Introduction / Greetings
Contact opened in April of 2016, and we would have celebrated our 4th anniversary this year. The decision to close Contact, due to the pandemic was devastating for us all, but we are forever grateful for the support we’ve had from artists, DJs, and our customers since the beginning.
It was in February when we began to see the impact of the coronavirus. Gradually, we saw less tourists and more locals staying safely at home prevented the spread as the days went by. In February and March alone, we were hit with a financial loss of 10,000,000 yen. The numbers are continuing to increase due to rent, fixed costs, and other expenses during our temporary closure of the venue. We plan to reopen as restrictions soften, but we do have to keep in mind that a club environment brings people in close range of others. Thus, number of the restrictions for entry will have to be put in order, and it will take a while until we start to see our margins eventually rise.
Being afflicted with the idea of asking for donations to keep the club running while many people all over the world are in desperate need of help was something quite difficult. But considering financial aspect of starting a venue of this size from scratch in Tokyo would be more damaging than trying to keep our current venue alive and getting past this crisis, will cost cost hundreds of millions of yen. This is the reason we came to the conclusion of starting this crowdfunding project. Reducing our operation with restrictions will be difficult financially, but to continue our journey with you all, we need to acquire the running costs.
About the rewards
For the rewards, we have added"Support for our part-time staff members" as a choice to request for help of part-time employees to get ready for our reopening. The harsh reality is that most of our on-site staff members are currently unable to receive any compensation nor financial relief. Contact has been supported by many part-time/outsource staff members. After 4 years since the opening, many have come and gone. Raising a staff also helps the venue to grow, which is why it’s always unfortunate and sad to see a staff member leave. It would be a shame to see our staff members leave Contact due to the pandemic, and it is our goal to have as many of them come back, also to leave a path for the club community as a lifework.
When leaving a support comment, It would be much appreciated if you could leave some feedback for improvements, things you like/dislike, artists and DJs you would like to hear, etc. We wish to continue creating Contact along with all of our supporters.
Let's Start The Dance Again.
Until we meet again on the dance floor.
< -Contact- Yuko Ichikawa >
Use of funds
To cover the loss during our temporary closure, CAMPFIRE fees, overall costs (including shipping) for return products, running costs after reopening of the venue.
Start accepting support: June 4, 2020 (Thur) 12:00
Deadline: 7 July 2020 (Tue) 23:59
※After the crowdfunding is over, we will start fulfilling the return as soon as it is possible to restart our business.
※This project will be implemented in an all-in system. Even if it doesn't meet the target amount, we will still implement the plan and deliver a return.
T-Shirt design has been offered to us by Kunichi Nomura, who has hosted various parties such as UNDERCOVER, WACKO MARIA, and MILD BUNCH.
Messages from the DJs
＜ Ana Helder＞
It was a huge honor to play at Contact last year. We went two nights in a row and had a spectacular time. I had that "school" feeling like being in a friendly place that shares a true passion for music and experimentation with a more than excellent work team teachers, and a bunch of wonderful people. I also loved meeting some very talented local Djs. I really wish we can keep this miracle place alive, and would love to come back.
It is a pleasure to come to Tokyo and play at Contact every time. The team, the club and the guests are always welcoming. Last time I wore a hoodie with "sailor moon" for my set on and the guests noticed it and seemed to be enthusiastic about it. Please support the club in this crazy time if you can!
Every time I go to Contact, I discover something amazing there.. Last time I was blown away by Kukangendai and Romy Mats.. so refreshing to see bands, DJs and live acts in the same room, and an audience that appreciates it all. One of the best clubs in the world, and one of my favourite places to play and party!
It would be a huge loss if Contact were to close its doors. I've always had a great time playing at the club, and I loved playing at Air for the same incredibly dedicated and passionate team. In a dance music landscape that has been streamlined to such a degree that you encounter the same big-brand soundsystems and the same approaches over and over again, it was always so refreshing to hear music on the dancefloor at Contact on their speakers, which always had such a unique character and tone. It was just as refreshing to work with a team who were as willing to take risks on booking new acts as they were to have faith in their regulars. Without their willingness to experiment and work with younger artists from all over the world, I am sure the scene in Japan would look very different today, and for that reason I also owe them a huge amount personally.
With the support from the staff at Contact, Captain Vinyl has met great results every month since the venue has opened. My appreciation also goes out to the crowd for following rules of Contact in order to create this particular atmosphere. In this difficult time, my hope is to save this space where we can continue to build something of cultural significance through music.
The party I look forward to the most every month, ”Captain Vinyl," had constant support since the venue opened. Thanks to the hardworking staff, records and food vendors, many people have come to party with us every month despite being it on a weeknight. We ask you for your support to protect the space where we can continue to enjoy.
＜ Charlotte Bendiks＞
Please help save Contact Tokyo! The club and crew are amazingly professional. I felt very well taken care of and have been hoping to return to this wonderful place. Sending much love to Atsushi, Mike and Yuko.
＜ Daniel Wang ＞Hello funky dancers and music friends! I have been so grateful to come to Japan every year to DJ there. For every musician and DJ in the world, Japan is a very very special place. I wonder if you know how important it is in our hearts. It is every young dj's dream to play at a great party in Tokyo. And I know that there are great clubs and bars from Sapporo to Okinawa, but without Contact, we could not create such a centralised and continuous connection between so many people and cities over the years. Please donate money to help keep Contact alive. Thank you.
＜ Derrick May ＞Now we learn who our friends are, and the idea of survival and respect for others. My days in japan are strong in my memory everyday. I am looking forward to coming back to be with my brothers and sisters in japan at club Contact which I consider to be my home, I miss you my beloved Nippon, stay strong, let the music play again one day, let us all dance away all the problems and sadness. See you soon, thank you for your respect.
I love you Japan.
I have been coming to Japan and DJ ing on the nightclub scene for over 30 years and I have enjoyed the Japanese underground night club culture very much. Contact is one of the few clubs that stays true to the old school while also looking to the future. It is very professionally run and I love to play there. It always has a great crowd which is very mixed and enjoys a wide range of music. It would be a great shame to see contact be lost due to this Situation caused by the Covid virus. Hopefully it can survive long enough for the a night club Renaissance in the not too distant future.
Love is the message
Contact, one of Tokyo’s top clubs where I have been involved in many parties including their grand opening, has started crowdfunding. It is one of the bases in Tokyo, musically vibrant, with the best size for the community to gather for cultural exchange, and it is vital for such a place to continue to exist. There are many workers, including performers like myself, that are involved. Not only do I want it to, but I strongly believe that it should continue. In order not to lose this space, I am asking for support.
Dear japanese Techno-Lovers,
Looking at my calender now makes me very sad as I was going to be in japan right now, playing at my beloved club CONTACT in Tokyo. It would have been my fourth visit to this amazing place and my tenth visit to japan in total. There are only a few things I miss more these days then visiting japan. So many friends there, so many memories from all those journeys that I had taken over the years. Therefore I dearly hope that we will all survive this weird scenario and can come together in the near future to share our experiences in the time of absence and dance together in CONTACT. Please help to to make this club survive. Big shouts also to all the places I had the chance to play since 2008: Nagoya, Kyoto, Kobe, Fukui, Gunma Pref., Fukuoka, I dearly miss you guys, your country and your onsen! Love from my countryside Hideout one hour outside of Berlin.
Phillip a.k.a. EFDEMIN
We love Contact, both the club and the people. It's an important and vibrant hub of culture in Tokyo, and should be supported and preserved.
＜ Etapp Kyle＞
I remember the night when I played at Contact. It was amazing to experience the music through that insane sound system. Since opening, the club quickly became one of the main dance institutions in Japan and played a very important cultural role. Needless to say that the club has to re-open again. Sending my best wishes to the crew!
＜ Fumiya Tanaka ＞
＜ futura artists ＞
Working with Contact and its team has always been a pleasure and a great connection to the Japanese electronic scene. All of our artists have had the best time, always felt welcomed and had special nights in Tokyo. In these times where support is needed we send the best vibes and love to Contact.
It’s always amazing to travel and find a place which is a central hub to an amazing music scene and Contact is one of those places. The amazing sound system, super friendly people and killer local DJs that play make the club so special and I can’t wait to visit again soon.
＜ ILL-BOSSTINO (THA BLUE HERB) ＞
The final performance of last year was at Contact. And the last song that was performed that night was this. A lot of things happened last year, but compared to this year…makes you think. I hope to overcome these obstacles, and to spend time together with everyone again. Please support.
＜ Jim O'Regan (Paradigm Agency) ＞
I have worked with Contact for a very long time, and was always very happy to know my artists are visiting the club-tour and when I am planning runs in Asia they are my first call. Atsushi and Yuko made the club with care and love, have supported artists throughout their careers and I have become a fan of the amazing local artists that I’ve been introduced to from their curation. Contact is an important part of the musical landscape in Tokyo- You have our love and support always!
＜ KEN ISHII ＞
Contact is without a doubt one of the leading clubs in Japan, and an important place not only for the underground, but for music. I ask for everyone’s support during these hard times.
＜ Kunichi Nomura ＞
I’ve hosted parties, and some times DJed. This is something that I’m unable to fulfill under the current circumstances, so all I can do at the moment is to work from home and save some money for the time that comes for this situation to get better.
But, even with hopes for that day to come, nothing can start again if there is no place to go back to.
For the ones that are able to, please support us to save our space.
Contact is my favorite club in Tokyo and a truly iconic venue in Japan. Yuko and the crew always make you feel right at home and i am always super inspired by the local DJs who play there!
Every time I have played at Contact I have really enjoyed myself, with its amazing soundsystem, enthusiastic crowd and friendly staff! I'm very sorry to hear that the club is facing a tough time like so many others around the world. Sending strength and support from London.
＜ Peggy Gou ＞I will never forget how welcoming and insane the crowd was when I played there this year for the first time, and I hope that won’t be the last. Run by one of the coolest crews in the game, for decades they’ve invited both established DJs and lesser known artists to connect with audiences in ways that shaped the scene and pushed the music forward. We must take care of this special place, so that the next generation can continue its legacy.
'Always loved playing at Contact, one of the best clubs in the world for vibes and sound. Such a crucial hub for the Tokyo scene! Love to all. x Peverelist'
I’ve come in contact with many people through many live performances and sessions at Contact. No one could’ve have imagined that an age would come this year where coming in contact with someone would be forbidden. But, we can. The key to survival is how to use our imagination and where to put that focus. Although it is a small example, we already have antibacterial enzymes in our skins. Reawakening hundreds of millions of years’ worth of natural immunities, let us protect our community from this day forth.
＜ The Avalanches ＞What to say about Contact ? The most wonderful people, the most wonderful music, the most wonderful memories. When we are connected to music and each other we are truly alive! Contact gave us this gift many times. Please support our friends at Contact and help them survive, so we all may meet there again, and loose ourselves in music and love, and celebrate life together
robbie and tony
I had the pleasure to perform at Contact for my debut gig in Japan in support of my Berghain 09 mix in 2019 with fellow Berghain resident Answer Code Request.
Making it to Japan has been a life long goal as a young person deeply indebted to so many japanese artists and art forms. Upon arrival I was immediately impressed with the professionalism, kindness and efficiency that the club operated with on all fronts. I was treated above the standards of what can sometimes become a routine as a touring DJ and for no other reason than that it is simply how Contact’s above average work ethic and vision manifests itself - above average. I was welcomed as an outsider and felt at home there in a place I had never been. The crowd was dedicated and intense - as expected. You could tell they meant it.
In 2020, we had the pleasure to return with our first Hospital Productions label showcase which the club tirelessly promoted and supported with a diverse and challenging line up rarely seen within contemporary club culture in connection with Taka and NANNA Tokyo. Ironically during this time was the start of the crisis of the pandemic. The staff at contact went above and beyond what would be expected of anyone and helped both myself and Becka Diamond and our fellow New Yorker and roster member Guilt Attendant to successfully and safely rebook our flights and made sure we made it home safe during the panic of the airlines and closures of borders. A simple thing to write on paper, but in the explosion of cancellations it was no small feat on the part of Contact's staff to insist that we returned home safely and didn’t get stuck anywhere along the way . We feel at home at Contact and are fortunate and honored to have worked with all the staff of the club - the bookers, sound engineers, hospitality, promotion and design, security and transport staff all worked tirelessly to ensure our event was a success, that we felt welcomed, that we returned home safely during the outbreak of this crisis and most important above all - maintained a great vibe in the club throughout it all.
Long Live Contact.
With love from New York,Vatican Shadow / Becka Diamond / Hospital Productions
Greetings to all from Contact employees.
First and foremost, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all medical personnels, logistics personnels, and to all who have been working relentlessly to bringing back humanity back during a time of crisis on a level that we have never experienced before.
Under these unforeseen circumstances, Contact has come to a point where we need the help from our supporters. In April of 2016, Contact opened its doors specializing in quality dance music that we the people (our staff included) could enjoy. We had planned our 4th anniversary party in April 2020, but unfortunately could carry out the plan as scheduled.
Even with the state of emergency being lifted, it is still uncertain when we will actually be able to open our doors again. And when we do, things will not be the same as it once was. Guidelines, contents, expenses, and everything else that come into the picture. The longer we stay closed, the less chance we have of continuing the venue. We ask you for your support in order to overcome this hardship and to see everyone on the dance floor and the bar counter again.
< -Manager- Yuichiro Yamashita >
The state of emergency has been lifted in the end of May. But, at Contact, where my colleagues and I work, we are still continuing to face the uncertainty of when the venue will reopen. Another concern is that we can’t predict how long it will take to bring the business operations back to how it was before the coronavirus.
During the span of our temporary closure, Contact began a new challenge with our live-streaming every weekend with no audience on-site. I feel that we’ve entered an era where we must take on new operation styles and bring new creative values to the table.
We ask the support from the people in order to continue our challenges in this new age to come.
It has been 4 years since I began my career at Contact from opening. I would’ve never imagined the world to become like it is at the current moment.
There are many fond memories that came along with hardships, and to see the empty dance floor as it is now, it truly made me realize none of those memories would have been possible without the people, artists, DJs, and staff members that all came together to create such an atmosphere.
We ask for your support in the effort to reopen the venue and hope to meet with everyone again, friends and friends to be, to continue to create new memories and new experiences to pass on to the next generations to come.
Thank you for visiting LET'S START THE DANCE AGAIN until the end. C from Contact. .
People all over the world are experiencing situations that have never been dealt with before. We are all uncertain of the outcome of all of this, Contact being one of many. Under these circumstances, our lifestyles are undergoing change. Despite changes, Contact has something that cannot be eradicated. That feeling you can only acquire at a party. We ask the people for the support in the effort fight through this hardship and to bring the people back.
< Naoki Saito a.k.a. C >