Born in Hiroshima, Kashiwa Daisuke (柏大輔) started off as the composer and guitarist of post-rock band yodaka in 2001. Being inspired by the band’s psychedelic sound due to a post-rock approach, and by Maurizio Bianchi, he started a solo project in 2004.
As a solo artist his idea is to create not only acoustic, but also electronic filmy soundscapes and atmospheres, by melting together a variety of classic instruments, spoken word snippets, and crisp beats. With a proper amount of ambient music, all of these form an exquisite sound experience.
In May 2005, his first official track “Travelaroundstars”, covered by the reading voice of Francoise Cactus, the vocalist of Stereo Total, an electro-pop band from Berlin, was recorded for the soundtrack to the book “Des Ne’vroses Pour La Saint Valentin”.
In 2006, his first album – april.#02 – was released on onpa. This was followed by april.#07 – a remix album, featuring remixes by dj olive oil, Takeshi Nishimoto and Lem – in 2007. His second album came in 2007, this time on Noble Records. “Program Music I” only featured two tracks, but whose runtime is still over an hour. Its rich textures and depths were noted, with one critic claiming, “It’s a combination of sound and image, rather than probably sound landscape, in terms of itself.”
September 2008, Kashiwa performed at the outdoor festival, Sense of Wonder.
The sounds of Kashiwa Daisuke were introduced in RADIO SAKAMOTO, a radio program by Ryuichi Sakamoto as well as in the sunaokuwahara “2006 Autumn/ Winter Collection”, and his music continues to gather news in a range of other areas including TV programs and commercials.
His next album, “5 Dec.” was released in February 2009.
In July 2011 Kashiwa relesed his 4th full-length album “88”. In this work he turned to classical music and recorded amazing melodies playing only piano.
In addition to his own musical activities, the artist provides music to a variety of media and also works as an author, remixer, and mastering engineer. He always is looking for new sounds and images.
In articles was used material from Kashiwa Daisuke’s official website.