Yasutaka Nakata

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Nakata.
Yasutaka Nakata
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Nakata as DJ at the Flash!!! party (July 2013)
Background information
Native name 中田 ヤスタカ
Born (1980-02-06) February 6, 1980 (age 37)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Genres Shibuya-kei, techno, EDM, new wave, electronica, electro house,[1] complextro
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer, composer, songwriter, mastering engineer
Instruments Keyboard, synthesizer, drums, guitar, programming, music sequencer, turntables
Years active 1997–present
Labels Contemode (former), Warner
Associated acts Capsule, Coltemonikha, Perfume, Meg, Ami Suzuki, SMAP, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Charli XCX, Kenshi Yonezu, OK Go
Website www.yasutaka-nakata.com

Yasutaka Nakata (中田 ヤスタカ Nakata Yasutaka?, born February 6, 1980 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa) is a Japanese DJ, record producer, composer, songwriter and mastering engineer. He formed the band Capsule in 1997 with vocalist Toshiko Koshijima and himself as composer and record producer when both were 17. They formally debuted as Capsule in 2001.[2]

He has been the producer for girl group Perfume since 2003, and for solo singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu since 2011,[3] in which the hits "Polyrhythm" (2007) and "Ponponpon" (2011) respectively propelled them to mainstream attention and success. Nakata has worked with several other Japanese pop singers, including Meg, Ami Suzuki and SMAP, and has also remixed songs by other artists, including M-Flo and Leah Dizon. He ran his own label, Contemode, in association with Yamaha. After Towa Tei, he was the second Japanese artist to officially remix Kylie Minogue,[4] contributing a version of her single "Get Outta My Way". He also formed Coltemonikha with singer, model and fashion designer Kate Sakai.

On July 2012, he won the "Creator" award for the "Change Maker of the Year 2012" event.[5]

As of 25 May 2016, Nakata has yielded a total of eight number-one albums, mostly under his production with Perfume (five albums and a compilation)[6] and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (two albums).[7]




Studio albums listed are full-length original studio albums fully produced by Yasutaka Nakata.
Year Title Artist Record label Oricon
2001 High Collar Girl Capsule Yamaha Music Communications N/A
2003 Cutie Cinema Replay Contemode 232
Phony Phonic 120
2004 S.F. Sound Furniture 35
2005 Nexus-2060 59
L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer 49
2006 Fruits Clipper 29
2007 Sugarless Girl 25
Beam Meg Universal J 24
Flash Back Capsule Contemode 20
2008 Game Perfume Tokuma Japan Communications 1
Step Meg Universal J 8
More! More! More! Capsule Contemode 6
Supreme Show Ami Suzuki Avex Trax 16
2009 Beautiful Meg Universal J 10
Triangle Perfume Tokuma Japan Communications 1
2010 Player Capsule Contemode 4
Maverick Meg Universal J 20
2011 World of Fantasy Capsule Contemode 3
JPN Perfume Tokuma Japan Communications 1
2012 Stereo Worxxx Capsule Contemode 5
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Unborde/Warner Music Japan 2
2013 Nanda Collection 1
Level3 Perfume Universal J 1
Caps Lock Capsule Unborde/Warner Music Japan 13
2014 Pika Pika Fantajin Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 1
2015 Wave Runner Capsule 5
2016 Cosmic Explorer Perfume Universal J 1
2017 Natsumero Natsume Mito Sony Music Associated Records TBA

Produced artists[edit]

  • Capsule
  • Perfume
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
    • From 2011 onwards
  • Natsume Mito
    • Maegami Kirisugita (single)
    • 8-bit Boy (single)
    • I'll do my best (single)
    • Puzzle/Hanabira (single)
  • ' Momo Mashiro (to debut in 2017)



Other works[edit]

Nakata composed the station departure melody to be used on the shinkansen platforms at Kanazawa Station from March 2015.[8] He has also composed a song that was featured in the Closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which was produced to highlight Japan's electric dance culture which also featured choreography from MIKIKO.


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