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Parent company Yamaha Music Communications
Founded 2003
Founder Nakata Yasutaka
Defunct 2012
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) Japan Yamaha / Avex Trax[1]
South Korea EMI Music Publishing / LOEN Entertainment
Country of origin Japan
Official website

Contemode, stylized in all lower case, was a Japanese record label founded by Yasutaka Nakata in 2003. The label was based in Shibuya, Tokyo and specialized in a variety of music styles including electropop, Shibuya-kei, lounge, dance, and hardcore house.[2] Yamaha Music Communications, the music subsidiary of Yamaha, was its official parent company, while Avex Trax served as its distributor. In 2012, the label officially ceased operations.


contemode was created in 2003 by Yasutaka Nakata to primarily serve as a label for capsule, an electronic music duo he formed in 1997 with vocalist Toshiko Koshijima. Nakata had a significant amount of involvement with the artists who were signed to or worked in conjunction with his label, and described the music that came from contemode as an "accessory to fashion"; contemode artists' music was often sold in fashion boutiques located in Shibuya.[2] Gradually over contemode's lifespan, less and less artists were signed to the label, until the point where the only remaining active artists were capsule and Nakata himself. Nakata has since moved to Japanese management company ASOBISYSTEM and Warner Music Japan's label unBORDE.

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  1. ^ "Coltemonikha". Retrieved 2011-06-14.  (States Avex Trax as distributor)
  2. ^ a b "Contemode Profile". Archived from the original on 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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