Krafty Kuts, is without doubt one of the world’s greatest DJs. Lauded in the UK, worshipped in Australia, acclaimed in America, where ever he plays he is guaranteed to cause a commotion with his riotous skills. So far in a glittering career he has gained dance music’s top accolades including Best International DJ at the Australian Dance Music Awards and Best Breaks DJ at the M8 Ibiza awards. A stunning haul at Breakspoll has seen him claim Best Album for his ‘Freakshow’ artist album on Against The Grain and Best DJ for three consecutive years. And to cap it off, the richly deserved Outstanding Contribution to Breakbeat award that acknowledged his long journey to the acme of club culture.
Inspired by the hip-hop and electro sounds of the 80's that were rocking his world as a kid, he first stepped behind a pair of decks in his early teens when he entered a DJ competition and incredibly, as a complete novice, he made it all the way to the final. With his love affair for the wheels of steel well and truly cemented, Krafty Kuts set about learning his art, perfecting the cutting and scratching that was to become the core of his DJ sets.
Immersing himself in the music he loved, Krafty Kuts went on to run one of Brighton’s most popular record shops throughout the 90s. Building an encyclopaedic knowledge of dance music in all its forms, Krafty’s expertise marked him out as a prime supplier of dance-floor bullets to Brighton’s musical elite, including the town’s most famous son Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim. Having built a fearsome DJing reputation for himself across the south-coast, with a string of high-octane gigs it was during 1996 that Krafty Kuts took the next logical step, transferring his dance-floor knowledge to the studio, creating his own tracks to take his sets to the next level.
His first big break came when a dubplate of Krafty Kuts’ ‘Gimme The Funk’ found its way to Norman Cook who immediately snapped it up for his Southern Fried label, releasing it to huge club approval. Suitably impressed Ministry of Sound offshoot FSUK took on Krafty Kuts, unleashing a string of classic singles; ‘Funky Elements’, ‘Wild In the Aisles’ (a tribute to his legendary appearance on Supermarket Sweep!) and ‘Return of the Elements’.
With his own tracks elevating his profile across the globe Krafty Kuts mixed his first compilation ‘Slam On The Breaks’ which gathered the cream of the breaks scene into a mercurial mix, further enhancing his notoriety as a devastating deck technician and selling by the bucket-load. At about the same time, Krafty hooked up with Skool of Thought to establish the SuperCharged club night. Home to his longest standing residency, the night continues to pull in huge crowds and after 10 years of all encompassing party action on a Wednesday night, it is now one of Breakbeat’s most globally revered nights.
With the dance music world at his mercy the demand for Krafty’s studio abilities reached new heights. Becoming the remixer du jour, Krafty transformed numerous tracks in to serious party bangers for the likes of Jurassic 5, Arthur Baker, Eric B & Rakim, Stakker Humanoid and Afrika Bambaataa’s Funky Heroes’, for which he won a Best Remix award.
By 1999, with his all-encompassing club style, blending beats and breaks across the board, honed to perfection, Krafty Kuts entered the studio with Freddy Fresh, long standing studio partner Ed Solo and NY’s own Dr Luke. Together they produced a series of beats and skits that were destined to become the backbone of Finger Lickin’s legendary Finger Lickin Funk release.
Around the turn of the millennium Against The Grain records was born with Krafty Kuts fronting the ground breaking, bass heavy label which would go on to release albums from the Freestylers, Deekline & Wizard, Ed Solo & Skool Of Thought, Splitloop and of course his own award winning Freakshow long player.
Having conquered the Breaks scene, Krafty Kuts turned his attentions to a different groove and returned to his Hip-Hop roots. Following up on a contact made during his record shop days, he began a studio collaboration with up and coming DJ A-Skillz, that resulted in the stunning Hip-Hop and Party Breaks album Trickatechnology. Critically lauded on it’s release, the album saw the pair collaborating with rhyming behemoth Kurtis Blow, Dr Luke and Freakpower’s Ashley Slater on a series of superlative turntable compositions that demonstrated Krafty Kuts fathomless knowledge of old skool breaks.
With the demand for his records and club sets showing no sign of slowing down, Krafty Kuts flung himself headlong into non-stop touring and recording. Working solidly Krafty completed his debut solo album, Freakshow for Against The Grain. Once again the tracks featured a stellar cast of collaborators from the Scratch Perverts, Tim Deluxe and Dynamite MC, to long term associates A-Skillz, Ashley Slater and Dr Luke. Mirroring Krafty Kuts’ universal approach to partying and the dance-floor, the album moved through myriad tempos, taking in Acid, Breaks, Booty Bass and Funk with a consummate ease. Again the plaudits flooded in, with Freaksow gaining album of the month in DJ magazine and top marks across the board. The album’s lead single ‘Bass Phenomenon' was a ubiquitous feel good anthem of the summer and its popularity proved such that it won DJ Magazine single of the year 2006. Following hard on its heels a Fabriclive compilation proved to be one of the series’ most popular instalments with Krafty Kuts trademark eclectic nature shining through.
The following years saw Krafty Kuts rise still further, creating music for a Coca Cola advert, PlayStation 2, Guy Richie’s ‘Mean Machine’ movie, Will Ferrells 'A Final Night With George W Bush' TV show as well as mixing one of Mixmag’s most popular cover mount CDs.
His DJ shows have expanded from night clubs to 20,000 + capacity festival stages including Big Day Out, Glastonbury, Glade, Shambhala, Exit and many more.
From humble beginnings Krafty Kuts is now one of the big players on the world’s club scene, DJing alongside The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and even the Rolling Stones. And with his recent Back To Mine raising the bar for the well-established series it appears there is no end in sight to the meteoric rise of Krafty Kuts.
KRAFTY KUTS AWARDS
Australian Dance Music Awards - Best International DJ 2001
Breakspoll - Best Remix - Afrika Bambaata - Funky Heroes 2002
Breakspoll - Face OF Breakbeat 2003
Breakspoll - Best DJ 2004
Breakspoll - Best DJ 2005
Breakspoll - Best DJ 2006
Breakspoll - Best LP "Freakshow" 2006
Breakspoll - Outstanding Contribution To Breakbeat 2006
Ibiza M8 Awards - Best Breaks DJ 2006
MTV Romanian Dance Awards - Best Breaks DJ 2007
DJ Mag Best Of British Best UK Single 2007 - Bass Phenomenon