RAS TARO is MC, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Oto- Records Co-founder based in Philippines.
He was born in Japan and raised between Japan and Spain. Later in life, he moved to Philippines where he became a resident MC for Irie Sunday, performing freestyle. He met RED I in Manilla in a B-side club 10 years ago. They started their collaboration and had multiple tours together around South East Asia.
RAS TARO is getting ready for his first solo album.
Him and his crew also run a local venue/club called Black Market which is a platform for the local beat makers and producers in local scene. He is also one of the creators of B-Side, which is a home from the local band / reggae scene and venue for Irie Sunday. Since 2010, Irie Sunday has become not only Manila's most consistent weekly reggae event but is also recognized as one of S.E. Asia's best reggae party according to a handful of reggae djs/ musicians and event promoters that has experienced it. This weekly bashment consists of live performances and DJ sets.
Unlike most reggae events in Manila, Irie Sunday not only exposes live reggae bands, but also has a focus on spreading the Deejay/selecta and sound system & vinyl culture. Red-i has played alongside, Johnny Osbourne, Ranking Joe, Macka B, Sister Nancy, Ziggy Marley, Daddy Freddy, Tippa Irie, General Levy, Brother Culture, Million Styles, Echo Ranks, Vibronics, Iration Steppas, Mungo's Hi-Fi, The Bug, Kode 9, RSD, Nas, Mobb Deep, Dj Premier, Dj Krush, Dj QBert, D Styles, J Rocc, Dj Nu-Mark, The Gaslamp Killer, Onra, Samiyam, Teebs, Tokimonsta and More.