Damo Suzuki

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Damo Suzuki
Suzuki performing in 2012
Suzuki performing in 2012
Background information
Birth nameKenji Suzuki
Born (1950-01-16) 16 January 1950 (age 71)
GenresKrautrock, experimental rock
Years active1970–1974, 1983–present
Associated actsCan 1-A Düsseldorf Dunkelziffer

Kenji Suzuki (鈴木健次, Suzuki Kenji, born 16 January 1950), better known as Damo Suzuki (ダモ鈴木), is a Japanese musician who has been living in Germany since the early 1970s and is best known as the former lead singer of the krautrock group Can.


As a teenager, Suzuki spent the late 1960s wandering around Europe, often busking.[1]

When Malcolm Mooney left Can after recording their first album Monster Movie, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit encountered Suzuki busking in Munich, Germany, whilst the two were sitting outside at a street café. They invited him to join the group, and he did, performing with them that evening.[2]

Suzuki was with Can from 1970 to 1973, recording a number of well-regarded albums such as Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyası. Suzuki's first vocal performance with Can was "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" from Soundtracks.[3] His freeform, often improvised lyrics, were sung in no particular language.[2] Suzuki departed from the band in 1973, and took a hiatus from music for the following decade while working other jobs.[4]

He returned to music in 1983, and currently leads what is known as "Damo Suzuki's Network" – as he tours, he performs live improvisational music with various local musicians, so-called "Sound Carriers".[5]

The Fall's 1985 album This Nation's Saving Grace features a song "I Am Damo Suzuki," inspired by the singer.[6] The rock band The Mooney Suzuki takes its name from Damo Suzuki and Can's earlier vocalist Malcolm Mooney.[7]

Since 1997 he has been touring or playing separate gigs.

Personal life[edit]

Suzuki lives in Cologne, although he has played more shows in the United Kingdom and has stated that British audiences are more receptive to his music than German ones.[4]

During his hiatus from music, Suzuki became a Jehovah's Witness, but later left the organisation and now considers himself a believer in the Bible without being a member of any denomination or church.[8]

When asked about his political views, Suzuki expressed a dislike of American politics and the American police system. Suzuki also expressed a positive view of Brexit and expressed a strong preference for localism over economic globalization. In the same interview, he was critical of the European Union, prefering the sovereignty of smaller nations and regionalism. [4]


Damo Suzuki performs on the following albums:

  • Can Soundtracks 1970
  • Can Tago Mago 1971
  • Can Ege Bamyası 1972
  • Can Future Days 1973
  • Can Unlimited Edition 1976 (compilation)
  • Dunkelziffer In The Night 1984
  • Dunkelziffer III 1986
  • Can The Peel Sessions 1995
  • Dunkelziffer Live 1985 1997
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Tokyo on Air West 30.04.97 1997
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Tokyo on Air West 02.05.97 1997
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Osaka Muse Hall 04.05.97 1997
  • Damo Suzuki Band V.E.R.N.I.S.S.A.G.E. 1998
  • Damo Suzuki Band P.R.O.M.I.S.E. (7CD Box) 1998
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Seattle 1999
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Odyssey 2000
  • Damo Suzuki's Network JPN ULTD Vol.1 2000
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Metaphysical Transfer 2001
  • Damo Suzuki's Network JPN ULTD Vol.2 2002
  • Cul De Sac / Damo Suzuki Abhayamudra 2004
  • Sixtoo – Chewing on Glass & Other Miracle Cures 2004
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Hollyaris 2005 (2CD)
  • Damo Suzuki's Network 3 Dead People After The Performance 2005
  • Damo Suzuki and Now The London Evening News 2006 (CD)
  • Damo Suzuki's network Tutti i colori del silenzio 2006 (CD)
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Damo Suzuki Please Heat This Eventually 2007
  • Safety Magic Voices 2007
  • Audioscope Music for a Good Home 2010 (CD)
  • Damo Suzuki & The Holy Soul Dead Man Has No 2nd Chance 2010 (CD)
  • Damo Suzuki & Cuzo Puedo Ver Tu Mente 2011(CD/LP)
  • Damo Suzuki & Congelador 2011
  • Damo Suzuki & God Don't Like It Ensemble Live At Cafe Oto 2011
  • Radio Massacre International "Lost in Transit 4: DAMO" 2010 (CD)
  • Can The Lost Tapes 2012 (compilation)
  • Simon Torssell Lerin / Bettina Hvidevold Hystad with Damo Suzuki Simon Torssell Lerin / Bettina Hvidevold Hystad with Damo Suzuki 2013 (Vinyl Box Set Including Book And LP)
  • Seven Potatoes: Damo Suzuki Live in Nanaimo (2XLP) 2013
  • Damo Suzuki and Øresund Space Collective Damo Suzuki møder Øresund Space Collective 2014 (Digital and 3xLP)
  • Damo Suzuki & Mugstar Start From Zero 2015 (LP)
  • 1-A Düsseldorf Uraan 2016 (2×CD, Album)
  • Damo Suzuki & Black Midi - Live at the Windmill Brixton with 'Sound Carriers' 2018 (Digital)



  1. ^ Damo Suzuki and Jelly Planet, All Tomorrow's Parties website. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Czukay.com". Afternic.com. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  3. ^ Czukay, Holger (May 1997). A Short History of the Can – Discography, Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Hughes, Rob (2016). "The Prog Interview: Can's Damo Suzuki". Louder.
  5. ^ "A list of Damo's "Sound Carriers"". Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  6. ^ "He Is Damo Suzuki". 3ammagazine.com. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  7. ^ Minkovsky, Natalya. "Mooney Suzuki Interview". Kludge. Archived from the original on 9 February 2006. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ Greer, Robert (2014). "Being Damo Suzuki: The Man Who Practically Invented Post-Punk and Ambient Music". Vice.

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