Kozzmozz is not a big company without a soul... it's a totally handmade castle protecting the soul of electronic musics. It's REALLY it since 1995.
Because everything started on a boat in Gent, back in September 95... the Theaterboot. A fantastic place, nearby Steendam, where Mathias Kerckhof started the parties with the mixes of Stefaan (T-Quest), Mo & Benoelie (The Glimmers), Black Francis and the duet Trish & Kash.
Pure and only Techno ... Detroit Techno, Wave Techno, Acid Techno, but strictly Techno at its highest quality level. They soon invited Kenny Larkin (Detroit), Robert Leiner (Sweden), Adam Beyer, Secret Cinema, or belgian references such as Deg and Acid Kirk (BWP collective). Mathias and his partners ran about a dozen Kozzmozz nights there. But in 1997 the public went to be so big that they had to change their venue, the boat was getting really too small.
That's how they came to the Internationaal Congress Centrum (ICC), and turned the large Kuipke hall into a heaven of electronic sounds for several years. It was just revolutionary. Just to name a few guests in those years: Dave Angel, Richard Bartz, Slam, Pure Science, Marco Carola, Anthony Rother, Mike Dredd, Thomas Chrome, DJ Hell, Rush live, Damon Wild ... and of course, a pillar of the UK Techno: Mr C.
That was the rise with no fall... and since the people was following, Kozzmozz then started to produce events in Drum'n Bass (with Doc Scott, Grooverider, Brekbit, Millenium Kru, Wontime), Electro (Swayzak, I-F, Spacid, Joost de Lijser), House (Geoffroy, Koenie, Raoul), or even Chillout with Pete Namlook live or dj Morpheus.
Seriously mates, they really moved their ass to reach that level. And they took some cold baths too... or maybe you remember the House-Torhout festival that unfortunately appenened only once. That was an expensive fun for them, which could have killed the organisation. But hey... it needs more than a festival to kill Kozzmozz.
In the meantime they created subsections for the several music styles: Star Warz, Elektron, Muzzic, and many more concepts providing the futuristic sounds of our planet, usually at Vooruit ballroom. And since 1997, it's obviously one of the four major Techno organisations in Belgium, there is just no doubt about it.
So now what happens? A giant party on 10 September at Vooruit, with Len Faki, Deetron, dj Nasty, and about 15 more deejays. Now, get ready!
pictures by nico: Kozzmozz 2001 @ Kuipke hall