Tsuyoshi Suzuki

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b. 26 November 1967, Tokyo, Japan. One of the most influential figures in the psychedelic trance movement of the 90s, Suzuki works as a DJ and recording artist and is responsible for A&R and creative…
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b. 26 November 1967, Tokyo, Japan. One of the most influential figures in the psychedelic trance movement of the 90s, Suzuki works as a DJ and recording artist and is responsible for A&R and creative development at for Matsuri Productions which he co-founded with John Perloff in 1994. He began playing the drums when he was 12, studied film and media at university and later learnt to DJ with the help of a friend. He formed various experimental rock bands inspired by the Yello Magic Orchestra, Kraftwerk and David Sylvian and in 1991 began working with Nick Taylor (Snake Thing) as Blissed. The pair recorded an EP (Blissed) and an album (Rite Of Passage) which were released on the German label POD communications in 1993. A spell in Goa inspired a change in direction and in July 1993 Suzuki moved to London where he and Taylor formed Prana. The following year Suzuki began DJing at the Return To The Source parties with which he has continued to perform. He has since became one of the best-known and most well-travelled psychedelic trance DJs and has played virtually everywhere in the world that has a psy-trance scene, while producing two albums and a number of tracks with Prana and developing Matsuri. In 1997 he released ‘Re-Cycle Frequency/Ama No Kawa’ as Joujouka (a Japanese-based project with Takeshi Isogai) with plans for an album the following year which will also be used as the soundtrack for a Sony Playstation game. Unlike many more established ‘names’ in dance music, he has refused to compromise his values and with his DJing, various productions and record label continues to create, encourage and promote new experimental music from around the world helping to maintain the original spirit of the Goa scene in the face of much commercialization.