Very pleased to announce the first Re:birth Festival and Butter Bar Hakuba collaboration for 2020! It will be a distinctly Re:birth flavoured night with co-organizer, Kojiro finally making his first Hakuba appearance.
One of our most repeat-requested guests from last year, Italian DJ Josco provides the highlight of the evening however. As Dome Stage collaborator at the renowned OZORA festival, DJ Josco sets come from a vast musical knowledge with diverse roots blending ambient atmospheres with with nods to trance into a psychedlic journey of something very techno, although it would be rather limiting to call it that. A champion of the eclectic mix, Josco diverts down scenic routes, never simply taking you on a straight path to the destination, surprising you with secret shortcuts or arriving in familiar places by unknown roads.
Date: Thursday 16 January 2020
Sound: Butter Bar
DJ Josko Bio
From Acid raves and pirate radio stations in the ’90s, to psychedelic festivals around the globe, Giorgio Gatti aka Josko has been collecting and playing records for more than two
decades. In 1991 he got in touch with electronic music through an underground italian radio, he was influenced by pioneers like UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE, but also FSOL, Vangelis, and Aphex Twin to name a few.. Here he discovered his love for
turntables and mixers, and from then on his life revolved around the exploration and research of music – the beginning of life as a DJ.
Throughout his career he has developed a distinctive sonic repertoire, drawing on a hypnotic, deep, and academic take on electronic music. He does not confine himself to trends and musical categories – his emphasis is on feeling and depth, and the emotional potential of sound. His sets create a unique sonic
patchwork, creating an eclectic combination of sounds to deliver a hypnotising groove that moves the dancefloor – both physically and emotionally. His tripped-out and futuristic take on Dance music is informed by its Detroit roots, as well as Dub, Psychedelia, and
even sci-fi sounds – all part of the technologically-minded culture that he grew up in.
Josko’s approach to the DJ set, and the final result, are unique – he aims to go beyond the assemblage of different tracks to create a musical symbiosis – a sonoric experience that goes beyond the sum of its parts, drawing on modern and early techno,
contemporary and experimental downtempo beats, to snippets of speech and atmospheric soundtracks.
His obsession with electronic music has gone beyond these moments too: his collaboration with music labels has helped other artists to be heard, and his organisational role in the psychedelic festival scene – notably in encouraging space for
more eclectic electronic music in the Alternative Stage – has helped make these musical moments possible on a much larger scale.