Sónar by Day - SonarVillage by Estrella Damm
The key figure in the history of Japanese hip hop and urban dance music, Dj Krush brings his formidable turntable talents to SonarVillage in a long awaited return to the European stage. Born Hideaki Ishi in Tokyo in 1962, exposure to the Wild Style craze of the early 80’s set him on the path towards becoming one of the most respected performers and producers in the world, an architect of the boom bap sound, and collaborator with Mos Def, Blackthought, Guru, DJ Shadow and more.
The timeless nature of Krush’s output (listening to 1998’s Kakusei still feels urgent and unique 20 years on) is down to his dedication to the base elements of hip hop - a crate digger’s approach to finding the perfect kick or snare to loop, and an appreciation of the mistakes in the artform. As a result Krush’s work is at once polished and raw, a testament to the power of the drum, and what 2 turntables can achieve.