Monday, Nov. 24
$15 in advance at GLC, Katmandu, The Hub
may raise a few eyebrows in North America, but the Dutch band, Kraak &
Smaak, swears up and down that its moniker actually has nothing to do with
drugs. Rather, it’s a Dutch proverb that translates into “crunchy and tasty.”
the band had just arrived in Chicago and was getting ready to have a sushi
lunch before hitting the road again, this time, on their way to perform on
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Smaak as we know it today isn’t exactly has planned.
Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug are the three founding fathers of the
funk-infused group. They started the group as a studio project in their
hometown of Leiden, in the Netherlands, with hopes that they could somehow
combine De Jong’s soulful instrumentals with Kneppers’ and Plug’s DJing
abilities, to create an entirely new sound in dance.
each other, because they couldn’t make music – they weren’t musicians
– and I didn’t know how to translate my music for a dance crowd,” De Jong
and Plug are also big diggers (they collect vinyl) – so the group has an
impressive collection of records to draw upon during their live performances.
“A lot of
very obscure records you can just find on vinyl, and not on CDs, and that’s the
thing,” he explained, “They buy for the collections, and also for finding new
started out making 12-inch records for DJs in local clubs, and after about
four, they decided to compile a full-length CD. Their debut album, “Boogie
Angst,” quickly caught the ear of many big names in the industry – Pete
Tong, Rob Da Bank and Jamiroquai are just a few of the artists who have shown
an interest in the unique sound.
Rob Da Bank, who was working for 20 years, if he says it’s good, then I suppose
it’s good,” De Jong said with a chuckle.
later, the collaboration still seems to be working. They released their second
full-length, “Plastic People,” back in April, and their unique fusion of soul,
funk, electro, dance and breakbeat has taken the dance scene by storm.