A MIX CD that lets you experience the world of Cafe Bohemia has been released!

  • June 6, 2014

With the popularity of belly dancing and shisha, "world music" is loved by people of all nationalities, genres and races and has gained cult popularity in recent times. Based on the concept of "No.1 Gypsy Club", we have compiled the worldview of "Cafe Bohemia", a new style of cafe that proposes an exotic atmosphere by inheriting the genes of "Udagawa Cafe", a representative cafe culture in Shibuya, Tokyo, into one CD.

The selection and mixing of this album will be handled by DJ TXAKO (Chaco), the Queen of Pachanga, who has performed at Fuji Rock for seven consecutive years and has enthralled crowds at European festivals with a capacity of 300,000 people, performing masterpieces of "Rebel Music, Pachanga, Latin Rock, Balkan Quartet and Basque Music", a genre that is gradually establishing itself as the most "danceable" party music at outdoor festivals.

This is undoubtedly a monumental compilation of the "diamond" genre, which is one of the most dynamic genres in world music but is rarely available in Japan, and the definitive edition.

<Message from DJ TXAKO>
Hello everyone! This time, I will introduce the song selection and mix of "Cafe Bohemia ~Drip on all gypsies~".
I am DJ TXAKO. My name is a little difficult to read, but
In Basque it is pronounced DJ Chaco.
Fermin Muguruza, who has one song on this mix CD,
A Basque artist gave me this DJ name, and I really like it.
This MIX CD contains a total of four Basque songs.

I only included songs that I really love, that combine ethnic instruments with rock in a really cool way.
The theme of this CD was "Bohemia."

1) Gypsies and Roma ethnic minorities
2. A person who is not bound by social norms and leads a free and wandering life, aspiring to pursue art or other pursuits.
③ Fashion and art that incorporates ethnic elements.

I included a lot of South American songs, as well as quartet (a radical variation of cumbia), pachanca, punk, combat rock, etc.
Although this isn't a purely Roma album, I hope it will make you dance with joy as if you were traveling around the world.
I also included two songs by Japanese bands. I hope that people overseas will listen to this MIX CD and become interested in Japanese music and culture.

By the way, I am currently affiliated with JAPONICUS, a music production company based in Tokyo that operates worldwide, and I am working as a DJ as part of a young DJ collective called CARIBBEAN DANDY.
I would like to write about how I, originally a businessman, became a DJ.

From the age of 2 or 3 until I started elementary school, I received comprehensive early childhood music education at the Kinoshita Music Academy.
Looking back, I was a child who loved music. I was a child who got bored easily and didn't stick with lessons for long, but I remember that I continued to play the piano on my own until high school.
I was a rebellious child, and I caused a lot of trouble for my teachers and parents (laughs), but I loved music, whether it was classical or rock. When I was young, I loved Franz Liszt's La Campanella.
I still love Bach's music.
I guess that's the saying going forward.

I got a job and worked as a salaryman, but I think I became a DJ because I still loved music.
I am truly grateful to SHOGO and Fujii Satoru for guiding me on this path.
There have been a lot of things going on, but I've been able to continue without giving up thanks to the people around me. Thank you!

Now, let me tell you a little about the "CARIBBEAN DANDY Cheat Sheet" that I learned from my teacher, Satoru Fujii.
I would like to touch on that. I think it's the same in any industry, but there are rules that are unique to that industry. CARIBBEAN DANDY also has some basic rules for DJs.
Something Sato often told me was, "Look at the audience. Being a DJ is a customer service job."
DJs tend to look at the equipment below, such as the mixer and turntables, but they also need to keep an eye on the audience's faces and reactions.
There are many different types of DJs, but selector-type DJs like me change their song selection based on the mood of the audience at the venue.
I think the most important thing is to communicate with the customers on the floor, even from the booth.
Satoru also often told me, "Just play fun songs and have fun."
Apparently that's the first step to becoming a great DJ (?!).
I was told, "You don't need to think about complicated things like BPM, just play fun, exciting songs at first." This is something I still keep in mind.
I was also told that "You should only play happy songs at the end of the event."
When I asked Satoru, "Why?", he said,
"I want the customers to think, "Today's party was fun! Let's do our best again tomorrow!""
There are a lot of songs in this world, and there are a lot of negative lyrics like "I'm gonna blow that guy away" or "I'm alone in the dark. I can't see the future." There are times when I want to listen to songs like that.
However, I was very convinced by the teaching that DJs should not play negative songs at the end of an event.
I want my customers and listeners to feel good and be happy.
With this "CARIBBEAN DANDY Cheat Sheet" in mind, we hold regular events every month: CLANDESTINO, PACHAMAMA, and REBEL FIESTA PARTY.
In July, there will be a lot of fun events such as RADICAL MUSIC NETWORK and Fuji Rock Festival. Please come and join us.

<Comment from the artist>
Tetsuya Kajiwara (ex. The Blue Hearts)
"The charm of DJ Chaco is undoubtedly the bright vibes she gives off while she's playing. I've never seen a DJ who looks so good with a smile while spinning the plates, and I've never seen a DJ who looks so good with a smile. Caribbean Dandy is a DJ team from Japonics that is leading the Latino rock scene in Japan. Among them, DJ Chaco stands out in particular. She has performed at Fuji Rock for the seventh year in a row, and this year she will be the DJ to close the night at Crystal Palace! It will be wonderful to hear her smile and sound reverberating throughout the Fuji Rock night!!!"