Richard- Krak in Dub, I will ask you a deep personal question. What does music mean too you? And how does it make you feel when you perform in front of so many people? Maybe I can trade an answer, I guess for the world of art I felt like doing something different for an article so I found a creative corner within my own mind and well, let’s just have more of a conversation about music. I think it will be more interesting.



Krak in Dub– Music is vibration, vibrations are life, and life is everything! Heart beats produce vibrations and our hearts are produced by other vibrations! Even mountains can vibrate, so that is it for me, it s all about vibrations and energy! The universe it’s self is totally created by energy and to me it is like music has a soul, it has it’s own life force.

Richard– Music is everything for me. I want to quote a NAS song to better help me explain myself, “If Hip hop should die before I wake, I’ll put an extended clip and body’em all day. Roll to every station, and wreck the DJ.” Music is my life and I do not make money off it, but I am an addict. Music is therapy for my soul. I find Heaven on Earth through beats.  And while I try to live, I have perfect peace within my own mind and through my headphones.  All I need is a beat and leave me alone. I sometimes walk down the streets with my headphones and my girlfriend. I try my best to ignore what she says and just shake my head up and down. She thinks I am listening but I am nodding to the beat. I don’t feel that I like music, I feel that I NEED IT. Otherwise you will have robbed me of my peace and we can no longer be friends because if you take away my beats, you like steal my soul, so fuck you!

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Richard- I feel that everyone loves music. But when a person loves a genre, there is something special and unique about it. I just have always felt a special type of love for music. This is a higher state of mind than love for people for me. I honestly love music more than people. It is like whatever genre I am into steals my heart and soul. I just have completely fallen in love with Drum and Bass. I even like music that I don’t like.

So how did Jungle and/or Drum and Bass steal your heart and what other forms of music do you cherish deep down inside of your heart and soul?

Krak in Dub– First let me tell you I am a Jazz, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, Blues, Techno music lover. Maybe I love music even more than you Richard, did you notice how I spelled MUSIC with capital letters! I grew up listening to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Hermeto Pascual. Those men are my heros as well as many others. They created the foundation of my inner-being’s love of music, as well as many others.

I first was a Selecta playing Reggae and dub with my first sound system MAS I MAS in 1996, I heard Jungle in the early 90’s and as I am a drummer it made be bounce up and touch the sky straight! Snares, snares, and more snares. Heaven made it to my ears cause of the matching big bass-sub lines! One of our cats in our crew was Willyman (RIP), an extraordinary DJ, he was trained to kill dance floors and was also gifted with a magical soul. He was like a god-father for me. He offered me my first jungle set and over a hundred records because he needed me to go to the spare gigs that he had. He quite often had two gigs on the same night and couldn’t attend the second one. So since he couldn’t be at two places at the same time, he would send me to the other one. Obviously the smaller one!! LOL

Since the beginning of that, Jungle was just my life. So that is the reason why I can say I AM A JUNGLIST! For me this was quite an unpreventable thing. Maybe you can change my DNA to DnB or JUNGLE.

Richard- I feel that everyone loves music. But when a person loves a genre, there is something special and unique about it. I just have always felt a special type of love for music. This is a higher state of mind than love for people for me. I honestly love music more than people. It is like whatever genre I am into steals my heart and soul. I just have completely fallen in love with Drum and Bass. I even like music that I don’t like.

So how did Jungle and/or Drum and Bass steal your heart and what other forms of music do you cherish deep down inside of your heart and soul?

Krak in Dub– First let me tell you I am a Jazz, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, Blues, Techno music lover. Maybe I love music even more than you Richard, did you notice how I spelled MUSIC with capital letters! I grew up listening to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Hermeto Pascual. Those men are my heros as well as many others. They created the foundation of my inner-being’s love of music, as well as many others.

I first was a Selecta playing reggae and dub with my first sound system MAS I MAS in 1996, I heard jungle in the early 90s and as I am a drummer it made be bounce up and touch the sky straight! Snares, snares and more snares, heaven cause matching that big bass-sub line! Oneof our dis in the kuru was Willyman (RIP), an extraordinary dj, skilled to kill dance floors and gifted with a magical soul. He offered me my first jungle set, over a hundred records, because he needed me to go to the spare gigs he had, one he had two gigs on the same night and could t attend the second, he used to send me to the smaller one!!! LOL

Since that day Jungle is part of my life, I can say I AM A JUNGLIST!For me this was quite an unpreventable thing.

 

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Richard- From the foundation of it all, what made you start making music? I want to know how deeply you studied music. On your SoundCloud it looks like you can play the piano, so what is the history of your life about music? You are a producer so I want to hear about anything that you have to say about it. What was the first experience that caused your devotion to this science of sound?

Krak in Dub– I was born into an intellectual family who’s devotion to music was very deep. My mother was a classical dancer, and my father played the saxophone and double bass, plus he used to run a tiny congas factory in our garage. We use to build congas, quints, and more from scratch. In order to do that, it means buying animal skin for the leather, cutting the wood and chopping it, assembling etc… My father bought an Atari computer and a Roland synthesizer in 1986. I remember this so clearly. I was 11 years old and I felt so comfortable with this technology that I made my first beats at that time. It took me many years of practice, but eventually I started to release music. I first began djing in 1994. I then met some other producers and released some music on my first label « RANDOM RECORDS » and finally when my mentor and friend Willyman died I release my first record as a tribute to him on MAS I MAS imprint, a 12 inch vinyl record.

Richard– Since this is a conversation I will tell you about my start for the scene. I was only 13 years old and my Brother-in-law took me to a rave when I was only 13 years old. I smoked a joint, but that was all. I just loved the house and trance back in about 93. They gave me some glow sticks and I just danced. I didn’t care about if I was a good dancer or not, I just moved my glow-sticks and moved my hips. I think I probably looked rather funny. But I was in love with it from there. I kept those glow-sticks and woke up the next morning and danced again. Then I would go to parties 1-2 times a week until I was 19.

I know there are some obvious dangers in the music world what can you warn us about? What are the dangers of music? I mean we are talking anywhere from copyright laws, cops, anything.

Krak in Dub– The only real danger is becoming a FAKE! Everything else can be sorted out with a good attorney 😉 Of course, as a producer you will have to confront many like pan idiot boys trying to steal from you! But that s a minor thing as they will disappear as fast as thy appeared…

Richard-I have miles of stories about this in an unspecified place. As an example, there was a promoter where if he did not like your organization he could shut your party down because he had the cops in his pocket. Just many things, people steal songs and sounds, as well as loops, I am careful on this subject.

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Richard- Enough with the philosophy of sound, I simply just want to know about what you have just done, what are you doing now, and do you have a larger dream for the future?

Krak in Dub– I am currently finishing the album of my resident MC, Troy Berkley, I’ve been rinsing out sound systems with him since 1997 and for me his one of the most talented vocalist and entertainers out there! So My Rubadubstep Label « Fogata Sounds » will release this project in 2016! I have also many tunes with great talents like Demolition man, Echo Minot, Chuckie Starr and many others. You should not guess that they will be Jungle and Reggae of course!

Talking about my dreams, they all include more traveling, new friendships and crazy stages to perform on! Honestly I can only say one thing. I will be doing not one thing, but many things, no names or information will be given out about this. Stamp it as classified.

Richard-Do you ever feel negative emotions from this occupation? What is the major source of stress that you feel from this life-style?

Krak in Dub– Negativity is part of everyone’s life whether you are a musician or a street sweeper. Life has not always treated me good, so I can tell you I am a rock, a rock that confronts bad weather and waits for the next sunny day!

Richard– For me it is dealing with other people’s attitude. I just learned that nothing that we love is perfect except God. Negativity in life happens and we just have to have bad days while we try to better ourselves and find our own personal ways of dealing with stress.

I feel that normally 8-10 questions is enough…so I will confuse you…give 2 questions one for me and ask yourself a question and kill it!!

Krak in Dub-My question to you: How did you discover my works?

Richard-Well as I previously mentioned music is my life so while others are watching TV or busy being distracted by the mundane world, I am studying music. I would be making it but I am not blessed in that way. I simply researched Jungle and quite so easily found your name and fell in love with it faster than it took Google to find it, simple. Thanks Krak! Ya got a fan for life and another one if we are reincarnated. RESPECT!!

Krak in Dub-Question to myself: Can you give an advice to the youth them?

Answer to myself: Dear youth, if you want to be a producer, performer and a musician my advice is: BE ORIGINAL, don’t paste/copy any one, take the best from what you love mix it with your ideas and skills, find secondary way, find alternate paths and make your inner sunshine bright! AND PLEASE RESPECT THE ELDERS, they deserve your respect….


Richard-The last is a shout out. Give some love to the many people that have helped you and is in your heart.

Krak in Dub-One shout this time to my mama who passed away a few months ago to join my daddy in the spirit world… I I WILL FEEL YOUR LOVE FOREVER!

PS my name is KRAK IN DUB… not KracK… respect

 

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