from the USA started to take its influence on him. Through early pioneering labels like Def Jam, Satoshi Tomiie found himself falling for Hip Hop. This newfound love saw his parents buy him his first pair of Technics, which he used alongside his dad’s NEC computer to create beats, scratch and lay jazz piano on top.
Natural development of his music taste found Satoshi move towards house production, which subsequently found him collaborating with Frankie Knuckles. This didn’t end his love for the piano however, as none other than Ryuichi Sakamoto invited Satoshi Tomiie to join him playing keyboards on his tours in the early 1990s. Following more commercial success, Satoshi’s career escalated, finding himself remixing the likes of U2, Mariah Carey, Photek, Simply red and David Bowie.
Satoshi Tomiie’s millennial and debut album Full Lick saw him take a new direction in his sound. Darker undertones, haunting vocals and entrancing grooves took main stage here. Satoshi’s second album in 2015, New Day, on his own Abstract Architecture label, demonstrated further sound development towards minimal, deeper house groovers. The subsequent New Day album samplers saw remixes from the likes of Ron Trent, Fred P, DJ Sneak and Satoshi himself.
Besides his forthcoming gig at this year’s Suncébeat festival, Satoshi Tomiie is readying an EP on Holic Trax alongside Tuccillo, due to be released in July. Also, his third album is on the way. Entitled Abstract Nature, it will be released on his Abstract Architecture imprint and features unreleased remixes from New Day from artists including Ron Trent, Maayan Nidam, Pablo Mateo, DJ Sneak, Fred P, Cab Drivers, Brawther, Hugo LX.
To celebrate his appearance at Suncébeat, Satoshi Tomiie digs for the Dalmation coast. Enjoy.