He’s Why You Should Be Cautious Around Speakers – An Interview w/ Kryoman

*written by A’Damaged Pro for Electronica Life

He’s currently amazing fans around the globe while on tour with Steve Aoki. He is the reason videos of the speakers on stage transforming into robots have gone viral. He is a creative spark that has found the perfect outlet for his vivid imagination. We have entered the era of Kryoman. No need to be scared. It’s going to be a fun ride.

The only way that you could remotely say that this gentleman’s career had “humble” beginnings is if you were contrasting his role years ago in the underground rave scene with what he is presently accomplishing. He’s part man, part machine, and all energy. He has been instrumental in bringing a new level of technological innovation to the EDM industry and is currently helping “Aokify” the world. I, of course, am talking about the one and only, Kryoman. He took some time off from whatever super secret project he’s working on now to answer a few questions about: his youth, his relationship with Steve Aoki, and his technological and aesthetic contributions to the tour.

A’Damaged Pro – Where did you grow up?

Kryoman – London, UK.

A’Damaged Pro – Did you play an instrument when you were younger?

Kryoman – I played the drums and guitar with my brother.

A’Damaged Pro – What were your earliest musical influences?

Kryoman – The Prodigy, Chemical brothers, Leftfield, Wall of Sound, Guns and Roses, Metallica.

A’Damaged Pro – How have those influences evolved as you have matured?

Kryoman – I think the very nature of all of those artists has been big drops, impactive music and explosive stage presence and that’s my style.

A’Damaged Pro – When did you know that you wanted to start making music?

Kryoman – I have always wanted to write and produce music since an early age, but never had to opportunity to put it to work. Now, I do.

A’Damaged Pro – Do you feel that where you have lived has affected your style of music?

Kryoman – Yes 100%. I did spend a large part of my life living in Ibiza. I kind of skipped school and when I was 17 and went there. I guess you can say I went to music industry school of Ibiza and after 12 consecutive summers there, I left with a huge overall knowledge of every aspect of the music industry.

A’Damaged Pro – Who are some artists that inspire you? How does their music speak to you?

Kryoman – It’s so difficult to single out anyone as I know practically everyone, but I’ll say this daily, I am inspired by all the artists (old and new) in this industry working their asses of to contribute to what is an amazing music scene right now.

A’Damaged Pro – Do you enjoy producing or performing more?

Kryoman – It goes hand in hand, selecting and writing music, unleashing onto a crowd is equally as amazing as when I walk out as the robot. The reward for all that hard work is validated by that unparalleled crowd reaction.

A’Damaged Pro – Name 3 artists that you would like to collaborate with and how you feel your style, both musical and performance-wise, would complement theirs.

Kryoman – I’m already collaborating with them now. Carl Cox for instance 7 years in and I love working with him.  Akon, again another amazing artist and in a whole different genre that we love to visit. Then, Steve Aoki who we are currently on tour with. My collaboration with Steve is perfection. He is such an energetic performer with loads of crowd interaction and goes perfectly with what we do.

A’Damaged Pro – You have been a fixture in the EDM scene for a while now. What are some of the changes that you have witnessed in the inherent evolution of the community and within the industry?

Kryoman – Money, social media, and of course the EDM boom in the USA.

A’Damaged Pro – How did you get linked up with the Aokify Tour?

Kryoman – We played a Life In Color show together and talked and the rest is history!

A’Damaged Pro – You are responsible for several technologically innovative designs for the Aokify Tour. Can you elaborate on the creative process for the LED Headdress, The Arc, The Claws, and Steve’s Show Jacket?

Kryoman – After talking it through with Steve Aoki and his management, I wanted to create some other ways for him to interact with the audience other than cake and rafts (which bare in mind is incredibly epic and hard to top), so I submitted the design for the headdress and Steve instantly loved it, then the claws and then the jacket. So, all the neon future props were fully embraced by Steve and then became part of his now amazing production.

A’Damaged Pro – The videos of the HEX 3D Robots have taken the net by storm and simply blown the audience away. Any remarks on how these came from concept to reality?

Kryoman – I wanted to make the robots disappear and reappear on stage. Now, doing this doesn’t mean that it has vanish from thin air, so I created a costume that when turned 90 degrees it would transform into a ridged structure seemingly part of the stage. Then we decided to have the show invisible to start off with and then have them rotate 90 degrees and transform into 10ft giant robots.

A’Damaged Pro – Any new projects that you’re working on to be released in the near future?

Kryoman – TOP SECRET – but trust me this is just the beginning

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