DJ OZMA to retire at end of year; become producer
DJ OZMA announced he will be retiring from the entertainment world at the end of this year, at his “Urgent Important Press Conference” held Thursday. He also announced his intentions to become a producer.
“I debuted in Taiwan back in March 2006, and since my peak at the Red and White Singing Contest at the end of that year, things have been going slowly downhill, and I feel I’ve reached my limit,” he said.
Asked about what he will do in the future, he said: “I want to be involved in the production of good artists and put out some good tunes. I’d also like to travel a bit next year.”
DJ OZMA also announced that Seigo Maki, his friend whom he first met when they worked together part-time at a video store in Suginami Ward, will succeed him as the second generation of DJ OZMA, in a “pure, correct and beautiful” way. He provided no clarification on what that meant.
With just over one month to go before he retires, DJ OZAMA expressed his desire to be allowed back on the Red and White Singing Contest, which he has been banned from since his performance in 2006 in which he and his back-up dancers wore bodysuits which made them look nude. “This is my last year. I’ll even get down on my hands and knees. I haven’t given up yet,” he said.
DJ OZMA’s new single “Masurao” goes on sale on Dec 3. His last concert will be held at Yokohama Arena on Dec 13, and his final album “I Love Party People 3” will go on sale on New Year’s Eve.