Critical Music boss Kasra is globally acknowledged as a pioneer of underground drum and bass. He established the forward-looking label in 2002 and covers all aspects of cutting-edge drum and bass, from putting out Sam Binga and Rider Shafique’s dancehall-flavoured Champion EP, to launching the career of Mefjus; whose forward thinking jungle with allusions to hip hop and neurofunk has made him one of the scene’s brightest stars.
Kasra has an ear for which sounds will drive the underground drum and bass scene forward – and makes it his mission to give them a platform
Kasra has an ear for which sounds will drive the underground drum and bass scene forward – and makes it his mission to give them a platform. He was honoured with a two-hour BBC Radio One Essential Mix last month, spanning the music that first drew him to drum and bass, Critical classics and some extra special forthcoming.
This month, Kasra returns to Sequences Festival at Motion for another Critical Music stage takeover. Expect sets from Mefjus, Halogenix and Levela, as well as from Kasra himself; with SP:MC, MC Maksim and Jakes on the mic.
Elsewhere, Deep Medi will also be holding down their own stage takeover with Mala, Kahn, Sicaria Sound, Mungo’s Hi Fi with Eva Lazarus, and Sun of Selah; while the main stage welcomes the likes of DJ EZ, KOAN Sound, Headie One, Jaykae and a very special team up from Kings of the Rollers and Shadow Demon Coalition: Kings of the Shadows.
1. What have you learned today?
It’s 7am and so far today I’ve learnt that coffee makes everything a bit easier.
2. Which song by another artist most inspires you?
That’s a potentially very long list. At the moment it’s Near DT, MI by Black Midi.
3. Who are your top three acts right now?
All the guys on Critical – that’s more than three, sorry!
4. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Enei – Widowed.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
I’d like to think I would be working with food.
I’d like to think I would be working with food
6. What was the last book you read?
For The Good Times by David Keenan.
7. Most recent binge watch?
The Chef Show on Netflix.
8. Do you have a party trick?
I collect obscure noise records from the 90s
9. Tell us something people don’t generally know about you…
I collect obscure noise records from the 90s.
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
I wish it was more exciting, but I have a day of meetings.