LIVE REPORTBLUE GALAXY7/28 SUN
Jumping around the vinyl world
“Eclectic” is the best way to describe Nozumu Kitazawa’s DJ style. Ranging easily from early swing music to 80’s pop is what few other Djs do well according to Jim West of Blue Galaxy.
Few other vinyl Djs would have the gumption to wear a t-shirt advertising another medium…um.. CDs. This is the type of antagonism Kitazawa relishes. It’s even his signature go to garb when performing high profile events like Fuji Rock.
“A few years ago he was wearing a t-shirt saying ‘I want to buy vinyl! I don’t think he was serious about it, but that’s the irony I love about him,” says Jim West.
West says he rarely comments on the skills or techniques of other DJs but he believes Kitazawa is well practiced in “the chop” or the cutting off a song without cross-mixing or fading. To do this well, one needs to spend hours practicing and learning the rhythm and groove of each song. It also helps if one is a trained acupuncturist like Kitazawa who is expert at the quick insertion needles into patient’s meridian points each day.
“He’s not prejudiced in his music, playing hot spring bands and other music which he blends so well. You can tell he practices by his jumps and slices,” says West. Precision is his forte, though DJing is a medium that can be cluttered and messy.
It takes time and practice to develop such skills and Kitazawa has been active for over 20 years now, performing at big outdoor events, community centers, and a wide range of ages and tastes. This is what has given him to confidence to play songs such as “In Between Days” ahead of tonight’s Green Stage headliner, The Cure. He also peppers his set list with obscure tracks and rock and roll classics. This goes to show Kitazawa is a free swinging DJs who just wants to expose more people to good music. Here is his set-list. Enjoy
PEE WEE HUNT / SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL
GORO NAKAGAWA / KOROSHIYA NO BLUES YUUKADAN
OSOUJI OBACHAN IZUMI YUKIMURA
SEVENTEEN WHISTLE BAIT / DAYDREAM BELIEVER
IGGY POP / LUST FOR LIFE
GEORGE BAKER SELECTION / LITTLE GREEN BAG
ROCKPILE / HEART
JOHNATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS / ICE CREAM MAN
PAUL ANKA / BRASIL
THIRD EYE BLIND / SEMI CHARMED LIFE
THE CURE / IN BETWEEN DAYS