Yoji (DJ)

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Yoji Biomehanika
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Background information
Origin Kobe, Japan
Genres Hard Trance, NRG, Hard Dance, Tech Trance, Tech Dance
Years active 1990-present
Labels Hellhouse, Hellhouse Digital, dieTunes
Website [1]

Yoji Biomehanika, also known as YOJI, Mutant DJ, Ozaka Oz, Bionico, Biomehanika and The Arcade Nation is a Japanese trance/hard trance DJ. He is characterised by his striking clothing style, manner of entertaining behind and in front of the turntables, and energetic style of music. Whilst his residency at GIGA in Japan has also given him a big following in his home country, Yoji has also played at events in countries around the world, including Southern California's Electric Daisy Carnival in front a crowd measured in the tens of thousands.[1]

Style[edit]

Yoji's style of music has changed throughout his DJ career, starting off in Trance music in the 1990s before moving into the tougher variant of Hard Trance by the start of the 2000s. He produced many Hard Trance anthems here, including his most well known tracks of "Hardstyle Disco" and "Samurai".

In 2007, Yoji dropped his 'Yoji Biomehanika' alias and changed to a new style of music with the release of "Techy Techy". Yoji calls the style Tech Dance and can be described as a mix between Hard Dance and Techno, mainly characterised by its speed, offbeat rhythms and energy. Further accentuated by Yoji's energetic performance style, Tech Dance has become a genre in its own right, with artists such as Joe-E, Vandall & Remo-con all producing this style of music. The latest releases on Yoji's Hellhouse label have been in this style of music.

Early on in 2012, Yoji announced via his Ameba blog that his Hellhouse label was being shut down to make way for a new label project entitled "dieTunes". The official site and the label itself was launched in June, with the first 3 official releases in July that same year.[2][3]

In early 2015, Yoji announced on his Ameba blog, website and other social media outlets that he was moving back to his previous alias of Yoji Biomehanika after feeling that he had drifted away from Tech Dance and back to more "big room" sounds. With a studio album in the works for release in June 2015 [4] and an artist album celebrating 25 years of his work in music, Yoji also announced a new single to be released around the same time.[5]

Discography [6][7][edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Technicolor NRG Show (2001)
  • Greatest Works (2002)
  • Tales From the Big Room (2004)
  • X Years of Hellhouse (2010)
  • YOJI BIOMEHANIKA / Chapter X (2015)

Mix compilations[edit]

  • Nu NRG Party (1997)
  • NRG Essence' (1999)
  • NRG Essence 2' (2000)
  • NRG Essence 2001' (2001)
  • The Future of Hard Dance 1 & 2 (2003)
  • Music for the Harder Generation Volume 2 (2003)
  • Goodgreef: Album 3 (CD2 only) (2005)
  • Pharmacy Vol. 4 - Reign in Blood (2006)
  • GIGA Tech Dance Extreme (2007)
  • Tech Dance Euphoria: Mixed By YOJI (2008)
  • ЦЕХ 2009: Hellhouse Techdance Treatment (2009)
  • VIBLE 01: Mixed By YOJI (2010)
  • VIBLE 03: Mixed By YOJI (2011)
  • FABTASTICA -The Black Album- (b2b George-S) (2012)
  • dieTunes LABEL SAMPLER 01 - YOJI IN THE MIX (2013)
  • The Weekender Has Landed: Mixed By YOJI (2014)
  • MUSIC CIRCUS '14 BLACK STAGE ANTHEMS: Compiled & Mixed By YOJI (2014)

Singles[edit]

As Yoji Biomehanika[edit]

  • Party is my life (1994)
  • Rendezvous de telepathy (1994)
  • Blinded By The Trance/Blinded By The NRG (1994)
  • Expect EP (1997)
  • Go Mad (1999)
  • Seduction (1999)
  • Anasthasia 2001'(2000)
  • Look @ The Heaven (2000)
  • Look @ The Heaven Remix which dedicated to Dance Valley (2001)
  • Big in Japan EP (2001)
  • Do The Nasty (2001)
  • A Theme From Banginglobe (2002)
  • Ding A Ling (2002)
  • Look @ The Heaven “Gatecrasher NEC Edit” (2002)
  • Never End (2003)
  • Hardstyle Disco (2003)
  • Samurai/The Rain (2004)
  • Monochroma (2005)
  • The Place For Freedom (with MC Stretch) (2015)
  • Wake Up To Reality (2015)
  • Let's Go (exclusive track sold as part of A2K-AID TO KUMAMOTO-) (2016)
  • Storm (2016)

As Yoji (or YOJI)[edit]

  • Techy Techy (2008)
  • Airport (2009)
  • Don't Wake Me From The Dream (2009)
  • From Flower To Flower (2009)
  • Don't Wake Me From The Dream (2010 Summer Edition) (2010)
  • Surrender (2010)
  • Sandwich EP (2011)
  • Samulight (VS Remo-con) (2012)
  • Theme Of Get Hi-Tech (2012)
  • Alone (with HEAVYGRINDER) (2013)
  • Needs (2013)
  • Evil Mushroom (2014)

As Biomehanika[edit]

  • Fade To White (2010)
  • The Key (exclusive track sold after the Japanese earthquake of March 2011)

As Mutant DJ[edit]

  • Hardhouse Raver (2004)
  • B-Raver (2004)
  • Amsterdam Waar Lech Dat Dan? (Remix of Euromasters - Amsterdam Waar Lech Dat Dan) (2006)

As Bionico[edit]

  • Peace Out (1997)
  • Peace Out 21st Century Remix (2001)

As The Arcade Nation[edit]

  • Theme Of Arcade Nation (2011)
  • Dance Electric (2013)
  • Magma (2013)
  • Amigo (with YOJI) (2014)

In collaboration with Romeo Toscani[edit]

  • Blackout (Remix of Dark By Design - Blackout) (2005)
  • Acid Spunk (2006)
  • Six Hours (2007)
  • Wanna F**kin’ Dance? (2010)

As George-S with YOJI[edit]

  • A Secret Gathering (2011)

Remixes[edit]

As Yoji Biomehanika[edit]

  • K.G.P. – Night Waves (1995)
  • B-Voice – Eternity (1996)
  • DJ Dag & Non Eric (1997)
  • Last Bronx – SEGA (1997)
  • Chris C – Fools Gold (1999)
  • Nish – The Philosophy Of Religion (1999)
  • 19 Kisses Go To Disko – Groove Me (1999)
  • Chris C – Fire On The Moon (2000)
  • West End Boys – Why Not? (2000)
  • Chris C – Freefall (2001)
  • Energy UK DJs – Gonzo (2002)
  • Arome – Hands Up (2003)
  • Trance Generators – Wildstyle Generation (2003)
  • Eurotrash – Get Up Get Down (2003)
  • Gouryella – Ligaya (2004)
  • Mauro Picotto – Iguana (2004)
  • Heavens Cry – Till Tears Do Us Part (2004)
  • Darude - Sandstorm
  • IK – X Bass (2004)
  • Blutonium Boy – Dark Angel (2007)
  • Atomizer – Time To Time 2007 (2007)
  • Yoji Biomehanika - Look @ The Heaven (2015 Own Rework)
  • Felguk - This Life (2016)

As Yoji Biomehanika & Romeo Toscani[edit]

  • A*S*Y*S* – Acid Flash (2005)
  • Dark By Design – Black Out (2005)
  • Dave202 – Vulcania (2005)
  • Derb – Satisfaktion (2006)

As Yoji (or YOJI)[edit]

  • Scott Attrill – Existence (2008)
  • Ayumi Hamasaki – Game (2008)
  • Remo-con – G Sigh (2009)
  • Joey V – Purity (2009)
  • Night Liberator – Concentrate (2010)
  • The Arcade Nation – Theme Of Arcade Nation (2011)
  • Organ Donors - Cutting Edge (Exclusive for VIBLE 03)
  • Organ Donors – Makes Girlies Wet (Exclusive for VIBLE 03)
  • Eternal Rhythm – Eternal (2011)
  • Laughin' Nose - Get The Glory (2013)
  • DJ ni-21 - Driving The Bassline (Exclusive for dieTunes LABEL SAMPLER 01 - YOJI IN THE MIX)

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