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Honing his Kraft

Acclaimed electronica DJ brings up-tempo, funky breaks back to town



Who: Krafty Kuts

When: Sunday, June 15, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Tommy Africa’s

Tickets: $20

Martin Reeves, also known as Krafty Kuts within the world of electronica, is bringing his funky breaks back to Whistler this weekend.

As of Tuesday, Krafty was getting ready for shows in Banff, Vancouver, Victoria and Saskatoon before heading back up to Whistler for his show on Sunday at Tommy Africa’s.

While his career has taken him all over the world, Krafty, who is originally from Brighton, said he still finds B.C. is his favourite place to visit.

“B.C. for me is where it’s at,” he said. “I think the women are incredible, I think the scenery is beautiful, I think the food is great, shopping’s brilliant.”

He last performed in Whistler last July, playing to a sold-out show at Tommy Africa’s. Now, he’s set to play at Tommy’s again this Sunday.

“I look forward to Whistler every time, and there hasn’t been a dull moment in Whistler for me, so, touch wood, I expect the same. It’s a special place for me to visit, and I’ve made a lot of good friends there,” he said.

A former breakdancer, Krafty made his debut as a total novice DJ almost 15 years ago, stepping up onto the stage to enter a DJ competition. He shocked everyone by making it into the finals.

“I just found DJing was much more in tune with me, and music was where it was at for me, and that was where my life changed,” he explained.

With that single experience under his belt, Krafty began honing his craft.

“I just discovered funk, disco, soul, dance, hip hop, the whole lot, and that was it,” he said.

He didn’t immediately find his niche — it took a lot of experimenting and self-education.

“I was into hip hop for a long period of time, and for me it got rather boring, and when the gangster rap sort of thing came in and it was all about bitches and hos and stuff like that, it just didn’t appeal to me,” Krafty explained. “… I needed a more up-tempo form of music.”

During the late 1990s, he began getting into breaks and developing his own energized beats that really seemed to appeal to his audiences.