I recently wrote the feature article for The Japan Times music section, about Japan’s burgeoning “bedroom musician” scene. I talked to the artists making up Tokyo’s Cuz Me Pain label, a collection of producers highlighted by blog-favorites Jesse Ruins and Faron Square, about their music. I also talked to fellow DIY-artist Friends.

“The dimly lit Bar Fabrica is an appropriate place to meet the four artists from Cuz Me Pain Records, who describe their music as “quite dark” and are known for being shrouded in mystery.

The bar, a few steps away from Umegaoka Station in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, is small and cramped, but the guys are used to making music in tight spaces — in particular, their bedrooms.”

Included at the end of the mix is a music mix the artist Jesse Ruins provided for the paper.

Read the rest here.