~ Sang the Palm ~
Supercozi moved from UK to Bali ‘ Island of god ‘ ( where she had been admires unique Balinese Hindu culture since her young bag pack traveling years ) in 2002 September with Gus Till a.k.a Slinky Wizard – A well known Australian music producer and her partner between 2000-2016 – and their baby son Ashanti. Her island life lasted for full 15 years.
They spent first 9 month in Ubud, The traditional culturistic center of Bali where the king and queen of ancient monarchy still lives in the palace and villagers plays gamelan music and dancing traditional Barong dance on the daily basis at the hundreds of Balinese Hindu temples that surrounded by ‘ Green oceans ‘ of lush rice fields. After the quiet period in Ubud, She moved to Seminyak, a busy part of island where being buzzed up with trendy bars, clubs, and boutiques, and began worked as a resident DJ at KUDETA.
As soon as she settled into a villa in Seminyak with family, music production got back into the daily routine at a shared studio with Till.
In 2009, she built a tiny home studio ‘ Super Cocoon ‘ where she can marvel jungle garden view to continue her life’s work in the years to come.
While raising two children, she continually spent hours for the music production. Between 2005-2016, She completed 3 albums as Supercozi, 2 album as Zen Lemonade with Till, and more than 100 songs for various compilations and EPs. ( See complete discography )
Following year of her daughter’s birth, She founded an independent label Hypo=espresso Records in 2005. Having this platform to release whatever she want on whenever it needed, immensely boosted her motivation to create music. Gus Till had been a vital part of the each releases as a producer & recording / mixing engineer, devoted his time for the label. Till also gave her technical advice about music production and mixing process with logic software on the daily basis as a musical mentor. Their dense time in the studio continued for full 15 years in Seminyak and Cozi learnt and improved so much on the music production with his teaching. By the end of 2016, Hypo=espresso Records and their Sound design production Taiga Sound released 3 albums and 2 EPs, 23 compilations ranged from Techno to chillout.
Bali as a creative Portal
One of the reason Supercozi so loved Bali was, just because the creativity is a large part of local Balinese people’s way of life. They place little organic gifts for gods called ‘ Offerings ‘ 5 times a day with elegant hands movement at the millions temples – from a tiny home temples to big ones, or countless entrance gates, cross roads, every big trees in the villages .. Every single temples and houses are decorated beautifully on the special ceremony ( Upacara ) days by Penjor or Lamak – organic decorations that made of bamboo, palm leaves, flowers, etc. And once all Balinese people dress in a traditional costume, they suddenly transform the air around them into something magical, theatrical and beautiful. Shamanism from ancient animism time are still being a part of people’s belief, and sometime even a busy city street in the middle of Seminyak – Only 30 seconds away from her house – is blocked at 2am on the full moon night for Trance dance ceremony. Village members dancing in the circle in the front of Mangku – high Hindu priest, and ecstatic village women sometime broke into the frenzy cry in the smoky air of burning incense. Those midnight trance ceremony is always high lightened by dramatic movement of village leaders who pretending to stub themselves with holly knives Kris. After the ceremony, everything go back to the normal and a momentary portal to the other world close again.
Some rice farmers paints daily between or after work in their home or little resting place with cool stone floor. Some villagers works on the wood or stone carvings since they were small children until became elderly. Every corner of town or village has their own Gamelan orchestra or dynamic Kecak dance group by men and Balinese dance group by women and children. In the evening, villagers spend time together practicing their life-long art. Supercozi and Zen Lemonade produced number of down tempo songs featuring sound of Gamelan.
Bali is an island of creative spirit for a long long time, and local Balinese had been devoting their time and energy to maintain their unique tradition and it’s craftsmanship in one of the kind style.
Also Bali has a large community of creative expats / travelers ( Many of them moved from Goa, Ibiza, etc ) since 70’s hippie era. It didn’t take too long for Cozi to formed an artistic circle of close friends around her – Fashion & Jewelry & Interior designers who closely working with Balinese craftsman, Painters, Artists, DJs & Musicians, Writers, Travel photographers, Chefs, Landscape designers, Anthropologists and beyond. Naturally she collaborated with many of them, sound design for fashion shows and art galleries, producing bespoke CDs for resorts and spas, and documentary films about Balinese culture or life style videos .. Her 15 years island life had been filled by endless inspirations from those friends and Bali’s original culture and nature.
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