Born in 1971, WAKABAYASHI Kei spent his childhood in London and New York. After majoring in French Literature at Waseda University, he started his publishing career at Heibonsha and was in charge of ‘Taiyo,’ the legendary Japanese cultural magazine. In 2000, he became a freelance editor and produced numerous publications from magazines, books, to exhibition catalogues in a broad range of fields. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Wired Japan in 2012, and left the publication in 2017. He is also a music journalist and is Founder of the publishing company, blkswn publishers.