We’ve said it a couple times before, but now (more so than before) the role of the resident DJ seems to be getting a lot of media attention. Obviously having someone on hand to properly prepare, sculpt, rescue, drive and elate a crowd is soooo many good things all at once. They’re vital and pivotal and a whole heap of other words that end in 'al' so it understandably says a lot that we’re here to introduce Krysko, a resident at Manchester’s Warehouse Project. Well versed in his field having held residencies at The Redlight and Tribal Sessions at Sankeys Soap, Tribal Gathering and now The Warehouse Project it would appear that his own beliefs match up with ours with him stating that “residents should be trusted to be able to do all of the jobs during a night".
Preparing to demonstrate his DJ capacities later this month (18th September) when he ventures south from his WHP hub to appear in our Room Two, we asked him a few probing questions so we could officially introduce him and he also recorded an exclusive new mix to give us a insight into how he'll be setting the pace for B.Traits and Jimmy Edgar this Friday night.
Krysko: Just decent music. Is that an answer?? It's difficult to say, I suppose at the base of it all is decent house music - that's what got me into all this in the first place and will always be what keeps me in the game. There's so much cross over of genres nowadays that you can easily play a night touching on all sorts of sounds, so I wouldn't like to give a description of it. It's good to keep people on their toes.
Can you tell us about your first contact with music – what kind of music were you brought up on?
In relation to what I do now, it was my uncle who really gave me my early education. He lived in London in the '80s/'90s and used to play with Weatherall and a few others during that time. When he came to live at my parents for a short while when I was about 13 he brought his studio and records as well. That's when I really started to hear music that just blew me away. Hearing all the cassette recordings of Kiss FM, records on Transmat, Trax, R&S, Underground Resistance and Dance Mania... all of it opened up a whole new world to me.
How did all that get you to where you are now and the music you are making?
I think by having an obsession of something from an early age gives you a true purpose, then this is what drives you on. It still does. It's your job as a DJ to constantly be searching, looking back, sniffing out the new and never thinking you've nailed it before resting on your laurels. There's always something out there you don't know about, whether it be a label or producer and now more than ever it's coming from all over the world. In answer to the question though, it's been a mixture of taking knock backs on the chin, not worrying about if what I'm doing is in and just keeping on going. Good things happen if you have a thirst for knowledge and refuse to give up.
What do you think it truly takes to become a successful resident DJ?
First and foremost they need to be given time. The vast majority of my favourite DJs are residents and most of them have been at it for 10/20 years plus, playing the same night week in week out. It's a slow burner I think. You tend to build a reputation over a period of time, as opposed to coming onto a scene with a bang. Residents should be trusted (and be able) to be able to do all of the jobs during a night, opening the club, closing the night, filling in when someone doesn't show and playing all night if necessary. All of the best ones do that, from Harri & Dom to James Holroyd to Craig Richards. These are all the people I've looked up to when growing up and have learnt from. I don't think you need a encyclopaedic knowledge of music, but a good resident just tends to know what'll work at any point of the night.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve been up to these past few months?
Well we had our first baby 3 months ago so I've mainly been putting my 20 years of missing sleep to great use.
What have been the best moments and greatest challenges so far?
There's been a lot of great moments through the years, but the one consistent has been having the opportunity to regularly play alongside the people I considered heroes when I was younger - that's all I ever wanted to achieve. The greatest challenge is always the next gig -which thankfully, just happens to be at fabric!