MR TIKINI INTERVIEW + GUEST CHAMP MIX
CHAMP GUEST MIX #1
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.
You’re originally from London, living in Tokyo for years now.
Please tell us more aboutOsiris:
What are some misconceptions you think people have about Tokyo’s music scene?
it to the global stage. Other than that it’s hard to know as I am subject to it…
Who are some local artists who you feel are pivotal to Tokyo’s underground / overground music scene?
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).
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.
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.
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.
Seriously a GENIUS musician who also has amazing design and video editing skills.
who made a release via Osiris.
Do you ever go digging for samples?
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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.
‘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!
Beggar & Co
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.
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!
After The Dance
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!!!
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!
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!
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.
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….
Year 9 Acland Burghley flow, Choice FM > Our Price > My hifi. Love dropping this now in the middle of sets, TUNE!
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…
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.
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!
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.
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).
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?
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!
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!
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).
New one but it takes me back man the atmosphere and the space, still begging Mr.Even for the promo… lol.