Counter Culture movement in 90’s Japan
Supercozi started DJ career in Tokyo underground scene around the end of 1997 as DJ Cozi. In the beginning, She played only Techno with vinyls. Then a revolution occupied – She experienced her first outdoor rave party – Psychedelic Trance Festival ‘ Equinox ‘ in Gifu prefecture in 1998 August. It made her world got totally up-side down. For her, encounter with Psychedelic Electronic music was like ‘ Fell in eternal love ‘, later she recalled.
Naturally after this experience, she started play Psy-Trance and Psychill in her DJ sets with vinyls and CDs.
Ambient bar ‘ Bullet’s ‘ & Mutation Lounge , Hideyo Blackmoon
In 1999, She formed ‘ Hybrid Jupiter Tokyo ‘ which is a collective entity of Freestyle / Psychill / Downtempo DJs, Musicians, Artists, Poets, Performers who has an open mind to collaborate in free style. She hosted monthly event ‘ Blue Mutation Lounge ‘ under this name at Bullet’s, an iconic ambient bar in Nishiazabu / Tokyo where Japanese artist / Ambient DJ Hideyo Blackmoon produced. Bar was only 5 minutes walking distance from Cozi’s apartment.
Bullet’s was one of the most important venue for the Tokyo underground electronic music / chill-out / ambient scene in the end of 90’s.
Many expats artists and Japanese in art & music & fashion community hosted one-off event or series of experimental gathering that featuring down tempo electronic music with psychedelic twists.
One of the very iconic, popular night at The Bullet’s was ‘ Dakini Night ‘ that hosted by Gio – Respected downtempo label Dakini Records founder and a producer known as Makyo. Young Cozi attended every single events she can and absorbed international-community’s creative air.
Cozi befriended with Blackmoon in the 1999 spring. They immediately fond sisterhood like bond between them. Soon after this, they traveled to Burning Man 1999 / U.S.A together as members of Zavtone magazine camp. Later she wrote a short SF story ‘ Diary of Geisha=Borg Agent – Borg goes Burning Man 1999 ‘ on the magazine based on the experience.
As Blackmoon was a producer / directer of The Bullet’s, she gave Cozi monthly slot to organize chill out event. Also she allowed Cozi to use Bar’s DJ equipments during closing time to practice DJ techniques.
Tsuyoshi Suzuki & Matsuti Records
In 1999 Spring, Cozi also befriended with Tsuyoshi Suzuki, whom a legendary Psychedelic Trance DJ who lives in London back then. Suzuki was also a founder of Matsuri Records, one of the leading Psy-Trance label at the time. As Suzuki came back to Tokyo 1-2 times a year, They made few collaboration events in Tokyo before / after Burning Man 1999 where also Suzuki was attended with Nick Taylor and few other Psy-Trance DJs.
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