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Super Cozi
Birth month: August
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Current residence: Bali

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DISCOGRAPHY

Love, Life, Live (2008)
Healing Ananda (2008)
Momo Lounge Vol 1 (2007)
TMS fashion (2007)
Chillpresso 1 dari bali (2007)
Ear Pleasure (2007)
Polymorphic Convolutions (2006)
Arcana (2006)
Luxury Addict (2005)
Electro Mad Skippers Vol 1 (2005)
Therapy (2003)
Flash Forward (2003)
Unbreakable (2003)
Dj Legba (2003)
Pussy Galore (2002)
Lemon Soul (2002)
Touchin Bass (2002)
Frau (2002)
Final Destination (2002)
LIVE IN GERMANY (2001)
Kamaflage (2001)
Mana Medicine (2001)
Super Cozy (1999)


Lyrics to SKY DUB

When the sun hangs low in the sky
Then the time comes I'll follow you
Wherever you go
That blue blue bright sky

Switch off your fire
Switch off the voices
Smash the bubble
Blow their wind chime

Louder, Harder, Higher, Smarter

You gotta be calm
You gotta be wise
You gotta be rising
You gotta be sweet
You gotta be tough & soft
You gotta be black & white
You gotta be the 8th color of the rainbow

When the sun,
When the sun,

Switch off your fire
Switch off the voices
Smash the bubble
Blow their wind chime

Louder, Harder, Higher, Smarter

Switch off your fire
Switch off the
Switch off your fire
Switch off the
Switch off your fire
Switch off the
Switch off your fire
Switch off the voices
Smash the bubble
Blow their wind chime

© Lyrics by Super Cozi

Super Cozi: "SKY DUB is from Zen Lemonade's upcoming 2009 album "Babylondon."

I wrote this song after I had spent hours watching the TV news. In this information era, more and more people are easily affected by radical propaganda or the fear that's amplified by the media. There is the visible failure of the corporate greed era everywhere.

But at the same time, I can also see and read and feel the big silent tide of humanity's wisdom coming as well. From the east and west, from all over the world, people are saying, " Enough is enough!! We are more smarter!! We can be more smarter! "

I wanted to express a light of hope.

This song's music video will be made early next year... stay tuned!!"


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Super Cozi Interview

Super Cozi - Photo by Agus Pande - click for full size From Japan to the UK to Bali the sky is the limit when it comes to the sweeping musical force known as Super Cozi. Having paid her dues for seven years in a typical 90's Japanese rock band, Super Cozi has gone solo and started her own record label, Hypo=Espresso, to create her unique blend of techno, trance and chill out music.

So if you're in need of a break during the busy holiday season and looking for some soothing rhythms, come on over to the chill out room of the woman with the motto "Express in free form, live in freestyle." You'll be glad you did.

On December 11, 2008 Super Cozi was kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Super Cozi with credits to Agus Pande, Christopher Legget and Leonard.


Let's start at the beginning. Tell us a little about the childhood of Super Cozi. Were you shy, outgoing?

I don't think I was shy. I loved singing and playing theater-like things with the kids who lived around my house when I was 6. I always directed the other kids doing the stories I created.

How did you first get involved in music?

Super Cozi - Photo by Leonard - click for full size When I was 16, my girl friends took me to some local band's joint live concert. It was a small hall in the basement of a local Buddhist temple. All the bands were cover bands and many older kids in my high school were playing. They played songs from Japanese punk/rock bands such as Sheena & The Rokkets and Tensaw. People were screaming and madly dancing around as if they had all gone insane or something. I was shocked, and my whole world was turned upside down.

Next day I told my ultra conservative parents that my life was changed, and I started an afterschool job at the restaurant, made some cash, bought my first Stratocaster guitar and started a girl's band.

Did you think music would be such a huge part of your life when you were young?

Never until that moment. After that day, my life became total dedication for the music. All other things became second.

What did your friends and family think about your dreams?

My friends were music lovers or musicians, so my dreams were very common for all of them. But my parents couldn't accept it for a longtime. My mom accepted what I'm doing just before her death when I was 24 because finally my band signed with a major label. She died on the night of our debut gig. After the gig I went straight to her funeral.

I think my dad finally accepted it after I had my first baby, which was 8 years ago. He is an ultra strict, hard working business man, and he had witnessed me supporting myself for many years by doing music and then my family too. So he finally was impressed and it made me happy too.

At the age of 19 you started a band in Tokyo. Can you tell us the story of how you all got together?

I quit university when I was late 18. Then got a job in a secondhand record store in Shibuya because I wanted to enlarge and deepen my musical knowledge and wanted to find proper members for my band. Then slowly I started meeting the right people and made a band with them.

What bands inspired you the most back then?

T-Rex, The Who, The Clash, Dammed, Siouxsie & the Banshees and so on...

Super Cozi - Photo by Leonard - click for full size How did you get your first indie deal?

Some people who owned the label discovered us in the live house (club) and loved us.

How did it compare to your expectations?

It was really exciting to record our songs in a proper studio with a Neve console that was operated by professional engineers. Everyday in the recording studio was a learning process for me. I didn't want to leave the studio, so eventually I started sleeping on the mixing room's sofa during final mix, and ended up staying there for 3-4 days without leaving!!!

How did you get your major record deal after that?

Our fan base grew after the intensive tour days, and then the indie people brought us to the major to sign with them. So that label got under the major umbrella. And everything started falling apart.

How important was the seven years you spent with the band to who you are today?

Those years taught me the basic skill to play guitar, bass, drum and synth. And that skill really helped me to produce my own music with computer now. When I started programming my songs, I was surprised how quickly I could arrange them. It was pure pleasure. It's as if I was in school for years to become a space pilot. Now I can fly them in the captain's seat!

What caused the band to eventually break up?

Our record label and management endlessly attempted to give us major "surgery." Put us with pop producers to finish our album who added horrible, cheesy 80's style synth sounds and brass all over our songs, forced me to use "professional" lyric writer, etc. As a result, our music became an ugly, ultra commercial mess. It wasn't what I wanted to create at all.

But the other band members were pretty happy about it. I kept fighting with everybody else and at some point I realized that it's a waste of my time and energy. Their goal wasn't the place where I wanted to reach. So I quit my band and resigned with management. It was really, really sad and depressing but I tried to understood the whole event as my painful lesson to go to the next chapter.

What do you think of the band's music now?

Embarrassingly 80's J-pop. There is zero nostalgia about it in me. Next question please.

How did your music change as you launched your solo career?

Super Cozi - Photo by Christopher Legget - click for full size After I became a solo artist as a singer songwriter, I signed with another major and released an album that I recorded in London with 3 amazing producers between 1996 and 1997. It was under the influence of acid jazz and trip hop, a bit drum and bass. Then I started to write more break beats style songs and sent a demo to Grand Royal (Beasty Boy's indie) and got a phone call from them, but it didn't work out.

Then I signed with a Danish indie label and released a 100% self-produced album. It's a kitsch fusion of techno, trance, breaks, drum and bass and twisted electro pop. My style I have now finally started from this point I guess. It was 1999.

What's the story behind the name "Super Cozi?"

My nickname was Cozi. After I started DJ-ing, I used the name "Supercozi" as a joke one time. I thought it sounded like a silly Japanese cartoon character and never thought I would use it more than a few times. Then my Australian DJ friends really loved it and booked me with that name for a few gigs in Australia at the end of 1999. Then I got a few interviews in the local magazines there and people started recognizing me with that silly name. So I had no choice but to use it!!

In 2000 you made the huge change of moving to the UK. How did that come about?

I met Gus Till in Australia on the X'mas eve of 1999 during my DJ tour I mentioned before. Then we fell in love 2 weeks later. Gus had been living in London already for 7 years or so at the time and asked me to come with him. London was my favorite city so I gave it a try.

Tell us about Zen Lemonade.

Zen Lemonade's upcoming album Babylondon - click for full size Zen Lemonade is the alternative electronic music unit of Gus and me. Straight after we started living together in the UK we made a few psychedelic trance and tech house chill out songs together, and were immediately picked up by a legendary London-based label called Dragonfly Records. We signed with them and released our debut album "Lemon Soul" in 2002. This album was a fusion of psychedelic trance, progressive, tech house and down tempos. This got us invited to play festivals/gigs all over the world like Greece, US, UK, Thailand, Mexico, Tokyo, Australia, Russia etc...

Actually our second album "Babylondon" is coming out in February, 2009 from the Greek label Electronic Soundscapes. This time a deep organic fusion of breaks, jazz, funk, ambient and 70's psychedelic rock with deeply rooted techno influence. It also features plenty of Balinese flavors, such as gamelan, in an experimental way. We are very proud of the album's sound.

How did living in the UK and touring in other countries influence your view of the world?

Super Cozi - Photo by Agus Pande - click for full size Traveling the world after I discovered psychedelic trance and it's alternative chill out scene made those experiences so unique and powerful. Wherever I go--a forest in Mexico, a small Greek island, club in Croatia or Moscow, Rave party in the bush of Australia--I meet people with absolute love and passion for music and dance. And we understand and accept each other immediately even when we don't speak the same language much. Music was the universal language and catalyst to connect us up. It gave me such a deep touch and strong confidence that humans can cooperate and empower each other via a universal language such as music.

Your next big change came in 2002 when you moved to Bali. Was this something long in the planning?

Not at all. We wanted to re-locate from the UK and there were a few other places in our mind. Bali was my favorite place on the earth since the early 90's. I went there by myself many times before I met Gus, but he'd never been there. One day we had a conversation about Bali and 4 days later Gus' old friend called and invited us all to Bali. So a week later we are on a plane and had great time and decided to move to Bali. It was magic.

What about Bali appealed to you so much?

Firstly, it's the people and their amazing Bali-Hindu culture. They are so gentle and relaxed and their daily rituals are so unique and colorful. The whole island is full of art, dance, music and temples and their ceremonies. Until the last century, Japanese believed 8 million gods lived everywhere in nature (think about the movie "Princess Mononoke") and in Bali I can feel it even now. There is something deeply receptive in my Japanese DNA. I think that's one reason why so many Japanese (we are the biggest tourist numbers) are fascinated by Bali and travel here: to rediscover the bond between human and nature in Asian style.

Tell us about Hypo=Espresso Records.

Hypo=Espresso Records - Logo by Endy (Vamp-star.com) - click for full size Hypo is my independent record label. I decided to start it during my second pregnancy. It was the end of 2003. My brain was full of ideas but I didn't want to belong to someone else's system to express myself anymore. So I thought it's better if I control everything, including release plan, album art work, promotion, printing and dealing with distributors, collaborators, and so on.

Having my own release laboratory is perfect to showcase my diverse creativity because I deeply love dance music and chill out music plus more experimental stuff as well. Also, it's great to introduce my producer mate's creations to the world. So I thought this can be my life's work.

My daughter was born at the beginning of 2004, then I slowly prepared for my label. Finally I released the first project from Hypo, my solo album "Luxury Addict," in the summer of 2005, then the chill out compilation "Chillpresso 1" in 2007.

Now I'm preparing the first dance compilation from Hypo which will be out in March of 2009 or so. Then Chillpresso2, then Supercozi's second album. It's a slow release pace, but I do everything by myself, so this is the best I can do for the moment and I'm happy with this pace.

How would you describe your current philosophy of music?

I prefer my soundscapes and words to be atmospheric and abstract rather than being trapped into the narrow and temporary emotional condition. I don't have an interest to making music to say "I miss you" or focus on temporary anger or something. I don't want to make a song that's only about the sadness of unsuccessful relationships or sexual frustration. It's boring.

That's the one reason I don't sing much anymore or rarely put any words in my songs, because the words and lyrics sometime just set the limits of the song's meaning. It blocks the listener's free imagination. I hope my music suggests something bigger, beyond those emotions and events--more, bigger pictures. I want to capture something deeper than the words that drift to the surface of your mind.

Among all your accomplishments you are also a proud mother of 2. Can you tell us a little about your kids?

My son Ashanti is 7 years old now, robot loving (well, which little boy isn't?), smiley, a shy boy. My daughter Ema is almost 5. She is a really outgoing, dance-loving girl who has an ultra strong personality. She is really a mini-cozi. They are the most fun people to hang out with for me.

Super Cozi - Photo by Agus Pande - click for full size How has your life changed now that you are a parent?

I think I started to live my life really fully in every sense since I became a parent. It's the most beautiful transformation that's ever happened to me. Since I became a mother, everyday is never the same day that just repeats over and over like I felt before. Everyday there is something I discover for the first time and I really appreciate feeling that.

Are you teaching them music?

Not really, but sometime I encourage them to play or bang synth on my basic tracks when they are in the studio. And then I sample or edit them and structure songs. Seems like they are keen on listening to the transformation of what they did, and how their mother cooks it into a song. They just giggle so I don't know what they really feel about it.

Can you elaborate on your slogan "Express in free form, live in freestyle?"

These words came to me after seeing so many incredible people on the dance floor at many outdoor festivals. The way they dance--so natural and totally in that moment--living that moment fully through the music. Their steps constantly change, but it's completely smooth and free and honest. They dance as if nobody is watching them, and they are in pure bliss. It's one.

I hope I can live my life like this... flexible, changing, but always being totally honest with myself. And live with bliss.

Who are some artists you've enjoyed working with over the years?

Super Cozi and Gus Till - Photo courtesy of Super Cozi - click for full size Firstly, Gus of course. We have been working together for 9 years now, but never get bored. He is a true alchemist. Every time I work with him there is something that inspires or amazes me.

System 7. They are a techno unit by Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy who have been playing together over 35 years or more since their band Gong. We became friends in Tokyo in 2005, since then we see each other almost every year in Bali. And we collaborated for Chillpresso in 2007. They are so amazing and strong spirits and a huge inspiration for me.

Also 3 producers I worked with in London for my solo career between 1996 and 1997. Richard Niles (producer of Betty Boo, Pet Shop Boys, Swing Out Sisters), Nick Beggs (bassist of Kaja Googoo) and Herbaliser (Ninja Tune). Especially Richard showed me how he wrote an amazing 15 string orchestra section on my song and how he conducted it in the studio. I was completely blown away and amazed how his production transformed my song into the next level. It was a fantastic experience.

And then Youth. He is the bassist of Killing Joke and produced many bands such as Primary Scream. Also he is the owner of Dragonfly Records that Zen Lemonade signed for the debut album in 2001. We actually never worked together, but his compliments about our sound were always such an inspiration for me.

Also, a few singers I hired for my songs. Lex Empress, she is a Dutch singer who sang my song Waltz on Dusk Sand in Chillpresso1. She put an incredible spirit into my song that I could never have achieved with my own voice. Also, two Balinese female and male singers, Marylin and Gusty Santika, who Gus and I discovered in Bali. Their voices are pure pleasure to work with.

You recently finished a tour of India. What was that like?

I played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Met plenty of groovy, cutting edge creative young generation in India. I love to meet and talk with new people wherever I go. In Bangalore, I collaborated with Indian female VJs too. It was so inspiring and fun!!

How often have you gone back to Japan over the years?

Once in 3-4 years.

What type of changes do you see taking place in Japanese culture?

I really don't know. I have zero interest to dig J-pop charts or Japanese films, except really interesting anime. But I guess now there are more and more people who have an open mind for diverse music than in the 90's...

What are some of the major changes in the world you hope to see over the next ten years?

Fade out of all fundamentalism. Transformation of people's minds who were brainwashed by radical propaganda (in east or west) or corporate greed into freethinkers. And hopefully I can see more direct global unity of those freethinkers beyond all the religions.

Tell us about the documentary film "Echoes of Bali."

It's a documentary film about Balinese culture by British director Nigel Simmonds and Dutch photography director Peter Mariouw Smit. It featured many songs from my label. Also Gus composed original scores for some scenes. It's a pretty stunning, stylish film.

The 40-minute omnibus film has 6 sections:

Kite: Balinese love and have amazing skills making giant kites that look like birds, butterflies, eagles, etc etc.

Paint: Young painter Ida Bagus Indra, who also is a high priest, and his wife Ayu Ari. Ayu is an accomplished traditional dancer and he captures her energy with his brush within 18 minutes or so during her dancing... it's like a channeling painting.

Dance and Masks-transformation: ancient mask dance master Bandem talks about its mysterious depth.

Jegog: giant bamboo gamelan orchestra that you can only see at a small village in northwest Bali and master I Ketut Suwentra guide us to its charm.

Mario: he was a legendary male dancer who lived from 1897-1968.

What other projects do you have in the works for 2009?

Hypo's first dance compilation will be out around March, then we produce a few lounge compilations for a new boutique hotel in Dubai, then "Chillpresso 2" (chill out compilation series from Hypo). Then finally Supercozi's second album... It's a lot!!!

Do you have a final message to all your fans?

Follow your intuition and believe that you can live by doing what you love.


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