Heart of Silence (Monica Narabe)
Monica Narabe a.k.a. Heart of Silence is a Tokyo-born Japanese producer. She started learning electone (synthesizer organ produced by Yamaha) at the age of 10 and enjoyed playing pop songs from The Beatles to The Carpenters. Soon after she became a fan of Japanese techno-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra and started following their music. Hugely fascinated by their innovative electronic sounds as well as influenced by the early 80's New Wave music, she bought her first synthesizer Roland Juno-60, drum machine TR-606 and sequencer MC-202 when she was 13, and joined an all girl new wave band as a keyboard player. She also started learning piano at that time.
When she was 16, her musical interests shifted from band sounds to club sounds such as early Chicago House and Hip Hop, then started collecting 12" vinyls. She spent her college years spinning several famous clubs in Tokyo Roppongi area, performing with a girl rap group as a scratch DJ, and making master mixes and jingles for FM radio stations using multi-track recorders, open-reel tapes and Akai S-1000. Her signiture style was a smooth mix with mellow Hip Hop, Acid Jazz, House and a touch of Rare Grooves.
Those experiences brought her a new interest which was entertainment business. She was still loving and listening to underground music, but decided to work for the talent agency/music publishing company as an agent/publicist. After experienced being in the industry with artists and media, she moved to NYC In 1999.
Attending to a wide variety of parties, gigs and concerts in NYC, she finally started producing music again in 2009 using Ableton Live. With a wide range of her influences such as Techno, Trance, House, Trip Hop, Dub, Jazz Funk, Ambient and 80's New Wave, she found out that it was natural to put her deep melodies into Downtempo after some experiments with different styles.
She has been developing the techniques to create her own style, that blends emotional melodies and expressive harmonic textures with deep atmospheric sounds.
Heart of Silence - Tracks on Soundcloud