11+3 is designed to give you an insight into the motivations and aspirations of the best creative minds in the world.
:Kraddy This time with American beat producer Kraddy from Venice Beach. Each artist is asked 11 set questions and to contribute 3 “facts” which can be any statement from them on absolutely anything: their own views on politics, religion, the environment, sport…or just something they read in the paper or saw on TV.
1: I can play Journey “Faithfully” on the piano.
2: I’ve seen Phish play 50 times
3: I like to smell my scalp.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I find inspiration everywhere – movies, pop songs, TV. Recently I found the most interesting sounding creaky door. Sometimes I just bang on the keys till I hear something good.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
In SF in the early 90s I started learning how to DJ drum and bass. We had a little crew and threw our own underground parties. At the same time I got an internship at a recording studio and began learning production. I used to spend every weekend in that studio making tracks.
3. What are your favourite albums of all time?
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Pixies – Doolittle
White Zombie – La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
The Pharcyde – Bizzare Ride II, The Pharcyde
Public Enemy – Fear Of A Black Planet
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Method Man – Tical
The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
KRS-One – Return Of The Boom Bap
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Techno. Beer. Bondage.
Sounds like my kinda place.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
The Venice Beach Skate Park – one of the coolest places on the planet.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7. What was the last record you bought?
I bought these at the same time:
Alex B – Moments
Flying Lotus – Cosmograma
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Mos Def, Rick Rubin, Meshuggah, Mono, Roots Manuva, Kevin Shields, Mike Patton, Ludacris – all on one project
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
The Okayplayer Tour where The Roots headlined AND played as the house band behind all the other acts – Guru, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Bahamadia, Dead Prez. Hearing a live band play all those old Blackstar and Gangstar tunes was AMAZING!!
One time I was playing a small club in Edinburgh for their Drum and Bass night. I started playing my tunes but it was too slow for them and one drunk guy was dancing. The promoter begged me to play DnB or everyone was going to leave. I was pissed so I just dropped into the heaviest prison rape DnB tunes I had, hoping to clear the floor, but instead I had the place going insane all night. I kept bringing it harder and they kept going more crazy. I was the opener but I ended up stealing the show.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Pretty damn important.
11. Do you have siblings and are they proud or jealous of you?
I have a brother and a sister. They’re both proud and I think my bro is a little jealous that I get to travel so much.
The new Si Begg Vs. K-The-I??? re-fix, the last release connected to Kraddy’s Glitch Hop anthem “Android Porn”, is now available digitally and also on a beautiful 10inch vinyl platter.
“Can I continue?” asks US-rapper K-The-I??? over the hard hitting “Android Porn” vocal remix by legendary UK producer Si Begg, that is now released on Equinox Records.
Additionally, you should check the dope mix Kraddy has done for the Solid Steel / Ninja Tune podcast here.