Damo Suzuki, the Japanese vocalist who served because the lead singer of German krautrock icons Can from 1970 by means of 1973, has died on the age of 74. Can’s label, Spoon Information, revealed the information on Instagram, writing, “His boundless inventive power has touched so many over the entire world, not simply with Can, but in addition together with his all continents spanning Community Tour. Damo’s type soul and cheeky smile can be without end missed.” No reason for demise was disclosed, however Suzuki had been recognized with colon most cancers in 2014.
Born on January 16, 1950 in Japan, Suzuki left his native nation as a youngster and commenced busking in Europe. After stumbling upon considered one of his performances exterior a Munich café, Can’s Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit invited Suzuki to carry out with the group that night time. He formally joined Can in 1970, changing authentic frontman Malcolm Mooney, and appeared on a basic run of albums: 1971’s Tago Mago, 1972’s Ege Bamyasi, and 1973’s Future Days.
Suzuki left Can in 1973 to marry his girlfriend and transformed to Jehovah’s Witness, leaving music for a decade to dedicate to the faith. He began performing once more in 1983, enjoying exhibits as Damo Suzuki’s Community. He put out a number of Community and solo releases over the a long time, together with 2018’s Stay on the Windmill Brixton with ‘Sound Carriers’ that includes black midi. In 2019, he revealed the memoir I Am Damo Suzuki, co-authored with Paul Woods, and his battle with most cancers was the topic of the 2022 documentary Vitality.
“After the sickness I had for 3 lengthy years, you’re merely glad to be right here respiration air,” Suzuki instructed MOJO in 2018. “I really feel I’m very grateful to all folks in entrance of me from the stage. You assume, can I get a greater factor than this? Life is so, simply good. You may go like a locomotive prepare and go straight, carry on going and attain the following station, after which to a different station… that is endless. That is all peoples’ desires, to be endless.”
Among the many artists who’ve posted tributes to the influential musician within the wake of his demise embrace Tom Skinner of the Smile and Sons of Kemet, American Soccer‘s Mike Kinsella, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Beak>, Huge Assault, HEALTH, Matmos’ Drew Daniel, Elijah Wooden, Bo Ningen, and producer David Wrench.