DJ Van Paugam
Van Paugam is a Chicago-based DJ specializing in Japanese music from the 70s & 80s dubbed City Pop. Having collected over 300 rare Japanese vintage vinyl records from his trips to Japan, Van has hosted over 100 live events dedicated to the style within Chicago and other cities including Brooklyn, Miami, Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo. He has been featured on CNN, NHK, and other global publications for his work in popularizing the genre in the West since 2016. Currently, He serves on the board of the Japanese Arts Foundation of Chicago where he consistently leverages the nostalgic elements of City Pop to evoke an appreciation for Japanese culture in new audiences worldwide.