Hailing from Ibaraki, Shingo Nakamura is a Tokyo-based producer and DJ who is known for his progressive house style that blends deep and lyrical sounds with classical piano. Growing his footprint beyond a dedicated fan base in Asia, he has performed sold-out shows at many regarded venues in the U.S., as well as reaching #1 on Beatport’s Progressive House Charts twice.
Accruing over 100k monthly listeners on Spotify, and even launching Spotify’s new ‘DJ Mixes’ global initiative alongside other DJs, Shingo has cemented himself as one of the world’s leading talents in the melodic and progressive house space as a talented professional.
Hey Shingo, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. To start, congrats on the release of “Focus!” How does it feel to have the track out?
When you sat down to make “Focus,” what was the production process like?
This time I wanted to create a relaxing chill house track. I started out making it at 123 BPM, but I thought a slower tempo would fit the song’s elements better, so I ended up going with 118 BPM. It turned out to be the slowest house track I’ve made, but I think it’s good!
What was the inspiration behind this track in particular?
I wanted to make a song that would give a faint warmth and a positive feeling to people who are troubled or sad. I would be happy if everyone listening to this song feels a little more relaxed.
“I wanted to make a song that would give a faint warmth and a positive feeling to people who are troubled or sad.”
Shingo’s hopes others feel inspired to see the positive side of life with his music.
It’s been a year since you released your highly praised album ‘Glow’ on Monstercat. What have you been up to since then? How’s life in Tokyo?
After the release of “Glow,” I’ve been busy making music and working outside of music. This pandemic is still raging in Tokyo, but I’m able to get out and travel more than before. So I enjoy traveling domestically and eating out (with alcohol, of course!).
You’ve been deeply involved in the electronic music scene for over a decade now. In your opinion, how has it changed over the years?
Since it’s easier to release songs than before, the number of tracks has significantly increased. Therefore, promotion through social media has become more critical. I think people are listening to music because they like the artist regardless of the genre they made. So I really appreciate everyone who listens to my music!
I saw that you were part of a handful of artists selected to participate in Spotify’s new DJ Mixes initiative. What can listeners expect from your mix? Are there any unreleased tracks from you in there?
I have selected my favorites, mainly songs that are relevant to me. I went with my usual style, but I expect listeners who don’t usually hear this kind of sound will find it refreshing. I’m thrilled to participate in Spotify’s new initiative because it gives listeners the opportunity to discover the genre of music.
“I’m thrilled to participate in Spotify’s new initiative because it gives listeners the opportunity to discover the genre of music.”
Shingo’s latest Spotify initiative puts a new twist on the streaming service.
What artist would you like to collaborate with outside of the electronic music space?
I’d love to collaborate with a player of a traditional Japanese instrument like the Shakuhachi!
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their career as a producer?
Pursuing trendy music is important, but it’s not everything. Take care of yourself by focusing on what music you really like and what is unique to you.
As things start to return to normal, what are some of your goals for 2022? Any upcoming shows or collaborations that fans can look forward to?
I have recently resumed DJing in Japan. And I’d like to start DJing overseas this year! I’m also working on new songs and collaborations, so there’s something to look forward to!