Yuto Nagayama

21 year old half Japanese and half English producer Yuto Nagayama started creating music just five years ago. While he had no formal music production education, he knew that he wanted to create music for as many people as would listen.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Yuto.

I was 16 years old. I was visiting a friend in Chiba, and at some point during my stay he introduced me to trance music, and I just connected with it! I knew I had to try to create all these sounds I was hearing in my head, so I soon as I got home, I went online and downloaded a trial version of FL Studio (music software). And yeah, everything kinda fell into place after that.

How do you describe your music to people?
Well, considering that I now have 4 different projects I'm working on (all in different genres), I sometimes have a hard time labeling myself, and what kind of music I make. So I'd just describe my music as anything from Electro to Psytrance to Deep house, to Cyber trance to DnB, to Breakbeat to Techno to Rock and anything in between! Haha, sorry, but I don't think I could say it any other way.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Well, in the interests of keeping this PG-13, my all time favorite things to do include (and very likely in this order) Making tunes, writing books, talking, talking, talking, going to clubs, more talking and eating. That pretty much does it.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Competition man, there's just a whole lot of that. There's a sea of great producers out there, and to be able to be truly successful, you have to somehow find a way to stand out from the crowd. That's probably the biggest challenge for any producer in the early stages (like me). But honestly, I'm an Aquarius so I just love competition, and I like the fact that there are so many better producers out there than me. Knowing that is what makes me push myself everyday, and that's the only way to really make it in any industry.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I really couldn't tell you what I thought about being when I was a kid. I vaguely remember wanting to be a lawyer from time to time, but that's just because I figured that lawyers just got paid just to talk about nonsense 24/7. Other than that though, I don't remember giving my future much thought. I had a great childhood though, and I never really wanted to grow up (still don't, hahaha)....so I don't remember committing much time to that sort of "soul searching" in my younger years.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I won't lie, if my understanding of the word "community" is correct, then I'd say my community didn't impact my music much at all. But, seeing as how I grew up in a big family, I think it was them more than anything else that helped me develop into the musician I am now. Haha, what I'm trying to say is, in my house, I always had 8 or 9 willing "music critics" who put their two-cents in. It helps more than it hinders.

What other artists out there do you love?
Ahhh, there are so many! Okay well current favorites of mine in the electronic genre have got to be Infected Mushroom, Skazi, Prodigy, Benny Benassi, The Crystal Method, Paranormal Attack, Ferry Corsten, Daft Punk and more. But my all-time favorite band is (and probably always will be).....the rock band Korn! I just can't get enough of their music and I'm patiently waiting for their new album to come out. Hurry up, I'm getting old here guys!

What does your future hold?
My future? Gosh, well I'm only 21 so I can't even pretend to know what my life will look like 20 or so years from now. But I'd like to think that someday I'll make it as the biggest producer/DJ ever! And even though that probably won't happen I have no problems with settling for a little less. Haha, besides, we're all allowed to dream aren't we?

Check Yuto out on MySpace where you can learn more about his latest projects!