“Shintaro Haioka is a man who is deeply in tune with his cultural identity. Inspired by traditional Ukiyo-e art — a style that roughly translates to “pictures of the floating world”– Haioka offers a distinctively Japanese take on modern electronic music, and one that rationalises the past with the future, and his nation with the world. He supplements his digital compositions with live koto and guitar and the result is airy and deliberate, delicate and decisive. His string of EPs for the German label Emerald & Doreen brush up against a wide variety of styles — from ambient to dubstep — while never abandoning their point of origin.”
— Red Bull Music Academy
Shintaro Haioka, a Red Bull Music Academy 2014 Tokyo alumnus, is active based in Tokyo. He describes Japanese souls by mixing Japanese traditional sounds with electronic sounds.
Since 2006, he has been an active member of Japanese electronic bands “BREMEN” and “The KAH”. The bands had some gigs at some big music festivals in Japan. They played: SummerSonic, HACIENDA OISO Fes, NAGISA, and more. He started this solo-project in 2012. Soon after his debut, his demo tracks were accepted by Japanese traditional artists and he played at some galleries with their installation.
In September, he released the first conceptual EP “Blowin’ In The Wind Of Love” EP on Emerald & Doreen Records (Berlin,Germany). The EP was ranked No.1 on whatpeopleplay Electronica topseller chart. He is releasing some EPs and remix tracks from that time onwards.
In November, 2nd EP “Harumi” was released.
In April, had the exhibition “NHN” at “JapanCreativeCentre” by Japan embassy in Singapore. He is also a member of a Japanese Arts project called “NHN” with a Sho-dou(Japanese calligraphy) artist “Bunsho Nagata” and a modern sumi(Japanese ink) picture artist “Yasuhiro Nakano”. He played everyday at the exhibition while the 2weeks. And played at the local night club in Singapore. The 3hours log set was extended 1hour by the request from the club and the clouds who excited by his playing.
In March, 3rd EP “Rei-Row” was released.
In June, had a gig at Giardino dell’ArteCultura in Florence, Italy. The gig was held as the culture exchange event of Japan and Italy. played as the headliner of the event.
In November, graduated RedBullMusicAcademy 2014 Tokyo.
In March, played at SXSW 2015 in Austin,US. Almost artists and bands has 1stage, but He had 2stages for 2days.
In May, had a performance at “TEDx KOBE” which is official licensed by “TED”. He talks about the meanings of his music and the traditional of his country, and played his music.
Also in May, The debut album “From Ash Hill” was released. It ranked 11th on iTunes Electronic album chart. and played at Japanese big music festival “Rainbow Disco Club” and “Re:birth Festival”
In June. directed the music for Italian brand called “FURLA” fall winter 2015 collection exhibition at the one of the biggest Japanese temple “Zojo-ji”, Tokyo.
In July, went to Hannover, Germany for performance at “Festival Theaterformen” as a main performer. played 90minutes special long set.
In November, directed the music for Italian brand called “FURLA” spring summer 2016 collection exhibition at the one of the biggest Japanese temple “Zojo-ji”, Tokyo.
In June, Haioka announced his new album will be released in Nobemver. “Now And Zen – single” was released. And Haioka had perfomance at Japanese big music festival “TAICO CLUB”
2015.8.25(火) Red Bull Studiosで放送された「世界に誇れる日本のミュージシャンを紹介する音楽番組
【 MUSICSHARE#39 】より。HAIOKA氏と若山雅弘氏のコラボ出演。