DJ YAZI is key figure within the electronic scene in Tokyo and a core member of Black Smoker Records.

Initially YAZI was a hip-hop DJ for various groups in the 90s, most notably Think Tank with the rest of the major players at Black Smoker. Later, attending parties at Grassroots and meeting DJ Nobu and Hikaru would encourage him to experiment further than he had already, contributing to the shifting soup of techno, house, hip-hop, dub and jazz that now makes up his DJ sets.

With over 20 years in the game, he has played all over Japan, including the infamous Future Terror nights run by DJ Nobu and Black Smoker’s own El Niño parties. He is also one half of the experimental live outfit Twinpeaks with Haruka.

DJ YAZI’s Crack Mix is a gorgeous if lightly menacing ambient mix, with nods to a jazz sensibility that permeates much of his work.

DJ YAZI plays Atonal Berlin at Kraftwerk Berlin, August 19-20