“Japan has a long tradition of talented DJs and beatmakers – DJ Krush, DJ Honda, Muro and more recently Kentaro. Another Japanese producer and DJ who’s made a name for himself worldwide in the last few years is Mitsu the Beats, the alias of a diminutive yet very talented Sendai City native who stormed everyone’s favourite charts a few years back thanks to his first solo LP, ‘A New Awakening’, and his group’s, GAGLE, first album. Signed to the Jazzy Sport label in Japan, Mitsu the Beats soon found himself being name checked by the likes of Pete Rock, Gilles Peterson and DJ Spinna after relasing his LP, which featured the likes of K-Otix, Dwele, Mark de Clive Lowe, Rich Medina and many more.
The growing success allowed him and the label to call in some remix favours and re-release ‘A New Awakening’ in 2 volumes jam packed with remixes ranging from downtempo to broken beat, jazz, hip hop and more. Remixes came from the likes of Sa Ra, Wajeed (from Platinum Pied Pipers), Medaphor, Kev Brown and Rich Medina amongst others. And if all that wasn’t enough, his success also brought the attention of many western labels, who called on him for remix and production duties. These include Chocolate Industries, Blue Note, Ubiquity and Universal and artists like Jazzy Jeff, Madlib, Kero One, PPP and Diverse – the kind of labels and artists you want coming knocking at your door!
All the success and interest doesn’t seem to have changed Mitsu the Beats or dented his love of beatmaking and music one bit though. With a few recent European and US tours and some more upcoming releases, solo, with his band GAGLE and for a variety of international artists, Mitsu the Beats keeps knocking shit out and repping his home country worldwide. "