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Krummstoff (born Ashot Babayan) is another alias of the dj, musician, producer and songwriter also known as Mad Dee Jay and Maddy Nuff.
His career started back in the early 90s, when being a great fan of Afro-American musical heritage, Ashot made his first attempts in writing some hip-hop rhymes and making beats on his self-made sampler.
In 1998 by co-founding a pioneer local underground quartet X-Phobos, Ashot’s passion towards the electronic music production became a priority of his musical activities, with the simultaneously strongly remaining funk/hip-hop/jazz influences. His experience in music production went through lots of changes – from hip-hop to ambient and from downbeat to deep house music.
During the years of work within the bounds of X-Phobos, Ashot came across a fellow dj/producer Garry Mkrtchyan (a.k.a. DJ Garry Spectrum, Fabien Kamb), who not only became his “brother-in-arms” but also a true friend and companion.
In 2006 the two started their producer-duo – Mad and Spectral, which turned to be a next and very important step for both of the musicians. Being a phenomenally fertile project, the duo has been dropping beats under numerous aliases as well as its members’ solo projects, where Ashot goes under the name of Krummstoff.
In the fall of 2008, Ashot established an indie record label – Low Flow Records, which he co-owns/runs with Garry Mkrtchyan (Fabien Kamb).
The music of Krummstoff is a pure reflection of the whole spectrum of his musical experience and skills, which at this point are mostly concentrated at tech house, deep house and deep-tech production.