|Genres||Electronica, experimental, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, artist, DJ, producer|
|Labels||Mango + Sweetrice, Bit-Phalanx|
|Associated acts||Plaid, The Orb, Kettel, Sutekh|
Coppé (pronounced Co-pa'y, often also typed Coppe') is a Japanese electronic music singer-songwriter and music producer. She has released fifteen solo albums on her self-owned Mango + Sweetrice label.
Coppé was born and raised in Tokyo. Her real name is Yoshimi, which means pure, good and beautiful in Japanese. She was given the nickname Coppé by her mother because on her birth day she resembled a loaf of bread of the same name.
As a child, Coppé travelled frequently between Japan and Hawaii, and also lived for a while in Arizona. She studied classical piano and ballet from the age of three. As a child she won a "Best Song for Children" of Nihon Record Taisho award (sometimes called "Japanese Grammy") for her song "Peke No Uta", which was released via King Records. She also won a Chibikko Nodojiman award while still in elementary school singing her original song "Red Red Balloon". Also while still a child she began to appear regularly on a weekly NHK TV show "Uta Wa Tomodachi". This led to her getting involved with radio, her first regular show being "All Night Nippon". She later also had shows on FM Tokyo and FM Yokohama. Her English language skills led to her being on NHK show based on learning English. Other TV shows in which she made regular appearances were TBS's "Jikan Desuyo" and "Ginza Now", NTV's "Shower Gang" and the music program "Poppers MTV" where she interviewed many foreign artists including Ray Charles, Bob Marley, James Brown, Madonna, the Police, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson. After her father's death, she relocated to Honolulu in order to be closer to her mother. In Hawaii she also had a radio program on KIKI AM 83.
Mickey Mouse collector
Coppé also became known as a world class expert and collector of Disney goods, mostly Mickey Mouse related items. She has a vast collection of goods, many from the 1930s, 40's and 50's.
As a musician
While becoming well known as a radio and TV personality, Coppé also continued to write and perform her own music, and in 1995 she retired from commercial radio presenting in Japan to move to the USA, establish her own Record label (Mango + Sweetrice Records) and self-released her first, self-produced and self-titled debut album. Her music includes many influences but is generally electronic, "IDM" and club oriented.
Since her debut, Coppé has preferred to collaborate with some of the Electronic music / IDM scene's biggest names, and all her subsequent albums have featured these collaborations. These have included work with Plaid, Kettel, Q-Bert, DJ Vadim, Christ (ex-Boards Of Canada), Atom™, Tipsy, Addictive TV, Kelli Ali (ex-Sneaker Pimps), Bola, Modified Toy Orchestra, Sutekh, Kit Clayton, Peanut Butter Wolf, members of Skinny Puppy, Takemura Nobukazu, Barbara Morgenstern, DJ Kensei, Fred moTh, Hifana, Jemapur and many more.
Coppé regularly performs in Japan and the US, and has extensively toured the UK and Europe every Autumn since 2010, touring in collaboration with the UK-based Bit-Phalanx Music label since 2011.
In 2015, Coppe' celebrated the 20th anniversary of Mango + Sweetrice Records with the release of her 20rpm album. To mark the occasion, Mango + Sweetrice and Bit-Phalanx Music produced their first all-day festival of Electronic Music in central London, also called 20rpm, held at St. Giles In The Fields church, Soho. The event featured special guests Plaid, Bola, Kettel, Christ., Barbara Morgenstern, Kelli Ali, Earth Is Flat, DJ Mixmaster Morris, DJ Nick Luscombe and more.
The festival became an annual event with the second edition of the festival in 2016 (21rpm), featuring Graham Massey (808 State), Plaid, Funkstörung, Leila, Luke Vibert, Seefeel, sarasara, DJ Flint Kids and more.
- 1995 Coppé (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 1997 O of M with Coppé (CD Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 1999 Peppermint (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2000 Mercury (CD, Album, Dij: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2001 Papa My Buddha (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2003 Nauru (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2004 8 (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2005 9+10=10th Anniversary! (2xCD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2007 Fi-lamente (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2010 Artificial Insemination (CD, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2010 Coppe' In A Pill (USB, Album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2011 Yogurt (Credited to "Coppe' vs. Bit-Phalanx", CD, album: Bit-Phalanx & Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2012 Rays (Download, album: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2012 Rays / Coppe' In A Bloc (CD + USB boxset, album, collection: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2012 Coppe' Who? (Aloha From Mars!) (CD Sampler compilation. 17 track 'best of' collection: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2013 Void (CD + 5" Vinyl deluxe set: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2015 20rpm (Deluxe 2xLP & DVD, CD & DVD: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 1997 Blue Time Machine (12", Blu: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2000 Blue (12": Losonofono Records)
- 2012 Forbidden/My Heartbeatz Become Earthquake (Download, Mango + Sweetrice)
- 1999 VAD (12" remix EP, Marble-coloured vinyl: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2013 Null (Digital 5 track EP: Mango + Sweetrice)
- 2015 20x20 (20th Anniversary Music Video collection & featurettes archive: Mango + Sweetrice)
Tracks appear on:
- 1997 Nigh - Chocolate XTC (CD, Comp: Castle von Buhler)
- 2001 Electro-Organinc Vol.1 - Atlantis Is Kushti (Plaid mix) (CD, Comp: Starfire Records)
- 2001 Rundfunk - Rhythmus Einer Stadt (Oliver Scotoni Und Alex Dallas) - Mark. B...B...B...Gun (2xCD, Comp: Universal)
- 2008 52 Weeks - This Is My Cancer (File, MP3, 256: Peppermill Records)
- 2008 Minicomp 3 - Alien Mermaid (7", Comp, Ltd: Sneakmove)
- 2011 Carry On! - Dusty Tapes & Nuclear Raindrops (CD, EP by Jilk: Bit-Phalanx Music)