Built to party, impregnate and conquer the world, Kronic is Australia’s most reckless entertainer. Fuelled by an appetite for antics and an alarming disregard for personal safety, his on-stage acrobatics have taken him across the globe, earning him headline shows at Pacha, Marquee, Studio Paris and Shrine, in between gracing the festival stages of Future Music and Stereosonic. With a global reputation as a party music tastemaker, Kronic is using his presence to showcase the upcoming talent he finds on his travel. His newly created label “Sup Girl Records” is a platform to put emerging artists on the world stage, and an opportunity to have a hand in creating the next generation of electronic artists. Still it in it’s infancy, every Sup Girl release has fount it’s way to TOP 40 of the Beatport Electro House Charts.
First of all your from Adelaide thats correct? We’ve stumbled across alot of great DJs over the years from there what you think makes its such a creative hub and why so many diverse acts come out of their like Motez, Sonny Fodera and Hilltop Hood as well correct?
YUH IM FROM ADELAIDE. THERE IS DEF ALOT OF TALENT OUT OF THERE, MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER! OR IN THE VODKA HAHA. BUT FOR REAL IT IS QUITE AN ARTISTIC CITY.
Who else are some great Australian acts to come out of Adelaide? And who are some that you have worked with or personally know that deserve some credit where credit is due?
THE HOMIES KRUNK, DIMATIK, UBERJAKD AND 3SIDEZ ARE ALL A-TOWN CREW WHO ARE DOPE AND I FUCK WITH HEAVY. I’VE WORKED WITH KRUNK A LOT AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE A TRACK COMING OUT TOGETHER LATER THIS YEAR CALLED ‘PELIGROSA’
When you first started DJing what was your set up? What would have liked to have as part of your bedroom set up?
WOW, WHEN I WAS 16 I GOT A SET OF SHITTY STANTON TURNTABLES, THEY DID THE JOB MY DREAM SETUP WAS THE TECHNICS 1200S WHICH TOOK ME A FEW YEARS AFTER TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD.
How about now? What are you DJing on and whats the next thing you would like to purchase in your home DJ set up when it hits the market or available at the local DJ shop?
NOW I USE THE CDJ’S WITH SD CARDS, I MISS USING TURNTABLES SOMETIMES BUT A LOT OF CLUBS EITHER DONT HAVE THEM OR THEY ARE DAMAGED SO CDJ’S ARE MY PICK AT THE MOMENT. I THINK THE NEXT PURCHASE FOR MY STUDIO IS GONNA BE UPGRADING MY MICROPHONE, IVE BEEN RECORDING A LOT MORE SINGERS/RAPPERS NOW SO IM IN NEED OF SOME UPDATES.
What music did you start DJing with? What genre and artists? How about the first vinyl record you ever purchased? How has that played a big influence in what we can hear in your sets nowdays?
I GREW UP ON HIP HOP AND STILL LOVE IT JUST AS MUCH TODAY. BUT BACK THEN I WAS EXCLUSIVELY INTO HIP HOP. I THINK MY FIRST EVER VINYL WAS WU-TANG 36 CHAMBERS WHICH IS STILL ONE OF MY FAV ALBUMS, I THINK IT MIGHT EVEN BE MY 2ND FAV ALBUM EVER!
IM STILL VERY INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC I GREW UP LISTENING TO AND I ALWAYS GO BACK AND LISTEN AND REFERENCE WHILE WRITING MUSIC NOW.
How about producing, whats your set up like now compared to when you first started out?
How long have you been producing for and was a natural progression from your DJing?
I DIDN’T START PRODUCING TILL ABOUT 2010/11 SO I HAD BEEN DJIN FOR LIKE 8 YEARS BY THEN WHICH REALLY HELPED ME TRANSITION INTO PRODUCING A LOT QUICKER, I ALREADY KNEW MY WAY AROUND EDITING SOFTWARE FROM MAKING EDITS AND MASHUPS FOR MY DJ SETS SO I WAS ABLE TO PICK IT UP A LITTLE QUICKER.
Where do you see the production levels and equipment heading to in the next 5 years? We have taken a quantum leap in recent times and the mind does really wonder where things head to next? Any photos of your studio ?
MY SETUP IS MAINLY ALL IN MY COMPUTER, I TRAVEL AROUND SO MUCH SO I WANTED MY SHIT TO BE PORTABLE, I’M PRETTY SIMPLE WHEN IT COMES TO MY EQUIPMENT, I LIKE RECORDING A LOT OF VOCALISTS AND MUSICIANS LIVE SO A GOOD PORTABLE MICROPHONE IS VERY IMPORTANT AND A ROOM THAT HAS A VIBE TO WORK OUT OF, WHICH COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM A GARAGE TO A HOTEL ROOM. VIBE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WHEN WRITING IN MY OPINION, THAT’S WHY I LIKE TRAVELLING TO NEW PLACES AND WORKING WITH DIFFERENT TALENT BECAUSE ITS EXCITING AND INSPIRING.
You have collaborated and produced music with artists like Lil Jon. How does that come about producing music with one of the biggest vocalists in the game right now? Any other artists that you have worked with that we should know about and our readers can check out more?
YEH I WORK QUITE ALOT WITH JON, HE IS NOT ONLY A DOPE VOCALIST BUT AN AMAZING PRODUCER, I MET HIM THRU SOME DJ FRIENDS AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO PRODUCE THE SONG ‘BEND OVA’ WITH HIM AND FROM THERE WE JUST STARTED GETTING IN THE STUDIO ALL THE TIME AND WRITING BEATS, HE IS DOPE! I’VE ALSO WORKED WITH PITBULL, J-LO, R KELLY, AUSTIN MAHONE, FAR EAST MOVEMENT TO NAME A FEW WHICH HAS BEEN SURREAL TO ME, I GOTTA PINCH MYSELF EVERYDAY!
Not just one to take a back seat and let the industry take your releases on their each individual journey, you have your own record label correct too? Whats it called ? Are you signed other artists to your label too?
YEH KRUNK AND I STARTED SUP GIRL RECORDS AS A PLATFORM INITIALLY TO RELEASE OUR SONGS INDEPENDENTLY BUT IT’S SINCE GREW INTO SINGING MANY OTHER RECORDS FROM DIFFERENT ARTISTS, OUR GOAL IS TO JUST SIGN DOPE MUSIC.
How do you find the time with such a crazy DJing schedule, studio sessions and running a label? Whats the secret?
I CONSTANTLY FEEL LIKE I DONT HAVE ENOUGH TIME! HAHA. I DO LIKE TO KEEP BUSY THOUGH, MY MIND IS ALWAYS WORKING A 100MILES A MINUTE SO I JUST GOTTA TRY KEEP UP. LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF MAINTAINING THOUGH.
When DJ Kronic isnt in the music industry whats he like to do and see? Any of these things come into the equation in your down time ahead of your upcoming show while in Bali? Maybe some beach time? Sight seeing? Foods to try or a some surfing?
I LOVE THE BEACH AND TAKE ANY OPPORTUNITY TO GO SO YOU BEST BELIEVE I’LL BE HITTING THE BEACHES IN BALI, THEY ARE SO NICE!
Next up for DJ Kronic is…
I HAVE 3 SONGS OF MY OWN COMING OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR ‘RESTRICTED’ ‘PELIGROSA’ AND ‘HAVE A DRINK ON ME’ SO STAY TUNED FOR THEM.