Bringing an offbeat personality and a unique hip-hop DJing style to the often anonymous world of techno, Hamburg’s DJ Koze (aka Stefan Kozalla) has slowly established himself as one of the most distinct and respected DJ/producers on the international scene today. Getting his start in 1998, Kozalla began moving toward the inner circle of German techno in 2003, when he recorded his first single for the venerable Kompakt label. 2005’s “Kosi Comes Around” album established him as one of the most multi-dexterous and talented of Kompakt’s new generation of acts, and from there he continued to issue single after single that elevated his reputation even higher. This trajectory culminated in 2008 with “I Want To Sleep”, which was voted as the top single of that year by influential electronic-music website Resident Advisor. Apart from DJ Koze, Kozalla is also active with such aliases as Adolf Noise and the more pop-inflected group International Pony.