Composer, Arranger, Sound Designer, Producer, DJ, Guitarist Based in Tokyo, Japan.
Wataru Igarashi (aka Wata), a multi-talented composer, arranger, guitarist, DJ and recording artist, spent his childhood absorbing the cultural eclecticism of Tokyo, London, and Madrid. At fifteen, he began his music career in Madrid as a punk-guitarist for a skate-rock band called F.O.D., playing at skate championships and live-houses and getting featured in Spanish skate magazines.
After his return to Tokyo, he shifted his musical focus to less convention-following free-improvisation and jazz, and formed an experimental instrumental band called Indigo Cage Airlines. After graduating from university, he worked in the international sales divison at Fernandes Guitars, with whom he made frequent oversea business trips, making the full use of his knowledge of guitars and trilingual language skills.
From 2003 to 2008, Wata made valuable contributions to SYN Entertainment, a Tokyo-based music production company co-owned by Nick Wood, and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran. Attaining the role of musical director there, he composed and wrote scores for numerous successful TV commercial campaigns, commissioned by corporations like Toyota and Sony. While working at Syn, Wata started to produce artists including Silvio Anastacio, a Brazilian singer songwriter, and experienced a recording session in New York with special guest artists like Grammy-nominated singer Bebel Gilberto and legendary jazz saxophonist Ronnie Cuber. Ever since, he has been recording regularly with national and international singers and musicians, in studios in Tokyo or remotely via internet.
Wata is currently a freelance composer, making music for TV commercials, TV programs, websites, events (such as Art Aquarium, Tokyo Motor Shows), and music artists. He has also been producing sound designs for the latest mobile units, and digital cameras.
Wata has also been producing deep techno/electronic music as an artist himself. He has released a few 12" & digital EPs though labels such as Gynoid Audio, Counter Pulse, Sienna Obscure and Hypo=Espresso. June 2013, his latest release came out from British label Mariana Wax as a split EP with the label owner Tr nch (aka Dave Twomey) and Mike Parker. As a DJ/liveact, Wata has been performing in clubs in Tokyo including Eleven, Unit, Module, Solfa, and Dommune. Also he is working closely with Jelomu, a French techno DJ/Producer, as DRONE. Together they make ambient to deep & hypnotic techno DJ/live hybrid performance and organize events focussed on underground Techno music in Tokyo.