Who: Kraddy, Archnemesis and Jantsen
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Fox Theatre, 2032 14th St.
Kraddy creates electronic music with a vision.
The producer’s known for his pulsating fusion of hip-hop, dubstep and dancehall sounds, but Kraddy turn his beats into epic productions. This guy experiments with new technologies and takes electronic music to the next level.
Kraddy shatters the lines between genres and his live shows are monumental. You don’t want to miss Saturday’s show at the Fox.
The producer’s real name is Matthew Kratz and he was a founding member of The Glitch Mob. The electronic music wiz propelled the group’s career, but decided to fly solo in 2009.
“The main thing I appreciate about electronic music, is that you can be a one man band,” Kratz said. “I’m both a DJ and a producer, but I also consider myself to be a composer.
“I left The Glitch Mob to go solo. It was a risk, but important to take. I wanted to go off and follow my musical vision.”
Kratz credits Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix for inspiring his electro sounds.
“I wanted to incorporate a certain heaviness to my music,” Kratz said. “My favorite be-all end-all bands are Led Zeppelin and Hendrix, because their stuff is so heavy.
“I wanted to take what electronic music offers, and create digital productions that they couldn’t have done in their time. I wanted my music to be heavy and epic – and I wanted to write songs.”
Kratz says electronic music needs a little soul.
“What people hate about electronic music is soulless repetition,” Kratz said. “I tend to agree. I wanted to take production technology and give back the soul to electronic music.
“I wanted to write songs that took you somewhere and told a story. I do have hip-hop, dubstep and dancehall in the mix, but the fusion part really comes after the fact.”
Kratz is fascinated by mythology and hero tales, so he worked that material into his new CD, Labyrinth.
This is pretty heady stuff for electronic music.
“All my music holds the theme of overcoming struggles and a triumph at the end,” Kratz. “A lot of friends say it sounds like the songs you hear at the end of a movie.
“I wanted to go really dramatic on Labyrinth. It’s about facing your demons and allowing yourself to grow. It’s about facing fears and battling monsters — most people aren’t exposed to this much in electronic music.”
Kratz always comes up with new techno tools to showcase his music. The producer just added an iPad to his stage show “instruments.”
“I’ll be playing in Boulder with a live drummer and we’ll have a full set up with lights,” Kratz said. “I’ll be using my laptop, a midi board and an iPad formulated for playing with a live set.
“I’ve seen some other DJs using the iPad. It’s so cool and limitless. People are just starting to crack the ice with this technology.”
Kratz has even bigger plans for his electronic music.
“I want to bring more live music into my shows,” Kratz said. “I want to play a lot more and have more of a band. I’m just trying to fuse the things I love together — electronic music and live bands.”