It is a great pleasure to publish this week’s episode of Nightclubber Podcast with the japanese, Tokyo born Akiko Kiyama who has been a prominent figure on the minimal techno scene being the first female producer to have come out of Japan.
Akiko’s sound is a complex pattern of sounds. Raw and industrial, dark and moody, her signature sits firmly within the minimal style, but with a melodic structure that gives shape and structure. It’s rare that a sound so minimal results in something so engrossing, something that sucks you in and keeps you listening intently on what’s going to happen next. Akiko’s tracks feel like stories, captivatingly told through her experimentation with sound.
Akiko grew up with an education dominated by music, a classically trained pianist and guitar player by the age of twelve, she went on to explore and teach herself how to fuse her classic skills with sounds created by electronic equipment. Akiko fell deeper into dance music, eager to evolve and create electronically manipulated sounds and atmospheres, she began producing in 2002. Kiyama’s debut “Dimension” EP was signed in 2004 on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth and Ricardo Villalobos. “7 Years”, Akiko’s solo album, released in 2008 on District of Corruption is an eleven track showcase of this artists complex talent. And in 2011 her second album “Doublethink” has been released on the japanese label op.disc.
Now based in Berlin, Akiko holds a hefty 15 releases to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterior, Thema, Lick My Deck and Safari Electronique amongst others. Live performances in London’s Fabric, Berlin’s infamous Berghain and many more worldwide; Akiko Kiyama continues to develop, produce and release as well as pushing the boundaries of minimal techno with her live set’s performed around the world.