~ Squeeze Your Karma ~
Zen Lemonade is a Psychedelic Trance unit by Australian producer Gus Till and Supercozi. Duo 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, Tip, Dragonfly, Twisted, 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 ~
Cozi moved to UK on March 8th 2000 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.
Duo had set up the 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 2 years 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.
They renovate a car garage to the main studio to restart music production before their second child / daughter Ema was born in 2004 January.
In 2005, Cozi founded her own independent label Hypo=espresso Records to be able to release diverse sounds Till and she creates.
~ Second album ‘ Babylondon’ / 2009 ~
Zen Lemonade released second full album ‘ Babylondon ‘ in May 2009 from 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 through the 15 years in Bali, searching new sound of their own 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
See full discography