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Elevating the Kraft

Known for his upbeat sound, Krafty Kuts reaches beyond the boundaries of his breakbeat sound



Who: Krafty Kuts

When: Thursday, June 24, 9 p.m.

Where: GLC

Cost: $20 in advance


You name a place and Martin Reeves has probably played there. The accomplished DJ, who is better known by his stage name Krafty Kuts, had just returned from a massive tour of Asia earlier this week where he played eight cities in just 12 days.

"It was really amazing; Vietnam was crazy, I've never seen anything quite like it," he recalled.

Of course, Krafty's "crazy" should be put into context. Over the years he's played some very unusual shows: manning the decks in an Austrian igloo, from the depths of a submarine, overlooking crowds partying in Turkish baths and swaying precariously on a 30-foot platform in Spain.

"Basically, this platform literally could only stand two people, so I was pretty much scared and all these Spanish ravers were going crazy and it's like four in the morning and the sun was coming up, and I'm on this really dodgy, fragile stage right high up," he laughed.

But apparently, Whistler can hold its own when it comes to living it up at Krafty's live shows.

"It's always good, Whistler. I mean, I don't know what it's going to be like this time of year, but every time I've played - touch wood - especially at the GLC, the crowd is wicked."

A DJing sensation hailing from the UK, Krafty has gone on to amass legions of followers around the world. But according to the man himself, the best shows happen in Australia, Asia, England and right here in Canada.

"There are certain spots in the world that really appreciate good music," the globe-trotting DJ reflected, "And Canada is largely one of the best places, because people are just very genuine and really like to get down and have a good time."

And Krafty knows how to have a good time.

Originally inspired by hip hop and electro sounds that he encountered on the breakdancing scene, Krafty stepped behind the decks for the first time as a total novice, entering a DJ competition and making it all the way to the finals.

"Back then, Technics turntables were unique and they were very expensive, and anyone who had them was kind of wealthy or it was only in the nightclubs, so the opportunity to spin on Technics turntables was really exciting," he explained.

Though he didn't end up winning that first competition, he was officially hooked and set to work laying the foundations to become the versatile, party-rocking DJ he is today. The first step was learning as much as he possibly could about music: any and all music. So, Krafty ran one of Brighton's most popular record stores throughout the '90s, soaking up as much dance music (and more) as he could.