Catching up on the netlabel community and talking to artist Parkgolf for The Japan Times.
Tokyo’s first netlabel parties were filled with nods to internet culture. You’d see customers ordering their drinks via Twitter, robotic hands clapping in time to DJ sets, and people live-streaming themselves from the dancefloor.
It’s not certain whether any of that paraphernalia will appear at megaclub ageHa when it hosts a netlabel-style event on Aug. 10, but just the fact that it’s happening at a club that hosts world-famous DJs on a regular basis is pretty impressive.
“I never expected a party like this could happen,” says Reo Akabane, better known as Parkgolf. The 27-year-old producer is a staple of the netlabel scene, which is named for the online music labels that comprise its center.