About Dark Model

Dark Model is the latest project by award winning music producer Tatsuya Oe, which focuses on edgy, orchestral-electronic, and storytelling-themed music. He was born in Japan, the country of Godzilla and Kurosawa, now residing in Gotham City, New York.

Oe has an exceedingly diverse background in music, which has continued to evolve over the course of his twenty-year career. He has released signature tracks under the names of Captain Funk, OE, and Dark Model, while also having completed several hundred remixes and collaborative projects with other artists such as James Brown, Serge Gainsbourg, Ron Sexsmith, Chic, Simon Lebon, and Yoshihide Otomo.1)Tatsuya Oe Discography Music critics and journalists have referred to Oe as the “Remix Wizard,” and the “Modern Renaissance Man,” “Captain sailing into the uncharted waters of dance music.”2)Tatsuya Oe Testimonials Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) described his music as “F***ing insane!”3)Holy big beat funk, Captain! – The Japan Times, May 18, 1999

The music of Dark Model is based on a concept that Oe has unvaryingly embraced throughout his career: incorporating a diverse range of musical ideas and elements into what he calls “Musical Narratives.” As can be heard in his preceding releases such as Captain Funk’s “Songs of the Siren,” chosen as “The Year in Music / Critic’s Choice” by Billboard magazine4)Critic’s Choice – Billboard Magazine, Sep 8, 2001, Oe has had a keen interest in “building and telling an imaginary story through music.”

Oe likens his music production style to making an animated film. Just as one director/animator would do “visually,” he develops several characters, emotions, and actions “musically” into one time-based work. While it is striking that Dark Model’s music features much more cinematic elements and orchestral arrangements than he did previously, it could be said that Oe continues to push forward the concept of “Musical Narratives” under this new project. Unlike so-called “scores,” his priority with Dark Model is to create music which stands on its own (like pop music does) and tells a story, not as subordinate to any specific visual or motion elements.

In 2014 May, the first full album of Dark Model was released in the form of CD and digital downloads. Under the Gun Review magazine described it as “one of the best electronic music efforts in recent memory and easily one of the most grandiose and memorable of 2014.”5)Dark Model album review – Under the Gun Review, July 7th, 2014 Music journalist Scott Wilson stated, “Crossing genres is tricky to do and be taken seriously, but Dark Model is an example of how it sounds when you do it right.”6)Taking an auditory Odyssey with Dark Model’s debut album – Quip Magazine, May 19, 2014

On March 24th, 2017, Oe released Dark Model’s second album “Saga.” April 2018, this album won the 16th Annual Independent Music Award (IMA) for Best Dance/Electronica Album.7)Dark Model “Saga” Wins the 16th Annual Independent Music Award, April 1, 2018 “Flashback,” the third full-album as Dark Model, was released on August 26th, 2019.

Since the launch of this project in May 2012, Dark Model’s music has been featured in numerous media projects, from box office film trailers like “Elysium,”8)Dark Model “Candle in the Desert” featured on “Elysium (2013)” Promo, Jul 20, 2012 “The Paperboy,”9)Dark Model’s Music on TV Spot for “The Paperboy” Movie, Oct 29, 2012 and “Money Monster,” to advertising campaigns for Lexus10)“Oath” & “Fate” featured on 2014 LEXUS ES Advertising Campaign, Dec 26, 2013, Sep 7, 2012, Verizon “Droid,”11)“Oath (Dubstep Remix)” on Verizon Wireless “Droid DNA” Ad, Dec 24, 2012 Xbox “Forza Motorsport 5,” and to a contemporary dance choreography by Northern Ballet (UK).12)Dark Model“Fire Back” on Northern Ballet “Brief Landing”, Sep 14, 2013

(As for the comprehensive profile of Tatsuya Oe, please refer to Biography page on Tatsuya Oe official website)

Tatsuya Oe official website: http://www.tatsuyaoe.com

– Dark Model related websites –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarkModelMusic
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ModelElectronic
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dark-model/id591275483
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kHo650
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6U3IYbVEoe3suDOgwMZaMZ
Bandcamp: https://darkmodel.bandcamp.com/
CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DarkModel
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/modelectronic/
Tumblr: https://darkmodelmusic.tumblr.com/

– References –
Dark Model on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Model

Keywords for Dark Model: Orchestral, Progressive, Hybrid Electronica, Industrial Rock, Trailer, Story telling, Building, Cinematic, Classical, Dubstep, EDM, Dramatic, Edgy, Aggressive, Epic, Electro, Bold, Hard-hitting, Massive, Minimalism, Melancholic, Breathtaking, Heroic, Anti-Hero, Dark Hero

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