Damo Suzuki

Damo Suzuki
Background information
Birth name Kenji Suzuki
Born (1950-01-16) 16 January 1950
Origin Japan
Genres Krautrock
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970–1974, 1983–present
Associated acts Can
Website damosuzuki.de

Kenji Suzuki (鈴木健二 Suzuki Kenji, born 16 January 1950), known as Damo Suzuki (ダモ鈴木), is a Japanese musician who has been living in Germany since the early 1970s and is best known as the former lead singer of the German krautrock group Can.


As a teenager, Suzuki spent the late 1960s wandering around Europe, often busking.[1]

When Malcolm Mooney left Can after recording their first album Monster Movie, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit encountered Suzuki busking in Munich, Germany, whilst the two were sitting outside at a street café. They invited him to join the group, and he did, performing with them that evening.[2]

Suzuki was with Can from 1970 to 1973, recording a number of well-regarded albums such as Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyasi. Suzuki's first vocal performance with Can was "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" from Soundtracks.[3] His freeform, often improvised lyrics, were sung in no particular language.[2]

He returned to music in 1983, and currently leads what is known as "Damo Suzuki's Network" – as he tours, he performs live improvisational music with various local musicians, so-called "Sound Carriers".[4]

The Fall's 1985 album This Nation's Saving Grace features a song "I Am Damo Suzuki," inspired by the singer.[5] The rock band the Mooney Suzuki takes its name from Damo Suzuki and Can's earlier vocalist Malcolm Mooney.[6]

Since 1997 he has been touring or playing separate gigs. He lives in Cologne.


Damo Suzuki performs on the following albums:


  1. Damo Suzuki and Jelly Planet, All Tomorrow's Parties website. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 Holger Czukay's official site
  3. Czukay, Holger (May 1997). A Short History of the Can – Discography, Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. A list of Damo's "Sound Carriers" Archived 20 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. 3:AM Magazine interview
  6. Minkovsky, Natalya. "Mooney Suzuki Interview". Kludge. Archived from the original on 9 February 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
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