The Plump DJs & Krafty Kuts

Lee Rous and Andy Gardner, aka Plump DJs, have been performing and producing together since meeting in the late 1990's. Since the start of their career they have been avid pioneers of diverse electronic music, smashing into the early breaks scene and since then, keeping the electro, house and bass music fields supplied with their ever-evolving beats.

They truly cemented their status as industry heavyweights through the success of still legendary releases such as 'A Plump Night Out' and 'Eargasm', which in turn led to the run of their epic Eargasm and Headthrash parties at London clubbing institution, Fabric.

As artists they have developed their unique sound through the recently formed Grand Hotel Records imprint. A platform through which to not only release their own productions, Grand Hotel will showcase work from their endless list of collaborators and protégés, at all times supplying only the highest calibre output to their music hungry fanbase.

In between the release of recent Grand Hotel tracks, including Boomer and Light Fantastic, Plump DJs have found time to remix the likes of huge international heavyweights Deadmau5, Loops of Fury and Stanton Warriors. This dedicated studio time has resulted in their tracks played out by none other than Carl Cox, Moby, Crookers, Zinc, Kissy Sell Out, Zane Lowe and more, with stellar feedback flowing in from all directions.

Having already ticked off sell-out shows across the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia in recent months, the Plump DJs 2012 gig schedule is filling up at pace, seeing them set to play at the biggest UK and worldwide venues and festivals.

After the astounding success of their Grand Hotel Records launch parties at London's XOYO and The Nest, you can expect much more of the same from the GH camp. Line-ups for 2012 will undoubtedly maintain the Grand Hotel Records parties as an unmissable event series for dedicated electronic music followers.

Internationally renowned breaks DJ/producer Krafty Kuts is the co-founder of the label Against the Grain and has a long list of albums, EPs, and remixes to his credit. Born Martin Reeves and based in Brighton, England, he began DJing at a young age, developing his turntablist skills during the mid- to late '80s. He later worked at a record shop in Brighton and began producing his own tracks. Reeves made his recording debut as Krafty Kuts in 1998 on the Ministry of Sound big beat offshoot label FSUK with the EP Funky Elements. Around this same time, his track "Gimme the Funk" had been championed by Fatboy Slim, who ultimately released it on his Southern Friend Records label in 1999. These initial productions drew attention to Reeves' talents as a DJ, and so he teamed up with fellow breaks DJ/producer Lloyd Seymour (aka Skool of Thought) to form the long-running club night Supercharged. He also released his first mix album, Slam the Breaks On (1999), via Lacerba, and it proved so successful that he released a second volume a year later.

In 2001 Reeves and Seymour furthered their partnership by founding the labels Against the Grain and Supercharged, the former of which was inaugurated with a pair of Krafty Kuts EPs (Lost Plates, Lock the Hype/Smash Your Breaks). Also in 2001, Reeves made his Finger Lickin' Records debut with another pair of EPs (Finger Lickin' Funk, Vol. 1, Dangerous). He later released the full-length album Tricka Technology (2003), a collaboration with A-Skillz, on Finger Lickin' Records. Meanwhile, he continued to showcase his talents as a DJ on mix albums including Fuzzy Breaks, Vol. 1 (2002) and These Are the Breaks (2003), and his live performances earned him a series of Best DJ awards (2004, 2005, 2006) courtesy of Breakspoll. Reeves continued his output in subsequent years, releasing the full-length Krafty Kuts album Freakshow (2006), which spawned the club smash "Bass Phenomenon." Plus, there were more mix albums, including entries in the long-running Fabriclive and Back to Mine series in 2007 and 2008, respectively. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

MoPo (aka Robbie Kowal) is one of America's most versatile, experienced and flat-out joyous party rockers. His decade long mission is to 'put the party back into the party', and to connect the casual music fan with the hard core dance music mavens; proving that music is more than just beats. San Francisco's bootleg indie remix partypusher, is known for a rare ability to play exactly the right music for the moment and an expertise with a wide variety of genres that he seamlessly melds into a coherent blend. Since breaking out as a rare groove Dj in the 90's he has spent the 21st Century using eclectic club styles, break beat, trip hop and tech funk as a backdrop for his genrebending experiments. From a near religious love of funk and hip hop, to a lifetime study of rock and roll to a massive aptitude for latin, reggae and other outernational formats, MoPo incorporates bits and pieces of music culture into electronic edits that slam the dancefloor. As a backdrop, he creates, edits or chooses only the biggest baddest breaks, hooks and drops to create a sound that truly slams. To the dancer, MoPo is a breath of fresh air, often transforming a room into collective song or crowd chant that connect the audience to the DJ.

These abilities have seen him preceding, following or tagging with a who's who of breakbeat heroes like Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Icey, Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, James Lavelle, Bassnectar, DJ Vadim, Tipper, Kraak & Smaak, Aquasky, Fort Knox 5, Z-trip. He's also been among the first DJs to play many a rock festival including an unprecedented 6-year run at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the first DJ sets ever at Gathering of the Vibes, High Sierra, Berkfest, Caribbean Holidaze, Mid Atlantic Music Experience, and Rothbury festival. He even played at Govt Mule's legendary "Deepest End" show, called one of the Top 10 shows of the Decade by Jambase. A live turntablist for the indie techno circus The Mutaytor, MoPo has sat in with Parliament-Funkadelic, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band and BLVD. He has opened for live music legends like James Brown, Maceo Parker, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Femi Kuti, Sheryl Crow, Spearhead, Jurassic 5, Isaac Hayes, Blackalicious, and Pendulum.

Syd Gris

Chip "Mancub" Corwin is currently voted as a top ten dj of San Francisco.He has been blowing up the block party jams for over ten years. Mancub has a very diffinitive style of turntable tricks that have earned him slots beside some of the dance industry's biggest headliners. His turntable antics are too numerous to mention but include scratching while wearing boxing gloves, he certainly knows how to work the crowd into a frenzy!!You can hear his mixes on the internet radio station pulseradio.net, netamp.com or djmancub.com. The netamp show is aired on the last Wednesday of the month or archived. Mancub also plays for the infamous playa posse The Spacecowboys, ripping up a rare storm on the mighty Unimog at numerous unforgettable party's. Mancub has recently joined Sleevin records and is supporting us in a big way

Murphstar

Ding Dong

Andre has been passionately mixing music since 2004 and as such sharpened his skills as a DJ, playing at all leading nightclubs and events in Trinidad and Tobago, travelling to England, Canada, Grenada, Antigua and Brooklyn New York. With his most memorable occasion being, playing on the musical truck during the carnival parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday with Island People in 2006. During this short space of time Andre has accumulated an extensive DJ CV, and with residences at various reputable clubs and bars. He is well on his way on becoming one of the superstar DJs of the future. Not to mention his affiliation with one of Trinidad's leading Sound Systems Associate Degree.

Not restricting himself to a single genre of music, Andre can play anything from minimal techno, soca, calypso, dancehall and all its spin offs to rap just to name a few. He keeps himself abreast with all the industry's developments mastering the art of Serato and also being well versed with Pro Tools for musical production.

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The British are coming! The British are coming! Only this time, we’re going to welcome them with open arms and strapped dancing shoes. We welcome two of the biggest names in dance music on the same stage for the first time ever in the US. The PLUMP DJS and KRAFTY KUTS have spent more than a decade knocking people’s socks off, first as Big Beat progenitors, then breakbeat originators, then trailblazers of multi-genre, up-tempo bass music that has taken the world by storm. There are few more exciting live DJ shows than either the Plumps or Krafty and having them on Public Works explosive Funktion One sound system is a unique treat. Joining them will be a who’s who from the city’s top DJ crews including Opulent Temple’s SYD GRIS, the Space Cowboys’ DJ MANCUB, SeismicSF founder, MURPHSTAR, The Brass Tax’s DING DONG and Silent Frisco’s MOTION POTION.

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The Plump DJs & Krafty Kuts with Motion Potion, Syd Gris, DJ Mancub, Murphstar, Ding Dong

Saturday, August 10 · Doors 10:00 PM at Public Works