Satoshi Tomiie is, quite simply, Japan's most successful International
DJ and House producer. Satoshi's music career began at an early age when
his parents encouraged him to study the piano. He trained for an
admirable ten years, developing a distinct passion for jazz. In school
he played in various bands. Soon after, the sound of Hip Hop provoked
him to not only form his own band but also to start his foray into
DJ'ing and production. Then came house, as he became fascinated by the
early Chicago mix-tapes he was hearing.
A Japanese cosmetic company asked Satoshi to produce a track for their
forthcoming promo parties where legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles was
performing. Knuckles saw the potential in Satoshi's music and asked if
he was interested in collaborating. The final result of their
partnership was "Tears", a defining moment in vocal house and a song now
commonly regarded as an all time classic. Satoshi soon took the leap and
moved to New York. Since his seminal hit "Tears" with Frankie Knuckles
back in 1989, he has gone on to become a major part of the acclaimed Def
Mix crew. Through this relationship he has remixed and worked with the
likes of Simply Red, David Bowie, U2, Mariah Carey, Misia (Japan's #1
R&B artist), just to name a few.
Even though Satoshi was a major DJ in Japan, the challenge of spinning
along side House greats like David Morales and Frankie Knuckles became
the motivation for developing his own sound and identity and has
established Satoshi as a headliner and a mainstay in the DJ community.
He tours constantly and can be found spinning records in major clubs
around the world.
In 2000 Satoshi wrote and produced his debut album for Sony entitled
"Full Lick" featuring performances by Kelli Ali (former lead singer of
Sneaker Pimps), Diane Charlemagne, Robert Owens and others. The album
has been met with critical acclaim by his fans and the press with each
single enjoying top ten dance chart success. "Up in Flames", one of the
singles from the album, included mixes from John Digweed and became a
number one dance hit in the UK. It is also featured on a number of mix
cd's including Global Underground mixed by Steve Lawler. In the US, "Up
in Flames" and "Darkness" established Satoshi's presence in the
Alternative music scene as well as the Dance music scene. The upcoming
Global Underground compilation mixed by John Digweed features "Love in
Traffic" the latest release from "Full Lick" in addition to three other
Recently, Satoshi launched his own label "SAW.RECORDINGS". It was
Satoshi's desire to create a platform from which he would be able to
showcase ideas and creativity that are more experimental and
underground. His first single entitled "Paranoize" by Bipath has caused
major excitement from DJ's worldwide.
SAW.RECORDINGS is an example of the direction that Satoshi is heading
in, acknowledging the changes in the dance music scene, thus shifting
what House music is. House music never stops evolving and expanding its
borders and Satoshi Tomiie will be in the forefront of this movement.
Not forgetting his Def Mix roots, Satoshi will release a mix compilation
for Definity Records this summer as he continues to DJ globally.