Reynold (Trenton Rec/Berlin)
Ryoma Sasaki (Transit Rec. Kyoto)
D.J.Fulltono (Booty Tune)
Ken'ichi Itoi (Shrine.jp/MYTH)
B from Outatbero
■Reynold (Trenton Rec/Berlin)
Sam Rouanet started playing violin and classical guitar at a conservatory at the age of 6. But a few years later he chose the electric guitar and started jamming with his father (who's an excellent jazz musician…) Despite early exposure to jazz through his dad and growing up with soul music, by the 90's Sam developed a keen interest in the independent rock scene (bands like "Fugazi", "No means no" or "Helmet"…).
Even back then experimenting with new sounds was mainly what he was aiming for! Hip hop was also a big step for Sam - especially in terms of production… the need to produce his own music became increasingly more important to him… especially after having met Matt Lux (the bass player from Isotope 217°).
Sam then moved to Chicago and got inspiration from the house and "post rock" scenes (which at the time wasn't even called that way but how else would anyone label Tortoise's music, anyway?) And so Matt and Sam formed a funk band called A.U.F.M and started playing in the Chicago local scene!
Sam then moved to London and his collaboration there with Kinobee and Scanone led him to concentrating on his own production work. Back in France he met Phil Stumpf and so it was only after a couple of European tours with the band “OH.” that the Canvas / Duplex100 and Minimal Dancin' adventures got started! His solo project - Reynold - also began developing around that time. After signing several 12” on labels such as Morris-Audio citysport, Out of Orbit and Trenton he released a full Cd album on Stewart Walker’s imprint – Persona. He also started his own label called Trenton records in 2003 which is now becoming one of the most established underground electronic dance music platform in Europe with artists like 3 Channels & SLG, Nooncat, Touane, Till von Sein & Aera, P.toie, Theodor Zox, Der Thal and himself as Reynold of course… The new catalogue signed new artists like the Venezuelan Garnica, Giovanni Verga and Cosmic Cowboys from Italy and Elias Landberg from Sweden. Early on this year, Samuel Rouanet arranged and produced Mima Osawa’s full-length album called “Kirameki Highlight” and recorded an album with his father Jacques Rouanet and their electronic free jazz band called “Kigo” alongside with a CD called “Tronicstan” made in Kazakhstan with local artists sponsored by The French Embassy and the Goethe Institute.
■Ryoma Sasaki (Transit Rec. Kyoto)
Ryoma is a track maker and DJ who is well known in the Japanese underground. He started his career as a musician in the early 90’s. He has had a lot of experience in a variety of underground bands as a guitarist and vocalist. He then started to participate in the club music scene playing live and DJing, and was nominated as a finalist of the Roland Groove Competition in 2000. He currently plays an active part in the Kansai scene, playing live and DJing in Kyoto and Osaka, and organizing the locally famous event Undermine at Kyoto’s legendary Club Metro. His strong livesets have an excellent reputation and he has played with prolific domestic and international artists including Juan Atkins aka Model 500, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Terrence Parker, Laurent Garnier, Stefan Goldmann, Andy Vaz, Gunne&Zuckermann, DJ3000, Rennie Foster, Hiroshi Watanabe aka Kaito(Kompakt/Transmat), , Bee Lincoln and many more. In 2009 he started to run his own record shop “Transit Records Kyoto” and as of next year started to run his own label, Transit Records. The first release was Detroit legend Terrence Parker’s “Beautiful Life” 12” with remixes by myself (Ryoma Sasaki) and another Kyoto artist, DJ Itoi. And second release was the own title "Transit EP" including a remix of his track by Tagträumer² (Black Fox Music/Rauschzeit). After it, He released Stefan Goldmann's brilliant track "Empty Suit" as the 3rd release. The 4th release was the coupling EP with Hiroshi Watanabe(Kompakt/Transmat) and 5th release was the coupling EP with Bee Lincoln. Now the label is preparing for 6th vinyl release including Gunne, Zuckermann's remixes, it will be out in spring.
Until now, he did the Germany tour 7 times, played at not only famous clubs like Tresor. Berlin, Cookies, Renate, but also many underground clubs like Golden Gate, Silvergold in Frankfurt am main.