5 Asian producers to watch out for
Steve Aoki shouldn’t be the only name that comes to mind when you think “Asian electronic producer.” Here are five Asian producers to look out for!
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Chace – 13k
Chace’s refined sound brings a distinct lighthearted and bouncy element to house music, and he hasn’t even turned twenty years old.
Already signed onto Yellow Claw’s Barong Family record label, the young producer, songwriter and singer from Shanghai brings a strong background on the drums.
He’s been praised by Amsterdam-based trap duo Yellow Claw for his “artistic maturity.”
Chace has broken through barriers as the first Chinese DJ to play the popular Belgium music festival Tomorrowland, and has collaborated with artists like other Barong Family artists such as Moksi and Cesqeaux.
My favorite track of his is “Work It,” a joint effort with Cesqeaux that unleashes a sexy pop dance anthem with strong house undertones.
MASAYOSHI IIMORI – 27k
Masayoshi Iimori from Saitama, Japan is one of the most prolific and limitless producers out there. He creates incredible hard dance tracks that lead into surprise trap-fueled drops. His sound is without equal, and sure to get pulses racing. No one production sounds like another.
He released his new EP “Hardcore” under A-Trak’s Fools Gold Records earlier this year. His track “Nobody” begins with a frenetic hard house rhythm that first drops into a heavy house beat and then gradually builds into a grand, melodic trap sequence.
Masayoshi cited Flosstradamus as one of the biggest influences that introduced him to the sound of trap.
Check out his trappy and moombahton-inspired collaboration with Rawtek, “Mango Beat.”
I first heard his remix of Mr. Oizo’s “Positif” in a Vindata Ultra set and was blown away by how he added a Japanese pop spin to the track before transitioning into a head-bobbing, complex blend of rapid blips and trappy beats.
His take on Anna Lunoe’s “Radioactive” is one of the most unparalleled versions of the track, incorporating low robotic lazer noises and surreal synths that sound like they were taken straight from a video game.
His music has been featured in sets and mixes by Vindata, Boombox Cartel, Sober Rob and Diplo himself! He also opened for RL Grime in Tokyo!
Mark Redito – 53k
Filipino producer Mark Redito, formerly known as Spazzkid, was introduced to me by Jenn Im, my favorite Youtuber. I heard the track “Kokeshi Doll” playing in the background of one of her videos, and it
His track “Kokeshi Doll” sounds like a walk through a lush forest wearing rose-colored glasses, while his song “Getting to Know You” is a laidback, whimsical tune.
Though his electro pop-inspired music certainly doesn’t sound like it, he grew up listening to a lot of emo music. He’s been remixed by producers such as Luca Lush and JSTJR.
One of his biggest tracks is with Sarah Bonito of Kero Kero Bonito, called “Truly.”
Meanwhile, his song “Boba Date” is a playful song that’s happy and light at first, but picks up into a video game-esque tune.
MYRNE – 63k
Manfred Lim is one of Singapore’s top producers. As a teenager, he listened to everything from classical music to blues and ragtime. He’s currently studying political science in college and got into the electronic scene by listening to artists like Deadmau5 and Justice.
These days, he works with a variety of artists like Luca Lush and KRANE to create memorable tracks that have brought him to festivals like Ultra Singapore and Tomorrowland.
Some of his best tracks include “Pretty Things” with Jill Chang, another crazy remarkable Asian producer. It’s got one of those trap-heavy reverse drops that catches you off guard.
“Tiger Blood” with graves (another incredibly talented Asian producer) is one of his top tracks, garnering over 2 million streams on Soundcloud. It immediately starts out with a future bass tune, a catchy melody floating above the fast-paced synths.
You’ve definitely heard “Low Life” in a bunch of other performers’ live sets before. Luca Lush and MYRNE’s take on Future’s epic song transitions from a more serious undertone to a bouncy, almost Marshmello-esque vibe.
josh pan – 118k
josh pan is a Taiwanese American producer who, fun fact, went to the Parsons School of Design!
His music ranges from trap masterpieces like “The Zoo” with Medasin and X&G to more house-influenced tracks such as his recent collaboration with Habstrakt, “Movie.”
I saw him open for Getter two years or so ago. He also showed up to play a surprise B2B with Medasin to open for Ekali in Chicago last year. Both were INCREDIBLE.
His production truly seems to know no bounds. His track “do you believe in soulmates” is a soft, fluttery song with a simple but wubby melody that sounds like butterflies having a darty.
Meanwhile, “give it to ya” ft. ABRA is a masterful production with action-filled sound effects that pairs perfectly with ABRA’s sultry and free-flowing voice.
His song “platinum” with X&G was released off of Skrillex’s OWSLA label and helped him and X&G gain more prominence. It’s playful, animalistic and just screams JOSH PAN!
One of my favorite tracks that he’s been part of is his track “killshot” with explore and mo vibez. It’s a song reminiscent of Mr. Carmack that stirs the imagination. At first listen, it sounds like a low-energy trap song, but transforms into a thoughtful and dulcet tune.