I discovered Yuga Takashima through a track I featured a while back called “Bad Orch” and decided to reach out and see if we could do an interview. Not knowing much about him, we had a bit of a back and forth to better get acquainted, but you’ll have to understand this correspondence took place between two people who knew nothing about the other’s language. I’m speaking in English and Yuga in Japanese, with my humble translations… what I came to realize is that there is a bit of an undiscovered humble musical soul going on here. Yuga was kind enough to also give us this special hour and half mix that will be a great way to leave you all with something special as Once Was Now takes a bit of a break for summer time. So, enjoy this sweet little interview and lovely mix for ya!
Questions & Answers with Yuga Takashima :
Where did you grow up and where do you live now? Is there a place, city, country that has had a profound influence on your sound?
I was born and raised in Japan and still living here now. I’m influenced by the Shizuoka and Tokyo club scene. The club scene is done really well in Shizuoka where I’ve been able to also take part in djing at some of the core parties. Tokyo is chaotic and busy, but if you search it out, you can find lots of good parties as well.
How did you get your start in Djing and making music?
I got my start in DJing clubs through friends and people I knew who had been doing it for longer than me who felt like my style fell in line with a sound that came from the same nature. I got a turntable and sampler in high school, which is when I started making songs.
What was the feeling you had when you first started to DJ?
I was really excited and nervous to see how people would react to hearing my favorite songs, I still get excited when I play now.
What else do you like to do besides music?
I like to see paintings and architecture. My sister and friends have taught me a lot of interesting information because I am an amateur in these areas.
Who are some people in music that have inspired you?
I like Daniel Bell’s style… I’m influenced by electronic music and jazz other than house music. I especially like Jacques Lejeune and The Revolutionary Ensemble.