We're excited to announce the addition of Australian-born, half-Japanese, half-American songwriter, producer, and artist Taka Perry to our roster. Known for his work with artists like Thomston, Ruel, KLP, Cyrus, Lanks, Mallrat, Woodes, SACHI, J Hart, and Max Frost, among others, the 20-year-old has cemented himself as one of Australia’s brightest emerging talents.
Taka's signature electronic, yet organic, hip-hop-inspired approach to production and songwriting has earned him a deal with TMRW Music imprint Risqué for an upcoming solo project. His debut single “Introspect” was released in July, followed by the release of "Kuruna" featuring Japanese rapper JP The Wavy earlier this month.
“I’m so excited to bring on Downtown as my worldwide publisher," Taka said of the signing. "The calibre of their work ethic is second to none and, from the very beginning, they have been creatively aligned with my career — both as a producer and artist."
An avid collaborator, Perry has participated in multiple SongHubs throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as Sydney’s iconic 50 Songs in 5 Days writing camps. He was also recently named a top 40 finalist in the 2019 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, shortlisted from over 3,900 entries.
“Taka Perry is a dream to work with. He is immensely talented — as a multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer, mixer, engineer, and artist,” commented Rachel Kelly, Downtown Creative Director & Head of Sync, Australia & New Zealand. “Taka’s experimentation with time signatures and instrumentation has developed into a unique production style. He constantly surprises me with his versatility — and his productivity is on another level. We’re so honored that Taka has chosen Downtown to be a global creative partner for the next phase of his career. Watch this eagle soar.”
As part of Downtown’s Songwriters Across Borders initiative, which fosters collaboration between our songwriters from around the globe, Vice President of International Creative Taeko Saito facilitated the session between Taka and JP the Wavy — which led to a subsequent writing trip to Tokyo, where Taka worked with other Japanese artists such as Elle Teresa, Yoshi, and Duke of Harajuku. He also recently collaborated with Nashville-based writer, producer, and fellow Downtown signee Tony Esterly as well.
“The support, enthusiasm, and attention to detail that Rachel, Taeko, and the greater Downtown team have shown Taka and his music so far has been unbelievable,” said Daniel Anthony of Flagrant Artist Management, who represents the young artist. “With Taka’s unique ability as an equally gifted songwriter, producer and artist, the publisher’s role is so integral for us and we couldn’t be happier than to have that role handled by Downtown.”