Wednesday, April 29, 2009

DJ Baku JAPADAPTA Album Inspiration

DJ Baku is one of Japan's greatest turntablists and is highly regarded on the same level as DJ Krush or DJ Kentaro. His new mixtape album, entitled "JAPADAPTA" is out very soon and in an interview he said that the inspiration for the name came from the Japanese Web Mag, UKADAPTA!!!! Imagine how happy we were when we watched the interview and heard him say it! He liked the idea of how we try and connect the Japanese audience with British creativity and wanted to do the same thing in his own way for the Japanese audience......BIG UP to DJ Baku!!

DJ Baku started DJing in 1994 at age 16, and at 17 formed the short-lived group "Hannya" with MCs Rumi and Yoshi. Finding it difficult to enter battles or get club appearances with his "harsh" scratching style, he decided to focus on releasing mixtapes through which he could express his message. In 1999 he set up the Dis-Defense Disc label in order to release these mixtapes, starting with the "Kaikoo With Scratch" tape for which he became famous.

He becomes more popular by the year in Japan, and has since released "Kaikoo DVD", a documentary on underground Japanese hiphop, organised a series of "Kaikoo" events, and in 2006 released his first album "Spin Heddz" on the label Pop Group. His second album "DHARMA DANCE" came out in 2008.

Check out more of his wicked wicked sounds HERE.