She’s a dumpling maker by day, but at night, 82-year-old Sumiko Iwamuro turns DJ in Tokyo.
Iwamuro, whose moniker is DJ Sumirock, spins techno music for a crowd some 60 years younger than she is.
A hit on the Tokyo club scene, she performs once a month in the heart of the city’s red-light district.
“She’s got this energy that goes beyond age, that can equal any young person’s here. She’s really cool,” said 25-year old club-goer, Fuminari Fujii.
Iwamuro says her music fuses techno with jazz, French chanson and sometimes classical music.
DJ Sumirock hopes to one day debut on the New York club scene.
“When I spin the tables, I just want to match the beat, and choose the right music, but the best is if my audience are just enjoying themselves,” Iwamuro said.
She took up turning tables in her 70s, after spending a year learning the tricks of the trade at a DJ school.
In the meantime, Iwamuro has a day job – making gyozas, or dumplings, with her brother, Masashi. They have been doing so for over 60 years at the restaurant they inherited from their father. – Reuters