MR TIKINI INTERVIEW + GUEST CHAMP MIX

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MR TIKINI

TOKYO
CHAMP GUEST MIX #1

‘なつかしいのなつ’
‘Nostalgic Summer’
Mix on Soundcloud Now, Listen Here

Champ met with the Tokyo-based DJ and producer, MR TIKINI, currently making waves in Tokyo.
From a London-raised background to a current base in Japan’s central, his influences reflect the new sound he’s creating,
and bringing the best around him. His enthusiasm and passion is contagious, but more impressively, he knows exactly what’s up.
Starting his own label Osiris DCLXVI and gaining some of the next big things right now, all gravitating to start this new movement.
MR TIKINI is the man to watch right now.

TIKINI MIX

You’re originally from London, living in Tokyo for years now.
What instigated the move?
Japan has always had a sort of Allure to me, ever since I discovered that my Sega Master System, was built in Japan, and every console I owned after that right down to my Sega Dreamcast (cliche?). As a young child I also went through a train phase and learning that Bullet Trains (Shinkansen)…ran on magnets was also like ‘wow’, Japanese trains are cool. Into my late teens when I discovered a site called Velocity is faster which was a website run by some Americans who were living in Okinawa and were heavily into tuning Japanese cars, and tastefully at that. Yeh I had an anime phase, yeh I thought Evisu jeans were the boom ting… but I guess those things still didn’t make Japan a target desination of mine until…
I was at University one day, and this one guy asked me for a light, we struck up conversation, and it turned out he was from Fukuoka, Japan. He literally became my sensei (not in the Mr.Miyagi sense tho), by just being around me, expressing himself and the questions we asked each other about our respective cultures. Long story short this British African first touched down in Japan for 2 weeks in December of 2005, and even though I was born and raised in King Cross, nothing could really prepare me for the system shock that is JAPAN. I had a great holiday, and swore to come back and ‘live’ here to explore my freedom and see how far I could go ‘on my own’ so as to speak, and in June 2007 I did just that touching down in Narita airport with only 10,000 yen ($100) and a lot of good intentions.
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TIKINI 
 

When you first arrived to Tokyo, how did you get into DJing or the Tokyo music scene?

Some of the people I already knew were making events, so it was the simple case of letting them know that my records will be arriving soon. But I guess the real bookings started coming in once me and my homie Brassfoot (together we were Spexsavers), started getting deeper into Tokyo’s music scene and street culture,  big shouts out to Zen-La-Rock, Donsta, Afra and the original Articalizm family!
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Please tell us more about Osiris:

It was born in 2012 when once again Brassfoot was here in Tokyo (this time just for a visit); he came up with the name and logo, but at this time it was just an event, but as time went on it evolved into something else; though the concept of what Osiris actually is was never set in stone. By Spring 2013 I had already ear marked artists I felt I could bring to Japan who fitted the Osiris audio aesthetic and had the right image (famous or not). A lot of seemingly negative stuff occurred from the inception of Osiris till around summer 2013; but due to all that stuff I decided RIGHT, Osiris should not be about anyone else’s bullshit, and should 100% be a record label, that holds enough wait to be a brand in itself, I guess much like Stones Throw.
However with no hesistation I can say Osiris was born from Occult origins, both conscious and subconscious, and that inspiration is the continued driving force behind our aesthetic, sounds and image. Our motto has been “As above so below, As within so without”, a quote taken from a text called the Kybalion, my application of this quote to Osiris was simply that we are the reflection of now; beyond image, genre or time.
Back to the music though upcoming with have releases from:
Omarab
Omvvr
Ghost Angel
Konida and Skint Eastwood
BYM
Khalil Nova and Gamera
Lofty305
Posh God
Squash Squad
Palmetto Wave
Mr Tikini-


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What are some misconceptions you think people have about Tokyo’s music scene?

From the outside looking in I bet most think it’s non-existent, since VERY FEW Japanese artists have made
it to the global stage. Other than that it’s hard to know as I am subject to it…
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Who are some local artists who you feel are pivotal to Tokyo’s underground / overground music scene?

First of all K.A.N.T.A and Sapphire Slows come to mind, as both are and will be signed to NON-Japanese based record labels;
and are both artists who UNQUESTIONABLY have a global perspective, and make music that people with sense can objectively
say is quality (no matter what their musical preferences are).
Seiho and his label Day Tripper records; as he was the first Japanese artist to my knowledge to use Bandcamp
as the main medium for putting out music, the image and branding is also on point, he releases music by international artists
and quite recently had some shows in the states. PROPS.
Moving into the area of some would call hiphop I have to mention Rokkasen and DJ Bushmind, they put out a collaboration tape
a while back called Japan ‘on my mind’ which featured Metro Zu their CSPG family and Friend Zone, but also featured Konya ga Tanaka - a producer and very influential figure here in Tokyo who keeps his identity an absolute secret;
check out www.tream.jp (Tanaka Rules Everything Around Me). <== Big inspiration and respect to these guys.
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Who are some local musicians / artists that you’re currently working with?

Konida; check out his release Meijidori305; which is a collaboration tape with Lofty305. I probably annoy the shit out him,
but like this young shaman impresses me a lot from his DJ style, design work and his lifestyle… some real world artistic shit but done so
in such a Japanese way. These are main reasons I ask to take care of most of the art direction for Osiris.
A Taut Line; my only real dream is to earn enough outer world swagger to be able to have him produce me a full album.
Seriously a GENIUS musician who also has amazing design and video editing skills.
Squash Squad; they fuck heavily with the Osiris sound and have been working with a particular producer
who made a release via Osiris.
Kicc from Little Tokyo; I really like this guy and his activity.
DJ Mars from Dozewell Inc; the vapor tape would not have been possible without him, but more on that later.
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Tokyo’s known for holding some of the worlds most brilliant record stores. 
Do you ever go digging for samples?
Disk Union – The digging never stops!
Jazzy Sport  - These guys are world famous for a reason!
I use to hit this spot called Face Records in Shibuya a while back too, not sure it’s still there though.
I sure do miss DMR though, always use to be able to find some crazy re-issues.
-Which is your favourite store in Tokyo? 

For records Disk Union, and Big Love Records in Harajuku has good curation going on right now.

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 Tell us more about VAPOR TAPE:
It’s me venting out all eccentric ideas, values and parts of my reality, over music that is nostalgic yet holds some relevance to the current age we are experiencing. It’s probably not for everyone (like me), it’s quirky and is something that hopefully people will have difficulty both accepting and trying to comprehend, the ones who do *get it* will probably already be familiar with vaporwave music (all the tracks are vaporized my words add the wave)… the music videos will help, but yeh it’s satire at the end of day and I flow very lazily over most of the tracks when I am not singing, I also have kept some mistakes in there, and since I still have stitches in my lip some words were difficult to pronounce.
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BUY OSIRIS T-shirts here:

http://osirisdclxvi.bandcamp.com/merch/osiris-armor-

TIKINI 

TIKINI

Music Video:

http://youtu.be/-6Au-CtTIXo <=== Lofty305 X Konida / RITE FOR ME

Meijidori305 Stream: 

https://soundcloud.com/osirisdclxvi/sets/lofty305-x-konida-meijidori305
OSR001 Stream:
https://soundcloud.com/osirisdclxvi/sets/osr001 <== One of my songs on this!

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Created for CHAMP exclusively, TIKINI‘s playlist of the best of the best.
From underground and original sounds – some jazz, hip hop to soul & funk favourites.


Hi-Tension
Rat Race 
‘This record is one that I jacked from my Dad, and me realize that he had been living the Brit Funk scene while I was just a sparkle in his eye, which in turn made him the coolest man alive. Big shout out to Mitsuo-san on this one!

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Beggar & Co
Rising Sun
Got this on 7inch for the flip side ‘Somebody Help Me Out’, but yeh this B-side, took me by surprise and I relish the chance to play ‘rising sun’, while the sun is rising, in the land of the rising sun, where I am raising a son. (lol sorry!) – Oh and there is a connection between Hi-Tension and Beggar & Co.


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The Cool Notes
Spend The Night
Floss Daily (can I even still call him this?), he dropped this tune one Wednesday night in some bar around the Hoxton area circa 2004. Good stuff!

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Prediction
After The Dance

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Steely Dan
Peg
Not the best of the pairs productions, but between my sister, two of our cousins and moi this was a family classic – I had on it on mp3 also, and the dope thing was I was using Winamp; and found this karaoke plug-in which would sync the lyrics along with the song… good times!!!

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Gabor Szabo
Keep Smiling
It was the record sleeve that initially made me once again dip into my Dad’s archives, and when I heard this song was like damnnnnnnn. ‘How can someone from Hungary have this much groove!?!?’ – the break down in the middle “diamond in the back, sunroof top…”, showing the influence studying in the states must have had on him, but love it!
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Arthur Verocai
Pela Sombras
First of all big up my brother in law for getting me a reissue of this baby! London basement boogie business; benny blanco drops this tune out of no where, crazy!

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Herbie Hancock
Stars In Your Eyes
I don’t think I have to so much about the man, me and George (old music buddy); went through a HH phase, and this was the *tune* that encompassed the dream for our music.

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N*E*R*D
Run To The Sun
I bought this album expecting to here some kind Neptune type ish, but was left shocked and at first horrified, like WTF did I just buy?!? Took a deep breath listened again, and was astounded for several reasons, but this album made life a lot easier for a lot brothers world wide mane lol. This tune is so simple but dope….
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SWV
Can We
Year 9 Acland Burghley flow, Choice FM > Our Price > My hifi. Love dropping this now in the middle of sets, TUNE!

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Tupac
Skandalouz
Got this on cassette from a kid called Dwayne, again when I was in Year 9, and was blessed enough  to have one of those super high class Sony Walkmans. The level of production on this album is still unsurpassed, and this tune features Nate Dogg (R.I.P) on the hook, and has that atmospheric introduction…
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Jamiroquai
Everyday
My Dad bought me this album one winter back in 97, and this song just reeked of maturity and while J.K seemed to have left behind his some what political message on this album, man went in on some “only say that to a girl if you plan to marry her” kinda vibes.

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Mansun
Legacy
My mate Thom gave me this album and I never saw Oasis or Blur in the same light again (not that I paid much attention to them anyway).  Highly underrated band, album and song!

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Dem 2
Destiny (New Horizan Mix)
My big homie, barber and then appointed musical guru shared this one with me when I was in Year 10, and even though most people were playing the New Vocal Mix, this mix will always remain my personal favorite.

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Zed Bias
Neighbourhood El-B Remix
First heard it on Freek FM, and I bought it at some make shift record shop somewhere in Soho 1999/2000 – I don’t remember the name of the shop, but the guy who worked there was so damn passionate about House & Garage, I spent many a memorable lunch break in his shop listening (more to him than any records).

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DJ Narrows
Saved Soul
Pre Grime classic here, 6th form flow, it was always about which MC could tear this track up the most. Heartless or Pay as you GO hmmm?

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Ghetto
K2
Brassfoot and our other brother SPJ, smoked a lot of different strains to this tune, climaxing when I met this girl called Sabina; my ex who made me spend Saturdays at hers blazing, eating and drinking. She was a good girl!

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Luciano
Good Over Evil
I can’t say much about this tune, but it means a lot and I think the message of the song is wholly appropriate for what is going on in the world right now!

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SpaceGhostPurrp
Raider Prayer
I think this song was almost the buffer to the Age of Aquarius, a real prayer, and proof to me that the generation coming were far more spiritually evolved than those before them (though there has been a lot of illuminated exceptions).

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Greg Beato
Dreamin
New one but  it takes me back man the atmosphere and the space, still begging Mr.Even for the promo… lol.

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