Arts & Entertainment

Krafty Kuts takes Mackdaddy’s by storm

 | August 4, 2010

Sun Peaks is really making a name for itself. Thanks to local promoters and Club Mackdaddy’s, the night scene has really picked up, such as in the case of last month’s Krafty Kuts show.

The evening of June 27 was a hit to say the least. Opened by Kamloops DJs Van Tek and Kudos, the night was already off to a good start. When UK DJ Krafty Kuts hit the tables—a set of the highly acclaimed Pioneer CDJ-2000s—locals and fans went wild.

Krafty Kuts, or Martin Reeves, has been a hit breaks DJ since the day he started in a DJ competition as a novice and went on to make it to the finals—he hasn’t looked back.

After the DJ competition, Reeves went on to run his own popular record store in Brighton, UK throughout the ‘90s. This decade was all Krafty’s, as he took the breaks scene by storm.

With the library of music at his fingertips from his record store, Reeves created a cerebral encyclopedia of tracks needed to spin out excellent breaks. That’s exactly what he did. Taking a break from the record store, Reeves got into the studio and began busting out his own tracks, notably “Gimme The Funk”, immediately grabbed by Norman Cook’s (Fatboy Slim) label Southern Fried.

Around the mid-‘90s Reeves joined forces with breaks greats Skool of Thought to headline the esteemed Supercharged club events in Brighton, which are still going strong and represent some of the best breaks and electro music out there.

Krafty Kuts’ most popular productions include the Trickatechnology album made with A-Skillz, and of course Freakshow (“Bass Phenomenon”, “Freakshow”) which won Reeves the Best Album award at 2007’s Breakspoll awards. Unfortunately Krafty’s show at Sun Peaks didn’t feature any of his memorable hits from these albums.

After numerous awards and a solid touring schedule, Reeves has spun all over the world in places like Ibiza and all over North America. Reeves runs his own labels now, Against the Grain and SuperCharged with Skool of Thought which includes artists like Deekline & Wizard, Freestylers—who also made an appearance at Sun Peaks this past winter—and Ed Solo.

Reeves’ most recent commercial endeavour is his release of the Krafty Kuts “Against the Grain” DJ Tools iPhone app, which allows users to hook their iPhone up to a mixer and employ sound controls and effects while DJing.

Needless to say Reeves has had a colourful career so far and catching his show at Sun Peaks was a thrill to say the least. Spinning the best of breaks, electro and even dubstep, he had the crowd at Club Mackdaddy’s dancing until the wee hours.

If this is any taste as to what’s in store for this summer and especially this upcoming ski season, Sun Peaks will see a lot of great club nights and après fun.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/djkraftykuts

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