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DJ Krush - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  

DJ Krush


Born in 1962 in Tokyo. Gifted producer & DJ with a superb sense in Mixing and composing his sound who's been well-received in the international club scene.

It was the movie "Wild Style" that got him into hip-hop in the early 80's, and in 1987, he formed Krush Posse which made numerous appearances in various media as the best hip-hop act in Japan. Krush began pursuing his solo career after the break-up of the group in late 1992, and soon grabbed people's attention as the first DJ to use turntables as live instruments, doing free sessions with live musicians on stage.

Released his 1st album "KRUSH" in January 1994, and since then released countless records in Japan, Europe, US and around the globe. All his solo releases have ranked high in various charts in & out of Japan, and his 6th album "Zen" had been highly acclaimed and awarded the Best Electronica Album in 2002 AIFM Awards (US). Aside from his outer national activities as producer, remixer and DJ, he constantly expands his field from soundtracks for films, TV dramas & commercials to live sessions with various musicians that transcends music genre. In 2004, he produced soundtrack for a documentary film featuring Japanese photographer Araki titled "Arakimentari" which made huge buzz amongst US film festivals & won Audience Award at Brooklyn International Film Festival. His latest & 8th album "Jaku" has topped the RPM chart of CMJ for 3 weeks in the US.

In '98 spring, he formed a production unit with DJ Hide & DJ Sak, collaborating with Nigerian percussionists and releasing a single & album from Polydor Japan. From the end of the year 2000, he also got involved in his Jag project which evolves around a group of musicians including DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, PhonosycographDISK, DJ Hide, DJ Sak And Jun Sawada, which will be launching various projects to question worldwide issues in the 21st Century.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Mr. Lif & Aesop Rock?

DJ Krush: Both Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock are signed to my favorite label, Def Jux and that is why I wanted to work with them. They are paving their own path with the quality of the music on the label. I respect them a lot.

MVRemix: Do you find it hard to get your album accepted and embraced in American culture/Hip Hop?

DJ Krush: I'm not sure if I'm accepted in "hip hop scene". What I do lately is to put myself to the test by creating sound in simply the "music" category.

MVRemix: What is the main difference between the Hip Hop scene in America and Japan?

DJ Krush: The words. I wish the language barrier did not exist but it does.

MVRemix: Tell us about the DJ/turntable revolution that has been going on in Japan for some time. How big is turntabalism in Japan?

DJ Krush: Hip hop is huge in Japan now and I think it keeps evolving in many ways. There are Different types of people who are in to Hip Hop; Some copy US hip-hop and others really want to bring out their individuality with Hip hop as the source. Which is better? I know what I think but the decision is up to oneself.

MVRemix: A lot of people look at American culture as ignorant or in a negative light, so when you look at America, what do you see?

DJ Krush: There are both positive and negative things about it and I feel that the difference between them is extreme.

MVRemix: Are you familiar with American politics? If so, what are your thoughts on America's foreign policy, particularly in Iraq? Is America an imperialist country?

DJ Krush: The future of Iraq issue is still uncertain so I refrain from commenting on it.

MVRemix: If someone was to travel to Japan for the first time, what is the first thing they should do?

DJ Krush: I want them to taste the delicious rice of Japan.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future that you would like fans to know about?

DJ Krush: I'll have Asia tour in January next year and Australian tour in February.

MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, plugs, etc?

DJ Krush: Recently I hear more and more good music in Japan so please check them out if you have a chance. Of course, there's also tons of shitty music there, though (laughs).

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