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Makoto Shimizu (born in 1977 in Tokyo, Japan), professionally known as Makoto, is a Japanese drum and bass musician, DJ and actor. Among other distinctives of Makoto's musical style, a heavy influence of 1970s-era soul, funk and jazz fusion can be heard throughout the vast majority of his repertoire.
Inspired by LTJ Bukem's Logical Progression album and Goldie's Timeless, he began to experiment with his own drum and bass music compositions. His unique style received the attention of LTJ Bukem and his Good Looking Records label, and Makoto was later featured on several of LTJ Bukem's mix CDs.
Makoto's first studio album Human Elements was released on Good Looking in 2003. His second studio album, Believe In My Soul, was released on the same label in 2007. He had also recorded a live album with frequent touring partner MC Deeizm for the label's Progression Sessions series of live mixes.
Makoto's latest album, Souled Out was released in Japan on 5 October 2011 and worldwide on 10 October 2011 by Makoto's physical label Human Elements and on his digital download only label Human Elements HE:Digital
Makoto continues to act and tour in support of his music, mostly in Thailand and Japan, but also across Asia, Europe, and USA.