Native Japanese. Co-founder of Hardtek.jp and ex-Street Fighter 2 champion. After becoming the champion at the age of 10, he started to strum the guitar with his father. Between the age of 15 and 20, he became a walking menace of a guitarist in the local Hardcore metal bands. With the multitude of distortion beat wave sounds, he began to focus more on the Electronic music thrills. As he experienced free parties he discovered techno sounds. Pure bass vibrations hit him right through the body.
In 2006, he went to his first Teknival in Japan with his friend Ndendeki and met Mat Weasel Busters. He was immensely impressed with the wicked sounds of Mat, which triggered a spark of inspiration within his soul and he started making his own liveset & music. Tanukichi’s sound is packed with ultra sonic kicks and big bass, as well as the many wonky Japanese soups and the strong breaks of Wasabi.
In 2011, he decided to move to Europe to explore his outer realms and found along the way a life of music with the Yes papa crew like Mat Weasel, Keygen Kaotic, MSD, Dr Looney and Suburbass.
Today he has been playing all over Europe, including France (Electrobotik Invasion), UK (Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Fair, Balter Festival), Spain (Selvatek), Italy, Belgium, Japan(Fuji Rock Festival), Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic (X-Massacre, Beats for Love) …etc
In 2016, he founded a label called Hardtek.jp based in in Tokyo together with DJ Sharpnel, in order to bring all the best hardtek music from Europe to Japan and connect the cultures. Soon after, this label and his Japanese crew became a bridge of the hard music scenes between Japan and all over the world.
Tanukichi is performing at Balter Festival 2020 as part of the Japan Invasion Crew