At the relatively young age of 22, DJ Ta-Shi captured the top spot at the 1992 DMC World DJ Championships in Japan. He then went on to place fifth representing Japan in the worldwide competition of the same year, going up against participants from 22 countries.
In 1994, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg took notice, and invited him to join their 1994 tour of Japan. He has also been the DJ for the live tours of Japanese diva Misia for over a decade, beginning his tenure in 1999. In 2004, on a tour that placed him in front of 200,000 fans across five expansive, domed venues, DJ Ta-Shi stunned audiences with a performance that included no fewer than six turntables.
In 2009, DJ Ta-Shi became the first video DJ (VDJ) of Japan—demand for his work is strong, as exemplified by offers from nearly 30 overseas locations a year. With fans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Vancouver, Paris, Belgium, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Taiyuan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, Sydney, Melbourne, and more, he is known all around the world, with recognition of his work being particularly strong in Asia. Truly one of a very few true Japanese DJs, DJ Ta-Shi’s output has been top class for over 25 years.
I do a lot of traveling when I tour as a DJ, and having the Trackformer is very convenient because it's so light and easy to carry with me. It's really great because I can use it for scratching to warm up anytime and anywhere, from the hotel where I'm staying to backstage at a venue. I think we're moving into a new era now, where it won't be enough to just listen to music. Especially people who want to get started as DJs, they're going to be enjoying music through direct contact with their hands. And I think the Trackformer XW-DJ1 has made that very easy to do. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy music in this new way, firsthand.