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DJ Baku


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A unique producer and turntablist with unconventional ways, DJ Baku has followed in the footsteps of DJ Krush and established himself in the last 10 years as the rightful heir to the unique Japanese aesthetic of production, DJing and turntablism started by Krush more than 20 years ago.

While comparisons aren’t always the answer, Baku’s work is reminiscent of Krush’s experimental approach to turntablism and hip hop though the young Baku comments that “I’m not trying to follow DJ Krush at all. But in my mind Krush is my master”.

Baku has garnered acclaim not only from within hip hop circles, but from a wide cross section of the music-listening community. He’s played both domestically and internationally with artists such as DJ QBert, DJ Kentaro (Ninja Tune), DJ Krush, Goldie (Metalheadz), D-Styles, DJ Quietstorm and Kid Koala (Ninja Tune). In the studio he has collaborated with international artists including Bleubird (Anticon) and Blue Foundation (Virgin) and Japanese artists such as DJ Krush (Sony), (Kan) (MSC), Goth Trad (POPGROUP, Deep Medi Musik), Think Thank, ‘Heavy’ Takeshi and Saidrum & Bleeder.

Using a wah-wah pedal, hooked up to turntables, Baku gets the most out of his riffs during intense and energetic sets. “With scratching I found I could express simple melodies and even emotions just by the touch of the hand”, divulges Baku.

Baku’s MIX series, produced and released on his own Dis-Defense Disc label continues to gain popularity with releases quickly becoming collectors’ items. His remix work, scratch work and sessions have seen him team up with a wide range of people from national icons to BMX riders.


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  • HaneumaRider

    awesome music

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • boldlydelicious


    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • joesushi

    The new album JapOneEra is awesome. I picked it up recently. Definitely worth checking out. Would love to see Baku live.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • el_Kava

    awesome music, fucking genius. no comparisons !!

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • defectiveshade

    Dangerous shit.

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • l488

    ДИДЖЕЙ БАКУ :-D :-D :-D :-D

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Almarilsyn

    this guy is the man

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Salamandruz

    Baku is actually on of the few people who are pushing hip-hop scene forwards in Japan, so your comparison to Krush, who belongs in 90´s mostly, is completely unfair.

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Afuera

    ridiculous comparison if you ask me. There is no second dj krush... but this guy is pretty good imo :D There's no similarity to Krush or whatsoever... so stop trying to find one.

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • lethal_bottle

    wtf this guy's terrible. I had high hopes too. He doesn't sound anything like DJ KRUSH, this half-baked instrumental rock hip-hop sounds more like something from an old playstation sports game :/ I only got 6 or so songs into DHARMA DANCE and then gave up. disappoint :/

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • breakiton

    he's a maniac!

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • magic_one

    You was Awesome in MOSCOW!!! in 2007! in club Solaynka! Big Respect!

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • AxemRangers

    smart comment....

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
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    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • AxemRangers

    the new abum isn't quite as good as dharma dance but pretty hot. the cut with shing02 is massive, as would be expected.

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • BBoyFunkyMonkee

    Baku the name is my city In Azerbaijan __)))

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • chuuzetsu

    Yeah man, it is such good shit.

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
  • NeroRedux

    Just found out about this guy. Was hooked after hearing Akbah Attack, imported Dharma Dance just now.

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • chuuzetsu

    i'd hit it

    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • xtc-118

    very nice

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
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