Recording Artist / Music Producer / Composer
Also known as: Captain Funk, Dark Model, OE, etc.
Founder and owner of Model Electronic
Based in New York, the United States
-Summary- (For Oe’s detailed artist biography, please refer to Tatsuya Oe’s official website.)
Award-winning recording artist/electronic music producer Tatsuya Oe has an exceedingly diverse background in music, which has continued to evolve over the course of his twenty-year career. Oe has cultivated a bold and distinctive musical style and released signature tracks under the names of Captain Funk, OE, and Dark Model. Also, he has completed several hundred remixes and collaborative projects with many other artists such as James Brown, Diana Ross, Serge Gainsbourg, Ron Sexsmith, Chic, Simon Lebon, and Yoshihide Otomo. Music journalists have referred to Oe as “Remix Wizard,” “Modern Renaissance Man,” and “Captain sailing into the uncharted waters of dance music.” Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) described his music as “F***ing insane!”
Oe’s music has been featured globally in movies, TV programs, video games, animation projects, and advertising campaigns in the US, Europe, and Asia. He composed music for Panasonic’s branding movie “Experience Color,” which won the Finalist Award in New York Festivals, the Silver Prize for the Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards, and Official Honoree at the Webby Awards. Captain Funk’s album, “Songs of the Siren,” was chosen by Billboard magazine for their feature story “Year in Music / Critic’s Choice.” His song “Twist & Shout” was featured as the theme song of SABU’s movie “Monday,” the winner of the International Film Critics Association Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. (see Credits)
In July 2012, his music as Dark Model was included on the first footage reel of 2013 movie “Elysium” (starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster. dir: Neill Blomkamp). Sep 2013 Tatsuya shifted his base to New York, the United States after he had passed the Green Card Visa application (category: First Preference EB1-1).
May 2014, Oe released Dark Model’s first album in the US. His attempt to incorporate cinematic orchestral sound and beat-oriented electronic music in the album has been highly-acclaimed by a large number of music critics and journalists. 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.” March 2015, Dark Model’s first album was nominated for the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) in the Dance/Electronica Album category.
January 2016, Captain Funk’s music was licensed and included in the official international trailer of Sony Pictures’ movie “Money Monster” (starring George Clooney & Julia Roberts, directed by Jodie Foster).
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.
April 2018, Oe will release his two new albums “New Classics Vol.1 & 2” under the moniker of OE.
Credits/Client List – https://www.model-electronic.com/about/credits/
Artist Bio – http://www.tatsuyaoe.com/biography/
Official Website – http://www.tatsuyaoe.com/
Captain Funk – http://www.captainfunkofficial.com
Dark Model – http://www.darkmodelmusic.com/
“Captain Funk, or in other words Tatsuya Oe is in my honest opinion the best music producer / composer in Japan. Infinite creativity, expanding to all horizons of composition including commercials, Thus, I gladly accept our priceless friendship and fantastic talent. Recommend anyone seeking out of the box music themes or personal projects including feature films (other) to contact him on my behalf.”
Brand Strategist, Consultant & Creative Engineer at Omnicom Group
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tatsuya personally and professionally, and in my estimation he is not only one of the most talented musicians I know, but he’s also an intelligent, smart and creative businessperson. Tatsuya has successfully built a brand and business around his music – no small feat in a complicated international marketplace. Plus he’s a wonderful person. It is my hope that many more people get this chance to hear his wonderful, innovative music. And, if you get the chance to meet him in person or do business with him, you’ll find he is equally talented in the board room as on stage.”
Contributing writer of Billboard biz, founder/CEO of Sync Exchange
“Tatsuya Oe is one of the most inspired musicians I’ve met over the past 15 years, and continually surprises me with his flexibility and talent. He’s also been a pleasure to work with in a business-sense and is one of the nicest people I’ve met in Japan.”
Tokyo Correspondent at Impact Magazine
Journalist, Author, Musician & Photographer at IF? Media
“Say the words “remix” and “Japan” and one name rises to the top. Tatsuya Oe aka “Captain Funk” has been at the cutting edge of Japanese electronic and new wave music since launching his musical career back in the 1990s.”
“One of Japan’s most demanded DJs/remixers, Captain Funk has firmly established his credentials as a recording artist with his second album “Songs of the Siren””
Former Asia Bureau Chief of Billboard Magazine
“Japan might not have the numbers when it comes to superstar music producers and artists but they sure do turn out some of the most interesting producers around. After a few hours of conversation we found Captain Funk to be no exception.”
“Great Stuff…would love to be able to come to Tokyo and work with you. Keep up the good work.”
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“Tatsuya is one of the best! His music and talent are so fresh, I’m proud to collaborate with him!”
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