TCY Radio on block.fm
TCY Radio is part of Block.fm, an internet based radio station based out of Tokyo. Block.fm plays a vast mixture of music, including some of the following: reggae, hiphop, house, techno, electro, DnB and EDM. The station has a mixture of weekly shows and monthly ones. A lot of the shows are Japanese based, shows like: TCY Radio, Shibuya OIRAN warm up Radio, 楽屋裏Radio and more. Block.fm also plays a lot of import shows from the like of Carl Cox’s Ibiza Global Radio, Ministry of Sound Radio, Hed Kandi Radio and more. Block.fm is probably the biggest dance “radio” station based out of Japan on the net. It’s is not just an internet radio station, it holds different events all year around, like it’s block party at Clubasaia, where it showcases some of its DJs for the public’s pleasure, and for the last two years working with Burn to find the world’s next best DJ.
The guy that started Block.fm and who has weekly shows on the station is Taku Takahashi. He is also part of the group M-Flo and works as a record producer too. His main show, and what I would say is the flagship show of Block.fm, is TCY Radio. He runs the show together with Takeru John Otoguro (TJO) who has other shows on Block.fm too. Taku is behind the record label TCY Recording and he has also done many remixes for the likes of Calvin Harris and others.
I first heard of Block.fm after stumbling over TCY Radio show. Since I’m a big dance music fan, I found the show to be exactly to my taste. The show had a great mixture of all different types of dance music, which is a big plus since there’s something for everyone that likes dance music. The show’s two main DJs are Taku Takahashi and Takeru John Otoguro (TJO). Taku brings a great lot of energy to the show. He speaks both and English and Japanese, which makes the show even more interesting for the non-Japanese speakers out there, and at the same TJO keeps the tunes coming.
The show regularly has guests in the studio, from Japanese to international artists. The show has featured lots of mixes for the UK DJ Jaguar Skills and Taku Takahashi has a feature on a mini mix show called Jaguar skills and His Amazing Friends, which was a part of a late night show on BBC Radio 1 show with Kissy Sell Out. Here’s that mix:
From listning to TCY Radio you can hear that the show gets a lot of it’s influences from shows on Radio 1 in the UK in the way the style of the show plays out. Both the DJs complemets their show and both bring their own part to the show.
TCY Radio is live from Tokyo every Friday evening from 21:00 (9.pm) and because of time zones that means depending where in the world you live it will be on at diffrent time. For us in Europe that means it’s on Friday afternoon, but don’t worry if you miss the show, because they have a great archive of all the lastest shows that have aired, so just check it out there instead if you missed it live.
Takeru John Otoguro:
Another great article with in-depth about the start up of the station is from the Japan Times web site: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2011/07/07/music/tcy-radio-aims-to-revive-club-scene/