Some words about the sounds of Pete Horsham. Known as Kraymon.
His debut single ‘Got to Get Busy’ was a clear indication of his musical intentions and since its release in 2001 and he has been doing exactly that. (In this sense, the message behind other track titles, such as ‘Time Wasting’, should undeniably be ignored). Nowadays he has more strings to his bow than a cheese straw and is involved in a multitude of remixes, club nights, tours abroad, and kazoo master classes.
Starting off putting out music in the breakbeat playpen, he clambered over the top and landed safely on a mattress of electronic musical fibres. Regardless of the tune, however, there is always a distinct Kraymon style; hard to define, impossible to resist. Actually, some have attempted to define it, but such valiant efforts always result in nonsensical words. But it is fair to say he is renowned for his colossal squelchy bass, intricate beats and sublime, crispy production. Kraymon makes dance floors a very sweaty place with tracks such as ‘Just Press Play’ which is guaranteed to get things moving. All you need to do is press play.
Everyone wants a fat slice of the Kraymon cake, and many record labels ask for a second helping, including Boombox, En:vision, Freakaboom, MBN, Streetwise, Dusted Breaks, Dead Famous and local Bristol based Vertical Sound Records. He also gets to fiddle around with music made by his contemporaries and remixes all over the shop, including Product.01, Future Funk Squad, 30Hz and Koma & Bones. Support for Kraymon tracks has come from such luminaries as Laurent Garnier & Orbital who not only played "Got to Get Busy" at festivals and on BBC Radio 1 but also sang its praises in DJ Mag.
As part of the KINGPIN brethren, Kraymon is part-responsible for Bristol’s finest underground dance night that has been running since 2002. Going off on a techno tinged tangent from the original breakbeat theme of KINGPIN has not restricted genres that are played there, but instead it has invited more in. Guests range from firmly established international breakbeat & techno legends such as Radioactive Man, Hardfloor & Octave One, to local DJs playing reggae and dub-step. The line-ups continue to be impressive and eclectic and if you ‘watch this space’ you might get too excited!
In addition to being a resident at KINGPIN, Kraymon has played far and wide in the UK, ranging from a New Years Eve slot in Brighton, to playing at Glade festival and performing a live set at Fabric. He is a generous chap. Not content with amusing the masses at home, Kraymon has been known to go on one-man road trips to lands afar, ranging from playing weekends in European cities, to mixing it up on the other side of the world in Australia. The venue is almost irrelevant. He sounds just as good everywhere; luckily. And if that wasn’t enough, he has been generous enough to ensure the rest of the world isn’t excluded, and there are many more peripatetic plans are in the pipeline.
Kraymon should not be confused with a Krayon. The latter would be a bit less bass orientated, and you can’t wipe Kraymon off the walls. You wouldn’t want to anyway. He sounds too good.
Checkout his tunes and mixes. Sit back, relax or have a little dance around your room!
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