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Kokoro

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About

Kokoro is a techno producer living and performing in Downtown Los Angeles. In 2018, Kokoro started a house and techno collective called contrast, which aims to bring new, underground producers together to grow and inspire the community as a whole. For any inquiries, please contact hello@contrast.fm

Biography

On an unsuspecting Friday evening, Kokoro ventured out of his apartment into the sick and savage streets of Downtown Los Angeles. Wandering aimlessly into the night, he found himself weaving through piles of trash and tent colonies in the infamous Skid Row District, where unexpectedly, he heard a sound. It was an unmistakable sound — the boom of a 4/4 kick drum emanating from professional grade subwoofers. Confused but captivated, he crept cautiously towards the music, down a dark alleyway and through a rusty, metal door into one of Los Angeles’ notorious warehouse raves. Captivated by the scene — the ground shaking bass, the psychedelic sounds, the grit, the grime, the open-mindedness of his fellow ravers — he was finally home.

Inspired by the indescribable feelings of freedom and connection to the scene, he set out to produce the very powerful and future-focused sounds that had captivated him so much; thus initiating his dive into the never-ending rabbit hole that is techno music production. As a deeply driven, systematic, and motivated work horse, he found music production not unlike his daytime passion for coding — a spiritual practice. Ever since, he has spent countless hours in his DTLA studio, lost in a timeless and egoless state, consumed the mysterious art of techno production.

After numerous iterations and refinements to his process, he has finally discovered his sound — deep, ambient soundscapes intersected with dark, brooding 4/4 rhythms, all highlighted by reverberant basslines and growls. He aims to create emotional environments with his music - environments that evoke a sense of philosophical curiosity to the listener whilst providing the colossal energy and intensity that an after hours warehouse needs.

In 2018, Kokoro started a house and techno collective called contrast, which aims to bring new, underground producers together to grow and inspire the community as a whole. He now works as a software engineer for Native Instruments on Metapop, building a community for music makers.

 

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