SUDO is a Live act and production team made up of Japanese brothers Isao and Takashi Sudo. Their techno sound is one that they have carefully fomented over the last two decades having first started out playing rock, jazz, and new wave. Their true musicianship always shines through to this day – both in their tracks and live shows – and when coupled with early influences like Sven Vath and Underworld, you have a blueprint for their unique techno sound.
Back when this pair first fell in love with the dance, there were no local trance and techno events in the Kansai area, so like anyone with a true punk spirit, they began organizing their own. Having visited many such parties around the world they really know how to throw the best events and in 1998 proved this at STUDIO PARTITA in Osaka with a party called “TELEKTONON.” It was a big success, and many more have followed in recent years, though they now go under the BLISSDOM banner and have and expanded across scenes in the Kansai and Tokai areas.
The natural next step for this pair was to begin making their own music, and after buying a Roland-JV1000, that is just what they did. An album of trance-leaning sounds soon followed in the form of INDIGO, and it proved they knew how to craft proper grooves with real emotion. Headline sets at clubs like Volume and hit releases in the form of “King Beat” all ensued and won them many new fans in the process. Since then, this pair has got more and more into pure techno and as such started working as SUDO. It has seen them play impressive, absorbing live sets that have received a lot of attention since playing at Tenkawa Shrine, where famous artists such as Kitaro, Brian Eno, and Vangelis have also performed. This experience, in turn, has fed back into their studio time and has influenced both their performance and production techniques.
After visiting hotspots like Rotterdam, Ibiza, and Berlin in 2012, younger brother Isao Sudo decided to move his base to Berlin and has barely stopped making music since. With such a polished main room sound, it wasn’t long before he caught the attention of legendary dance DJ, producer and label boss Dubfire, who signed up their pair for a release on his SCI+TEC label called the Monogram EP. It became a huge hit, was played by top DJs on dance floors all around the world, and led them to getting tapped up for many more new releases. These came on Depperfect in Italy, Scander in France, Night Light Records in the UK, the famous ENTER.Ibiza 2015 CD, Stick Recordings, and Selected Records in Spain. In turn, these achievements increased their notoriety in Europe, North, and South America.
As such the future is bright for this pair, who have new stuff coming on Berlin based label Carti Records (with their track “It’s Up To You”) and they have also received plenty of remix offers by people like Gaga, Lutzenkirchen, N-Sound, Ricky Ebner, and Rafa Siles. Following SUDO’s 2016 live debut with Dubfire in ageHa Tokyo and SCI+TEC Showcase OFF Week Sonar, many people in the dance music scene have shared high expectations of Japan’s latest electronic live act. They are well aware of those expectations and promise to continue to break new ground going forward.