SUDO

[Sci+Tec, refused. | Tokyo]

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SUDO

// SCI+TEC, Phobos, refused., Night Light Records | Japan/Berlin
SUDO is a Live act and production team made up of Japanese brothers Isao and Takashi Sudo. Their techno sound is one that they have carefully fomented over the last two decades having first started out playing rock, jazz and new wave. Their true musicianship always shines through to this day – both in their tracks and live shows – and when coupled with early influences like Sven Vath and Underworld, you have a blueprint for their unique techno sound.

Back when this pair first fell in love with the dance, there were no local trance and techno events in the Kansai area, so like anyone with a true punk spirit, they began organising their own. Having visited many such parties around the world they really know how to throw the best events and in 1998 proved this at STUDIO PARTITA in Osaka with a party called “TELEKTONON. ” It was a big success and many more have followed in recent years, though they now go under the BLISSDOM banner and have and expanded across scenes in the Kansai and Tokai areas.

The natural next step for this pair was to begin making their own music, and after buying a Roland-JV1000, that is just what they did. An album of trance leaning sounds soon followed in the form of INDIGO and it proved they knew how to craft proper grooves with real emotion. Headline sets at clubs like Volume and hit releases in the form of “King Beat” all ensued and won them many new fans in the process. Since then, this pair have got more and more into pure techno and as such started working as SUDO. It has seen them play impressive, absorbing live sets that have received a lot of attention since playing at Tenkawa shrine, where famous artists such as Kitaro, Brian Eno and Vangelis have also performed. This experience in turn has fed back into their studio time and has influenced both their performance and production techniques. 

After visiting hotspots like Rotterdam, Ibiza and Berlin in 2012, younger brother Isao Sudo decided to move his base to Berlin and has barely stopped making music since. With such a polished main room sound, it wasn’t long before he caught the attention of legendary dance DJ, producer and label boss Dubfire, who signed up their pair for a release on his SCI+TEC label called the Monogram EP. It became a huge hit, was played by top DJs on dance floors all around the world, and led to them getting tapped up for many more new releases. These came on Night Light Records in UK, the famous ENTER.Ibiza 2015 CD, Stick Recordings in Spain and Selected Records, in turn increasing their notoriety in Europe, North and South America.

As such the future is bright for this pair, who have new stuff coming on Berlin based label Carti Records (with their track “It’s Up To You”) and they have also received plenty of remix offers by people like Gaga and Rafa Siles,owner of Valencia’s legendary club Barraca. Following SUDO’s 2015 live debut, then, many people on the dance music scene have high expectations of Japan’s latest electronic live act, and they are well aware of that and promise to continue to break new ground going forwards.