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Joshua Sasanow AKA daju has always maintained a steady creative output of his own music. Whilst principally a Pianist, String player and vocalist, Josh is a capable Guitarist (bass, electric and acoustic), he plays the accordian and harmonica, and flatters himself that he can push at the very least usefully coherent music out of most anything that it is possible to tune, and is an enthusiastic collector of weird and wonderful percussion from all over the world. Lastly Josh has an unmeasurable love of turntablism and while able to record basic stuff is in the Coop from human traffic category of scratch djs, in that he will never equal how he sounds in his head but can still crab pleasingly to the ear and is as good as he needs to be, along as he is armed with an editing suite. This broad ability (not just reeling it off for fun) has meant that he has almost from the absolute beginning, produced music incorporating large instrument sections, as well as multiple vocalists and wherever possible drums and electronic production and a live producer on the desk as well as incorporating synths, hard and software and always and forever a scratch dj. He has formed and been principle writer and front man for a few trip-hop and dubby hip hop acts. As Josh can play such a variety of instruments himself, in order to translate his style of music into a live act with each and every line in the original produced electronic piece, the bands he has brought together have at times proved logistical challenges as they have stood at times as large as 15 and 16 piece bands. Principally ‘Horizontal Life’ a 16 piece live trip hop band based in oxford and London, was from where he enjpyed the most success and played gigs in all corners of the country, including Hackney Empire, The Croft in Bristol, The O2 in Oxford and many places all over the UK, from Glasgow to Plymouth and Edinburgh to London and everywhere in between. Josh has performed as daju from the start at 14 years old MCing in his friends’ bedrooms and never changed for a single gig beyond occasionally irterchanging MC for D\J, although has been simply daju for probably at least 15 years and can be heard and seen under the same pseudonym as a radio show presenter, a comedy club or cabaret compere and also a performance poet. Whilst trip hop and hip hop are his first loves, Josh loves dance music and where his events always trod the super hard dance floors of gabba and breakcore (in fact a point of pride is that some of the promotional artwork for the night Attack Of The…, a breakcore night he started in 2006 in Oxford, are included in a worldwide published book documenting the unique art style that rose out of the breakcore scene worldwide which is called ‘PencilBreak’. As he has gotten older he has begun to more often turn his hand to a bit of deep house and slow breaks. This has derived from another signature of his work. That is that he religiously uses almost entirely sounds and samples recorded himself and then sampled and resampled for even decades. It means that he has endless production media to draw from and from the huge banks of instrument stems and unending folders of variations of edits saved has never and will never had to worry about royalties to be paid or writers to be credited as he owns close to every sound he uses. From this bountiful lexicon most recently has begun to emerge a growing catalogue of intelligent deep and progressive house, techno and breaks, born out of 25 years of off cuts and reedits that hint to the evolving styles of music in that time and gives his music, if nothing else, an individual and unique aesthetic and one that is greatly varied. In a few words, he always endeavours to be original, progressive and thought provoking, whether through his lyrics or music. Apart from when he’s lounging in his head in 1995 pushing out his beloved trip hop, a baton he’s carried ever since and will fully never stop.