Bristol producer of the moment Kreed first caught our attention last summer when his track Sunday – with Bristol dubwise MC Gardna (pictured, right) – exploded onto our speakers. Last month they dropped the full Gardna x Kreed EP which features Sunday, as well as three fresh new tracks, including My Show featuring Eva Lazarus, Inja and J Man.
Creating bass-heavy dub beats with a dark twist, Kreed has been Gardna’s go-to producer since the tender age of thirteen, but now he’s putting out his first solo release of Gardna’s Boom Sound label, which we’re expecting some time this year. He’s also landed a set at this year’s Love Saves the Day festival on the Hold Tight / Brouhaha stage, featuring regular collaborators Parly B and, of course, Gardna.
We wanted to get to know a bit more about the mysterious ascending producer, so we asked him to answer our 10 questions.
1. What have you learned today?
Apparently the Arabica coffee variety might be extinct within 70 years. Madness.
2. Favourite track of all time?
That’s a hard one, not sure I could pick an all time favourite but Massive Attack – Blue Lines has always been a special one for me.
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – PIMP is certified for any situation. Credit to Laurence Walker from the Hold Tight Records crew for showing me that one.
4. Who are your top three acts right now?
Very difficult to narrow it down, but my most played at the moment are:
Sepia – Bristol based producer who is unstoppable right now!
Novelist – Very inspirational MC/producer, always can’t wait to hear what comes next from him.
Mista Savona – Australian producer who has been working with a bunch of legendary musicians from Cuba and Jamaica recently.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Part of me has always wanted to work in a bakery. My name is Joe Baker, so I reckon there’s some logic in it, I handed in a CV once at this place on Gloucester Road called Joe’s Bakery, but I’m not sure they believed I was being serious.
6. What was the last book you read?
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Highly recommend it!
7. Favourite thing on TV?
Black Mirror for sure, amazing soundtrack on every episode.
8. Are you afraid of anything?
See question number one!
9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
I have a pretty impressive collection of those little foil lids on the top of San Pellegrino cans. Soon the world will know.
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Heading down to the The Bell pub for the regular vinyl-only night, Revinyl Sessions. Run by a great bunch of people, and who doesn’t enjoy some midweek pub-step?