Were you friends in Japan, or did you meet in NYC?
S: We were classmates in first grade of high school in Numazu-shi, Shizuoka, Japan. We weren’t the closest of friends, but we both liked going to cafés, reading novels, and playing soccer, so we got along well. K: We became closer when we were studying to get into universities. We both liked the same girl, and we both wanted to do something unique (Shin wanted to be a movie director, and I wanted to be a writer and musician), so we started to talk a lot about our mutual interests.
How did you two end up working together?
K: After Shin graduated from College in Japan, he traveled to Paris, then London, then Shin finally came to NYC to visit me and fell in love with the party scene here. S: At the time, Kei was coordinating events and djing, so Kei taught me how to dj and we started to dj together, but I started to enjoy socializing and taking pictures more.
Aside from you two, who else is involved with 24HPP?
K: Mainly just two of us — but supported by many great friends we met in New York! Especially Shoko Tagaya (http://www.shokolaterie.com/), who was essential for building our website and logo; her playful and happy taste helped us in forming our brand.
Shin, you photograph a lot of events in Manhattan, do people invite you hoping you will take photos, or do you just party and bring your camera?
S: I get many invites, but I often just go to whatever interesting parties I find with my camera.
Kei, I see your music posted on 24HPP a lot, are there any artists you’re currently working with?
K: I am doing few remix projects for King Street Sounds, but I am spending most of my time creating my original music.
What does the 24HPP brand currently consist of?
S: We are just doing whatever we are interested in. Kei likes making music and designing, and I likes meeting people and taking photos, so we think we complement each other well.
When you’re not working, where do you like to go in the city?
K: We are doing what we like to do, so other than djing and taking photos, we usually just go to cafes or try new restaurants in NYC. S: Oh, and we like house parties and exploring places we have never been.
What is your favorite venue to DJ?
K: We love Le Baron and Le Bain!! We have many good memories at Chloe81 too.
Are there any parties/ concerts this summer that you’re excited about?
S: We don’t have any specific ones, but we would love to enjoy the sun and maybe beach parties!
What events do you guys have coming up?
S: June 5, Keiichiro will be djing at Simonez’s “Le Tuesday” at Le Baron, June 7 we’re doing Zigzag at Le Bain, and June 8, a party with Greg Krelenstein & Sophia Lamar at a new venue called DL (former Ludlow Manor).
Keiichiro’s website: djkeiichiro.com
Shin’s Twitter: @theshinshine
Keiichiro’s Twitter @djkeiichiro