To paraphrase one of DJ Koze's mixes: All people are his friends. And indeed, it's hard not to feel great affection for a guy who sometimes shows up as Adolf Noise or Monaco Schranze, and shows a sense of humour in a field where seriousness is often worn like a badge.
Based in Hamburg, DJ Koze went through different phases and places in his career. From German hip hop act Fischmob to the ironic and witty art pop of International Pony as well as his impressive solo techno adventures for Cologne's mighty Kompakt company, Koze can be everything one doesn't expect him to be – except boring.
The same holds true for his work behind the turntables. Going through the motions is not DJ Koze's trade, he is rather known for his risky undertakings, musical grandeur and total awesomeness, as Americans like to call it.
His bag of tricks also allows him to be one of the most daring and interesting remixers around, with interpretations for Caribou, Gonzales, WhoMadeWho, dOP, Matthew Dear, and countless others.
As if all that wasn't enough, Koze also runs a label of his own. Pampa Records is its name and idiosyncrasy is its game. It's not for all people, but for all his friends and with releases by Isolée, Ada, Die Voegel, Axel Boman and Robag Wruhme, a sure shot.
Check out the wisdom of DJ Koze aka Swahimi (The Unenlightened) with this very special Fireside Chat - straight from Hamburg City.