Satoshi Tomiie

Satoshi Tomiie

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Satoshi Tomiie
Satoshi Tomiie is Japan’s most successful DJ. Since the late 1980s he has been at the forefront of the global house music movement thanks to his seminal dancefloor anthems, pop remixes, headliner DJ sets and constant reinvention.

A lifelong student of jazz and classical piano, Satoshi's debut single ‘Tears’, co-produced in 1989 with the "Godfather of house", Frankie Knuckles, was an instant club hit. In the early 1990s, he toured and played keyboards for Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and has gone on to remix some of pop’s biggest names including U2, Mariah Carey, Photek, Simply Red, and David Bowie.

At the turn of the millennium, Satoshi introduced a groundbreaking new club sound via 2000’s ‘Full Lick’ album. The long-player featured dark twisted electronic rhythms, haunting vocals, and hypnotic grooves that came to set the benchmark for a new developing house scene. The album’s hit single ‘Love In Traffic’ became a worldwide underground hit.

He is now based in New York City and runs the Saw Recordings label.
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Satoshi Tomiie Discography


XDCL-93362 Satoshi Tomiie Full Lick (Album) SMEJ Associated Records, SMEJ Associated Records, INCredible XDCL-93362 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AACD001 Satoshi Tomiie New Day (Album) Abstract Architecture AACD001 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FXDJ 108 Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears (Single) FFRR FXDJ 108 UK 1989 Sell This Version
FFRR-14067 Satoshi Tomiie Featuring Arnold Jarvis Satoshi Tomiie Featuring Arnold Jarvis - And I Loved You (Maxi) FFRR FFRR-14067 US 1990 Sell This Version
POCD-1011 Satoshi Tomiie & Frankie Knuckles Satoshi Tomiie & Frankie Knuckles - And I Loved You / Tears(CD, Maxi) London Records, FFRR POCD-1011 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
NWKT 82 Johnny Vicious vs. M.F.S.B.* / Johnny Vicious vs. Satoshi Tomiie Johnny Vicious vs. M.F.S.B.* / Johnny Vicious vs. Satoshi Tomiie - T.S.O.P. (Theme From Soul Train '94) / Butt Burgler(12") Network Records NWKT 82 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ESCB 3204 Akiko Yano X Satoshi Tomiie Akiko Yano X Satoshi Tomiie - Harusaki-Kobeni (Single) Dance Pool, Dohb Discs ESCB 3204 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
663411 6 Satoshi Tomiie Presents Shellshock Satoshi Tomiie Presents Shellshock - K-Jee (Maxi, Single) Dohb Discs 663411 6 France 1996 Sell This Version
S3 666813 2, 6668132008 Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Robert Owens & Cevin Fisher Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Robert Owens & Cevin Fisher - Darkness (Maxi) S3, S3 S3 666813 2, 6668132008 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
INCRLP10 Satoshi Tomiie Come To Me (Maxi) SMEJ Associated Records INCRLP10 UK 1998 Sell This Version
AICT 1226 Satoshi Tomiie Re-Lick-Ed (Comp) SMEJ Associated Records AICT 1226 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
6678082, 66708082000 Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Diane Charlemagne Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Diane Charlemagne - Inspired (Single, Maxi) Columbia 6678082, 66708082000 France 1999 Sell This Version
AICT 1024 Satoshi Tomiie Heaven (Maxi) SMEJ Associated Records AICT 1024 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AICT 1116 Satoshi Tomiie Up In Flames (Single, Maxi) INCredible AICT 1116 1999 Sell This Version
007594 2 Satoshi Tomiie 'Mini' Lick (EP) INCredible, INCredible 007594 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
SAW006 Satoshi Tomiie Virus Saw Recordings SAW006 US 2001 Sell This Version
AICT 1288 Satoshi Tomiie Atari (Maxi) INCredible AICT 1288 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
670932 6 Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Kelli Ali Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Kelli Ali - Love In Traffic (Single) INCredible 670932 6 UK 2001 Sell This Version
SAW023 Satoshi Tomiie, Ice (7) Satoshi Tomiie, Ice (7) - Scandal In New York Saw Recordings SAW023 US 2003 Sell This Version
FOR-020 Satoshi Tomiie & Little Green Men Present Fishead Satoshi Tomiie & Little Green Men Present Fishead - Autorock Forensic Records FOR-020 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Stir1538 Satoshi Tomiie Presents Mes (4) Satoshi Tomiie Presents Mes (4) - Back To Basics (Motorcitysoul Remixes)(12") Stir15 Recordings Stir1538 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
SYST1005-6 Satoshi Tomiie Straight Up Systematic (3) SYST1005-6 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
MLS13 Satoshi Tomiie Prism Vision(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Melisma Label MLS13 UK 2012
SAW0086 Satoshi Tomiie Backside Wave EP(2xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Saw Recordings SAW0086 US 2012
AA002 Satoshi Tomiie New Day (Album Sampler #2)(12", Ltd, Smplr) Abstract Architecture AA002 Germany 2015 Sell This Version

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November 8, 2003
Yes, hes one of the latest producers, going more focused into the house styles, touching a side form the progressive in all his tracks he choses for his compilation cd's and stuff, as he says , hes more inspired by the dark rythms, thats where the true challenge lies for him, satoshi's music is as well as inspiring and gorgeous, along with sander kleinenberg and chris fortier, i should name those three by the most popular dj's in the house - progressive scene as far as today, but, more to come, you can be sure of.


October 10, 2001
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A house music veteran and one of the first producers to convert the Japanese to club culture, Satoshi Tomiie was a crucial third man in the Def Mix Productions team helmed by David Morales and Frankie Knuckles.

Born in Tokyo in 1966, Tomiie grew interested in electronics and keyboards at an early age, and formed his first band in the early '80s.

After American house music began crossing the ocean, Tomiie began DJing and producing on his own. He met house pioneer Frankie Knuckles while the two DJed at a party thrown by a Japanese cosmetics company, and was promptly hired aboard New York's Def Mix Productions collective, home of Knuckles and another house hero, David Morales.

Tomiie collaborated on several dancefloor smashes during the late '80s and early '90s, including "Tears" by Underground Solution and "I'll Be Your Friend" by Robert Owens. He also began remixing all sorts of club-bound pop stars -- Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, Diana Ross and U2, among others.

Though he didn't record much on his own, Tomiie issued singles under his own name as well as Level 9, Loop 7, and the Black Shells. A contract with Sony in the late '90s resulted in a flurry of new productions, including his debut album, Full Lick.

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