Koze

Koze

So lets go back to where it all began. It's the mid 1990s and DJ Koze was slowly working his way up through the German Hip-Hop scene. Together with his band Fischmob and their breakthrough German chart hit full-length Power, the act found their way into the German pop charts and a ravenous, leftfield minded fan-base. But
though DJ Koze had a taste of pop success with Fischmob, he was keeping a keen ear towards experimenting with other forms of electronic music, whether it be ambient and
break beats to wild sound collages from a myriad of musical genres. Time goes by and DJ Koze found himself as the turntable wizard for the legendary
Hamburg trio, International Pony. Their memorable debut album 'We Love Music' (Sony) was received too much critical acclaims and eventually signed by Norman Cooks Label
Skint for Great Britain. International Pony remain one of the most entertaining live acts on the planet given their love for great music equaled with an equal dose of intelligent
humor.
And of course we cant go without mentioning his alter-ego Adolf Noise herean
abstract alter-ego, his 2005 full length Adolf Noise, Wundens Beine Offen brought
together a myriad of samples and grooves into a highly enjoyable listen " demonstrating
once again Kozes love for the fringes of musical expression.
So that brings us to present. riding solo, DJ Koze remains as one of the most integral
musicians in dance music. Never taking the easy road, he brings an eccentric tone to a
rotting formula while ingeniously keeping the soul and feeling of what proper
techno/house music is meant to evoke. This is perfectly demonstrated on his Kompakt
full length Kosi Comes Around. Well leave it to leading online tastemakers Boomkat to
speak up on this topic, having declared the album by far and away the best album
Kompakt have releaseda track listing thats perfectly tweaked for the warehouse
abuse alongside music thats hand carved into the most delicate homespun niche you
could possibly imagine. Well put we say.
His DJ sets are spoken of as fableseach experience seems to be unique to its own
and its safe to say are truly, utterly mind melting. DJ Kozes turntablism skills from years
of DJing hip-hop come out to play in his sets as shreds the techno/house DJ formula into
bits, provoking a convoluted blend of ecstatic breaks and beats that borderline the
psychedelic.
Remaining hype to convince the non-believers " the press and public love him and hes
a regular face to the year-end charts and votes. Germanys trend-setting SPEX
magazine have voted DJ Koze the DJ Of The Years for 1999 - 2006 " yes thats 8 years
back-to-back. Other German favs De:Bug and Intro share the same opinion, having
voting him as DJ OF THE YEAR several times!! He plays around " a lot. Everywhere "
just look at his booking calendar.
What the future holds for Koze is a mystery to all but himself, all we can hope for is that
he never gives up on the paramount standards he sets for himself - an obvious reaction
to the quality of output we are treated to through his music and his DJ sets.

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