In 2019, Selector After Dark Beefeater Sessions comes to the Strelka bar, Moscow. At the first party, we are expecting Howard Williams, the creator of Japan Blues, the famous radio show and record label that surprises music lovers with unusual Japanese music.
Japan’s record output is renowned for how it embodies perfectionism, making it the promised land for music lovers, vinyl collectors and DJs. To Western enthusiasts, Japanese vinyl is a vast, largely unknown world of mysterious and incomprehensible beauty. The imaginary club of Japanese music connoisseurs includes Londoner Howard Williams as an undoubted authority.
Howard Williams spent several decades in the basement of the famous record label Honest Jon's Records, which specialises in music from around the world. He built the richest collection of Japanese records of the 1930s–90s — from the first Enka and Kayōkyoku disks to the radical experiments at the turn of the 21st century. The collector began to share his findings with the world in the Japan Blues project, which began as a monthly show on NTS radio.
The project soon expanded into a record label of the same name, which released Howard Williams' first solo album Sells His Record Collection, a sound collage-travelogue compiled of his impressions of non-tourist Japan.
Under the title Japan Blues, Howard Williams regularly performs DJ sets (at London institutions such as Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as Cafe OTO), playing the most vibrant records from his collection: old-fashioned jazz, rock and roll and rockabilly of the 1950s, psychedelic experiments, unusual disco and funk hits, and sophisticated electronics — all made in Japan.
Selector After Dark
Selector After Dark is a London-based radio show of British music. Selector After Dark also continues the Selector Live parties, which have been showcasing the most interesting musicians, producers and DJs from the UK across the world for several years.