Ascending from obscurity to become one of the most sought-after names in the dance music scene, the last few years have been exceptionally good to Kryder. Deciding at a very young age that his only career path would be one in music, it would take another few years before he stepped out of the shadows into the eyes and ears of today’s mega producers. His invigorating take on big room firepower has found a massive audience, both on the dancefloor and within the dance music industry, and with tracks signed to the likes of with tracks signed to imprints such as Axtone, Size Records, Spinnin’ and Subliminal, it’s of little surprise. Kryder’s release of ‘Aphrodite’ on Axtone Records was a crowning moment in the early stages of his career. Today the formidable force of Kryder’s music packs a powerful punch, with support from artists such as Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Steve Angello, Axwell, Bob Sinclair, Erick Morillo and Basement Jaxx to name but a few, his stellar list of admirers has been a testament to his desire to push boundaries both on the road and in the studio and has seen him cement himself as an established producer that can be relied upon to bring the heat on the dancefloor, signified by him placing as one of the 10 most supported producers in 2017 on 1001 Tracklists
When did you first started dj-ing and producing?
I actually started DJing when I was 12: I convinced my parents to buy me a set of Technics turntables and some vinyl’s to practice on. Then I got into music production at the age of 15, before going to college when I was 16, where I got a diploma in Sound Engineering. Initially, it was just a hobby – I used to stay in my bedroom for hours, playing records – and I accidentally fell into music production and DJing as a career, so it just felt really natural.
Which artist influenced you as a youngster?
I really looked up to Carl Cox in the early 90’s… I also got a Drum n Bass and Hardcore hiatus, between ‘92 and ‘94. House Music wise, I loved what our radios were doing at the time, so I used to follow Pete Tong and Judge Jules; I also was a fan of Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, then Axwell and Steve Angello in their early days.
The first single on Kryteria is ‘Romani’, featuring Steve Angello. What can you tell about the creational process of this record?
Steve has been a musical inspiration for me for a long time, so to get to work with him is a real highlight for me. We’ve played on the same bill a number of times and discussed working together on something, so the first release of Kryteria seemed like the perfect opportunity to put it into action. We bounced ideas back and forth, each time one of us tweaking or adding something new until we came to a final track we were both happy with. It was great to get another perspective and I think having more than one person involved helped the creative process and made the finished track stronger.
What does this new record, and also the launch of Kryteria, say about your musical evolution as an artist?
I think Kryteria and this record marks a turning point in my career. I have been working towards this moment, building the foundations that will hopefully make Kryteria a success. Having prior experience running the Sosumi label, and also growing the Kryteria fanbase with the weekly radio show, has given me a chance to launch Kryteria with the best chance of it being a success, and having Steve onboard means it has a great starting point from which to move forward. Musically, I have always stuck to what I believe in, and that is bringing an energetic party to the crowd, and although my influences are always changing and developing, I feel with that solid ethos I am able to make music that stays true to myself.
What has been the coolest thing in your musical career up till now?
I have had so many standout moments it’s hard to pinpoint one but working alongside Steve on this record and launching Kryteria definitely has to be up there amongst the other countless memories I have made so far in my career.
What do you think is the most interesting development in dance music these days?
I think the digital revolution has had such a huge impact on dance music that it has almost unrecognizably changed the industry over the past few years. With a huge shift to streaming and online presence it’s vital that you remain active and the barometer for success has definitely changed. I see it as a positive, as it has made the space more open -anybody can build their presence online and it helps to work yourself into new territories that might previously have been difficult to be exposed to.
Let’s talk about your relationship with Tom Staar: you’ve been friends for year, you often help each other in the studio, you often play together…
Tom and I have been friends for over 15 years now, and we just kinda connect together musically, but first of all, we’re friends. When playing or making music with him, it doesn’t feel like work: we always have a good time and enjoy each other. For example, last week we played a couple of gigs in Croatia and Montenegro, and it was a laugh a minute, we really had a great time. I’ve got a lot of respect for Tom.
It has the new progressive house sound that is emerging in these months. A lot of DJs amd producers are bringing back progressive house in a new was: what do you think about it?
Now dance music needs some standout melodies, some emotions. I mean, it’s full of Tech House bangers out there. It’s kinda become EDM-ed in the last two years, so we started asking ourselves “How wacky is this next Tech House drop?”. Personally, I felt like I was missing some emotions in my own sets, and this brought me to remix “STAY”. I’m all for all sort of melodic tracks coming out again, there are plenty of great Melodic Techno or House records.
Can we talk about your boat party at ADE? How did you plan it?
Yeah! I’d love to! Again, it was really cool. I came over here and looked at a boat, filmed it all, put it up on Instagram and said, “Should we hire this for the boat party? 600 people, are we going to be able to sell it out?” And we sold it out over a month ago! And it’s really cool. I just invited people to play. Obviously we’ve got the guys from the label putting out a compilation called “God Save The Groove” so everyone who has produced a record is playing on that compilation. And then we’ve got a ton of friends and we’re setting sail on Saturday and can’t wait for it really.
Any goals for 2019?
Probably referring back to one of your previous questions, just to try and stay sober and balance my life a bit better.