Tomoki started Dj-ing in 1999 in his native Japan and his original blend of sweet and aggressive flavours quickly marked him out as one of the most promising young Japanese DJs of his generation. He went on to hold residencies at some of Japan’s top clubs, playing alongside top international DJs such as Derrick May, Doc Martin, Lil’louis, Timmy Regisford, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Blaze, Larry Heard, Daniel Wang, Kerri Chandler, Jerome Sydenham, Ron Trent and Osunlade to name but a few. Regular mix sessions for the radio stations Shibuya FM and Osaka Cable only added to what was already fast becoming a cult following and the nation-wide commercial release of a successful series of mix albums on tape (“the Groove Café Series”) was well received by both fans and critics alike, further cementing his reputation as one of the top young DJ’s in Japan’s underground house scene.
In 2004 he moved to London where he has continued to rock the floor in top venues such as Ministory of Sound, Turnmills, the Cross, The Key, AKA, 54, the Notting Hill Arts Club, Herbal and Cargo to name but a few. He guests at Faith (regarded by many discerning house aficionados as the capital’s no.1 party) and current residencies include his very own creations “Holic” at AKA and “Geisha Disco” at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Within a few months of arrival at its new home of AKA Bar, Holic was already a resounding success, rapidly becoming one of London’s busiest Thursday night parties. Hosted by his very own DJ collective “the Geisha Disco Boyz” and supported by “Kikiorix”, guest DJ’s have included Andrew Weatherall,X-Press2, Jimpster, Jim Masters, Pete Heller, Terry Farley, Spektrum and Milton Jackson with many more in the pipeline.
Tomoki’s trademark fusion of deep, tech, electro, minimal and soulful influences has won him many admirers and he has graced our very own airwaves as the first ever Japanese DJ on Ministry of Sound Radio while currently holding a weekly slot on House FM. Simultaneously tough and soulful, dark and uplifting, - his style retains more than enough depth and technique to satisfy the fussiest of house-heads without losing the sort of funk and groove that keeps the dance floor rammed and rocking. March 2008 saw his debut as an artist with the release of the track “Yurikamome” (on Pild Records) to critical acclaim from the legendary Laurent Garnier himself.July 2008 his new release Tomoki & Nono”Voices&3years(inc Manuel Tur remix) out from Four:Twenty received a No1 position on Deep House Beatport chart. Also have just signed with Satoshi Tomiie’s SAW recordings, it will be out in Nov 2008.
Its not just an England / Japan thing either, many places in between have felt the Tomoki effect; he has guest DJ’ed at parties in Berlin, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Belarus, Greece and Turkey. With a few notable exceptions, resident / ex-pat Japanese talent has always been thin on the ground in the West… but with Tomoki Tamura and the Geisha Disco Boyz transcending the divide, perhaps the UK club scene has at last found its very own ambassador both to and from the Land of the Rising Sun.