MAY 26 - Coda, Philadelphia (US) DJ-Set
MAY 24 - Pink Garter Theatre, Jackson-Wyoming (US)
MAY 22 - Barboza, Seattle (US)
MAY 20 - The Great Nothern, San Francisco (US)
MAY 18 - The Regent, Los Angeles (US)
MAY 18 - 15th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree (US)
MAY 13 - Canva, Amsterdam (NL)
MAY 12 - Het Burgerweeshuis, Deventer (NL)
APR 30 - Mojo Club, Hamburg (DE) DJ-Set
APR 29 - Muziekgieterij, Maastricht (NL)
APR 22 - Patronaat, Haarlem (NL)
APR 21 - 't Beest, Goes (NL)
APR 15 - XJazz @ Pixel, Ankara (TK)
APR 14 - XJazz @ Klein, Istanbul (TK)
APR 07 - Vera, Groningen (NL)
APR 01 - Effenaar, Eindhooven (NL)
MAR 24 - Camden Assembly, London (UK)
MAR 18 - WILDE Showcase @ Razzmatazz, Barcelona (ES) DJ-Set + Singer
MAR 11 - Terem, Budapest (HU) DJ-Set + Singer
FEB 24 - Nu Spirit Club, Bratislava (SL)
FEB 17 - Goya Social Club, Madrid (ES) DJ-Set
FEB 03 - Annabel, Rotterdam (NL)
FEB 03 - Mystic Valley Festival, Nakhon (TH) DJ-Set
JAN 26 - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (NL)
Kraak & Smaak Biography
Kraak & Smaak have just released their fifth album “Juicy Fruit” in June 2016 with a launch party at Paradiso in Amsterdam ahead of a summer of touring in support of their new record. As usual the album contains some heavyweight collaborations including Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Biddines, Parcels and Cleopold to name just a few.
The Dutch trio of producers released their first album ‘Boogie Angst’ in 2005 and things immediately took off with Europe and the US all hungry for the Kraak & Smaak sound.
The band first played live together as a one-off to promote their debut album. But after that show premiered in Amsterdam, with its energetic mix of funk, disco and house, plus a heavy dose of attitude, the reaction convinced the band to embark on a follow up tour of Holland.
Their set-up, combining the club sound of their releases with a serious crew of live musicians and two lead singers, turned out to be a musical phenomenon on the Dutch club and festival circuit, leading to invitations to play at Europe’s s biggest festivals and renowned US festivals like SXSW, Coachella, Miami’s WMC and New York’s CMJ.
The second album ‘Plastic People’ dropped in 2008, and off that album, the hit single ‘Squeeze Me‘, made for an even more rapid international rise of Kraak & Smaak. The acclaimed UK dance magazine IDJ labelled K&S as a “Must see live act”, together with big guns such as Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. The band subsequently performed at Glastonbury in the UK, Lowlands in the Netherlands and Europe’s biggest festival, Sziget.
During a five-week live tour across the USA they performed at Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show on ABC television and further mainstream support came from the unlikely source of US Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Even Kanye West declared himself a fan after seeing Squeeze Me’s ground breaking video! To top things off, they won the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA), the same year as a then emerging Adele.
In the following years, the upward trend of K&S continued with the release of the albums ‘Electric Hustle’ (2011) and ‘Chrome Waves’ (2013) alongside a gruelling schedule of international touring including career highlight shows at Detroit Movement, Sziget, Glastonbury and Exit. Key single releases included “Let’s Go Back” which featured a superb vocal from the sadly departed Romanthony which when remixed by then rising star Solomun became an absolute anthem of the deep house scene. “The Future Is Yours” saw the band hook up a second time with Ben Westbeech who at the time was hitting the top of the charts under his Breach guise and the soulful “How We Gonna Stop The Time” with Stee Downes was an instant club hit that went on to be licensed for release on Axtone Records. Moreover, new remix work cam through for Moby, Aretha Franklin, Chromatics, and Royksopp.
In 2015 Kraak & Smaak started planning their fifth album Juicy Fruit. After a run of single releases on acclaimed dance labels like Spinnin’ and Axtone they wanted a return to the organic sound of their debut and with their new album they have certainly achieved it with full support from Holland’s biggest public radio station NPO Radio 2 and in the USA with being California’s Top Tune #1 radio station KCRW (Hands of Time feat. ALXNDR London) and a #2 position in the College radio charts CMJ / RPM chart.