Before there was Skrillex, or DJ Snake, the EDM scene belonged to a funkier batch of producers, zeroth to Dubstep and Twerk Bass was Europe’s insatiable Fidget House movement. I remember going to the Hard Haunted Mansion festival (now Hard Day of the Dead, and now +18) in 2009 and seeing some of the best producers of House, including British beat scientist Fake Blood, then burgeoning Wobble masters Jack Beats and American genre defiers Major Lazer (when Switch was still in the group), but it was Italian duo Crookers that took the show.
Their brand of House was noisy, intoxicating and flat out goofy. Though the partnership between Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia and Andrea “Bot” Fratangelo ended in 2012, Phra is carrying the Crookers flag and is still making cerebral tunes without the boundaries of genre holding him back. Previously described by Pitchfork as “one of the more promising examples of an ongoing cross-pollination between the club and ‘the club’,” Crookers remains one of the most prominent DJs working today.
Achieving his first major success in 2008, Crookers’ remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day ’N’ Nite” reached top 20 in 21 countries, top 5 in 6 countries, and twice platinum in the United States. 2010 saw the release of Crookers’ debut album “Tons of Friends”, which featured an all-star lineup that included the likes of Miike Snow, Pitbull and Major Lazer. The 2011 follow up, Dr. Gonzo, proved to be another step forward for Phra, as he once again showcased his ability to produce addictive club beats without compromising his originality. For past couple of years, he has released infectious singles “GhettoGuetta” “HEAVY” and “Able to Maximize” on his own Ciao Rec. imprint, I’m happy to say a true champion of House has remained unmoved by any of the vicissitudes of his ever evolving EDM scene.
Crookers announces his North America tour this March and April, bringing his fearlessly innovative and catchy club beats everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, SXSW to Miami Music Week.
Crookers recently unveiled the highly anticipated lead single off his third artist album Sixteen Chapel: “I Just Can’t” feat. Jeremih (listen on Soundcloud here or Complex.com here). TJR’s remix of “I Just Can’t” premiered on leading taste-making music site This Song Is Sick and racked up more than 100K plays in two days. His Sixteen Chapel album will release later this spring on Dim Mak Records, with “I Just Can’t” out April 14.
Recently signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records for North America, Crookers will be a featured performer at the label’s Miami Beach Party.
Crookers North America Tour Dates
March 26 Miami, FL @ Dim Mak Miami Beach Party
March 26 Miami, FL @ HARD
March 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Exchange
March 28 San Francisco, CA @ Temple
April 10 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
April 11 Chicago, IL @ Spybar
April 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
April 23 San Diego, CA @ Bassmnt
April 24 New York, NY @ Pacha
April 25 Boston, MA @ Prime
Tickets available at crookers.wantickets.com
Kieran J. MacIntyre is a voracious music nerd of all genres, bass player and managing editor of M&C Music. You can find him on Twitter