A sound artist who builds his music around field recordings.
“Everyday sound is a potential sound source” - Yosi Horikawa
In 2009 Yosi Horikawa’s debut EP, Touch was released on the French label Eklektik (re-released in 2013). Two years later he was asked to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, where he collaborated with the likes of Dorian Concept, Anenon and Jesse Boykins III. It was also at this point he came to the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Benji B, who praised him for his unique productions.
In 2012, Horikawa’s internationally recognised EP Wandering was released on London’s First Word Records, praised by DJ Food, XLR8R and more. First Word then released his debut album Vapor in 2013, which was named Best Album of 2013 by The Japan Times and Fact Magazine. Since the release of Vapor, he’s performed at some of the world’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, Sónar, Mutek, Dimensions, Boiler Room and Low End Theory.
In 2015 Horikawa was invited to Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in Sete, performing on the special ‘Japan Night’ stage. While at the festival, he created Song for Remy, a track comprised of field recordings from the surrounding area, a collaboration with Daisuke Tanabe. The song, a dedication to Rémy Kolpa from Radio Nova, was then released as a 10-inch on Brownswood Recordings.
Following the success of Song for Remy, Gilles Peterson invited Yosi to New Orleans during a Worldwide FM special in the city. Here Yosi produced Song for Nola, which features Tank And The Bangas’ vocalist, Tank Ball and will be released in 2018.
Yosi’s work ranges widely. He’s produced jingles and theme songs for J-WAVE, Tokyo’s premier FM station, as well as original music for exhibitions at Any Tokyo and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation,Tokyo. Such is the originality of his compositions, and his journey to capture unique sounds, that he was the subject of a documentary in 2014. Layered Memories: Searching for Sound with Yosi Horikawa was a RBMA production.
Beyond writing and producing music, Yosi is a skilled sound engineer. He’s worked with Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s most prestigious architects, Italian fashion brand Furla and Mitsubishi Electric’s technology centre, METoA Ginza. Yosi is also a talented speaker designer, whose clients include Sound & Bar Howl in Tokyo.
Currently he is producing a regular feature “Soundscape with Yosi Horikawa” on Worldwide FM, Gilles Peterson’s online radio station.
Yosi Horikawa is an exceptionally original artist who never stops searching for sounds, creating a unique sonic world.