i-DJ: hito

An extensive vinyl collector and Richie Hawtin's ENTER.experience resident, Hito goes in the mix.

by i-D Staff
20 May 2016, 4:58pm

Enter the sound of Hito. Born and raised in Japan, the DJ and producer descended up Germany's capital city in 1999, emerging herself in the sound that she loved. Only ever playing vinyl, Hito is loved for her extensive record collection, vast knowledge of music and her deep techno style.

After connecting with techno legend Richie Hawtin, Hito quickly became an integral part of his ENTER. experience and resident at his iconic nights at Space, Ibiza, playing epic all nighters dressed beautifully in stunning kimonos with a dash of playfulness coming from her customised bunny-ear headphones. Her energetic presence and captivating style has seen her charm dance floors across the world.

Now we welcome the selector into the mix for i-D. "My set is like a story.. this is #Hitostyle", she tells i-D. Delve deep into this one and kick start you're weekend the best way we know how. Turn up the levels and join us on journey of Hito's exclusive i-DJ.

What are the top three tracks getting heavy rotation in your sets?
1. Plastikman, Exposed (Dubfire mix)
2. SUDO, Coincidence feat.ykx (Kuromaru Edit)
3. Harry Romero, Ben Abra

What's the most hedonistic party you've ever been to?
The first time I went to Panorama Bar in Berlin, it felt like such freedom.

What's the most phenomenal clubbing venue in the world and why?
I think clubs in Ibiza are really special, and I feel strongly for Space. People from all over the world gather together on this tiny island, and in such massive venues to listen to their favourite DJs. There is nowhere like Ibiza!

If you could go back to back with any DJ, at any venue, who would it be and why?
I would love to go back to back with "Mr. Mike Huckaby". I like his philosophy and he is also a vinyl player. He gives lectures on production for young people, has a calm persona and creates bomb tracks, so much respect!

History is made at night... What was the best night of your life?
I have had so many super nights! However, the first time I ever played in Sofia stands out in my memory. My friend from Tokyo was with me by chance and I was able to play an extended set whilst wearing a beautiful rose kimono.

What's the most debauched thing you've ever seen on the dance floor?
I don't really see much that goes on when DJing as I need to fully concentrate on my set. I have seen a few fights. Music late at night often makes people more free and expressive, so I can imagine this explains the debauchery!

What would your dream rider consist of?
Playdifferently MODEL 1 mixer by Richie Hawtin, 2 x turntables, natural water and coconut water, 1 bottle of "ENTER.Sake" Kanpai!

What does your actual rider consist of?
Exactly as above! I live for simple dreams!

What's your favourite party anthem of all time?
Pele & Shawnecy, Comin At Ya

What producer are you predicting big things from this year?
The upcoming generation is a real passion of mine and I have created a list of global DJs who I am very interested in helping. However, you will have to wait for an exciting project I have planned to find out the exact names ; )

Where do you go when the record ends and the lights come on?
My bed.

What track would you end the night on when everyone's still awake and its time to go to sleep? 
I like to end my set with real emotion. My set is like a story and it always needs a proper ending. This is #Hitostyle.

Finish the sentence, the music sounds better with...

Richie Hawtin