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EverydayJunglist: Who is Kryteria?
Kryteria: Kryteria is 3 people, Curtis Richardson (Mr. HammerZz), Patrick Van Vorst(Patrick Felony), Tristan Romines (Deep Frequency).
EverydayJunglist: How was Kryteria conceived?
Kryteria: Did you see prometheus? yea, it was conceived like that! lol, na Curtis decided to form a crew in 2003 to start producing d&b and Tristan and Patrick were close friends so they were down for the cause.
EverydayJunglist: Does Kryteria have a goal or message in their music?
Kryteria: Yes! encrypted in our songs are subliminal messages to connivence ppl to buy bacon and support their local underwater basket weaving clubs. Most importantly though, to keep the scene alive and well. Continue what those before us have done and trying to keep it fresh and current.
EverydayJunglist: Do you have a particular workflow in the studio?
Kryteria: Just depends on the mood, most of the time we'll start with a good bass and then the drums or vice versa. Lately we've been doing a lot of sound designing and sampling putting it all in a folder and then picking what we like to use for a new track. Then we begin writing; Most of our time is spent on mixdowns.
EverydayJunglist: What roles do each of you play?
Kryteria: Curtis is more like a mission impossible tom cruise, tristan was once a hall of fame baseball legend in his past life, and patricks convinced he's living off a pension after retiring from a semi-sucessful career in the porn industry.
EverydayJunglist: What Digital Audio Workstation do you guys use?
Kryteria: Ableton, Logic, Reason, Cubase, it depends who started it or who were working with. What VSTs do you use? Massive, CamelPhat, Sylenth, Blade, Fm8, Camel Space, Predator, basically a lot of native instruments and rob pappin stuff as well as sugarbytes.
EverydayJunglist: What influences do you have outside of EDM?
Kryteria: Curtis is starting to play the bag pipes, Patrick enjoys studying palm reading at the moment and Tristan is learning the accordion!
EverydayJunglist: If I was in South Florida, where would I go to hear some DnB?
Kryteria: The United D&B crew monthly at Eve in Miami (big ups!), Prl weekly in Hollywood, Reboot DNB (which was also founded by curtis, patrick, and a third party) monthly at Propaganda in Lake Worth, Digital:Insight crew monthly at Fat Cats in Ft. Lauderdale (brrap!), and other one-offs at Revolution, Mekka, the Fillmore, and outside/inside arenas.
EverydayJunglist: What is the typical hangout night for you guys?
Kryteria: When we all 3 are together we normally BBQ and Drink, then play some tunes and/or work on tunes etc etcÉ
EverydayJunglist: What do you end up actually doing?
Kryteria: well, we light some scented candles maybe a inscent or two, try and set the mood. Then we start off with a little pilates, to then move to a more deep relaxin mudbath infused with lilac, and end it off with some chit chat in a hot sauna while we smack each other with olive branches.
EverydayJunglist: What DJ equipment do you prefer do play on?
Kryteria: Love some solid technics, pioneer 800's or better, at home we all are really having fun with the native instruments s2 and s4 controllers.
EverydayJunglist: Let's say you if you had $5000... What would the first thing you would buy?
Kryteria: A bunch of Kryteria Merchandise to give our fans!
EverydayJunglist: Describe the coolest venue you have ever played at?
Kryteria: In the Hoodie in San Diego, Cali it was some crazy Warehouse rave with amazing sculptures and art in it.They had these weird Strobe light drums on stage for us to play while we were djing. Definitely one to remember.
EverydayJunglist: How did "Reboot DNB" in Florida come about?
Kryteria: In may of 2011, Curtis and Patrick both wanted to start an event like Ground Up which Curtis was apart of in 2000. They combined their network and friends and got together with a third party. They became successful each month throwing big headlining acts across the globe until Novemebr of 2012. Recently they let go the third party because on conflicting interest and continue to do it to this day (hence not mentioning his name).
EverydayJunglist: Who is your favorite artist to work with outside of your group?
Kryteria: at the moment: OPTIV/TASK HORIZON/BLE3K/DYALN/JADE/BLE3K/DSTAR & MASON
EverydayJunglist: What was your funnest/craziest experience at a show?
Kryteria: Locally, we played at this fetish night in this place called X-it in hollywood. One room had a bar to the side and like a mini grand piano off to the other side. It was closing time so we were getting paid and afterwords you had to exit out that room to go outside. When we walked past there were a few people at the bar and we look over at the piano and theres a guy trannie had to be post op, banging this heavily drunk girl on the piano! We glanced in confusion as if it wasn't happening as we left, lol! For realz.. Out of town definitely Denver when we all 3 performed for the first time together away from home. Pulled up in a stretch hummer, The show was packed and we split the bill with NC-17. Denver, big times guys, props.
EverydayJunglist: Most embarrassing moment or most uplifting moment?
Kryteria: Most uplifting moment was in Puerto Rico at Glowstep Festival. It was an outdoor event and we were scheduled to close on mainstage, about half way through our set as soon a this tune by Neonlight called the frozen tape broke down the sky opened up and it began to rain. The dancefloor got twice as packed as it was and when the tune finally dropped it was like an underwater explosion! Seriously so moving and uplifting watching the crowd enjoy the rain listening to some DNB!
EverydayJunglist: What was the first DnB tunes that caught your ear?
Kryteria: Bad Company-The Nine, Ed Rush & Optical-Medicine Bag, RymeTyme & Trace-Move Up
EverydayJunglist: What are some tunes that are always with you when playing a show?
Kryteria: Usually all our own tunes just in case a fan wants to hear their favorite Kryteria track. Everything is fresh or will bring back something from the golden era. Great thing is so many great tunes then.
EverydayJunglist: Can I get a Top Ten Tracklist from you for 2012?
01. Neonlight & Mefjus - Hotglue
02. Optiv & BTK-Dirty Tricks album
03. Kryteria & Task Horizon-Letting Go
04. Caylx & Teebee - All or nothing album
05. BSE chain gang (Jade Remix)
07. Zardonic & Messinian - Survive
08. Mark Mc Night-Nothing Matters (Noisia Rmx)
09. Headroom - Audio
10. Doppler Diss - A-sides
EverydayJunglist: What kind of advice do you have for new producers or people just starting out in music?
Kryteria: Do what you love and let the art come out the way it's supposed too. Reference songs you are influenced by and learn from them. The sequencing and editing. Find your own nitch. Also Have plenty of patience because the music scene is very fickle.
Kryteria: Optiv,Task Horizon, BLE3K, Audio, InsideInfo, Axiom, Jade, Ed Rush & Optical, Dylan, NC-17, Darren White (dBridge), Bad man Giles Dj INK, Subsonik, D-Star, Mason, EBK, Rico, Scoop, Maztek, Nevros, Machete, MC Dino, Jae Kennedy, Zardonic, Messinian, Dieselboy, Coffey@Ammunition, Axel@neurofunkgrid, Alex@DarknessHides, Konkrete Jungle Crew(s), Recon crew, L.A. Beatdown Crew, RESPECT crew, Seattle crew, and REBOOT DNB CREW and all JUNGLIST's WORLDWIDE!
EverydayJunglist: Can I get a Discography and Fourthcoming?
Kryteria: Heres a link to our Discography:
Brainwash-Fear Of Noise (Kryteria Rmx) Order In Kaos Recs.
Debut full length Album " Breakout" and on which label is still TBD.
Optiv & Kryteria- Bloody Mary (label?)
Optiv & Kryteria- Untitled (label?)
A few other collabs we have going or in the process of are: Jade, NC-17, Audio, Task Horizon, BLE3K. So stay tuned for those!