Interview: Camo & Krooked Talk "Atlas," Making Music With Netsky, Noisia & Switching from FL Studio

Camo & Krooked talk new music, hanging out with Noisia, favourite venues, and more in exclusive interview
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Camo & Krooked and Noisia in Groningen, NL

Camo & Krooked and Noisia in Groningen, NL

Camo & Krooked are renowned for some of the most intricate, cinematic, and epic drum & bass in the game. Their sound design is constantly pushing every known boundary, and their constant drive to always improve is beyond inspiring. With a new single, a show at the legendary Printworks venue in London, and recent studio time with Noisia all being teased, we decided it was high time to have a chat with Camo & Krooked to discuss the year ahead. Plus, it gave us the chance to ask about their favorite venues to play and attend, what they would be doing if not making music, and more. 

Hey guys, pleasure to have you with us today! What’s new in the world of Camo & Krooked?

The last one and half years have been full with constant touring on the back of our Mosaik album and when at home, learning new techniques in the studio to bring the Camo & Krooked sound on a 2019 level. Now we finally feel very confident with our freshly learnt skills so we started writing lots of new music, so there will be some heavy C&K pressure in 2019 again!

Rumour has it you have a new single coming out soon, “Atlas” – can you talk to us a bit about that?

We made "Atlas" for the 10 years of UKF compilation and the tune combines our sound of the future with our sound of the past, which reflects our long ongoing relationship with UKF. It’s a tune that you can listen to at home, but goes down well at the rave as well. We've been playing it as our outro tune for a while now and it didn’t disappoint

The track is incredibly cinematic with such an immensely powerful journey – what were some of your biggest inspirations behind it?

Our biggest inspiration in 2018 was John Hopkins, we love the way he combines underground sonics with big riffs and always keeps the producers guessing how he actually has made his special signature sounds. That combined with the C&K epicness and some heavy D&B pressure makes "Atlas" a special release for us.

If you could write the score for any film or series, past or present, what would it be and why?

Can’t really point one out but the direction would probably be a thriller, playing in a distant future that still incorporates and reflects vintage elements.

We saw you recently spent some time in the studio with Noisia, which is the stuff of dreams for a lot of drum & bass fans – what can fans expect to see come out of that?

It was definitely a proud moment in our career and was good to chat and learn a lot about production techniques and start two tunes, which we will hopefully finish soon!

Camo & Krooked, Noisia, and photographer Farhad Khodadadzade in Groningen, NL.

Camo & Krooked, Noisia, and photographer Farhad in Groningen, NL

And what else did you guys get up to outside of the studio?

We have been in the studio basically non-stop, the only exemption was a visit to the indoor skate area nearby for a shred with the Noisia boys. It was only about three degrees (celsius) in there, so it was super cold, but we still made a session work with the local skateboarders.

If you weren’t making music for a living, what would you imagine yourself doing instead?

Markus might be well into coding or at least surely deep down the internet rabbit hole, Reini maybe still trying to make a living off skateboarding or its business, which is not easy at all.

You’ve got a set at the newly famous Printworks venue in London on the Saturday, February 9 – have you been to the venue before? What can fans expect to see from your set there?

We’ve played there before and it was an absolute pleasure. It’s a standout venue so we can’t wait to come back. We’re going to deliver loads of new material, mixed up with our own hits and some classics to get the heads going.

And what is your favorite venue to play in the world?

That’s really hard to tell, as a small intimate venue can be as good as the most epic scenery, as long as the sound is spot on. Overall it’s not where you party; it’s about with whom you party!

What’s your favorite venue to enjoy as an attendee when you’re not playing?

Brixton Academy is great as you have a nice seating area on the balcony as well. So if you are done with raving you can sit down for a beer and watch the night fly by.

What was the last non-DnB event you attended?

We’ve been to GZA from the Wu Tang Clan in the Flex Vienna, what a sweat box!

You guys had a relatively quiet year last year in terms of releases – can you share what you’ve been working on?

We have been working on our production techniques and switched from FL Studio to Bitwig, so beside the 2 remixes we have been putting out all we did was nerding and shaping drums which we will unleash in our forthcoming releases. And of course doing the live show was a big challenge we had to channel a lot of energy to as well.

What can we expect to see from Camo & Krooked in 2019?

2019 is shaping up to be a good year for us, as we are super motivated in the studio right now and finally finding a groove with releasing music again, so there will be much more C&K music coming out. We started collabs with Netsky, Noisia and Mefjus and some more material is about to get finished, exciting times!

And finally, if you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring one album with you, what would it be?

At the moment it would be Tourist U, which is a great combination of groovy rhythms, new ideas and the right amount of poppyness to let you groove along.

Thanks so much for your time today guys; we can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2019!

Catch Camo & Krooked at Printworks in London on February 9th. 

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