Kaminari Knight: Composer, Producer, DJ

Beneath the Mask

Kaminari Knight (Japanese: カミナリ・ナイト) is the musician alias of Michael Holmes, a composer, producer and DJ from Perth, Western Australia who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.

A Brief History

Michael was born in Perth on the 12th of August, 1993 and grew up in the country near Albany, in southern WA.

During his high school years, he learned percussion and was involved in many school related musical activities including the school band as well as rock bands.

It was in the end of 2009, not long before his final year at high school when he began to discover his true talent in musical composition. It was upon the discovery of Karsh Kale and the introduction to the music production software Reason which led him to discover his true musical home: Electronic Music. During free time or procrastination from homework, he quite often experimented with various musical ideas in Reason. Furthermore, Holmes has always had the desire to create his own original art rather than being constrained to performing existing works by others.

In 2011, Holmes returned to Perth to further his compositional techniques at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he met other musicians such as Daniel Symons (D-Jeong), Laura Lowther (Kucka), Jake Steele (Yarhkob, Kucka, Injured Ninja), and Bob White (The Boost Hero Man), just to name a few. He had started his journey through EDM as somewhat of a nomad, having had sparse knowledge of and exposure to the genre. He conceived the pseudonym 'Kaminari Knight' in 2012. Since embarking on studies at WAAPA, he has been establishing and refining his musical style and continues to do so to this day. Holmes graduated from University in 2014 with a Bachelor Degree in Composition and Music Technology.


He has since released one 2-track EP as well as three singles, and hopes to release more music in the near future. (links to the respective Bandcamp pages in a new window).


Having first spent a year studying the Japanese Language, Kaminari Knight still remains in Japan, now to study Game Creation at Nihon Kougakuin (Nippon Engineering College) to pursue a long-held dream to create video games, and ultimately become an artist in many media. Because of this, he currently has less opportunity to write music, but that is not to say that his Journey as Kaminari Knight, let alone his journey in the realm of music is over.

Artist DNA

Kaminari Knight normally produces blazing, turbocharged Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Hardcore Rave and other electronic music, but sometimes he may produce something completely different altogether. Being passionate about musical originality, he always strives to find ways to differentiate his music from mainstream Electronic Dance Music.


Kaminari Knight's influences include Karsh Kale, Sound Avtar, Robert Miles, Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares, DJ Shimamura and Camellia (a Japanese artist/producer).



Main Hardware used:

  • Asus ROG laptop

  • Focusrite 18i8 soundcard

  • Shure Beta 58A Microphone

  • Behringer C-2 Microphone x2

  • Akai MPK Mini Mk2

  • Zoom H1 Recorder

  • Traktor Kontrol S4

  • Traktor Kontrol F1 x2

  • Akai MPK61 Keyboard (Currently not in possession)

Main Software Used:

  • FL Studio

  • Propellerhead Reason

  • Piapro Studio

    • Megurine Luka V4X

Other Software sometimes used:

  • Sibelius

  • Traktor

  • Cycling 74 Max

  • Studio One


More than just Music

Though the alias Kaminari Knight is generally reserved for his music and related matters, that isn't to say that music is his sole activity. Though it may lack professional relevance, he has a considerable interest in Game Creation, Manga/Illustration, and 3D graphics, just to name a few. In fact, Kaminari Knight created the cover artwork for all of his releases to date, all by himself.


Non-music related equipment used:

  • Wacom Intuos Pro (medium) pen tablet

  • Clip Studio Paint (used to create some of his cover artworks)

  • Unity 3D game engine

  • Blender 3D (also used to create some of his cover artworks)

  • Cyberlink PowerDirector

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photo Credit: Matsu Photography

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