KRANE discusses his Dim Mak album ‘Fallout,’ SESSIONS 2018, and finding his sound [Interview]
KRANE is an eternally evolving force, creating ripples throughout the dance music sphere with each new phase in his career thanks to his recurring motif of emotive future bass. Starting at his entry as an up-and-coming artist 3 years ago, KRANE has always maintained a forward-thinking modus operandi with everything he’s done — this is only one of many key elements that have played to his advantage. Alongside other soon-to-blow up-future bass embracers like Devault, Whethan, and SteLouse, his remixes and originals have since become influential pieces of artwork that have helped dictate the overall path the genre would go on.
The maverick began steadily building his fanbase after moments like his collaboration series SESSIONS and a debut LP Debris, eventually finding himself booked at a vast amount of high-profile gigs and continuing to release dynamic singles to supplement his tour life. His efforts have quickly made him a well-established name, and the future is only looking brighter. Currently, KRANE is now in the production phase of his second album Fallout, released on Steve Aoki‘s label Dim Mak. The album is jack-packed with collaborations from some of the hottest and best artist of 2017 and can be heard in full below.
We talked with KRANE about his recently released album, his come up, going in-depth into one of the staples of the scene.
What new themes did you build into ‘Fallout,’ and how are you hoping to connect with fans with it?
FALLOUT draws from a wide range of sounds I’ve become known for over the last year or two, and it presents them as a whole narrative, something cinematic. People will recognize these works as markedly my sound, but my hope is to elevate my style and in presenting them as a whole, show them as a collection.
How do you feel signing the album with DIM MAK?
First and foremost, it is important for me to surround myself with people I think are of high quality of character. Aside from DM putting in their time, hard work and investment into this project, and really believing in it, I believe in them as people and as a label that culturally resonates with me. Im most happy to be partnered with them on this release and grateful for everything they’ve done to help get it out to the world.
What first got you into future bass and what appeals to you about this genre versus others?
I’m still not totally sure what future bass is ha ha. Some of the first producers that hooked me into this scene were what I guess people would consider future bass, or at least it’s predecessors- people like Rustie and Hudson Mohawke. But honestly, I don’t see myself as married to any one genre, and sometimes I think about the ways “future bass” or “trap” are defined, and some of the boundaries don’t really make sense to me. So, my plans to just keep making music that resonates with me and not sweat the labels.
You are, in part, credited for taking future bass to a broader audience like other few others were able to do, were there any turning points around late 2015 that led to this continuous momentum?
I am!?! Well that’s a high compliment. I’m not sure I can really claim credit here – but I’ll take your word for it ;). I can’t point to any one moment where things start moving faster. It’s really been a slow build. Little successes build on each other and feed into the next one. It’s been a tremendous amount of work and fun, and I just try and remember to celebrate every little positive, and never become complacent.
How do you help maintain originality in such a saturated genre field?
Purely by accident I think. I got into electronic music rather late in my musical background. It was only a few years ago I really started listening to it in earnest, and producing it. I’m more often than not trying to make my music “fit in” to the field, than sound apart. I find it just sounds, well, different on accident- because my background of influences stems from mostly music outside of electronic.
How did the SESSIONS series come about initially? Can you share any details regarding how it will play out in 2018?
SESSIONS came about rather organically, when I was considering how to keep collaborating and releasing music while reserving space for my singles to breathe. Further, I was becoming inundated with production questions and “collab bros?” I wanted to turn that energy into something positive and generative. Since its start, SESSIONS has been as much about giving back as rewarding for me though- I learn a tremendous amount, I am blessed with the opportunity for these amazing producers out there (known and unknown) to share their hard-worked WIP’s with me, It’s really incredible. I’m underway working on the next batch of SESSIONS selections with some amazing producers. And looking ahead, I have schemes to grow this into much more of a platform for people to work together, and collectively get their name heard… stay tuned though.
What factors do you tend to look at for SESSIONS candidates?
Just the music they send, is the only important thing. I don’t care how big or small they are, reputation wise. I don’t even care what genre. If its a good song its a good song. And then second to that, I have to know what to do with the song straight away to contribute meaningful to it, and finish it- I have to work really fast on these records, which is part of the fun/challenge- so sometimes I get an amazing WIP but I’m just totally not sure what to do with it and have to pass on it. Its very idiosyncratic and try and make sure people understand its not a contest- it has nothing to do with the “best” songs being chosen- just the ones that resonate with me, my tastes at the moment and my ability to jump right into it.
What collaboration are you most stoked to be apart of released or unreleased?
Oh, you can’t make me choose… For me, this album is not just about me but my community too, and I am absolutely excited and honored to share these tracks with SLUMBERJACK, QUIX, Graves and everyone else. People I really admire as producers.
What has been the most memorable moment career-wise in 2017?
Eating pig brain in china… I still can’t get that taste out of my mouth.