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Nao Katafuchi is a Japanese artist who makes electronic music with a guitar & a semi vintage synth box, creates his own world of cold romantic wave.
Growing up in the suburb of Tokyo in the 1980's, Nao spent his teenage years on the streets of Shibuya searching for instruments and records, falling in love with electronic music and inhaling everything that the district had to offer. The urban flair of Tokyo, where the growth of hi-tech industry was years ahead from the rest of the world, influenced what would later become his retro-futuristic trademark sound.
In 1991, he relocated to New York City's Lower East Side, where he started working as an audio engineer for recording production companies; picking up a guitar to later form his first band, SUPERFORTRESS, with which he released a couple of self-produced Eps and Lps.
After years of experimenting with different sounds and scenes, Nao focused on more synthesizer-oriented electronics, finally finding a niche of musically kindred spirits at the legendary Wierd Record's parties, where he made his debut as Nao Katafuchi. Deeply involved in the thriving minimal synth scene of the City, together with acts such as Xeno & Oaklander, Martial Canterel, Epee Du Bois and Led Er Est – he eventually met Willie Burns of Brooklyn's WT Records, who released his first record, Yumegoto, in 2012.
In 2013 Nao contributed a track to the Modern Movement photo book + compilation CD, released by Berlin based label aufnahme + wiedergabe. His another track was featured on the Railroads in Juxtaposition compilation cassette by Canadian label Electric Voice Records.
In the late 2015 Nao moved his home base to Germany, and his first full length album Émergence is expected to be released from Nadanna, Germany’s Anna Logue Records’ sister label, in winter 2015. The album is featuring contributions from Kevin Komoda of Rational Youth, Miss Liz Wendelbo from Xeno & Oaklander, Tomo Akikawabaya and Tona Ohama. Borrowing Liz Wendelbo's words, it is easy to imagine oneself lost in Nao's music “while driving through Tokyo at night: neon lights, mannequins in shopwindows, and empty streets”, enthralled within his sonic creation of a future past.
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