Hiroshi Watanabe (aka Kaito) has been involved in the house and techno music world since his graduation from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A. where he received a major in Music Composition. Following his move to New York City he started DJi..
Hiroshi Watanabe (aka Kaito) has been involved in the house and techno music world since his graduation from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A. where he received a major in Music Composition. Following his move to New York City he started DJing in plenty of hot venues. He had a residency at "Save The Robots" but also performed as a guest DJ in high profile New York clubs such as "Tunnel", "Twilo" and "Speed".
He had several chart hits on the US Billboard Club Play chart including "Kimara Lovelace /Circles" which went to No.1. He has released numerous tracks under the Hiroshi Watanabe and Nite System projects on New York labels such as Deeper Rekords, Nitegrooves and BPM King Street Sounds. He also released an E.P. and the album "Sketch From A Moment" on Frogman Records under the alias Quadra, as well as the album "Beatmania -Beat Indication" on the Japanese label Konami, under his real name.
Hiroshi Watanabe has also left his mark in the video games department, providing music for one of the most famous video arcade and Playstation games "Beat mania".
In March 1999 he decided to move back to Japan where he has been acting as producer for Japanese artists and making an even bigger impact with his many remix projects. His new alias Kaito was a 2001 initiative, under which he released "Beautiful Day", "Everlasting", "Awakening", the albums "Special Life", "Special Love" and "Soul of Heart" on the German label Kompakt Records.
At that same period he started a new deep slow house project called "Tread" with the assistance of graphic designer Takehiko Kitahara and so far "Tread" has released four albums. In 2003 he had a release under the alias "32 project" the "Root of World" EP on the highly acclaimed label, Ibadan Records.
Hiroshi continues giving live performances as Tread and Kaito, but also continues DJing, where he uses his name Hiroshi Watanabe, throughout all popular Japanese clubs. In 2002, he gave a fantastic performance at the Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona, Vision in Switzerland and at Popkomm in Cologne, Germany. Moreover, the talented Mr. Watanabe has also made music for films, has composed television jingles as well as music for theatre plays, fashion shows and more.
His talent in the fine arts has been extended even since 2002 when he started working as a photographer. He has held several photo exhibitions at galleries and clubs in Tokyo and his first photography book, accompanied by the "Tiny Balance" DVD and an original soundtrack, was released in Japan in September 2004 by Colorve.
2006 will sees Hiroshi Watanabe (as Kaito) release another full-length album for Kompakt.
Beautiful Day (Kompakt)
Special Life (Kompakt)
Soul Of Heart (Kompakt)
Color Of Feels (Kompakt)
Hundred Million Light Years (Kompakt)
Behind Of My Life(Kompakt)
Until The End Of Time(Kompakt)
Less Time Until The End(Kompakt)
Hiroshi Watanabe Releases:
4th Dimension (Nite Grooves)
Bad House Music (Nite Grooves)
Beatmania - Beat Indication (Konami)
Nite System (Deeper Records NYC)
The Third EP (Nite Grooves)
Future Drive (Nitelist Music)
Matrix EP (Third Ear Recordings)
Slave Driver (Nitelist Music)
Hiroshi Watanabe (Klik Records)
Tiny Balance Volume 1 Soundtrack (Colorve)
Point Of Life (Klik Records)