Thu 23 Mar 2023

Interview with Kasra

Hi Kasra, we hope you’re well! What have you been up to lately?

Hi, I’m good. It’s been a mad few months (well year) what with our 20th birthday celebrations, label work, making music, helping the artists with their music, DJing, being a dad and a husband. Wouldn’t change it for anything though!

 

As we can now relive your set from Let It Roll 2022, how do you feel about that one? Any particular moments coming to mind when you look back to that set or the festival in general this year?

I always love being at LIR and this year was no different. It’s also particularly special when we host a stage.

 

Coincidentally enough, both Critical Music and Let It Roll are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. You’ve gone to release a packed VA compilation earlier this year, brought the label nights all around Europe and you’ve also had a very special gathering in March, taking over the iconic Printworks venue. So first of all, did you expect anything like this when you’ve first started the label back in 2002?

No way, haha. I started the label as a hobby. It was just something to be involved in a scene I loved. I had no idea it would last this long / take over my life.

 

Also is there any other milestone you were hoping to reach this year, label or event-wise?

This year will also see our 200th release, which certainly feels like a milestone.

 

With 20 years running the label, there are loads of unforgettable moments and stories, and you’ve been sharing some of these on social media when reminiscing of the label’s back catalogue classic. Is there any document in the making perhaps, have you thought about putting all these tiny bits and pieces together to create something bigger?

We have a plan for something to come together but it will most likely come next year now.

 

While we’re on the subject of stories and memories, let’s talk Let It Roll for a moment. You’ve been coming down to perform there quite frequently for 10 years now (2012 being your first year), what’s the most memorable moment out of these for you? And don’t say it’s the visuals typo from 2019.

Haha, that visual typo was special! I think our first stage was truly memorable for me, it was the first time we had done anything like that and I’ll always be grateful to the festival for that chance.

 

We know these are always a really tough questions to answer, but here goes – if you had to pick just one Critical release to keep forever, which one would that be?

That’s really tough, I’ll say CRIT001 so im not biased towards anyone, haha.

 

Critical has pretty much always been at the forefront when it comes to featuring forward thinking stuff within the realms of Drum & Bass, be it the music from the likes of Rockwell, Ivy Lab, Mefjus, QZB and many more. Also for many years now, you’ve been setting the trends, especially when it comes to the Deep and Techy stuff, or, sticking to your vocabulary, underground sonics in general.  But let’s go broader, which producers outside of the Critical family do you find promising in Drum & Bass right now?

In terms of the more established producers my go to guys are Break, Workforce, Skeptical. Newer acts I’m following are Visla and Circumference.

 

For a very long time you were focusing on running the imprint, on rare occasions you’ve collaborated with some producers releasing on the label, but over the past couple of years you’ve also ventured into the realms of your career as a stand-alone artist, too. How is the journey going so far for you?

I’m really enjoying it. I do struggle to find time to make music but I’ll go for long periods hating everything then suddenly have a short but sweet run where I’ll get 5 tunes I like done. I’ve found it really beneficial to also understand more of what it’s like to be releasing music – in terms of an artists feelings and emotions around their music going into the world. Us Critical acts are sensitive souls.

 

After putting out a couple of singles and EPs and also releasing a joint album with Enei around this time last year, can we also expect to see you putting out a solo album anytime soon?

Not yet, I have a bunch of music lined up but not an album. Never say never though!

 

Taking care of the label, composing, playing shows pretty much week in week out, you’re quite a busy man. Who’s Kasra and what is he doing outside of the music world? We know you’re married and you also have a super cute dog, but that’s about it 

I try to spend as much time with my wife, son and our dog as well as see my friends, watch football, cook. The usual things we all like to do.

 

Last, but not least, let’s have a quick shootout! Summer or winter?

Summer.

 

Cashews or peanuts?

Peanuts (also my dogs name).

 

The first or the second decade of Critical Music?

Second.

 

House or Techno?

Techno.

 

Binary or Modulations?

Modulations.

 

Thank you so much for your time and we’re looking forward to meeting again soon! 

Related posts

01/26
MAIN_FEED

Thu 29 Feb 2024

Let It Roll 2024: Phase 2 Lineup Announced!

REFUND_SQ

Mon 19 Feb 2024

Refund unused Bolts and get your Lost & Founds back

MAIN_UNIVERSUM_COVER

Fri 9 Feb 2024

Let It Roll Winter 2024 is OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!

x2

Fri 2 Feb 2024

DnB Allstars are coming to Let It Roll!

trailer

Mon 29 Jan 2024

Descend Into The Universum with us!

3l52H9ZV

Tue 16 Jan 2024

RUDIM3NTAL are heading to Let It Roll 2024!

LIR24_RAVEMATES_3_SQR1

Thu 4 Jan 2024

Rave Mates 1+1

METRIK_ROXY_2024_COVER

Thu 14 Dec 2023

METRIK is coming to Prague!

IMG_1626

Tue 12 Dec 2023

The Ambassadors for Let It Roll Winter 2024: Killbox

SQUARE

Wed 29 Nov 2023

Let It Roll 2024: The First Phase of Artists is Here!

BLK_FRD_2023_SQ_FINALE

Wed 22 Nov 2023

Let It Roll Black Friday is Here!

MAIN_COVER

Thu 16 Nov 2023 LiR

Let It Roll On Tour returns to Ostrava with a massive lineup!

PAYMENT_PLAN_SQ2

Thu 2 Nov 2023 LiR

Payment plan is now availible!

LIR23003_www.klapper.cz

Mon 23 Oct 2023 LiR

The general sale for Let It Roll 2024 had begun!

LIR2024_PHASE0_Generalsalecoming_SQR1

Mon 16 Oct 2023 LiR

Let It Roll 2024 announcing the date of the general sale!

MAIN_UNIVERSUM_SQ2

Mon 9 Oct 2023 LiR

Let It Roll Winter 2024 announces the Full Line-up!

MAIN_UNIVERSUM_COVER_FHD

Mon 25 Sep 2023 LiR

Let It Roll Winter 2024 Unveils Drum & Bass Titans Andy C & Sub Focus!

MAIN_UNIVERSUM_1322x612

Mon 25 Sep 2023 LiR

Let It Roll Winter General sale has begun!

lir3

Sat 8 Apr 2023 LiR

Let It Roll 2023 announces its third phase lineup!

LIR_labestakeovers_komplet_FHD

Sat 8 Apr 2023

Get ready for another dose of top-notch labels at Let It Roll 2023!

LIRWinter23008_www.klapper.cz

Mon 27 Feb 2023

Let It Roll Winter 2023: Thank you!

FLYER_FULL1448x2048

Wed 22 Feb 2023

Discover Terra

MADUK2022_FHD1536x864

Sun 20 Nov 2022 LiR

MADUK is heading to Prague with his exclusive performance!

LENS_ANOT

Tue 3 May 2022

Interview with Lens (Hospital Records)

QZB_INT_WEB

Thu 10 Mar 2022

Interview with QZB (Critical Music)

1985MONTY_WEB

Thu 3 Feb 2022

Interview with Monty (1985 Music)