Ken Ishii (Electronic / DJ)

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Also performs as: Flare (Japanese techno artist Ken Ishii), FLR, Rising Sun (trance/techno producer Ken Ishii), UTU, Yoga (electronic, drum'n'bass artist)


Ken Ishii (ケン・イシイ) is a Japanese DJ and record producer from Sapporo. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University. He has released work under his own name as well as under the pseudonyms: FLR, Flare, UTU, Yoga, and Rising Sun.

Strongly influenced by Detroit techno, Ken Ishii had his first release on Richie Hawtin's label Plus 8. He composed the music for the opening ceremonies to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Creation The State Of Art was used in the third level of the 2001 video game Rez, and some tracks in the soundtrack release to the game LSD were produced by Ishii. His track "Let It All Ride" has also been used in the PSP video game Lumines II.

His music video for "Extra" (directed by Koji Morimoto) won Best Dance Music Video of the year for MTV Europe in 1997.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Garden on the Palm Ken Ishii 5 2
1994 Innerelements Ken Ishii 2
1995 Jelly Tones Ken Ishii 4 8
1997 Metal Blue America Ken Ishii 2
1999 Sleeping Madness Ken Ishii 5
2000 Flatspin Ken Ishii 3
2003 Future in Light Ken Ishii 3
2006 Sunriser Ken Ishii 5 1
2008 Daybreak Reprise -Sunriser Remixed- Ken Ishii 1
2009 The Works +The Unreleased & Unexpected Ken Ishii 1
2012 Music for Daydreams Ken Ishii 1
2013 Taiyo Marc Romboy & Ken Ishii 2
2013 Dots Flare a.k.a. Ken Ishii 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 X-Mix: Fast Forward and Rewind Ken Ishii 1

Album + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Mix-Up, Volume 3 Ken Ishii 2

Album + Live + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Millennium Spinnin’ at Reel Up Ken Ishii 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Interpretations for Ken Ishii: Future in Light Remixed Ken Ishii 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Extra Ken Ishii 2
1996 Overlap Ken Ishii 1
1996 Overlap Edition 1/2 Ken Ishii 1
1997 Circular Motion (Remixes) Ken Ishii 1
1997 Echo Exit Ken Ishii 2
1999 Game Over Ken Ishii 1
2000 Iceblink Ken Ishii 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Pneuma Ken Ishii 1
1993 Deep Sleep Ken Ishii 1
1996 Stretch Ken Ishii 2
1998 Islands & Continents - 600 Mhz Ken Ishii 1

Broadcast + Live + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Boiler Room Berlin Ken Ishii, Markus Suckut, Dustin Zahn & Mørbeck 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Play Pause And Play Ken Ishii 1
Warrior on the Decks Ken Ishii 1

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