Bio & Details (Eng)


DAG FORCE aka YOICHILLO

Japanese Blues Rapper / Beat maker 

Born in Hida Takayama, Gifu Prefecture.

Currently resides in NY/Brooklyn.

He has a unique style called "Blues Rap" where he raps as if he were singing, and his energetic and emotional live act and musical approach that is not bound by the framework of HipHop is the reason why he is called "the one and only artist".

He moved to New York in 2016 and is currently based in New York and Tokyo, and also raps in Japanese overseas.

He has released 3 albums (CD/LP) on his own label, FORCESOUNDINC. which have all sold out.

He has performed as a guest artist on over 40 albums released in Japan and abroad.

You can listen to his previous works on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, etc.

HP : https://www.dagforce.com/

Bandcamp : https://dagforce.bandcamp.com/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/dagforce_y0/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/dagforce_Y0

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/forcesoundinc/

Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/dag-force

Youtube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxSrdLpESOxclT2jolOKSBQ

I have been writing a column series under the name DAG FORCE on TABI LABO, a major Japanese web media, since 2019.

https://tabi-labo.com/tag/DAG%20FORCE

 

Back ground :

DAG FORCE is from Hida Takayama, a mountainous area about 5 hours away from Tokyo, where he grew up spending a lot of time in the great outdoors. As a child, he grew up listening to American folk music from the 60's and 70's, British rock music, and bossa nova under the influence of his parents. In junior high school, he discovered mixed rock and HipHop, and bought a turntable from a friend. Her first record was "Black Stars" by Mos Def & Talib Kweli, and her most influential musical artists are Mos Def, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, and Mari Kaneko.

 July 2008 - Performed at 8 concerts in Europe for MIYAVI "World Tour '08".

Germany Cologne - Berlin - Munich / Netherlands Amstelveen / Spain Barcelona / Sweden Stockholm / Finland Helsinki / France Paris 

August 2008: 1st Mini Album "DAY & NIGHT" released and immediately sold out.

From this album to the present, all of his work has been produced or directed by DAG FORCE himself. There were not many musicians working as independent artists at that time, but he has been working as an independent artist from the beginning in order to achieve a highly independent music career.

July 12, 2009, I participated in the "2016 Olympic Games Invitation Song Contest" on TOKYO MX TV's "Tokyo, Boy," the main sponsor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and performed an original song. I won the contest and received an award from Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, the chairman of the program committee.

August 2009, I co-released a mix album "BARS & VIBES" with L-VOKAL and DJ SHU-G, which sold out the following year.

And "BARS & VIBES" won Amebreak's Mix Album Award of 2009.

Amebreak is an online journalism media that critiques and introduces Japanese hip-hop culture and artists. It is currently closed.

 

October 2009, I directed the rapping for UNICORN's 11th single, "Hanseiki Shonen", released on October 7, 2009. The video is included in the DVD "Hanseiki Shonen".UNICORN is a very popular Japanese rock band.

 

October 2009, I successfully performed as the front act for UNICORN in front of a packed house of 10,000 people at the Nippon Budokan.

The Nippon Budokan is an extremely important concert venue for musicians based in Japan, and has been used by many famous musicians from overseas for their performances in Japan, including The Beatles in 1966, The Monkees in 1968, Deep Purple in 1972, and Queen in 1975.

 

August 8th 2010: I launched own music production, label, creative agency, "FORCE SOUND INC.

 

September 2010: Released 2nd EP "DAY & NIGHT2" for the first time in national distribution.

 

September 2010: Appeared in the nationwide roadshow movie "BECK".

 

November 10, 2010 My 1st EP "DAY & NIGHT1" reissued as a 2-disc set with a live version.

 

November 6, 2010, my live performance was broadcasted on the Ryuha-R program as a special feature of my album.

 

In December 2010, "BARS & VIBES" won an award in the Mix CD category at Amebreak.

 

November 26, 2011 Special live performance at Shibuya WWW will be broadcasted on SPACE SHOWER TV's Blackfile program.

 

2011 Friendship appearance in the Harajuku scene of the worldwide hit movie "The Fast and the Furious, Tokyo Drift

 

July 2011 Won the live battle "THE TOP BATTLE" at Osaka Carnival with DJ BUN out of 64 groups.

 

2012, My live performance was broadcasted on SPACE SHOWER TV's Blackfile program.

 

July 1, 2012 My live act broadcasted on NHK WORLD "J-MELO" program.

 

January 23, 2013 Released my 1st full album, "FULL SOUL BLUE".

 

January 12, 2015 I MC for the project "Operation Natural Energy" hosted by Takayama City.

Also, I wrote the lyrics, composed the music, and directed the video for the official theme song of the event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gRJ3R81eU0&list=PLXC1t6wNOqICqNbiGzr4zcEyZdQmbHtMC&index=6

 

In 2015, I organized a one-man event at Shibuya club asia, which drew over 600 people

(youtube→) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTnftLaGOqA

and toured with KenKen and Rhymesist at BLUE NOTE TOKYO, NAGOYA and Billboard OSAKA.

(Photo Image→) https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1je9scyhZAp34eTqnc0SDMc5DLZd-lVUZ?usp=sharing

 

In 2016, I moved to New York.

 

June 2017 "My Dream (KLK BEATS remix)" from Pushim's Groove Village release "Groove Island" is released.

 

October 2017 - Guest live appearance on the very popular Japanese TV show Freestyle Dungeon.

 

October 2017 Participated as a featured artist in "Fieldnotes Japan", a mixed media art project of photo book + 7inch record produced by famous Australian music producer Plutonic Lab and photographer Nicole.

 

June 2018 - "Feelings / Em Flach ft Dag Force" is released digitally worldwide on a label in Australia/Sydney.

 

In 2018, "I can't say I love you" included in "SWING-O remix works 2" was released as a 7inch record as "HMV record shop Shibuya 4th anniversary limited edition".

 

February 2019. I started a column series on TABI LABO, a major Japanese web media.

https://tabi-labo.com/tag/DAG%20FORCE

 

In May 2019, they returned from New York and held a full-band tour in nine cities across Japan, where their JAM-style live performances cultivated in New York were well received. Levi's Japan provided the tour costumes. On the last day of the tour, the band collaborated with Levi's Japan to create a live webcast from HAUS OF STRAUSS, which was viewed by over 30,000 people and was a huge success.

 

October 2019: Released new song "KAZE NI NARU feat. NAGAN SERVER", which became the ending theme for "ink production" launched by Kazu Kokubo, and toured with him on the Premier Tour.

 

<Released as DAG FORCE>

Mix Album Bars & Vibes¥1,500

1st EPDAY & NIGHT1』(2CD) ¥2,000

2nd EPDAY & NIGHT2¥1,500

1st LP FULL SOUL BLUE ¥2,500

1st LP FULL SOUL BLUE』(2LP Vinyl盤) ¥2,500

 

In addition, he has performed many guest songs.

 

 

OTHER WORKS

Producing Movie

 

Please see each work from the URL link under the title below. 

I produced a documentary series 100HANDS that focusing on traditional Japanese craftsmen.

Client : Tokyo Mild Foundation inc. Project : WALK3000 series / 100 HANDS

WALK3000 / 100HANDS series

#1 HIDA TAKAYAMA × Washi paper artisan :: https://youtu.be/uaBhH6YP9r8
#2 HIDA TAKAYAMA × potter / Soshiro Toda :: https://youtu.be/wVL_W7dg8q4
#3 HIDA TAKAYAMA × potter & Director / Ryuhei Toda :: https://youtu.be/k8BHDxFHdro

#4 HIDA TAKAYAMA × potter / Tetsuhito Tod :: https://youtu.be/qpTWYwO0q2s

 

I produced / directed / sound designed
PR videos and event archive videos for Onitsuka Tiger's Pop-Up Store in the NY / SOHO area.

Onitsuka Tiger NY Launch Teaser (#OTSOHO)
:: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSlz8o3gHp0/?taken-by=onitsukatigerus

 

Onitsuka Tiger NY Launch Event Archive (#OTSOHO)
:: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSo8pHfAD4d/?taken-by=onitsukatigerus

 

Onitsuka Tiger related videos from the URL https://vimeo.com/album/5682939 (Pass : dagforce)

 

[DAG FORCE social Connect]

HP : https://dagforce.com/

Bandcamp : https://dagforce.bandcamp.com/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/dagforce_y0/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/dagforce_Y0

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/forcesoundinc/

Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/dag-force

Youtube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxSrdLpESOxclT2jolOKSBQ

 

 

 

[Listening Music]

Everything on Bandcamp

https://dagforce.bandcamp.com/

 

or

 

[Single] KAZE NI NARU (Apple Music)

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/kaze-ni-naru-feat-nagan-server-single/1480478591

 

[Album] FULL SOUL BLUE (Apple Music)

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/full-soul-blue/589326159

 

[Mini Album] DAY & NIGHT 2 (Apple Music)

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/day-night-2/388058652

 

[Mini Album] DAY & NIGHT 1 REVIVAL (Apple Music)

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/day-night-1-revival/399354403

 

[Mix Album] Bars & Vibes