A circle of friends connected by goof-touch! The “FIST BUMP” corner of the radio program “GRAND MARQUEE” features people who live and enjoy Tokyo in a relay format.
On June 7, DJ YU-KI, introduced by artist iamSHUM, will appear. His mix CD “BEST HITS 50 MEGAMIX”, released exclusively on TSUTAYA, reached No. 10 on the Oricon Indies Chart despite being a TSUTAYA exclusive, and he is also in charge of official mixes for major artists such as Yu Takahashi, androp, and MONKEY MAJIK. We asked YU-KI about how he got started as a DJ and how he spends his daytime while DJing 325 days a year.
How YU-KI, who plays 325 days a year, got started as a DJ
Takano (MC): Yesterday iamSHUM said, “Amanojaku 100%”.
DJ YU-KI: As for me, I don’t have an image of Amanojaku at all. He thinks I’m a natural-born devil because of a certain incident (laughs).
Celeina (MC): Can you talk about that incident? (laughs)
DJ YU-KI: It’s okay (laughs). I told him we were going fishing nearby, but he took me camping deep in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. I was camping in my nightgown, getting mosquito bites all over the place, and I told him I didn’t want to go camping anymore. But when I go, I enjoy it.
Takano: It was understandable. In the end, he enjoyed it more than I expected.
Celeina: I see, YU-KI, you started DJing in 2004.
DJ YU-KI: I lived in a boys’ dormitory, which had a very strict curfew, so I couldn’t leave the room after 8 pm. There was no TV, so we all made our favorite MDs. We were deciding the order of the songs and saying, “This is the first song, this is the second song,” when a dancer friend of mine showed us a mix tape. I learned how great it was to have all the songs connected, and that’s when I started DJing.
Takano: According to what I’ve heard, you DJ’d 325 days in the last year! Wait, one year is …….
Celeina: That’s only 365 days (laughs).
Takano: What kind of lifestyle? (laughs)
DJ YU-KI: It’s crazy, isn’t it (laughs). I know it’s not good when people talk about reforming the way we work, but I simply DJ at a club for 325 days (laughs).
Celeina: Every night?
DJ YU-KI: Last year, I didn’t have 2 consecutive holidays. This year, I’m DJing about 5 nights a week.
Celeina: But it’s five nights a week.
Takano: What about today?
DJ YU-KI: There is one today. There was also last night.
Did you run into him at In-N-Out Burger?
Takano: What do you do during the daytime?
DJ YU-KI: I just hang out and relax.
Takano: I just heard that YU-KI was also at In-N-Out Burger (laughs).
DJ YU-KI: That’s right. He was there in the morning.
Celeina: You didn’t run into Mr. Takano, did you?
Takano: I don’t know. Maybe we passed each other.
DJ YU-KI: I was riding my bicycle and looking at the procession and thought it was too long, so I made a U-turn and went back to my house (laughs).
Takano: I might have been in the line of sight (laughs).
Celeina: By the way, have you ever tried In-N-Out Burger?
DJ YU-KI: I had it once when I traveled to Los Angeles.
Takano: How was it? I wanted to try it.
DJ YU-KI: It’s delicious. MacDonald’s is good, too.
Takano: It was good. It was great to hear comments from people who have eaten it.
Celeina: Now, I would like to play a song by DJ YU-KI.
DJ YU-KI: Yes, I’m DJ YU-KI. It was released in March this year. It’s called “Never Change,” and it’s a song about being confused about things that don’t change, things that you don’t want to change, and things that you have to change.
Celeina: Now, “FIST BUMP” is about connecting a circle of friends through goofy touch, so we are asking you to introduce your friends to us.
DJ YU-KI: Rapper Kazuo.
Takano: Celeina, your friend is ……?
Celeina: We are friends. That’s great.
DJ YU-KI: I also heard earlier that you seem like a friend of mine. ……
Celeina: I’ve been involved in music production twice, so we are connected. ……
Takano: That was a coincidence, wasn’t it?
Celeina: It really was a coincidence. So a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend really became my friend (laughs).
DJ YU-KI: I guess you can say that I am your friend too (laughs). You were able to achieve some results today, weren’t you?
Takano: Various miracles are happening at the same time (laughs).
Celeina: What kind of connection do you have with Kazuo?
DJ YU-KI: I met Kazuo through his music, and we became good friends when we shot a music video together. As you can probably tell, he has a unique atmosphere …….
Celeina: When we first met, I was a little upset and Kazuo was a little bit nervous (laughs). (Laughs) Now, it’s not like that at all. I wonder what the tension will be like when we go live tomorrow.
Takano: I see…I am looking forward to tomorrow, including Celeina’s tension.
Celeina: In a word, what kind of person is Kazuo?
DJ YU-KI: He is a “gap moe kyun” (laughs).
Celeina: I understand! He is perfect (laughs). So, tomorrow, I will connect you to Kazuo, a rapper with a “gap moe kyun” sound. Thank you very much, DJ YU-KI, for joining us today.
DJ YU-KI: Thank you very much.
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