Having spent eight years performing, hosting events and working in art and fashion, Tokyo-based, British-Japanese DJ ELLI ARAKAWA arrives at the next stage in her career. With reinvigorated focus and a clear idea of where she is going, she sees 2015 as something of a turning point.
Inspired by the experiences and styles of techno she was discovering at the Labyrinth Festival, Elli gradually moved away from the eclectic style of DJing she had honed at fashion events, instead refining her taste to deep, purist techno. She plays with high energy and visible enthusiasm, often mixing quickly and catching crowds off guard.
In late 2013 Elli started her own event DUCE at club AIR, inviting Levon Vincent as the first guest. Since then she has hosted Tokyo techno hero DJ Shufflemaster and cemented the party as a go-to for techno fans. Whilst her ambition to tour the world and present her vision of techno overseas is strong, it’s no stronger than her love for her home country and the desire to support Japanese artists. Maintaining a clubnight on home soil is key and Duce will remain a platform to showcase local talent.
The transition doesn’t end there. Elli started producing her own music which is also becoming an obsession towards finding her own sound which we will be expecting to hear in the nearest future. Also an appearance on celebrated DJ stream Dommune, an ambient techno mix album on Nitelist and many festival appearances with some of Japan’s very finest in electronic music.
Now with greater scope as an artist and more technical ability behind the decks, it feels like Elli has found the right path, and with that a whole new world of opportunities arise.