Choosing from our extensive data-base of international artists who live in Tokyo, we provide clients with high-level singers, musicians, composers, producers and voice actors, as well as offering casting services for movies, music videos and TV commercials. We work as a creative partner with clients who require a full range of sound production services including music composition, lyric writing, music production, studio recording and live performance. Dagmusic is renowned for having the greatest range and highest quality of artists. Our multillingual and multicultural staff deliver friendly and outstanding service to both artists and clients, ensuring expertly managed and enjoyable projects to the highest level of satisfaction for all.
Dagmusic aims to be beloved by our clients and artists. I started Dagmusic to help a client who was struggling to find an agency in Tokyo that was always on the lookout for new talent. He was sick of offering the same 5 singers to his clients. I love the thrill of finding new talent that I know my clients will be excited about using in their productions- that feeling never gets old!
I’m proud of the Dagmusic team. They are able to think on their feet, solve problems and act quickly to help artists and clients alike. They are always trying to do better- whether by improving our website, artist profiles and demos or sourcing new talent for upcoming projects for our clients. Their enthusiasm and bright attitudes inspire me!
Having a company has taught me a lot but it gets more enjoyable and satisfying every year. Thank you for your business!
Donna trained as a Speech and Drama teacher in Perth, Australia and taught high school English, Media Studies, Religion and choir for 8 years before coming to Japan. Donna loves to help actors and singers in the studio and her cheerful and positive attitude help talent relax and do their best. Donna loves working with children and directs the Dagmusic Kids choir
Bill Benfield was born and brought up in London but has now lived more than half his life in Tokyo. He originally came to Japan as a teacher, but branched out into the fields of writing, editing and translating. Music, specifically playing guitar and mandolin, has been an abiding passion, and it was this interest that led him to set up Dagmusic with his wife Donna Burke. As well as helping to run the company, he still follows his musical interests, mainly in blues and jazz, which in recent years have taken him to perform and record in places as far afield — geographically and culturally — as New Orleans, Berlin and Vienna.
Erik was born in Manila and raised in Tokyo of German / Japanese / Filipino descent. Fluent in both Japanese and English, Erik spent to his school years in Tokyo. After graduating, he went to study singing and songwriting at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Erik loves working in the music industry as it not only allows him to use his knowledge and experiences in music to help the clients needs but also understands the position of the artist. He is capable of assisting with voice direction and is an accomplished singer and songwriter. He also plays with his band Moss in and around Tokyo. His hobbies are travelling, cooking, and watching films.
Takie was born and raised in the frozen northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. After finishing school, Takie moved to Kyoto and studied International Relations. As this was not enough, she then moved to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to study graphic design. While in Tokyo, Takie started DJ-ing in clubs and started being known as the Singing DJ! To add to her range of talents, Takie is also a narrator and voice actor. Takie adds her bright and cheerful nature to the DagMusic team. She loves the multicultural environment and is absolutely committed to giving clients the best possible service.
Naoko was born in Aomori, in the north of Japan, but grew up in the Tokyo area. At the age of 8, she left Japan for the UK to become a pupil at Summerhill School in Suffolk, an internationally well-known progressive school founded by the famous educationalist A.S. Neil in 1921. Naoko loves music and has attended various rock festivals such as Glastonbury and ATP. Her other main love is art. A talented painter, she has created murals for bilingual pre-schools in Yokohama and has exhibited her work at the RBR (Right Brain Research) center in Tokyo. She also enjoys cycling, traveling, cooking, knitting, gardening and wild life. Naoko’s main role at Dagmusic is looking after the accounts and assisting her colleagues with her bilingual skills.
Dagmusic currently is Japan’s largest agency for foreign musical/voice talent, with professional singers, musicians, composers, lyricists, DJs, MCs and narrators running to well over 300 artists. Its clients include producers of music for TV commercials, major broadcasters including NHK, internationally known game software companies, large-scale event producers and international hotels. All its staff are fully bilingual (with English, Japanese, French, German and Danish spoken in the office) and experienced in artist management.
The company was established by singer Donna Burke, who comes from Perth, Australia. Donna arrived in Tokyo in 1996, and before long had established herself as one the city’s most versatile and in-demand singer and voice artists. Donna can still be heard singing on numerous nationally aired TV commercials as well as in the cars of the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train, for which she recorded all the announcements.
Donna initially set up Dagmusic in 1999 as a label to release her first CD, Lost and Found, which she recorded with her husband Bill Benfield, a guitarist from London, who is a co-director of the company. Dagmusic’s transformation into a music agency came through Donna’s work as a session singer for companies producing music for TV commercials. In 2003, she learned that these production companies in Tokyo were having problems finding top-level foreign singers locally, forcing them to travel to Los Angeles or New York to find vocal talent of the requisite quality. Prompted into action, she started searching out new talent and compiling a database, and in January, 2004, set up Dagmusic as an agency specializing in international singers based in Tokyo.
Dagmusic has come a long way since then. In addition to providing top-class session singers in virtually any conceivable musical style and in more than 20 different languages, it now offers a full range of musical services, ranging from live acts to specially commissioned musical compositions and lyrics.