DJ Koze

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DJ Koze
DJ Koze 2019
DJ Koze 2019
Background information
Birth nameStefan Kozalla
Born1972 (age 47–48)
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
OriginHamburg, Germany
GenresTechno, tech house, minimal techno, microhouse, hip hop
Occupation(s)Music producer, DJ
Years active1988–present
LabelsPampa Records
Associated acts
  • International Pony (1998–2010)
  • Fischmob (1993–1998)
  • Adolf Noise (since 1996)
  • Monaco Schranze (2003/04)
Websitepamparecords.com

Stefan Kozalla (born 1972), better known as DJ Koze (German pronunciation: [ˈkɔtsə]), is a German DJ and music producer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Kozalla first became known in the Hamburg music scene.[2] In the early 1990s, he started as a rapper and DJ for various hip-hop groups in Flensburg. In 1991, DJ Koze reached second place in the German DMC Championship (an offshoot of the Disco Mix Club). Two years later, he moved to Hamburg and founded together with Cosmic DJ, DJ Stachy and the "Schreckliche Sven" the hip hop formation Fischmob, which persisted for about five years.

In parallel, he also dealt with electronic music, increased his name recognition as a DJ and produced some remixes, sometimes under the pseudonym Adolf Noise. A collection of such remixes appeared in 2000 under the title Music Is Okay. With Max Goldt as spokesman he released 2001 as Adolf Noise the single "Deine Reime sind Schweinereime", a satire on battle rap tracks in German hip hop.

Together with Cosmic DJ and Erobique he founded the project International Pony, from 2002 the album We Love Music and 2006 the LP Mit Dir sind wir vier. Since 2003, Koze published several Techno-Maxis at the Cologne label Kompakt under the name Monaco Schranze (a corruption of Monaco Franze and Schranz). There also appeared in 2004 his second mix CD titled All People Is My Friends.

As a DJ, he also performed at major festivals such as Coachella, Osheaga, Outside Lands, Roskilde, Sónar, Tomorrowland, SonneMondSterne, Melt!, Time Warp, Mayday, Mutek, Amsterdam Dance Event, Snowbombing, Nature One, and Meredith Music Festival. In reader surveys of the music magazines Spex, Intro and de: Bug he was repeatedly voted DJ of the Year.

The productions under the name Adolf Noise are generally more experimental and eccentric. After Wunden, s. Beine offen appeared in April 2005, the second Adolf Noise album Wo die Rammelwolle fliegt.

Since 2009 he runs the label Pampa Records. With his on Pampa Records released album 2013 Amygdala he entered for the first time the official German and Swiss charts. In addition, he was honored for the Echo Award 2014 with the Critics Award. On June 15, 2015, the 50th edition of the DJ Mix series DJ Kicks, was released on the Berlin label Studio !K7, which attracted a great deal of national and international attention. In 2017, he was nominated for two Electronic Music Awards for Record of the Year and Remix of the Year, both for his Extended Disco Version of Låpsley's "Operator".

In January 2018, DJ Koze announced his fourth studio album titled Knock Knock, which appeared on May 4, 2018 on his label Pampa Records. On July 12, 2018, his remix of the track Humility was released with the single The Now Now of the British band Gorillaz.

On October 19, 2018, he was awarded the Prize for Pop Culture in the category "Favorite Producer" at the Tempodrom Berlin.

Kozalla himself pronounces his DJ name as (German pronunciation: [ˈkɔtsə]) which , in German, is identical to Kotze (engl. puke).[3] Internationally, his name is pronounced like cozy (/ˈkzi/) in (American) English.

Awards[edit]

Echo Pop

  • 2014: Critics' choice award (Amygdala)[4]

DJ Awards

  • 2018: Category „Electronica/Downtempo“ (DJ Koze)[5]

Preis für Popkultur

  • 2018: Category „favourite producer (Knock Knock)[6]

Pitchfork - The 50 Best Albums of 2018

  • 2018: 3rd Place - Knock Knock[7]

Pitchfork - The 100 Best Songs of 2018

  • 2018: 5th Place - Pick Up[8]

MIXMAG - The Top 50 Tracks of 2018

  • 2018: 1st Place - Pick Up[9]

Noisey - The 100 Best Albums of 2018

  • 2018: 9th Place - Knock Knock[10]

Resident Advisor - 2018's Best Tracks

Rolling Stone - 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

  • 2018: Knock Knock[12]

FM4 - Most Wanted - 100 besten Clubtracks des Jahres

  • 2018: 1st Place - Pick Up[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • 2005: Kosi Comes Around
  • 2013: Amygdala
  • 2018: Knock Knock

Extended plays

  • 1998: Happy Hip Hop (Yo Mama)
  • 2001: Deine Reime Sind Schweine (Regelrechte Schweine) (Buback)
  • 2003: The Geklöppel Continues (Kompakt Records)
  • 2004: Late Check Out (Kompakt Records)
  • 2004: Speicher 20 (Kompakt Extra)
  • 2005: Lighta Spuba (Freude am Tanzen)
  • 2006: Kosi Comes Around – Remixes Part 1 (Kompakt Records)
  • 2006: Stompin at the Clubfoot (Kompakt Records)
  • 2007: All The Time (Philpot)
  • 2007: Naked (Cereal/Killers)
  • 2008: I Want To Sleep (International Records Recordings)
  • 2009: Mrs. Bojangels (Circus Company)
  • 2010: Rue Burnout / Blume der Nacht (Pampa Records)
  • 2012: My Orphaned Son / It's Only (Pampa Records)
  • 2014: La Duquesa / Burn With Me (Pampa Records)
  • 2013: Amygdala Remixes #1 (Pampa Records)
  • 2014: Amygdala Remixes #2 (Pampa Records)
  • 2014: La Duquesa / Burn With Me (Pampa Records)
  • 2015: XTC (Pampa Records)
  • 2016: Driven (Hart&Tief)
  • 2018: Seeing Aliens (Pampa Records)
  • 2018: Pick Up (Pampa Records)

Compilations

  • 2000: Music Is Okay (Yo Mama)
  • 2009: Reincarnations: The Remix Chapter 2001-2009 (Get Physical Music)
  • 2014: Reincarnations Pt. II: The Remix Chapter 2009-2014 (Pampa Records)

DJ mixsets

Remixes

  • Herbert – It’s Only (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Moderat – Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Mount Kimbie – Made to Stray (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Malaria! vs. Chicks On Speed – Kaltes Klares Wasser (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Blumfeld – Tausend Tränen Tief (Loverboy Mix)
  • Fettes Brot – Silberfische In Meinem Bett (Adolf Noise Meets Fettes Blut)
  • Die Goldenen Zitronen – Weil Wir Einverstanden Sind (DJ Koze a.k.a. Adolf Noise Remix)
  • Egoexpress – Telefunken (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Rocko Schamoni – The Diskoteer (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Die Fantastischen Vier – Le Smou (DJ Koze & Mario Von Hacht Rmx)
  • Reinhard Voigt – Zu Dicht Dran (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Hildegard Knef – Ich Liebe Euch (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Andreas Dorau – Kein Liebeslied (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Ada – Eve (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Ada – Faith (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Heiko Voss – I Think About You (DJ Koze Mix)
  • Mano Le Tough – Energy Flow (DJ Koze Remixes)
  • James Figurine – Apologies (DJ Koze Rmx)
  • Wassermann – Die Schallplatte (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Meloboy – Hot Love (DJ Koze Mix)
  • Wechsel Garland – Mutes (DJ Koze's Broken CD-Mix)
  • Blagger – Strange Behavior (DJ Koze AKA Swhaimi Remix)
  • Alter Ego – Jolly Joker (DJ Koze's Nuttich Styler Remix)
  • Battles – Atlas (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Gerd – 1 In The Morning (At The Club) (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Sascha Funke – Mango Cookie (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Mathias Kaden – Kawaba (DJ Koze's Kosi-San Remix)
  • Nôze – Danse Avec Moi (DJ Koze Rework)
  • Matthew Dear – Elementary Lover (Dj Koze Rmx)
  • Lawrence – Rabbit Tube (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Remix) (XL)
  • Caribou – Found Out (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Caribou – Jamelia (DJ Koze Remix)
  • The Big Crunch Theory – Distortion (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Who Made Who – Keep Me In My Plane (DJ Koze Hudson River Dub)
  • Makossa & Megablast Feat. Cleydys Villalon – Soy Como Soy (DJ Koze No Voy A Cambiar Repaso)
  • Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard – For You (DJ Koze Remixes)
  • Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Apparat – Black Water (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Superflu – Jo Gurt (Dj Koze RMX)
  • 2raumwohnung – Somebody Lonely and Me (Remixes)
  • Matias Aguayo – Minimal (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Underworld – I Exhale (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Roman Flügel – 9 Years (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Radio Slave – Reverse (DJ Koze Edit)
  • Gorillaz – Humility (DJ Koze Remix)
  • Radio Slave – Reverse (DJ Koze Edit)
  • Gerry Read – It’ll All Be Over (DJ Koze remix)

With Adolf Noise

  • 1996: Wunden, S. Beine Offen
  • 2001: Deine Reime Sind Schweine (Regelrechte Schweine)
  • 2005: Wo die Rammelwolle fliegt

With Fischmob

  • 1995: Männer können seine Gefühle nicht zeigen
  • 1998: Power

With Monaco Schranze

  • 2003: Speicher 11 (with Naum)
  • 2004: Speicher 25 (with Gebr. Teichmann)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Reincarnations, Pt. 2: The Remix Chapter 2009-2014 at AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  2. ^ "The alphabet according to DJ Koze". Electronic Beats. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  3. ^ DJ Koze - Stefan Kozalla @ D.EDGE youtube.com, 2009-10-10
  4. ^ Musikindustrie, Bundesverband. "Erste ECHOs des Jahres verliehen". www.echopop.de. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ "Homepage Dj Awards Gewinner". djawards.com. 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  6. ^ "Gewinner 2018". preisfuerpopkultur.de. 2018-10-19. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  7. ^ "Homepage Pitchfork - The 50 Best Albums 2018". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  8. ^ "Homepage Pitchfork - The 100 Best Songs of 2018". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  9. ^ "Homepage MIXMAG - The Top 50 Tracks of 2018". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  10. ^ "Homepage Noisey - The 100 Best Albums of 2018". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  11. ^ "Homepage Resident Advisor - 2018´s Best Tracks". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  12. ^ "Homepage Rolling Stone - 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  13. ^ "Homepage FM4 - Most Wanted - die 100 besten Clubtracks des Jahres". FM4.orf.at. Retrieved 2018-12-20.

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