Born in 1962 in Tokyo. Gifted producer & DJ with a superb sense in Mixing and composing his sound who’s been greatly received in the international club scene. KRUSH began pursuing his solo career in 1992, and soon grabbed people’s attention as the first DJ to use turntables as a live instrument.
Upon entering the industry with his experimental beats and instrumental sounds, Krush changed the face of hip-hop at a time when it was dominated by the American rap scene. He is reluctant to identify his music with any particular genre, for it would place limits on his listeners and on his talents. He has been regarded as ambient, trip hop, some combination of the two, and hip hop. DJ Krush prefers to exercise an ideological distance from the genres he is usually grouped into, while maintaining a healthy appreciation for all music forms and styles. Still, in general, he admits to having more affinity to the musical underground than the mainstream. “Hip hop in Japan is divided in two parts. Mainstream and Underground,” he says. “Underground is more interesting and I feel comfortable here.”
DJ KRUSH has released his 1st album “KRUSH” in 1994, and has released total of 9 albums, a mix album and 2 self-remix albums. All his solo releases have ranked high in various charts in & out of Japan.
He is currently doing world tour in over 30 places a year. And he still continues to renew this record, transcending all barriers, and leaving some distinctive footsteps of his own, achieving ever-increasing acclamation as an international artist.
In 2017, KRUSH has released a new album featuring Japanese rappers, and an instrumental album in 2018. In 2019, KRUSH is releasing a track each month. KRUSH is still on a journey seeking for a new sound.
DJ Krush, is a record producer and DJ. He is known for his atmospheric instrumental production which incorporates sound elements from nature and extensive use of jazz and soul samples. Aside from being considered one of the pioneers of Japanese hip hop, Ishi has established himself as one of the most respected artists and producers in the hip hop industry, both in Japan and abroad.