Nao Katafuchi | Minimal Wave / Japan / Germany
Nao Katafuchi is an electronic musician who creates his own world of dark romantic wave.
Growing up in the suburb of Tokyo in the 1980's, Nao spent his teenage years on the streets of Shibuya searching for instruments and records, falling in love with electronic music and inhaling everything that the district had to offer. The urban flair of Tokyo, where the growth of hi-tech industry was years ahead from the rest of the world, influenced what would later become his retro-futuristic trademark sound.
In the late 2015 Nao moved his home base to Germany, and released his first full length album Émergence from Nadanna, a sister label of Germany’s Anna Logue Records. There he has settled in the darkwave scene which continues, and deeply grounded around the area of the industrial Ruhrgebiet.
In the autumn of 2019 he released his second full length album Stalhgrau – Steel Grey in German. The album is strongly influenced by his new surroundings, and is expressing his identity. Together with raw, and gritty sound of vintage analog synthesizers, the music itself has become even more moodier with his darker, deeper voice, and whispering. The album is released from a partnership of 3 respectable, renowned synth music dedicated labels Kernkrach, TONN Recordings and Castle Records.