For the ancient chinese military strategist and author, see Sun Tzu.


TZU (Joelistics, left, and Seed MC, right) performing at the Melbourne Big Day Out in 2006
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Australian hip hop
Years active 1999–present
Labels Liberation
Joelistics AKA Joel Ma (vocals, guitar, bass)
Seed MC AKA Countbounce AKA Phillip Norman (vocals, guitar, bass)
Paso Bionic AKA Shahab Tariq (turntables)
Yeroc AKA Corey McGregor (drums, samplers)
Duzy What AKA Dustin (keys)

TZU (pronounced Tee Zed Yoo) are an Australian hip hop group, originating from Melbourne, Victoria. They are known for live shows with significant crowd involvement,[citation needed] at festivals such as Big Day Out, Falls Festival, MS Fest and the Meredith Music Festival, in addition to smaller shows. TZU differs from typical hip hop groups because they use instruments in their performances. The use of guitars, keyboards and drums gives their shows a rock infused vibe.[1]



The group formed in 1999 as a side project, combining members of the groups Curse ov Dialect and Pan. The name TZU is taken from the Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu. The band originally called themselves Tzu (pronounced tsoo) but changed their name due to the public pronouncing it as T-Z-U.[2] In 2005 keyboard player Duzy What was added to the group's lineup. They have received regular Triple J airplay of Position Correction and Smiling at Strangers.[3] In early 2006, they won Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next" monthly music poll.[4]

Awards and nominations



  • "Melbourne group TZU just can't stop upping the ante...They meld classic eighties electro with the more traditional funk keeping the emphasis on authenticity and class throughout." - Rolling Stone, 2008
  • "Computer Love is full of old school synth's , masterful sampling and live instrumentation - a maverick in its field and release that will set a new standard for the Australian music landscape." - Inpress, 2008
  • "The four piece aren't your stereo typical hiphop outfit - Think laid back vibes and rhymes... Expect good times and a party atmosphere." - The Sun Herald, 2008



Cover up motel is an anagram of Computer love, it features all of the tracks from Computer love remixed by the favorite Aussie artists and producers of the TZU members. Including the likes of M-phazes, hermitude, plutonic, trials (from funkoars), Blue King brown and more.


  • um... just a liddlbidova mic check EP (2001)
  • Limited Edition Tour Promo EP (2003)
  • Dam Busters EP EP (2003)
  • In Front of Me EP (2005)


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