Kruder & Dorfmeister live
»the godfathers of downtempo going for faster and harder sounds, heating up dancefloors and pushing boundaries
So who are Kruder & Dorfmeister ? Well, basically two guys mainly known through their successful dj-sets and a respectable record of vinyl - releases since 1993. A dub-
plate-melting factor from Vienna. Two producers/ djs / musicians / remixers whose distinctive trademark sound is at most times extremely mellow, has a lot of bass, downbeat tracks and a sense of epic soundscapes. There might be the occasional double-time breaks and the heavy and deep typically viennese feeling.
Consider K&D to roam in their own, unique realm of musical art that owes and gives a lot to rare funk tunes, electric jazz arrangements, the feeling of deep soul, hiphop, dub, reggae, ambient, fusion, brazil, chansons, dope beats and drum + bass and still a lot more influences that happen to find the interest of the two austrians.
At a time when hip hop beats started to emancipate themselves from the rapping and everyone started to pay highest attention to the blooming breakbeat scene in the UK, K&D broke through out of nowhere with one 4-track e.p.( G-stoned, 1995 ) that featured a hypnotic track called High Noon and a cover that showed the dj- duo in true Simon & Garfunkel form, straight out of Richard Avedon anno 1969.
Since this time the birth of Peter Kruder’s and Richard Dorfmeister’s own record label G-Stone Recordings has been recognised also as a home-base of the “family” producers and artists out of the scenery from K&D.
The impact of their first release was massive, especially since the first wave of enthusiasm came from the UK where musical imports from the continent are seldom appreciated. Gilles Peterson played the track at first on his famous now called Worldwide-show.
Gathering momentum with support from people like Wall of Sounds Mark Jones and tracks for fellow Austrians Count Basic or strange people like William Orbit, the further story of K&D is well documented on various productions out of this time.
Their regular and still ongoing presence in the club circuit, a characteristic side effect of their consistant travelling as djs, made them well-received guest at the various crossing of an international beat-set that took them from Vienna to London, to the American Westcoast, Australia, Asia to Europe and back, with a tightly packed dj-bag full of remixes tracing their steps.
A mix-CD compilation, "DJ-kicks" in the late 90ies, for german label !K7 Records marked a relevant change in the overall concept of K&D or rather in the way the audience seemed to take them in. From being well-respected underground heroes they had emerged to be full fledged media-celebrities in the music-press whose mix-CD was so excellently mixed and selected, that many new fans were attracted all over the world.
K&D are maybe something like the continental answer to the british breakbeat or the american illbient scene, but then again their musical imprint is outernational anyway.
They could achieve the special abstract global reputation that makes them neighbours to RockersHifi, Fila Brazilia, Howie B., DJ Shadow, the wordsound collective, Coldcut
or the Thievery Corporation in a virtual neighbourhood of twekwando-ing beatmeisters.
After a number of prolific dj-dates of K&D all around the world, a remix for Gregory Isaacs for the tribute remix compilation of dub-classics on Island records, and a remix for Madonna`s single „Nothing really matters“ marked corner stones in the early new century and finally lead to a decision by K&D to reduce their K&D presence worldwide. Nearly no new remix project was accepted any more, the joint tours been reduced.
But K&D have been active all over since the beginning in the 90ies in additional projects.
Richard Dorfmeister together with his school friend Rupert Huber started their project “Tosca” in the mid 90ies and after 5 masterpiece releases they are still in the studio on an ongoing basis.
Another area of Richard Dorfmeister has been his collaboration to his tennis friend Heinz Tronniger, who together with Pogo Kreiner are the founder of “Madrid de los Austrias”. In a joint project they released remixes and own compositions on their album “Grand Slam” in 2006, another sign of productive work in the G-Stone family environment.
Peter Kruder worked on his project “Peace Orchestra”, which has been released as a first album in 1999 and a new album is been expected to be released by 2008.
Also Peter started a second collaboration with his friends Christian Prommer and Roland Appel (Faunaflash) in 2005, lead to their first joint project called “Voom:Voom” which had been released in 2006.
G-Stone Recording is the homebase of K&D’s development. As “master-producer” friends and producer around their environments are getting also a home-base on the record-label, which they own.
Artists like DJ DSL, Rodney Hunter, Stereotyp, Urbs and Makossa & Megablast just to name a few are the “next generation” of G-Stone and their development in the world.
So, if you see K or D, individually or jointly, in their own projects or as producer and label-owner. Everything what has G-Stone on the artwork always has a piece of K&D in it.
So if you are looking for the living music, go and check G-stone and roll a big one....
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