After a defining year in 2017, genre-bending Oakland native KRANE continues to establish himself as a major creative force in the world of electronic music. The future bass virtuoso has gone from strength to strength with the release of his critically acclaimed album FALLOUT and subsequent headlining tour as well as landing on Billboard’s One’s To Watch for April 2018. After selling out New York City’s Rough Trade the rising star was good enough to take a few of our questions about his rise to prominence and what’s next for his many projects.
Sensible Reason: 2017 was a massive year for you. Can you tell us about some of the big moments that helped define your success last year?
Krane: Certainly near the top is releasing an album and kicking off my first headline tour- that was a huge leap from singles and remixes. Was the first time I really put a concerted effort into a body of work vs. one-offs. Was super excited about the attention it got. Further, the shows were just awesome. It was a palpable difference in crowd make-up and energy being KRANE shows, and super inspiring to play my music to a crowd thats really out there in support of the vision.
SR: How do you intend on keeping that momentum going in 2018?
K: Already working on the next LP, got some really rad singles and collabs in the works and of course always remixes 🙂
SR: How did the SESSIONS project come to fruition and what is your vision for the series going forward?
K: I realized one day I was becoming guarded with releasing stuff- as the attention to the project grew I became more reserved with what I put out, so I wanted to find an outlet to 1. Release more content casually and 2. Support the community of producers out there. The idea for SESSIONS was very natural for me, as someone who works fast and always wants to be collaborating.
SR: You’ve worked with some big names from a myriad of musical backgrounds. What do you look for in a collaborator?
K: I think primarily openness to whatever happens. It can be tough if I or the other person is pretty inflexible during the process- the magic is really letting go of expectations and inviting in some different expectations and processes and seeing something come out that you could not have done on your own.
SR: How does it feel to be selling out venues like Rough Trade in New York?
K: Not bad! Ha. That was a pleasant surprise 🙂
SR: FALLOUT Remixes debuted recently. What are your favorite parts of the re-imagined album?
K: It’s incredible to hear the harmonies and melodies from the album re-interpreted and made into songs from different genres. It makes me appreciate the “bones” of the album, and just so grateful to the producers who made this happen. Truly, I feel very lucky to have had the support of these guys.
SR: As someone who is well very respected in the realm of future bass, what intrigues you most about the genre?
K: I feel like it invites sounds, progressions and ideas that are pretty eclectic- its hard for me to even nail down what comprises the genre. People like to say its the saw-pads or LFO’s but I really think its more than that- its almost not even a genre, just more of a feeling. And in that regard its pretty flexible where you can go with your music and have people still call it future bass.
SR: You will be performing at both weekends of Electric Forest this year. What are you most looking forward to about those sets?
K: I’ve heard the audiences like weird stuff, so I’m excited to get pretty weird.
SR: Finally, if you were stranded in a post-apocalyptic future with no music streaming apps and you only had one album to listen to. What would it be and why?
K: I feel like any choice here is a bad choice, and anything you pick you’ll hate after a week of straight listening… I suppose the Bladerunner soundtrack would befit?
KRANE will be one of the many dope artists celebrating Electric Zoo’s 10th anniversary. Grab your tickets and catch him live this Labor Day Weekend.