Breaks // Against the Grain // Finger Lickin – UK
Krafty Kuts is one of the worlds most sort after
and respected dj / producers in dance music, he recently picked
up the trophy for Best DJ at the Breakspoll 2005 awards for the
second year running and will be releasing his debut solo artist
album Freakshow on our Against The Grain label in Spring. The album
features collaborations with a host of hot talent including Dynamite
MC, Tim Deluxe, Ashley Slater, Dr Luke, Theo, Bespoke, Ed Solo
and Chris Sargent. In typical Krafty Kuts style the music touches
on hip hop and breaks with all the juicy bits in between. From
fun loving funk to outrageous bassline breaks Krafty Kuts years
of experience has served him well, it really is a corking album!
Krafty Kuts aka Martin Reeves started his career in the music industry
from humble roots running his Brighton record store where he gained
his encyclopedia knowledge of hip hop and funk supplying records
to the likes of Fat Boy Slim amongst others. In 1996 , Krafty Kuts
was DJing all over the south coast making a name for him self and
soon started dabbling in the studio making beats. His first big
break happened when Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim heard a dubplate
of Krafty’s Gimme The Funk track and immediately signed it
to his Southern Fried label, the tune was massive! As a result
of this success a hook up with Ministry of Sound's offshoot label
FSUK followed, unleashing the singles 'Funky Elements'; 'Wild In
the Aisles' (inspired from Martin's appearance on Supermarket sweep!)
and 'Return of the Elements'. Soon afterwards in 1998 he released
his first Krafty Kuts' compilation 'Slam the Breaks On' which went
on to sell well into the five figure mark.
It was at this point Krafty Kuts met Skool Of Thought, the pair
hit it off and decided to launch a weekly breaks night in Brighton
and SuperCharged was born. With the dynamic duo as residents and
pulling in all their DJ mates the night soon become a hit and was
rammed every week. Today the club is world-renowned and you can
still find Krafty Kuts playing most weeks.
By 1999 Krafty’s sound had been defined with his unique party
rocking style hitting the spot with clubbers across the globe.
Martin was remixing everything from Eric B and Rakim to Moloko
and took to the studio with Ed Solo, Freddy Fresh, New York's Dr
Luke to produce a collection of party beats that would later become
the influential creative elements for Finger Lickin' Funk.
2001 proved to be an eventful period for Krafty Kuts producing
music for a Coca Cola advert, PlayStation 2, Guy Richies ‘Mean
Machine’ movie and a cover mount CD for Mixmag. With so much
music being made, the DJ bookings flooding in and the club full,
Krafty decided to call it a day at the record store and instead
launched two record labels with business partner Skool Of Thought.
Following the success of the club nights they named one label SuperCharged
and the other Against The Grain. A string of killer releases followed
with Krafty Kuts Lost Plates EP, Lock The Hype and Sound Check
making big waves on the breaks scene. Could it get any better?!
Well it did and in 2001 and 2002 Krafty Kuts was voted in the top
100 DJ’s in the world by DJ magazine and then best International
DJ in Australia beating of stiff competition from the likes of
Sasha, Digweed and Adam Freeland. Krafty Kuts found himself in
true superstar DJ territory!
Come 2003 he had an urge to revisit his hip hop roots and followed
up a contact he made earlier in his record store years. A-Skillz,
a young super talented DJ and producer was starting to make waves
and Krafty Kuts organised a project for them to join forces and
embark on a hip hop \ party breaks album. With the aid of Finger
Lickin records the Trickatechnology album was soon under way and
A-Skillz and Krafty Kuts were recording with legends such as Kurtis
Blow, Dr Luke and Ashley Slater.
Since then Krafty Kuts has released a string of 12 records and
mix CDs and DJs nonstop around the world, from playing to 25,000
people at Field Day in Australia to the Grand Prix in China, Krafty
Kuts fans span the world over. In between the parties he has been
hard at work on his solo artist album Freakshow which is now finished
and due for release in Spring 2006 on Against The Grain. WATCH