— the rhythm in the heart of Osaka
Haggerty wouldn't trade work or his experience for anything. He
a radio DJ, a club DJ and does TV work. He is involved in promoting
Japanese artists and bands to the States and he was part of the
Tower records team that ushered in Osaka's first “No Music
No Life” store in 1990.
“I consider myself a music man” says Haggerty or DJ
he is more widely known. He has been fronting radio shows at FM
COCOLO since 1997.
“I listen to music every day, all kinds,
both new and old and never tire of it. Working in radio still feels
like a privilege to me, even after all these years”. And you
can under-stand why work of this kind has this appeal. Speaking
on air and playing music, meeting musicians and receiving feedback
from listeners is more than satisfying for him.
Brushes with fame are part of the job: interviews
with musicians and movie stars over the years have been many, the
most recent, Tom Cruise. The most memorable? “Tough question
but probably The Neville Brothers or Roger Taylor from Queen”.
Of Japanese and American decent, DJ John was back
in forth between Yokohama and New York growing up. He is now based
in Kansai and has lived here for the last 15 years. DJ John plays
the drums and has been in a few bands albeit “nothing serious”.
His involvement with music, non-competitive knocks
on the drums notwithstanding, has been to promote music more than
play. He worked for Tower records in New York in the late 80s and
it was there he met the Asia region President of Tower records who
asked him to move back to Japan and help set up the first Tower
records in Osaka. He went on to work at HMV record shop as an in-store
DJ and MC.
No stranger to club djaying in Osaka, DJ John
has played everywhere. He recalls a time, however, when the foreign
night club scene in Shinsaibashi was virtually non existent and
pints at the Pig and Whistle was all that was on offer on Minami's
In 1990, Sam and Dave 1 on Soemon-Cho would become
the first club to be heavily frequented by foreigners in Shinsaibashi.
It was a gamble as Sam and Dave 1 was a small venue but DJ John
convinced the owners to get DJs in, start a food menu and market
the place to foreigners. “If you had 20 people in the place
it was full because it wasn't a large venue … 3 or 4 months
after introducing the changes 70 plus people were turning up with
people lining up at the door”.
would seem DJ John enjoys setting up new clubs and establishments,
his latest involvement has been with Full Bloom and not just in
the capacity of DJ but events pro-ducer as well. A few months old,
Full Bloom is a Restaurant/Bar/Club in Shinsaibashi. Complete with
a huge dance floor and an overall large open space Full Bloom is
a perfect party spot with DJs playing all genres on Fridays and
Saturdays including requests.
Week nights are interlaced with Jazz, Soul and
Funk. In as much as Full Bloom wants people to indulge in the weekend
club atmosphere they are also keen to let you know quality cuisine
can be had in the restaurant between 6:00 and 10:00pm daily. This
month they are giving away CD gift vouchers of ¥10,000 and ¥30,000
on Friday and Saturday night respectively.
DJ John can't imagine doing any kind of work that
didn't involve music. If music be the food of love, then DJ John
is playing on.
You can tune in to FM COCOLO 76.5's Radio City
every Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm and COCOLO HITS 40
every Saturday from 1:00-5:00pm to hear DJ John's broadcast.