Night Life

DJ Bozu

Bozu Desu Yo!

DJ Bozu / DJ Bozu proves that music is really a universal language. The native of Japan has been able to hold his own, and then some, on the turntable tip since he moved to the island in 2005.

He began doing his DJ thing on a low-key level, but the scene took notice of his talent last year when he came out of nowhere to make the finals of Mai Tai’s DJ Battle. He didn’t win but making the finals of the first battle he ever entered was an accomplishment in itself.

Inspired by Japan’s DJ champion Kentaro, Bozu prides himself on being a part of Hawaii’s DJ ohana, especially his Krack Hand DJ crew, and is fully aware that the learning process never stops.

“Actually, I was more [into] sports than music back in the days,” he said, “so I am surprised I’m DJing in [the] US. DJing [in] Japan and US is totally different. In Japan [it] is not recognized as a job so it’s pretty hard to get paid enough, but here, you can get paid.”

He graduates from the University of Hawaii this Saturday before heading back to Japan for a month. Hawaii has been good to some but better to others. DJ Bozu is a testament to that.

Playbar Waikiki, 2310 Kuhio Ave., Wednesdays, Saturdays, 9pm-4am, [playbarhawaii.com], 351-6401, 18+