~ Squeeze Your Karma ~
Zen Lemonade is a Psychedelic Trance unit by Australian producer Gus Till and Supercozi.
They also produced more than 80 Ambient / Chillout / Downtempo songs ( Including Bespoke Releases ) together under the various name : Zen Lemonade, Paam9, Jazz Nomad Orchestra, Gus and Cozi , etc during 16 years ( 2000-2016 June ) as a married couple.
Supercozi met Till while DJ touring Australia in December 1999 with DJ friends Tsuyoshi Suzuki and Nick Taylor ( Both member of Prana ) and DJ Jet More. They introduced her to Till on the Christmas eve at the house garden party of Andrew Till, a well respected directer / DJ of Australia’s first Psy-Trance label Psy-Harmonics in Melbourne. Gus Till a.k.a Slinky Wizard – older brother of Andrew Till – is a well known Electronic music pioneer in Australia whom used to be a band member of Third Eye ( with Ollie Olsen ), Max Q ( with Michael Hutchence ).
Till was also a rising Psy-trance producer with strings of high quality powerful releases from leading UK Psy-Trance labels such as Flying Rhino Records, Tip, Dragonfly Records, Twisted Records, etc.
Since they had a similar musical back ground as a punk / new wave rock musician-turned into a Psychedelic Electronic music producer, It didn’t take long for them to bond. After they spend time together in Byron Bay where Cozi played a Techno DJ set at the Milleniyum Festival 2000 ( New Year Countdown Festival ), they decided to perform together as a band at Earthcore festival in Melborne, where Cozi was already booked as a part of ‘ Equinox Tokyo Tekno tribe ‘ stage.
On Feb 6th 2000, They improvised 45 minutes live set that based on Supercozi’s original tracks on DAT tape, topped up with Gus on Synth and Cozi on Zoi-san mini guitar and samples & synth.
~ Move to UK, forming of Zen Lemonade ~
Supercozi moved to UK in 2000 March to start a new chapter with Till.
They spent first few weeks in London, then settled down in Devon, 4 hours train journey from London.
They had set up a studio quickly, and Till taught her how to use Logic software which she was switching from Vision software that she had been using for music production for 7 years before she met Till .
They quickly developed alchemistic combination in the studio and their own style together, and finished few demo tracks in a month. Immediately after Till sent demos to the few labels, they were approached by Darren Stubbs, Label directer of UK Psy-Trance pioneer label Dragonfly Records that founded by Youth ( a.k.a Martin Glover, a founder member and bassist of Killing Joke ). After they signed album contract with the label, the first chillout track ‘ Die Ashanti ( Mean ‘ The Ashanti ‘ in German, taken from their favorite poem ‘ Die Ashanti ‘ by an Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke ) was released by Dragonfly’s chillout sub-label Liquid Sound Design ( L.S.D ). And then followed by few Psy-Trance tracks featured in few compilations.
~ Debut album ‘ Lemon Soul / 2002
After one and half year of focused studio work in Devon, Their first Psy-Trance album ‘ Lemon Soul ‘ was released in 2002 spring from Youth’s Dragon Fly Records ( UK ) . Album contain 6 Psychedelic & Goa Trance tracks, and 4 down tempo tracks including opening theme ‘ Super Panam Calling ‘ that featured stewardesses like announcement by Michele Adamson whom was a university student back then, also a frequent house guest of the artists house they lived.
Album instantly gained critical acclaim as a timeless Goa Trance classic album for their unique style which powerful mix of old school Psy-Trance grooves, Cross genre ideas and Acid Techno hints.
On 6th September 2002, Zen Lemonade played debut live set for a packed crowd in London album launch party that organized by UK based promoter Kundalini. Since then, they had been playing many live sets / DJ gigs at festivals and parties from Moscow to Mexico including Samothraki Dance Festival ( Greece ), Summer Dreaming ( Australia ), Australian Eclipse ( Australia ), Fusion ( U.S.A ), Yaga Gathering ( Lithuania ), Space Mandala Festival ( Japan ), just name of few.
~ Bali Days, Hypo=espresso Records ~
In 2002 September, Cozi and Till moved to Bali / Indonesia with their 1 year old son Ashanti. They spent 9 month at a villa with rice field & jungle view in Ubud where the traditional Balinese hindu culture still strongly remaining, and finished few tracks including ‘ Lotus Eater ‘ – Asian flavored Psy-chill tune for a compilation from Athen based label Electronic Soundscapes that founded by Arash Atman- Music directer of Samothraki Music Festival ( 2000-2003 / Greece ) ‘s chill out stage
By the mid 2003, they moved to Seminyak – A small trendy town in the south Bali and settled down at a villa with jungle like garden and an open-air- tropical style living room that has no window or wall.
Everyday life in Bali were filled with the sound of nature – Swaying palm trees, orchestra of frogs and insects including cicadas and cricket, water drips in pond, squall and thunder. On the full moon night, Manku ( High priest ) and temple singer are chanting and singing in sanskrit ( Language from ancient India ) in the temples that scattered all across Bali. Few nights a week, they can hear the Gamelan music from nearby Banjar ( Town community house for Balinese ) that local Balinese in all ages, from children to elderly, are practicing.
~ Second album ‘ Babylondon’ / 2009 ~
Zen Lemonade released second full album ‘ Babylondon ‘ in May 2009 from Athens ( Greece ) based independent chillout label Electronic Soundscapes. Since the label was focusing on the Psy-chill and down tempo, label owner Arash Atman requested them to create a downtempo album but something deeply psychedelic with Asian, Balinese influence. Duo worked on the album for nearly 2 and a half years between busy schedule for many other projects, keep recording real instruments part of local & expats musicians, also featuring field recording of local Gamelan orchestra.
13 month before the release, Atman arranged a live concert in Athens as a warming up act for the world renown band Juno Reactor‘s world tour. Zen Lemonade invited Tim Valkenburg whom played a guitar in album, and their 60 minutes show – with mainly new down tempo tracks from album – was well received by sold-out crowds
~ 3 EPs with Psy-Trance / Psy-Tech releases 2013-2015 ~
Zen Lemonade duo had been working on a long awaited second full dance album occasionally through the 15 years in Bali, searching new sound of their own which a fusion of Psychedelic & Goa Trance, and Psy-Tech. They produced more than 2 dozen tracks by the end of 2015, but unfortunately album never came out despite the anticipation by fans around the world. However, 3 EPs – ‘ Morphing Jack ‘, ‘ Addiction ‘, ‘ Addiction Remixes ‘ – were released between 2013-2015, featuring Remixes by BUS, Manmademan, James Monro, Andrea Bertolini, Manu Ferrantini.
Through the years they had been together, Till was a teacher & a mentor for Cozi on the music production in the studio, and a big influencer to taught her the diverse musical history ranged from classical music to latin jazz fusion from 60’s or experimental Electronica. Till was also a devoted supporter for her label Hypo=espresso Records, and a core driven force of Taiga Sound – Their Bespoke music production company. Cozi always admit that without Till’s tireless effort and daily hard work & passionate teaching, her music production level and discography never reached to the point where it is now.
Zen Lemonade Discography
Title / Year / Label / Genre
Lemon Soul / 2002 / Dragonfly Records ( UK ) / Psy-Trance, Goa-Trance, Downtempo
Babylondon / 2009 / Electronic Soundscapes ( Greece ) / Psy-dub, Psy-chill, Down Tempo
Pussy Galore / 2002 / Dragonfly Records ( UK ) / Psy-Trance, Goa-Trance
Morning Jack / 2013 / Hypo=espresso Records ( JP ) / Psy-Trance, Psy-Tech
Addiction / 2014 / Flow Records ( Portugal ) / Psy-Trance, Psy-Tech
Addiction Remixes / 2015 / Hyper Flow ( Portugal ) / Psy-Trance, Psy-Tech
Compilations & DVDs
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