In Chorareii’s ‘DJ ID’ series, both established and emerging DJs from the Japanese clubbing & raving universe share some information about themselves, for us to know the vision behind the bangers.
Chorareii: First of all, introduce yourself!
E.O.U (@eo.universe), 21. I live in Kyoto, but I was born in Okazaki, Aichi prefecture.
What kind of music do you play when you DJ?
Any music on Earth is within the scope of my DJ performance!
In addition to your activity as a DJ, you have released several EPs with your own music. “E21” is your most recent release. Talk to me about it!
This new EP “E21” is my latest rough archive, it has a casual vibe, like a mixtape. I made it around the summer when I was infected with COVID-19. I worked on it every day to have fun alone in a state of extreme calm.
The music in this album is like a tremendous natural flow that is released somewhere, that is the theme behind it. I would be happy if you could listen to it when you want to calm down or when you need a quiet flow.
In what venues do you often DJ?
I play music at various clubs in Kyoto, but West Harlem (@west_harlem_kyoto) is a place like home for me.
How did you start DJing?
When I was in high school, a friend taught me how to use DJ equipment.
How did you choose your DJ name, what do you want to express with it?
I decided the name based on the vibes of the word. If you have a chance to listen to my set, please express your impressions to me by calling me E.O.U. That’s my name for the day.
What do you feel when you DJ and what do you want the audience to feel?
When I DJ, I feel that I’m creating collage art with vibes. As my mix includes all genres, I hope it feels like a trip on a roller coaster. I’d be happy if we could get to somewhere together!
How do you describe your personality and how does it reflect in your session?
I’m whimsical and hyperactive, but sometimes I’m super calm. These traits are directly shaping my set.
In your mixes, you usually include ASMR sounds. Are you a fan of this trend?
I am! I need these kinds of sounds to calm down.
Your vibe is very 90s, you usually play 90s music in your sets, even your fashion style is reminiscent of that time. Why are you interested in that decade?
I was born in 2000, so I’m interested in the recent era. However, despite I have never experienced the 90’s when I listen to the music of that decade, it is crazy to feel the real vibes from a time before I was born!
Tell me about the PAL.Sounds project (@palsounds_jp).
PAL.Sounds is a label that I started with my friends in Kyoto. It’s a label to release my music and to give our own answers about ¿ecology?
You have a good relationship with Tohji (@_tohji_). You have been his back DJ, performed at his party WOHH, and also created the first Vanisoundz mix for the Vanillani brand (@vanillanithing). How did this connection happen?
Tohji was having a party in Osaka. I jumped in, DJed, and made the dance floor explode! From that moment, our friendship began. He’s the best, my friend.
You released a very surreal video for your song “Poppin’ solo,” tell me about it!
I made this track to express my sense of speed. The video was made by Ryutaro Kobayashi (@kobayashi_ryutaro). We discussed how to express the vibes of the sound and show them in the video.
Usually, your music is instrumental, but you have released a song in collaboration with homarelanka (@homarelanka), “FUCKMEUP”. Why did you decide to do something different this time? Why with homarelanka?
I love pop music, so I’ve always wanted to make songs with vocals. It was inevitable to collaborate with him, he is my friend and has a wonderful voice!
What do you like other than music? What do you do when you are not in the club?
I run, I read books and I hang out with my friends.
Is there a particular track that you would like to play in all your sessions?
From time to time, there is one song that determines the direction of my set. ‘Something New’ from Getter used to be one of those songs.
What is the role of the DJ in our generation?
A DJ should show the diversity that exists not only in music but also in the community that comes to the club. That’s not the case right now, so I’d be happy if we could achieve that in our generation.
Listen to E.O.U music on your preferred streaming platform.
Follow E.O.U on SoundCloud and support him on Bandcamp.
Watch E.O.U’s videos on PAL.Sounds’ YouTube channel and E.O.U’s YouTube channel.
Follow E.O.U (@eo.universe) and PAL.Sounds (@palsounds_jp) on Instagram.