KR3TURE's music has a way of captivating the dance floor through his dynamic range and storytelling. When we were putting together our first EPs at Ecstatic Dance Records, KR3TURE was one artists who immediately came to mind. I've had the pleasure of seeing him perform at Ecstatic Dances and knew he had a deep understanding of how his music affected movement in the body.
Here is the track KR3TURE released with us:
We had the opportunity to chat with KR3TURE about his inspirations and aspirations, with Ecstatic Dance and music. Below is the conversation that transpired.
What draws you into the Ecstatic Dance community? What about it is unique?
"There is something very special about the Ecstatic Dance Community. As a performer, there is no better feeling than playing music and connecting with the audience, to create a mutual flow of energy and movement. The best way an audience communicates back to the musicians that they are receiving the energy is by dancing, and Ecstatic Dances are unique in that the audience is solely focused on dancing--they are always moving to the music, without distraction, from beginning to end. I never have to worry if the audience is feeling the music--I know they are, and so that frees up a lot of mental energy for me as a musician. I can focus on performing and playing music and reaching new heights. I've never felt so free as an artist as I have at Ecstatic Dances."
How do you view the Ecstatic Dance music journey?
"I think there are a couple main ingredients that make for an effective Ecstatic Dance journey. First, the set needs to be dynamic in energy--by starting off gently and quietly, it invites dancers to warm up as they prepare for higher energy movement later in the dance--and eventually capped off by cooling down and returning back to Earth. I also play much more gentle AND much more aggressive music than I would ever play in regular live set, since it's essential to capitalize on those dynamics during such a long and focused dance journey. The second important ingredient is playing diverse music. Many DJs and musicians specialize in particular styles or genres, but for a 2+ hour dance journey, it's important to change up the genres, tempos, style, and tones--that way the entire process becomes an unfurling experience of surprise and contrast."
Could you tell us a story about the track I Wanna Be Like You? What inspired this collaboration?
"This track was initially inspired by dear friend and vocalist Sierra (aka Sea-Ren). She showed me a cute cover on her ukelele from the movie Jungle Book. It was a jazzy, happy feeling cover of I Wanna Be Like You. I loved the message of the song and was inspired to produce a cover of it, though the general vibe (upbeat, happy, and major-scale) wouldn't fit into a dance floor tune. So I asked Sierra if she could slow it down a lot, and change the chords into a minor key. The next time I saw her, she had morphed this happy Disney tune into a seriously sexy, slow, and deep song, and it took on a whole new life of its own. In the studio I had to rearrange some of the parts of the song so it flowed as a cohesive dancefloor track, but it all came together. I added some synths, bass, and drums, as well as some tasty edits--and voila, a fun new track was born! I guess what we were really trying to express is the inspiration that we get from one another, a truly positive expression of the beauty we find in one another. What's also really inspiring about the track is that it is Sierra's first official recording and I'm really excited about working on more music with her as she has an amazing and sultry voice!"
What new projects do you have in the cooker? Any new releases coming out or projects that are exciting you?
"Yes indeed! I spend half of my year teaching ecology and science on the road--so my studio time is limited--but I have a bunch of new tracks slated for release this fall/winter. I have bluesy dancefloor rocker called Last Night coming out on Gravitas Recordings on Nov 29 (2018).
In early 2019, expect a KR3TURE remix of a Scarlet Crow song as well as a 9 Theory Remix of my song Take It Slow. I plan on releasing an EP sometime spring 2019 as well, so lots of new music in the cooker!"
It's inspirational to hear from musicians on how they gain such insight and creativity from the Ecstatic Dance community. When you are on the dancefloor there is a living circuit between the musicians and the dancers. Grateful for musicians like KR3TURE that craft that space so elegantly.
Below is the Cruise Vol. 1 EP, in which KR3TURE was joined by ILLUMINERTIA and Kaminanda.