With the progressive-trance anthem “K2” being one of the top tracks of 2011, it is no wonder that Kryder has become a force to be reckoned with within EDM culture. Hell, even Tiesto tipped his hat to Kryder for his work on the tune. From that point on Kryder’s career has been on an upward trajectory.
This year we have seen the release of tracks “Sending Out An S.O.S.” and “Dynamo” with Jacob Bream along with many others cumulating with the honor of being one of three people chosen to officially remix Swedish House Mafia’s anthem, “Don’t You Worry Child.” Kryder and Tom Staar turned the track on its head, which not only served as a turning point in Kryder’s career, but also made a statement on his capabilities as a producer.
I had the opportunity for a quick interview with the man, we talked progressive house, coming to America, his signature shades and what's to come from the rising progressive house music star.
So, progressive house… What about the subgenre is so interesting to you?
I started working in a studio when I was 15 years old and I was just fascinated with dance music and making it. Being completely honest I am not the most academic person and on leaving school I tried lots of jobs, but found it hard to work a 9 to 5. Music is the one thing I found I could commit to 100%. I wouldn’t necessarily pigeon hole myself as just a progressive producer as I like to use sounds from electro, techno, tech house and trance genres too. I have always been into the euphoric element of music and I love good melodies, big baselines and really tough kick drums.
After the release of “K2,” you became a force to be reckoned with. Within a short year many top artists have supported your releases. What is your vision for your most recent release (“Sending Out An S.O.S.”), and do you think it has the potential of “K2?”
The support I have received has been incredible and a massive encouragement to continue making music. I don’t personally think “S.O.S.” and “K2” are the same kind of track...“K2” was a really fresh sound when I produced it; it was one of the first trance/house crossovers to come out and gained support from artists in both genres. ”S.O.S” was made with the summer party season in mind; myself and Danny Howard (Radio 1) had been booked for a number of European events and we thought it would be cool and crowd pleasing to remake a classic—and it worked.
Deadmau5 has his"Mau5head,” and Kryder has his unmistakable visor shades. Tell us the story behind those shades and how they became synonymous with your “look.”
It goes back to when I used to promote a house night called Sex Toy; there was a lot of masquerade and dressing up involved in the event, so when it came about to do my first Kryder photo shoot my past involvement in the event was brought up and suggested to be used for the scene… to create a kind of mystery. The pictures were then published in Mixmag and Bizarre magazine and it became my image.
What can we expect to hear from you in the near future? New tracks or collaborations with other artists?
I’m currently working on collaborations with Tom Staar and a separate one with Mikael Weermets and still concentrating on solo productions, which I’m road testing at my gigs, as there are no better critics.
Are you going to come to the USA on tour or play individual venues?
I have just signed to Spin Artist agency home to Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Eric Prydz and Sander Van Doorn for North America and Canada, so I’m really excited to do my debut tour early spring 2013.