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Interview: Krafty Kuts

He has DJ’d and been interviewed all over the world – so it was an honour to catch up with Krafty Kuts (real name Martin Reeves) ahead of his gig at Canvas on Friday October 6.

“When I was 14, I discovered funk and was amazed at how good the music was,” he told the African Independent.

“From that I started liking ska, reggae, funk and disco … From this my tastes diversified into electro and hip-hop, where along with soul and funk, it has stayed.”

He got his DJ name after someone commented that his scratching was “krafty”, says Canvas newbies and regulars have a lot to look forward to.

“There’ll be massive energy, top use of the equipment, scratching, mixing and funky beats for funky peeps,” he says. “And, of course, monster tunes!”

He’s already proved that Canvas’s unique live lounge and stellar sound system are ideal for his Krafty ways after a successful gig here in March. And he can’t wait to get back and soak up that unique loft bar atmosphere.

The producer is an expert in many genres, from electronic to funk, so you can expect him to mix it up (sorry) on the night to suit the crowd.

“I’d call myself a ‘funky technician’,” he told us. “Sometimes I’ll play a four to five hour set that covers all those styles.

“I judge the crowd and go with the flow. You want to build the anticipation, keep surprising and impressing people.”

Expect to hear tracks from his new mixtape Golden Era of Hip Hop 3, including Jay-Z, I Just Wanna Love U; Notorious BIG, Hypnotise; Dr Dre Ft. Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode; and Cypress Hill – When The Ship Goes Down (plus many more). It’s the soundtrack to hip hop glory years and my first forays into nightclub naughtiness, so to say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.

“Canvas is exactly what Bournemouth needed as a venue so I’m not surprised it’s doing so well after almost two years in business. I also like The Old Firestation.

“Forget the festivals: support your local nightclub!”



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