Data Transmision: Krankbrother BBQ Terrace/Loft Party with DJ.T & Todd Terje

posted on May 28, 2012 by danny

Data Transmission

“Krankbrother? What kind of a name is that? It’ll never catch on.” This is more or less what I said a few years ago when a friend told me about his friends’ (then) minimal techno night in South London. How wrong I was. In a relatively short space of time, krankbrother has grown to become one of the capital’s biggest house and techno draws, pulling in some of the world’s biggest names for all manner of rooftop, warehouse and terrace parties in East London. Today they venture West for one of their biggest parties yet, as the marvelous Loft Studios plays host to the unofficial start of summer.

Daytime focuses on the terrace area,  a space that’s usually for those needing some cancer stick action, the space fast reaching capacity following our entrance at 6 PM for the start of Nordic disco don Todd Terje’s three-hour set. Noise restrictions aside, Terje makes the most of the wattage on offer to slowly weave a compelling story of his musical identity over the course of 180 minutes. The time flies by (I think that means we’re enjoying it?) as he attempts to tease the sun out with Cheek’s french filter house classic Sunshine People, and gives plenty of nods to the past (Tom Tom Club’s inimitable Wordy Rappinghood and an obligatory Donna Summer tribute, Hot Stuff).

Terje mixes like a demon, connecting the dots in effortless and logical fashion, working the mixer to its fullest to enhance his bevvy of gems. The nu disco selection he’s best known for (the saccharine bounce-fest Inspector Norse of course making a much-anticipated appearance) makes way to tougher-edged, chunkier, pacier material that he’s less associated with. As always, it’s an impeccable selection, and before long we arrive at the gargantuan arpeggios and spine-tingling of Pryda’s classic F12. It’s an immensely satisfying moment for this Pryda fan boy, vindicated by his musing that Terje and Prydz share a lot of common musical DNA, and that there’s an Eric Prydz production to suit pretty much any house, disco, electro or techno club – and slay it in the process.

Todd Terje hitting up the decks at Krankbrothers Terrace / Loft party which also featured DJ. T

It elicits the biggest reaction of the day – not bad for a four year old track that I’d wager hardly anyone here could name, by an artist that few of them would probably profess to like. It’s testament to Prydz’s utter comprehension of the dancefloor, and also of Terje’s skill as a selector, thinking outside the box and drawing on five decades worth of music during his perfect set. This is the second time I’ve seen him do his Nordic thing, and I can safely say he’s one of the very best DJs around.

Residents and promoters krankbrothers take over next with another brilliantly eclectic set that starts on a Hot Creations sort of vibe before splintering off into different directions of sheer rudeness. Justin Martin’sRuff Stuff and some garagey flavours amp things up another few notches amidst some truly sordid tech house, the packed terrace now in full swing while the two indoor rooms begin to get underway. krankbrother agency DJ and Get Physical / Kindisch signing Adeline lights the touchpaper in the sweaty loft, dishing out all manner of rolling techy and tribal-tinged grooves to an appreciative audience, before boss of the aforementioned labels, DJ T, steps up to the platters to deliver one of his funk-fuelled sets and take the night into sixth gear.

The marvellous Butcher & Baker serve up some delectable philly cheesesteaks all the while, with meat cooked to perfection by one Struan Robertson (check his excellent blog, www.modernmeat.co.uk) – a former ad worker who gave up his job in London to become a butcher. His story mirrors that of the promoters of krankbrothers, who did the very same thing to pursue their dreams of making this increasingly popular party brand into a fully-fledged business.

They’ve come a long way, baby. The rise and rise of krankbrother sees them take in Eastern Electric and Gottwood festivals this summer, plus a yacht in Ibiza, and more London sun traps to boot – all in addition to their burgeoning DJ agency. Get yourself down to one of their parties, and don’t be surprised if their mini-empire continues to grow and proliferate over the next year.

Party Boys: Interview with… krankbrother

posted on May 10, 2012 by danny

London Evening Standard

We met up with Danny Clancy, one half of krankbrother, the guys laying on some of the capital’s freshest parties…
ES: Hi Danny, so what is krankbrother?
DC: It’s myself and Kieran – brothers and best mates; a London-based party and booking agency and our DJ name.
ES: Where did it all start?
DC: Back in Corsica Studios a few years back. We used to throw these big birthday parties there and people would come from all over London, all dressed up in crazy outfits. The music policy was pretty wild -  we just used to let any of our friends play what they wanted. They were such great parties and we had such a good time we thought why not do it as our job?
ES: How has it evolved?
Now we’ve built relationships with all our favourite agencies and labels worldwide, we can pretty much book whoever we want – but it takes time to get to a level where you can book label bosses like Anja Schneider and Ellen Allien. The parties have got bigger and better too – but you have to be creative to stay ahead.
ES: So what makes your parties different?
DC: If I told you that, everyone would do it…
ES: What are the main ingredients for a good party?
DC: Energy is the most vital. You can have the best lineup, venue, sound, visuals, and lights but if the vibe isn’t there it doesn’t matter. Obviously all of these elements help create the energy but really it’s down to the crowd.
ES: Do you stick to certain genres?
DC: Hell no. We play all sorts, depending on the time, location and crowd. Catch us playing on a rooftop during the day, you’re going to hear some disco and house, catch us closing a party in the early hours and it’ll be a lot more driving, wonky house and techno.
ES: What’s the best track for filling a dance floor?
DC: Feel Good by B-Code
ES: What do you look for in a venue?
DC: Uniqueness
ES: What kind of spaces have you used for parties?
DC: Rooftops, yachts, photography studios, lofts, railways arches, office blocks, tunnels, and a disused pub. We have got a few more interesting ones coming up this summer too – a helipad, a floating stage on a lake, a beach and some other gems I can’t tell you about just yet!
ES: What’s best track for a rooftop party in sunshine?
DC: Daft Punk’s Around the World (MAM Edit)
ES: Which artists are you excited about this year?
DC: There are so many. I’ve just heard all of WiLDKATS new material and that’s got me very excited. Also Adeline who we’ve just signed has a really refreshing sound – it’s dark and sexy and she sings on all her tracks.
ES: Who are trying to book at the moment?
DC: Damian Lazarus and Maya Jane Coles continually blow me away when I see them play so we’ll keep working on finding a date for them.
ES: What’s going to be the highlight of the krankbrother summer?
DC: We’re having a daytime street party in Shoreditch which should be unreal. Every year I cross town to Notting Hill Carnival and I wonder why we don’t get to celebrate music in East London in a similar way even though it is such an important part of the local culture here. Then last summer during the Royal Wedding there were street parties going on everywhere – it was beautiful weather and everyone was looking so damn happy it got us thinking, we’ve got to do a street party of our own.
ES: Do you just organise parties in London?
DC: No! We’ve got some great shows in Ibiza this summer – the first is our opening party at Sankeys with DJ T, Heidi, Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Matt Tolfrey and WiLDKATS. We’re also doing quite a lot of showcases at festivals outside of London – Secret Garden Party in the UK, Gottwood in Wales, Echo Festival in Croatia and Groovefest in Dominican Republic.
ES: Which away fixture are you most looking forward to?
DC: Our yacht party in Ibiza on July 7. We’ve rented a beautiful 110ft yacht to cruise round the island for the day with an amazing lineup – surely there’s no better place for a party?
ES: Any new projects in the pipeline?
DC: Yeah, Kieran and I are hoping to open a bar, restaurant and deli in Shoreditch together in the autumn. Outside of music, our big passion is food. As usual we’ve found an incredible venue – watch this space!
Aside from that I ran two pop-up British seafood restaurants last year called the Bonnie Gull – which we hope to open permanently in the West End soon. If you like crab, this is your place.
ES: If you were in charge of the Queen’s Jubilee party what would you do?
DC: It would probably be on the roof of Buckingham Palace, with around 1 million guests and ideally the Pope would DJ if he was free – a disco set to keep the daytime vibe upbeat. I don’t think the Queen is so down with techno.
ES: If you had to enter the Olympics what sport would it be?
DC: Shotput of course. Have you never seen a photo of us?
ES: And what are you listening to right now?
DC: Masterpiece by Andrew Weatherall – there seems to be nothing that man can’t do. Whether it be electronica, rockabilly, garage rock, or nu disco – across all genres he’s just a goddamn genius who constantly reinvents himself.

KRANKBROTHER LONDON SUMMER LINE-UP:
May 19: Terrace Party with DJ T. & Todd Terje at secret location
June 9: Street Party in Shorefitch with Wolf & Lamb, Clifton St, EC2A
June 30: Rooftop Party with Tanner Ross at secret rooftop location

For more details on Krankbrother and their upcoming events visit krankbrother.com

krankbrother- 2012 line ups & predictions

posted on February 2, 2012 by danny

Pulse Radio

The krankbrother outfit, based in East London, has gone from strength to strength in the last year.  Kicking off with small parties for friends in unusual locations, 2011 saw the pair’s DJ sets and events grow in popularity and size to trend setting proportions.  The brothers, real names Kieran and Danny Clancy, also set up the krankbrother agency last year which now looks after the likes of Max Chapman, Cozzy D and Alexis Raphael.  We managed to pin down Kieran ahead of the first krankbrother party this Saturday, February 4th, to get his take on what’s big for 2012 and to exclusively announce the line ups for the next few highly anticipated parties.

Dan and Kieran Clancy - AKA The Krankbrothers

krankbrother- 2012 Predictions:
PR: Describe yourself / what you do in one sentence
KC: I throw parties and also run a booking agency – through these things I’m trying to quietly make my mark on the world of dance music.
PR: Highlight of 2011
KC: Quitting my day job and deciding to work in music full time!
PR: Artists of 2012
KC: Nicolas Jaar, Alexis Raphael, Todd Terje, WiLDKATS, Greg Wilson, Dixon.
PR: Label of 2012
KC: Visionquest
PR: Destination of 2012
KC: You could spend the whole summer in Croatia going to amazing festivals – there are loads of great ones there now.
PR: Party of 2012
KC: Burning Man like every other year!
PR: World event of 2012
KC: Hmmm. Probably the US presidential elections in November. The winner will shape US foreign policy for the next 4 years.

krankbrother exclusive London party line ups (all locations tbc):

FEBRUARY 04 – JAY SHEPHEARD, ALEXIS RAPHAEL
, WILDKATS
, KRANKBROTHERS
MARCH 10 – BPITCH SHOWCASE w/
ELLEN ALLIEN, KIKI, COZZY D, MAX CHAPMAN, KRANKBROTHERS – APRIL 20
KRANKBROTHER pres/ – THE JACKATHON WITH HEIDI AND BENOIT & SERGIO
MAY 19 – KRANKBROTHER TERRACE PARTY WITH TODD TERJE & DJ T

4/5 Resident Advisor Review – Nick Curly and MANIK TERRACE PARTY

posted on October 11, 2011 by kieran

Dark skies and torrential downpours are not usually conducive to a successful terrace party. Add to that a last minute change of venue due to licensing restrictions and you have a potential recipe for disaster. But, against the odds, the most recent Krankbrother terrace party, featuring headliners Nick Curly and MANIK, held at Film Plus in northwest London’s, Kensal Green, pulled through.

On arrival at Willesden Junction, just down the road from the event, the rain was still threatening to halt play on one of the last daytime party weekends of the year. But a faithful legion of revellers, some of whom had come from as far as Newcastle, made the trek away from their usual “east London TBA” location (or southeast, in the case of Krankbrothers who’ve held successful parties in Peckham in recent months) and packed themselves into the out-of-the-way venue. Fortunately, the unpredictable weather held off for the majority of the day, which was a massive boost. Inside the venue were two musical arenas, which were connected by a long, well-stocked bar. One was the Warehouse, located inside, the other the Terrace, three-quarters of which was covered by a see-through greenhouse-esque roof. Perfect, even if it did rain.

Arriving a few minutes into Nick Curly’s set, a crowd of 200+ were already well into the groove, enjoying a well-received spot of sunshine complemented by the 8bit and Cecille stalwart’s breezy yet bouncy opening hour. Although his set wasn’t as heavy hitting as one may have expected, it certainly did enough to keep the assembled party people inside the Warehouse energised and ready for the night ahead. His two-hour appearance set the tone perfectly for New York’s MANIK, a man whose productions and podcasts have cemented his popularity around the globe.

With a selection of tracks courtesy of Hot Creations, Ovum, Poker Flat and several of his own funk-laced productions, MANIK’s set was a great main course after Curly’s warm, delicious starter. Though a DC-10-style sit down at the beginning was a little out of sync, it set the mood for a very enjoyable two hour performance. Though MANIK’s boyish looks led a few in the crowd to ask his age, his mature selection and technical skill certainly stretch beyond his 25 years. Vocals, acid and funk were all interwoven with panache. Tracks like his own “Body High” and “She Watches Me,” and the forthcoming Hot Creations bomb “Breath N Pop” by Igor Vicente and Vernon Bara, set the party alight even when the rain started again.

After MANIK made his way off the stage, the Krankbrothers themselves took charge in the darkened Warehouse room, which was a complete contrast to the dusky light outside in the Terrace. It felt far more like a club environment—an odd-yet-comfortable transition, and a great place to wave goodbye to the day and party on into the night.

 

 

krankbrother: The Next Chapter

posted on October 11, 2011 by kieran

Bored with the London clubbing scene that they were experiencing, krankbrother (aka Kieran and Danny Clancy) took the decision to start an underground house and techno party for themselves. Within two short years, the krankbrother parties are now regarded as one of the most cutting edge nights across the capital. Previous artists to have played krankbrother nights have included Dyed Soundorom, Pan-Pot, Heidi, Ivan Smagghe, Nic Fanciulli, Martin Landsky, Italoboyz, Clement Meyer and Shaun Reeves but it was this summer’s rooftop parties that really put the brothers in the limelight.  Fresh from their latest party (which was their final of the summer) which welcomed Nick Curly and NYC’s MANIK to another new rooftop space, Kieran Clancy has just announced that he is now branching out and launching the brand new krankbrother agency. We caught up with Kieran to discuss both the parties and what he’s got install for the agency and the artists signed to it. 

Pulse: How did you get into putting on parties initially? Kieran: It all started as a private yearly fancy dress party down at Corsica Studios, just for our friends really. Then there were 300 people turning up and everyone was telling us they wanted more, so we decided to make it into a regular thing. We were also pretty bored with the parties we were going to in London, and wanted to organise the kind of parties that us and our friends actually wanted to go to. And I think we’ve managed that with krankbrother – we like to think we do things a bit differently and that’s why the parties are popular. But it started out as just our friends, and I think that the parties have still got that private party feel to an extent – people are really friendly and respectful to each other.

When did it become more of a serious, making a living from it project for you? Did it happen consciously or did it just happen naturally?  Well we always wanted it to be one of the things we made a living from, and it is to an extent, but we both have other projects as well. It’d be hard to earn enough solely off a party to make a living, and if you became too conscious about making money above all else, the quality of the parties would definitely suffer. In terms of other projects, I have just launched the krankbrother Agency, which is going great. My brother Dan also runs a part time restaurant in Islington called The Bonnie and Wild. Together we are also running a new space in Shoreditch called Factory 7, where we’ll be doing a handful of parties, fashion events, food events and lots more.

How, would you say, have you managed to make your krankbrother parties stand out amongst such a highly concentrated scene in the capital?  There’s definitely a lot of competition in London – sometimes you organise your party and then look what else is on that night and you think “We are up against it!” [laughs].   The way we’ve stood out is primarily by using really interesting venues – we’ve used rooftops, old theatres, abandoned pubs, photographer’s studios and loads of others, so we’ve worked really hard to get people partying in unique spots. It’s also our crowd I guess – I’ve been to some parties and it’s about 75% men lurking about and there’s no atmosphere. Our parties usually have more women than men which I always think makes for a less aggressive, friendlier atmosphere. Also, our crowd are always really fun and enthusiastic – they’re serious party people. Last summer we did a roof party where it rained for the first 2 hours non-stop. But the crowd didn’t care – they were all still going crazy!

As so many parties in London have moved into warehouses and one-off spaces, has the bar been raised over the last few years in terms of finding venues?  Yeah the bar has definitely been raised in terms of finding venues. But in order to find the best ones, you have to have been around a while and know lots of people that know and own spaces. Also, when someone has a great venue, they’ll usually be pretty selective about who they let put on a party in there – they want the right music, crowd and atmosphere in their place. Most of the time if we’ve been trying to convince someone with a really cool space to let us do something in their place, we just invite them down to one of our parties first and once they’ve been they’re usually convinced!

Has that been a hindrance, ie making it harder to find suitable venues or has it been a help by unearthing some fresh new spaces?  It’s always hard finding new venues, particularly as we don’t like to return back to the same venues too often unless they are really special. But it’s really exciting when you find a new one that no one has been to yet. What we’ve also realised is that you very often have to look beyond Shoreditch – most people accept that if you want to party in really special places, they’re not always going to be on their door steps. There are obviously still some great spaces in Shoreditch, but there are also some amazing ones further afield that are worth using.

The rooftop parties in Peckham Rye this summer were a great success. What was the highlight of that series of parties for you?  The rooftop parties were amazing. The level of interest in them was pretty remarkable – all of our summer parties sold out over 2 weeks in advance – I think it’s proof of how desperate people are to break out of partying in dingy basements and to get down in beautiful locations. The highlight for me had to be Heidi’s set on the roof on August 20th. It was unbelievable. The energy that girl gives off is unreal, and she’s got some serious moves! She’s a good friend of ours too, we’ve just spent a week with her at Burning Man, and so we’re really looking forward to getting her back playing at krankbrother in 2012.

How do the dynamics of DJing with your brother work?  We play straight up back to back. We like it that way, as then you’re always kept on your toes as you never quite know what the other guy is going to play, so you can’t really plan ahead at all. Being brothers and serious mates too we’ve also got a pretty good understanding of one another, which is important if you are DJing back to back. We have a lot of fun when we play – it’s nice having those experiences together. Although he’s not happy with me this week – I got a bit over zealous with a dance move whilst we were DJing last Saturday and accidentally hit him in the eye with a bottle of Vodka. He’s got a bit of a black eye this week!

How would you describe the sound you play with your brother in clubs?  We try not to stick to one prescribed sound as that’s what makes us really bored when we listen to DJs. But people always tell us that we play really “sexy” sounding stuff which is quite a nice description! I suppose most of the stuff we play is kind of bassline and groove driven – we don’t really play anything too minimal. We also play loads of older stuff – there’s nothing worse than watching a DJ that just plays the current Beatport Top 20, or just plays way too much stuff from one artist or label. We play quite a bit of 90s and 80s house and some old disco cuts when they fit, as well as obviously stuff that got released recently.

Now krankbrother expands with a new DJ agency. Who is signed to the agency?  Yeah I’ve just launched the krankbrother Agency – it’s a really exciting time. So far on the roster we’ve got Wildkats (Hot Creations / Lower East) , Alexis Raphael (Hot Creations, Lower East) , Nick Lawson (Visionquest, Leftroom) , No Artificial Colours (Sinq Records) , DZeta N’ Basile (1 Trax) , Tad Wily (Retrofit, Smash Hits) and me and my brother, krankbrothers.

What is the ethos of the agency? Will you represent artists across a selection of dance music related genres?  Yeah we’ve definitely got a nice cross section of sounds on the agency. Alexis Raphael has got a really sexy warm “new house” sound, whereas Wildkats are more bassline driven and funk and soul influenced. DZeta N’ Basile have got quite a minimal, stripped back sound, whereas Tad Wily is heavily influenced by disco, P Funk and boogie. Then you’ve got No Artificial Colours, whose tracks and sets have this real hypnotic, spacey bassline to them, and Nick Lawson who plays this kind of groove laden house and techno, which will suit either warm up sets or peak time sets. I suppose the ethos of the agency is not to be too prescriptive in terms of the music we all play, and not to take ourselves too seriously. Some DJs can be way too cool for school and it’s pretty annoying – but all the people I’ve signed to the agency are just nice, talented young guys, and they’re not at all jumped up or anything. They’re all down to earth and will get to know the promoters they are playing for and will put on a serious show for the punters. We’re still adding acts to the agency roster at the moment but we’re delighted with how it looks right now.

What are the plans for the future?  Well we’re working on a little UK tour for krankbrother in 2012, and probably a European tour as well. We’ve also got some killer line-ups coming up – this Halloween we’ve got Matt Tolfrey and Shonky playing in this incredible loft space we found – I can honestly say that this loft is the coolest space I’ve ever seen in London. Then in early 2012 we’ve got a Get Physical showcase with M.A.N.D.Y and DJ T., as well as a new krankbrother “back to back” concept, where we invite huge acts to come and play straight back to back with each other. We’ll also be at a few festivals next year which should be fun. In terms of the agency, they’ll be a launch party down the line, and at certain krankbrother parties we’ll be having a whole room dedicated to showcasing people on the agency.

Rooftops, Burning Man and Tech House

posted on September 8, 2011 by danny

Netti Khan talks beats, The Burn and obscure venues with the Krankbrothers.

It’s Krankbrother’s 2nd birthday and the sun is shining over a rooftop, levitating high in the sky above the busy streets of Peckham Rye. A crowd of sexy smiles and pouts fill the house haven. All are stomping to the celestial sounds of Lee Curtiss, Heidi and the infamous Krankbrothers: Danny and Kieran.

There’s a bar at one end and system at the other. Anything else would be unnecessary – it’s the skyline that does the talking, the rolling fields of south London on one side and our revered city on the other. Toy cars crawl the map below while we dance freely in the sky – it’s a soaring feeling, escapism.

The sun melts into a vodka cranberry hue swallowing the city and forcing everyone to the afterparty a few floors down. Sucked into a mist of sweat we’re fuelled by a sonic selection of techno-tinged deep house. The night’s topped off by the Krankbrothers, who end it with one of their impressive back to backs – it’s really rare to see a resident shine as much as the guest.

“One of the best” I tell a mate as we amble home – a bold statement but it’s true.

Back to reality and still completely blown away by the party I organise a chat with Danny to find out how it feels to be one of London’s freshest promoters, hosting some of the city’s finest parties.

I hear you’re playing at Burning Man – do you play a lot of other parties?

Yeah it’s my second time – we’re staying in the Crosstown Rebels’ camp with all the usual suspects! We’re playing Fabric in October for Wet Yourself. We’re quite selective about who we play for as we only like to play the good slots.

Tell me how it all started.

It started as a party down in Corsica Studios about five years ago– it was just a fancy dress party with a few friends and it kind of got bigger every year. But then after three years of doing about two there a year, my brother and I decided to go public with Krankbrother, so we started doing it properly.

Were you always wooing crowds with deep/tech house?

We used to just get our friends down and play everything from funk to dubstep to hip hop to drum and bass and techno, but after a couple of years we decided to take control of the music a bit more – only let ourselves play and let go of our friends. I like playing a more kind of sexed up house whereas my brother’s more on the broody German techno. It used to be me, then our headliner and then Kieran but now we always play together, it’s much more enjoyable – I don’t think I’ve played without him for like a year now.

What do you both do outside Krankbrother?

Kieran’s launching the Krankbrother DJ agency next week which is exciting as there’s couple of big ones on there like Alexis Raphael and Wildkats. I’ve got a big warehouse in Shoreditch that I run – we do everything from parties to concerts to fashion shows to art exhibitions. I’ve also got a restaurant in Islington (http://bonniewild.co.uk/) and we’re hoping to open this bar Hoxton in the next six months.

Five ingredients for a good party?

* Location – it’s got to be interesting and different.
* Good quality sound – essential.
* Really good interesting music – usually what me and my brother are really digging at the time.
* Making good relationships with labels.
* Trying to do something different to create that nice party vibe!

Apart from rooftops, any other obscure venues?

We’ve done everything from disused theatres, derelict pubs, warehouses and carparks. We really love outdoor parties – but it’s always difficult in London because of the weather and noise complaints – they’re always against you.

What other big names will be gracing Krankbrother line-ups?

We’ve got Nick Curly and Manik in September and then Shonky and Matt Tolfrey in October for our Halloween party.

And your track of the day?

Kraak and Smaak – Let’s Go Back (Solomon remix) by Jalapeno Records

Click here to read the review on Spoonfed

krankbrother roof party with Lee Foss – Mudlove Preview

posted on July 22, 2011 by danny

Mudlove logo

You people in London are in for a treat. Somewhere on the city’s skyline, under the sun on an as of yet undisclosed rooftop, the notorious Krankbrothers will be throwing down an unmissable party with Lee Foss. Read on to see what the co-genius of ‘Hot’ series has been up to. Plus one of the krankbrothers has let us in on some juicy information about the rooftop venue, as well as a competition to win free entry to the party.

It’s no secret that Lee Foss has been on everyone’s hot list since he exploded into the global scene two years ago, via Culprit, Wolf+Lamb then starting Hot Creations with Jamie Jones. Both individually and under the Hot Natured alias they have been making huge impacts in house music. In May the pair boosted their reputation as musical gurus when they sent out the first release on their much anticipated project and third label, Hot Waves. The compilations label which features upcoming talent, extra tracks from Foss, Jones, Robert James and Hot Natured has been well received and gives a taste of what we can expect for the rest of the year.

The Krankbrothers have now become one of the unquestioned leaders of the london party scene. If you have ever been to one of their productions, besides the guarantee of a great venue, you know that the vibe is unrivaled. “Our parties have a special buzz as we grew from a small private party, so there still a great intimacy that you don’t get with most crowds,” says Danny, one half of the promoter brothers. From humble beginnings in 2009 at a cavernous club in Dalston, these boys have solidly proved that they can consistently bring “some of the best and most exciting electronic music in the US and Europe to London.” Just look at their recent bookings: Village Underground – Pan-Pot, Dj T. and Shaun Reeves, Shoreditch Studios – Ivan Smagghe and Dyed Soundorom, Farringdon Lane – Nick Fanciulli and Italoboyz.

But what does really set them apart from all other parties in London is their dedication and belief in finding undiscovered corners of london that make for unforgettable venues. “Our parties are unique as they are so varied. We rarely use the same venue twice instead we seek out largely unused spaces such as rooftops, warehouses, derelict pubs and disused railway arches to party in.”

And what about their latest discovery, have they found a good venue for us to party in?

“It’s an amazing old factory, and the roof is 8 storeys up with one of the best views I’ve ever seen in London. You can see from the Battersea Power station to the O2 without even turning your head! When it gets dark there’s a great warehouse space down below to move into too.

Our roof party last year was one of the best parties we’ve ever done so we’ve spent months tracking down a bigger and better roof to do it all over again. What’s better than daytime partying on a roof in the sun?”

We agree. And for the cherry on top, here at ML we are having a hard time thinking of any DJ quite so perfect for a daytime, mid-summer rooftop party as Lee Foss. Everything he touches in doused in sunshine, ‘Hot’ brand and graphics, his r&b infused house. There is no question that this could well be one of those parties that equals more than just the sum of their parts.

[Click here to view the review on Mudlove]

Review on Data Transmission of Saved Records party with Nic Fanciulli and Italoboyz.

posted on May 6, 2011 by kieran

 

“Krankbrothers’ burgeoning reputation for throwing unique parties has quickly won them applause amid London’s underground house and techno scene. In addition to ensuring the best sound quality possible, the promoters always source interesting venues that are somewhat off-centre, a habit that seemed to pay dividends tonight by installing an inherent party atmosphere in both the performers and the crowd.SAVED Records on the other hand, has built its reputation on consistently unearthing and then nurturing the very best in underground house and techno, both nationally and internationally. This hook up between label and promoter seemed as though it simply couldn’t fail even before arriving at yet another special venue.

The space they used was 22-26 Farringdon Lane, a venue that utilised two rarely used railway arches in East London. The arches were small, reaching capacity with just 400 revellers packed inside. The curved edges of the exposed brick walls forced people on the edges of the dancefloor to duck and bend to fit in beneath the low ceiling. As the Krankbrothers took one arch, the Italoboyz in another, the venue quickly swelled to capacity, cranking the temperature up with the same hand. The soaring heat only added to the atmosphere, seemingly adding fuel to the fires of a floor already lit by the energy and flair of Italoboyz blistering set. The London-based duo set their stall out with a breathless set, pumping out harder-edged, driving techno fused with hypnotising grooves.

When Nic Fanciulli took over from Marco Donato and Frederico Marton, the energy levels were kept up, but the SAVED boss delved into a wider range of sounds. Tracks like Davide Squillace & Guti’s ‘That Ginger Pony Tail‘ showed his combined appreciation of melody and groove,  just as Lil Louis’‘Why’d You Fall (I Called You)’ saw Fanciulli stripping things back and allowing the bassline to lead the way. The crowds reaction to the killer sax hook in this track was a particular highlight of the night, sending the venue into near overdrive. Fanciulli was a man clearly relishing the chance to play in such an intimate venue; he was leading a fevered crowd down a winding and twisting road of upfront techno.

Keeping his ethos as one of the party loving revellers, Fanciulli kept the tempo up without ever slipping into lethargy or indulgent experimentation. Instead, as the raw, driving sounds of his own rework of “Body Monster” by Leon filled the room, it was clear to see that tonight was all about the party for everyone inside the small space. So much more than your average club night, Nic Fanciulli andItaloboyz gave as much to their crowd as their crowd did to them. And the result was one hell of a party!”

[Click here to view the review on Data Transmission]

Royal Wedding Weekend – Evening Standard Preview

posted on May 3, 2011 by danny

What? krankbrother

Where? Secret east London-based locations – warehouses, rooftops, railway tunnels. Anywhere a little bit illicit.

How often? Parties are organised by two brothers and take place every few months. Krankbrother is Ibiza-bound this summer.

Who goes? Die-hard Hackney-ites who sign up the minute the events are announced. Fun, colourful, over 25.

What are you queuing for? Top international techno and house DJs Nic Fanciulli and Dyed Soundorom, Ivan Smagghe, Pan-Pot, Lee Curtiss and Shaun Reeves. Burlesque dancers, hula girls and set designers are lured to events.

What’s the vibe? Imaginative, fun and bouncy with soulful techno, funk and deep house that dissuades you from dawdling round the bar and drags you to the speaker. There is a private party feel which gets going around 1am. No one minds if you swill some drink over their outfit – there’s nothing precious about this.

Early bed? A 6am finish, but after-parties spring up across Dalston and Shoreditch in lofts and photographers’ studios.

Info: £10/earlybird tickets, £15/on the door.

This weekend: See Krankbrothers DJ-ing this Sunday at the Spilt Milk “Daytime Terrace Party”. The Papermill Terrace,
2-6 Curtain Road, EC2. £12.50 from 2pm

View the article on Evening Standard Online here…

Krank It UP – Secret Techno Clubbing – I-D online review

posted on March 17, 2011 by danny

Krankbrother is blasting some freshly charged air into London’s clubbing scene. With their clever clutch of established DJs, cool venues and sexy fire-eaters, the night has already attracted a die-hard following of discerning clubbers.

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Krankbrother offers top-notch nights without any of the wanky rigmarole courted by so many bigger clubs, opting instead for random secret venues with just a whiff of the illicit. One warehouse party saw 600 people partying to some brilliant, pared down, dirty German techno from Mobilee’s And.id and Martin Landsky. Luring top international techno and house DJs such as Ramon Tapia and Namita (Great Stuff), Clement Myer (Get the Curse) and Dekker and Johan, the night is quickly acquiring serious cred. Krankbrother keeps the crowds visually titillated too, working with set designers and interactive theatre collective 55factory; cue burlesque dancers, hula girls, wrestlers and unexpected others. Their latest party saw jungle-themed madness in Corsica Studios; the creative Elephant & Castle space transformed into the Amazon, brim with cheeky animals and pumping DJ swagger. i-D Online met up with the undercut Krankbrothers to discover what keeps the dance-floor rammed until six in the morning.

How was Krankbrother conceived?

It started as an annual birthday at Corsica Studios – which is what the Jungle Party was a continuation of – but it got so popular we decided to expand it two years ago. Nights become mainstream so quickly once they get over a certain size but we’ve tried to retain the private party vibe. We’re really just following our instinct and throwing the parties we’d like to go to.

You certainly seem to be riding a bit of a wave right now…

Yeah, the unique venues are a big part of the attraction – railway tunnels, random warehouses, disused office spaces and rooftops. People sign-up to that, they like the underground feel, plus we provide exciting acts and quality DJs.

You’ve managed to attract an impressive list of DJs, how did you approach them?

Forging relationships with big labels is hard. At first they’re not interested in talking to anyone but Fabric, but once you’ve wangled your foot in they look at the line-up and get talking. Most DJs like the rough cut side to things and the fact that people are there for the music. We got Martin Landsky from Mobilee Records, one of the most cutting edge techno and house labels, to play in October, which got things spinning and touch wood, we haven’t had a glitch yet.
What’s in the pipeline for 2011?

We’ve got Nic Fanciulli for our next party in April, which is pretty amazing – he hasn’t played outside Fabric or Ministry in London for years. In July look out for Shaun Reeves (Crosstown Rebels), our DJ pin-up at the moment, DJ T (Get Physical) and Pan Pot (Mobilee) in what should be one of this summer’s cracking line-ups taking place on a big roof in London Fields. We’re some of the few people doing roof-parties and they’re amazing, sun willing. Justin Martin (Dirtybird), Heidi (Get Physical) and Lee Curtiss (Crosstown Rebels) are also lined up for August.

How would you describe the Krankbrother sound?

More soulful techno, funk and deep house as compared to the minimal Berlin stuff. There’s a real bouncy, Detroit feel to our nights – we hope anyway.
 
Are there any other nights you’d recommend? Electric Minds, Warm and you can’t beat Secretsundaze for a Sunday party. Most of the DJs we have run their own nights too, like Rich Adam from Simmer, Excel D from Reggae Roast. It’s nice to be able to showcase their stuff.

And the name Krankbrother?

Err – we’re brothers. It seemed to stick.

view the article on i-D magazine online here.

Krankbrother vs. Great Stuff Recordings – Time Out Preview

posted on December 13, 2010 by danny

Time Out London

Wish you lived in Berlin, with access to their electronic scene? You’ll love this warehouse party. After their epic Mobilee showcase in October, the techno siblings team up with another stellar label, Great Stuff, for a dark and Berlin-edged soirée at this pop-up London Bridge club. They’re joined by roster artist Ramon Tapia, Iranian techno stalwart Namito and, in room two, Areal’s Metope with a four-hour set. Plus there’ll be walkabout performers and plenty more lights, film and props besides, as is de rigeur at pop-up club Counter Culture.

See the article here.

Krankbrother vs. Mobilee – Time Out Preview

posted on October 20, 2010 by kieran

Prepare yourself for an onslaught of epic sonic and visual  proportions as Mobilee label stalwarts And.ID and Martin  Landsky bring the minimal and stripped down techno that  you Berlin lovers adore, all live, joined by tech-house faves the Krankbrothers and Edel Assanti Gallery on visuals. At a secret warehouse party like this, who knows what could happen!

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See the article here.