Bushwick Artist Jose Buzzi: Underground Techno

What is your artist origin story?

Bushwick-born and Ridgewood-raised, Buzzi is a techno producer and turntablist. His techno compositions utilize analog and digital synthesizing technologies, while exploring the perceptual representation of space through sound, and mysterious innovative gates. His work mainly features vintage drum machine samples. Buzzi’s productions and performances have been related to a 90’s high tempo techno sound. He has been contributing to the underground techno music scene since 2013, performing at Bossa Nova Civic Club and Halycon In the course of 5 years, he has worked on musical projects with talented artists and respected labels, such as Kleinfeld, Krames, Tomas Kunkel, Afterwave Records, and Nervous Records.

Jose Buzzi’s production and performance display the dark, uplifting, playful, and hypnotizing side of his character. Listen to Black Waters produced by Afterwave Records:

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

Working on music. Techno is a futuristic, unknown, innovating, and fearless sound. As an art form, Techno can open and take your mind to places you’ve never been. Techno can make you look at architecture and your surroundings in a different way. It can alter your subway ride experience to work depending on how fast the subway is going. Speed is reflection of the sound because the sounds can be either hard and aggressive or lush and blissful. Techno is a spiritual experience; almost like participating in prayer at church or hearing Buddhist chants resonate through your chest. It allows you to release built up stress you might be carrying from your ordinary life; your stressful relationship; your mundane job. A techno-inspired “party” (whether solo, or in a club) is where you can share, release, and/or exchange those feelings through dance. The physical part is so important to this sound and is rudimentary.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

Buzzi is now working on a new EP for Terminator Records and Nervous Records.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

I used to hate techno when I was younger because hip-hop music was mostly what I was exposed to. Growing up in Bushwick, I felt like techno music was uncool or not masculine enough. However, one day that sound made me feel free. I didn’t understand what I was feeling but I knew it felt right. Sort of like love. This was when I realized sound was much more than a sonic thing or an image thing.

What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?

Me. I didn’t end up in jail or dead.

Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.

Watching the youth make music, create art, and exchange ideas.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

My aunt. We would make each other laugh all the time.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

Walking around naked and taking care of the planet.

As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

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