Makoto (musician)

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Makoto Shimizu
Birth name Makoto Shimizu (清水誠 Shimizu Makoto?)
Also known as Makoto (マコト Makoto?)
Born 1977
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Drum and bass, jazz, funk, soul music, house music
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, DJ
Years active 1999–present
Labels Human Elements, HE:Digital, Good Looking, Innerground, Bingo, Hospital

Makoto Shimizu (清水誠 Shimizu Makoto?) (born in 1977 in Tokyo, Japan), professionally known as Makoto (マコト Makoto?), is a Japanese drum and bass musician, DJ and actor. Among other distinctives of Makoto's musical style, a heavy influence of 1970s-era soul, funk and jazz fusion can be heard throughout the vast majority of his repertoire.[1]

Career[edit]

Inspired by LTJ Bukem's Logical Progression album and Goldie's Timeless, he began to experiment with his own drum and bass music compositions. His unique style received the attention of LTJ Bukem and his Good Looking Records label, and Makoto was later featured on several of LTJ Bukem's mix CDs.

Makoto's first studio album Human Elements was released on Good Looking in 2003. His second studio album, Believe In My Soul, was released on the same label in 2007. He had also recorded a live album with frequent touring partner MC Deeizm for the label's Progression Sessions series of live mixes.

Makoto's latest album, Souled Out, was released in Japan on 5 October 2011 and worldwide on 10 October 2011 by Makoto's physical label Human Elements and on his digital download only label Human Elements HE:Digital.

Makoto continues to act and tour in support of his music, mostly in Thailand and Japan, but also across Asia, Europe, and USA.

His music is also featured on Polyphony's Gran Turismo 5 and Tourist Trophy soundtrack.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2003: Human Elements
  • 2007: Believe In My Soul
  • 2011: Souled Out

Selected compilation albums[edit]

  • 2000: LTJ Bukem Featuring MC Conrad & DRS / Makoto Progression Sessions 5
  • 2011: Something We Can Do

Selected singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1998: Down Angel / EchoVox (Positive Machine Soul Mix)
  • 1998: Wave / Jupiters Field (12")
  • 1999: Enterprise / Sweet Changes
  • 1999: Far East / Butterfly
  • 2000: Situations EP
  • 2000: Situations EP
  • 2001: Takkyu Ishino Feat. Tabito Nanao* / Makoto Feat. Lori Fine ラストシーン / You're Divine (Edit) (12")
  • 2001: Cascade (4) / JLaze / Makoto Mysteries / Trapezoid / Blackberry Jam / Voices (2x12")
  • 2001: You're Divine (12")
  • 2001: Blackberry Jam / Voices (12")
  • 2002: Musical Message EP
  • 2003: My Soul
  • 2003: Time 2003
  • 2004: Laroque / Makoto Sublime Intervention / What To Do (12", Single, Promo)
  • 2004: Joy EP Plate 1
  • 2005: MC Conrad & Makoto Golden Girl
  • 2007: Sonic & Makoto Tearing Soul / Lovesong
  • 2007: Greg Packer & Makoto Pleasure / Science Fiction
  • 2007: Makoto & Specialist (4) Pachinko / A Different Story
  • 2007: Hurinkazan (12")
  • 2007: Eastern Dub Pt.2 (12")
  • 2008: Zinc* & Makoto / Makoto & Deeizm Fade Away / Monotonik
  • 2009: Makato* / Greg Packer & Muller Music In Me (Greg Packer Remix) / Kat Magnit
  • 2009: Nik Weston Presents Makoto & Kez Ym Featuring Takumi Kaneko From Cro Magnon* Chameleon (12", Ltd, 180)
  • 2009: A Sides* & Makoto Spacetrain / The Final Fugutive (12")
  • 2009: Sentimental Moods / And I Love Her (12")
  • 2011: Tower Of Love / Keep Me Down (12")
  • 2011: DJ Marky & Makoto / Makoto Aquarius / Good Old Days (12")

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMO Records "Makoto Biography", IMO Records, Retrieved on 7 December 2011.

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