Jun Seba

Jun Seba, also known as Nujabes, was a Japanese record producer, D.J., composer, and audio engineer born on February 7, 1974. Seba was best known as the founder of the independent record label, Hydeout Productions and for his studio albums. He was a versatile talent and we remember and celebrate his life and career today.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Jun Seba

Nickname:

Nujabes

Birth date:

February 7, 1974

Death date:

February 26, 2010 (age 36)

Zodiac Sign:

Aquarius

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Background

Jun Seba, also known as Nujabes, was a Japanese D.J., record producer, audio engineer, and so much more, whose talents set him apart in his niche. He was an Aquarius born on February 7, 1974, in the Nishi-Azabu district of Minato in central Tokyo, Japan. Seba was always interested in music. He owned two Shibuya record stores called T Records and Guinness Records.

In 1998, Seba founded his independent record label, Hydeout Productions. In 2003, he released his debut solo album, “Metaphorical Music.” The same year, he released his debut compilation album, “Hydeout Productions 1st Collection.” In 2005, Seba released his sophomore solo album, “Modal Soul.” A lot of Seba’s works were released posthumously. For instance, his third solo album, “Spiritual State,” dropped in 2011. The D.J. and record producer collaborated with Shing02 on the critically acclaimed “Luv(sic) hexalogy,” also released posthumously in 2015. Since his death, Seba has achieved posthumous acclaim and has even been called the godfather of lo-fi hip-hop. He is credited for spearheading the genre’s mainstream popularity in the 2010s.

Seba was very talented in his niche. Sadly, his life was cut short when he was involved in a traffic collision on February 26, 2010. After failed revival efforts, Seba was pronounced dead at a Shibuya Ward hospital and laid to rest at the Japanese section of Tama Cemetery. He was never married, nor did he have children. Seba is missed every day and today, we remember him.

Career timeline

1998
His Independent Record Label

Seba creates his independent record label, Hydeout Productions.

2003
His Debut Solo Album

Seba releases his debut solo album, “Metaphorical Music.”

2005
His Sophomore Solo Album

Seba releases “Modal Soul” as his sophomore album.

2010
He Passes Away

Seba passes away in a traffic collision on February 26.

2011
The “Spiritual State” Album

Seba’s “Spiritual State” album drops posthumously.

Why We Love Jun Seba

  1. His music was loved by many

    Seba was crazy talented. Seba has touched many people worldwide, even beyond his dreams, through his soulful music. He was a mysterious character to most as he avoided the public limelight and rarely conducted interviews, so only a few got to know the man behind the signature production. Yet young listeners of all backgrounds learned of his enigmatic name and expressed support for his music.

  2. He was a pioneer

    Seba is considered a pioneer of lo-fi hip hop. He directly contributed to the creation and acceptance of this genre.

  3. He was hardworking

    Seba was a very hardworking music producer and D.J. His work ethic was exemplary.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. His nickname is from his name

    Seba’s nickname Nujabes is simply the backward spelling of his name.

  2. The Samurai Champloo soundtrack

    Seba was a prolific contributor to the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed anime series “Samurai Champloo.”

  3. His cell phone had part six

    The instrumental to part six of “Luv(sic) hexalogy” was found on Seba’s cell phone.

  4. He played the flute

    The flute was one of Seba’s instruments of choice.

  5. He’s still releasing songs

    Even after his death, Seba is still releasing music.

Jun Seba FAQs

Did Jun Seba invent lo-fi?

Yes, Seba and J Dilla are the pioneers of the lo-fi genre.

Do Jun Seba and J Dilla have the same birthday?

Yes, Seba and J Dilla were born on February 7, 1974.

Who inspired Jun Seba?

Suyama Hiroto inspired Seba.

Jun Seba’s birthday dates

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