Interview: KRYDER

12 October 2013 - - - The DJ List


Sitting proudly on the vanguard of the global electronic music explosion, KRYDER came from virtually nowhere to become one of the biggest new names in the scene in just a few years. Fusing the most potent elements of house, trance, electro and cutting-edge electronica that’s too fresh to even have a genre attached to it yet, his sound is an invigorating take on big room firepower that has found a huge variety of admirers both on the dancefloor and within the dance music industry.

How did you get into dance music?

I actually got into dance music before I went clubbing. I used to listen to my friend’s brother mix tapes of old school raves such as Fantasia and Dreamscape. DJ RATTY and ELLISDEE. I was about 11 or 12 years old at the time.

Who or what would you say is your biggest musical influence?

DJs influence me more instead of musicians, I like CARL COX and AXWELL, I’ve been listening to a lot of RICHIE HAWTIN lately and it has been really inspirational.

Describe to us your sound.

Pumping, rolling, tech-infused power house with a serious groove.

Talk to us about “PYRMD”.

I met NICKY ROMERO at a private AVICII party in Miami last year. He was very humble and said he would be honored to have me on his label. We started tweeting then emailing. I sent him “PYRMD” which was called “Pegasus” at the time and he loved it. After a few more perfected versions it was complete. It was so great to hear that DJs such as STEVE ANGELLO and ALESSO were supporting it after “Aphrodite”.

Share with us a little bit about “All Night”.

This remix came through my manager. I was a little weary to start with it as it’s always hard to make a pop track sound cool. But after removing some of the vocals and focusing on the drop and the groove I nailed it. The label was really happy with it. Axwell emailed me personally asking me to send it over. It was a great test as a producer to remix a record like this.

“Aphrodite” has seen much success lately! Talk to us about that track.

This track was actually never going to get released. I was going to throw it in the trash. Then SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA opened the Black Tie Rave in New York with it and I was inspired to finish it. I sent him just a demo version of it for the label. The label then contacted me and wanted to release it. 10 versions later I perfected it to the track it is now. It has been so well received and the support has been amazing. Axtone is such a great label to be part of.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?

I’d love to do a track with SIA. She has been here for years and her track “Drink to Get Drunk” is amazing from 1998. I would love to remix her track “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine”.

Any upcoming releases you can share with us about?

I’m currently in talks with JOHN DAHLBACK about a collaboration. I’ve been working on music with CAZZETTE and of course my mate—Tom Staar. Also, more solo works are in the pipeline. I think there will be one or two more releases before the end of the year including something special on Axtone.

What has been your most memorable gig so far this year?

I really enjoyed the Club Octagon in South Korea. It was such a cool club to play in.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thank you so much for your support and love!

Bonus Question: What has been your most embarrassing moment in your career?
Constantly being down by tech guys—CD players not being linked and having to finish my after 4 minutes ha!

Be sure to follow KRYDER on his socials to keep up-to-date:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube | Instagram

About the Author

Caleb Lau
avicii axwell carl cox ellisdee john dahlback ratty richie hawtin sia steve angello swedish house mafia nicky romero tom staar alesso kryder cazzette

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