DUB SQUAD is a breakbeat techno unit, founded in 1993 by Koji Nakanishi, Taro Yamamoto and Masuko Tatsuki (ROVO). Since their establishment they continuously focused on unique live performances, putting the audience into a state of trance, which had a huge impact on the early rave scene in Japan
Since their debut album “DUB IN AMBIENT” was released in 1996 on the German label “after 6 am”, they continuously published their work, such as “ENEMY? OR FRIEND!?” in 1998 or “VERSUS” in 2001, on domestic as well as international labels. Throughout the years the trio appeared on big stages including “RAINBOW 2000”, “FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL”, and “METAMORPHOSE”. With their unique style blending influences from various genres and their extraordinary live performances, they took on to inhabiting a unique position in the Japanese club scene.
During the transformation of the domestic club scene, DUB SQUAD halted their live activities in 2000, only to slowly reemerge on stage from around 2011. After 16 years they released their long-awaited third album “MIRAGE” in May 2017. Their sound is based around a minimalistic synth bass and drum machine beat, on which the trio adds layer after layer of funky samples, synthesized atmospheres and their iconic electric guitar, which continues to keep their sound as fresh as ever.