Midnight in a Perfect World: Tomo Nakayama

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Ted Zee

Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Tomo Nakayama is a beloved Pacific Northwest artist whose melodic, complex and emotionally compelling music has been a staple on KEXP's airwaves for the past 15 years. Originally emerging as the frontman and founding member of the chamber-pop band Grand Hallway in the mid 2000s, Tomo released his debut solo album Fog On The Lens in 2014 and his second album Pieces Of Sky in 2017, both albums placing his lush indie-folk sound on full display. Tomo's third and most recent album — 2020's Melonday — found him exploring exciting new terrain and tackling an infectious synth-pop sound.

Sharing the words "Discovery, Healing, and Humanity" to describe his set, Tomo's exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World provides a brilliant insight into the artists, songs, and sounds that have influenced his own warm, catchy, and whimsical music.

Artist Title
Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
Shabason & Krgovich I Am So Happy With My Little Dog
Yuuki Matthews Funny Morning
Joe Hisaishi The Path of the Wind
Caetano Valeso Um Tom
Ryuichi Sakamoto The Garden of Poppies
Buffalo Daughter Socks, Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll
oono yuuki Tremor
Ichiko Aoba Seabed Eden
Wings Let 'Em In
Mauro Samaniegro Los dias del buen sol
Arthur Russell This is How We Walk on the Moon
Tiny Vipers American Prayer
Ran Park Arrival / Peace Piece
Eyvind Kang Pure Nothing


Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP's weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ's, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World  is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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