“When I started DJing I thought I had to make dancefloor-friendly music. But if you make music naturally for a long time you don’t feel comfortable with doing only dance music. I wanted to express my experiences from the past ten years, including the non-musical ones. That2019s why my new album is like a journal of my life - I added an open-minded diversity to it that shows my musical growth.”  For more than a decade producer and DJ Sunao Gonno has been an integral part of the house and techno scene in his home country Japan. His musical productions have not only appeared on esteemed local labels like W.C. Recordings or Nitelist Music - they have also been released on international imprints such as Re-Active or Perc Trax from London; Beyond Recordings from Detroit; International Feel Recordings from Uruguay/Ibiza; Merkur Schallplatten from Berlin; and Tim Sweeney’s NYC-based Beats In Space.   Furthermore, his special twisted house and techno arrangements have been frequently played by DJs including Laurent Garnier, James Holden, Francois Kevorkian and Todd Terje, while Gonno has also made a splash with remixes for legends like Jeff Mills.   As a DJ, the man from Tokyo2019s suburbs can look back on a long-lasting career: “My first time as a DJ was almost 20 years ago, at a club named Firecracker in the Ebisu district of Tokyo. At that time I played mainly New York-style house, and some techno like old Mike Ink and Josh Wink stuff. Today I like to play a hybrid style when I DJ”. Behind the decks or as a live performer, he has travelled the globe to wow audiences with his records, machines and the lost art of storytelling.   For new album Remember The Life Is Beautiful, Gonno has reclaimed the almost forgotten poetic art of a ‘musical journey’ and produced ten tracks that unite ambient, techno, house and other musical styles into a mesmerising sonic trip. Even while his second LP ventures on a multi-coloured musical trip that sometimes lifts you up while guiding you into an ambient galaxy just a minute later, Gonno has managed to inject a story arc that reflects all kinds of life circumstances he gone through in the past decade.   In opposite to many of his colleagues, he steers clear of sampling, instead making all new tracks by himself with the help of machines like his first synth, the Korg Triton; the Moog Little Phatty; Korg Volca Keys; a Roland TR-8; an MC-202; Acidlab Bassline; some cheap casio keyboards and other borrowed equipment like a Fender Stratocaster and an acoustic guitar.   In addition, his tracks been layered with recordings of his voice and handclaps, soft treated shakers and other unusual sound recordings. What unites the tracks unite is an expansive space and a signature of warm, natural atmosphere in which gentle arpeggios, charming chords and sweetly-indicated melodies float freely.   “I think people can call my music whatever they want. I hate to assign it to a specific genre. I have many musical idols and they all told me ‘kill your idols’. That’s why I don’t have a sense in belonging to something specific. It would mean less freedom, and my music should be always as free as possible” he declares.   It is a claim that all tracks on Remember The Life Is Beautiful honour with unconventional inventiveness. In sequence they sound like an endless flight through techno, house, new age, ambient and beyond, to which listeners should surrender in order to feel each emotional dimension Gonno’s music offers. 
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