The number 1 Breaks DJ in the World is also unsurprisingly the hardest to get hold of! But the Crooked crew managed to track and pin down the K-meister himself – Krafty Kuts! On Saturday 11th June 2011, Breakspoll and Crooked take over the Electronic Arena at the inaugural Southern Sounds music festival on Clapham Common, London. Southern Sounds will celebrate the very best in Southern Hemisphere music under a Northern Sky under the London skyline, and we are thrilled to bits that Krafty Kuts is headlining the Crooked stage. Heres his take on our interview…
How did the name Krafty Kuts come about?
I used to run a break-dance club and we had some decks on the side to play the music, any of us could spin some tunes. I found it more fun playing the music, tried to do some scratching over the instrumental parts of the tracks. Someone shouted out that was a little crafty and I was looking for a DJ name as I had really started to enjoy spinning tunes. I thought crafty …. Then with the cutting & scratching over the music cuts change on the spelling and hey presto …. Krafty Kuts was born !
You have a very good Aussie fanbase, have you ever thought about re-locating there?
Would love to … A wonderful way of life out there incredible weather, amazing people what more could one want. But I have a lovely family in the UK and they say home is where the heart is so I am happy at the moment.
You came 2nd in a DJ competition, with no previous experience, was that the point where you thought you would take up music as a career?
Certainly was I found something I could believe in and a passion and genuine love for music just grabbed me from the start. I collected loads of rare funk, jazz and hip hop records and started to study and learn how to do tricks on the turntables. With more & more practise I entered the DMC competitions and became instantly hooked.
Name one rubbish track that you would like to remix to improve?
Why would I want to improve a rubbish track more so make a good track better !
How is the summer lined up for Krafty Kuts?
Crazy … heaps of travelling loads of Festivals and lots of music to finish going to be a Summer to remember that’s for sure.
What are you working on at the moment?
Finishing touches on my forthcoming LP “Let’s Ride” a few cheeky edits & bootlegs for the Summer Festivals and ideas for some DJ mixes.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I am very lucky to have so many NYE in NZ playing to 20,000 just after an incredible fireworks display. But the one that stands out would have to be NYD in Sydney at Field day 25,000 people with Kurtis Blow & A.Skillz classic the crowd clapping to our Gimme The Breaks track unbelievable.
What does the future hold for Krafty Kuts? Where do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
Teaching young students about music, dj-ing etc. Writing movie scores, sourcing music for TV ads and still DJing but maybe not 3 times a week.
Which 3 tracks are staples in your sets at the moment?
Jack Beats – Up All Night (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub)
A.Skillz – California Soul
Krafty Kuts Feat Dynamite MC – Pounding
In your opinion, name one artist that is dominating the dance music industry today?
To be honest it has to be Deadmau5 I recently saw he had tee shirts in Foot locker and he is selling out every venue worldwide he plays at, the guy is on fire !
Any festival or country you haven’t performed in yet and would love to do so?
I would love to do the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan as this is one country I have never visited. Every one I have spoken to haved said how unique and crazy it is with just so much energy … Sounds like my vibe for sure.
Who would you get to play you in a movie of your life?
Jim Carey anyone who knows me would agree. My life has been one mad rollercoaster but always fun & good times.
Favourite festival tipple?
If you were invisible for a day, what would be the first thing you would do?
Go to Liverpool FC and watch and listen to a Kenny Dalglish do a team talk before a big game … Magic moment right there for me !
If you could be any music artist for one day, who would you choose to be and why?
Stevie Wonder a musical genius !
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I am happy with everything in my life but if I could have one little cheeky treat it would be to scratch like Jazzy Jeff ….my idol !
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