Mr Krime was born as Wojciech Długosz in 1978. He started learning to play the violin and piano at 7, and remained faithful to those instruments for 12 years. As a DJ and producer, he has been present on the musical scene since the mid-90s, and was a pioneer of Polish turntablism.
Violin and piano player, DJ and producer. Was a pioneer of Polish turntablism.
He earned the title of champion of Eastern Europe twice (2001, 2002) after participating in the Vestax Extravaganza competition, and he also won the first ITF Polish championship (International Federation of Turntablism) in 2003. He graduated from the Dublin Red Bull Music Academy in 2001. He also collects records and runs workshops for young apprentices in deejaying.
Mr Krime constantly releases new mixtapes which consist of other people's songs that were selected, complied and combined into sets by his DJ skills. His best-known mixtapes include Krime Story and Music for Night People (created together with Daniel Drumz). Recently, after a long break, Mr Krime posted another mixtape on Mixcloud titled Dusty Digital. On this mixtape, one can hear the author’s liking for the swaying, pulsing 70s – a lot of soul and funk. Mr Krime seems to be fond both of horn sections and antique synthesizer lines. Dreamy R&B is blended with comparatively more catchy soul. At times he reaches for Jamaican music – reggae or dancehall.
The first record containing Mr Krime’s authorial compositions, the EP Feel This Way, was released as late as spring, 2014, by the label U Know Me Records. The 40-minute-long record sounds funky but also modern and at the same time organic. Mr Krime eagerly makes use of synthesizers and adds the sounds of acoustic instruments, organs and drums to his compositions. He has the skills of a mature producer and knows how to play the drums and keyboard, considering himself more of a musician than a DJ. He invited the Chicago rapper Squair Blaq to collaborate on one of the numbers. In an interview Mr Krime spoke about Feel This Way:
Clubs and parties have their own rules, and unfortunately, they sometimes require certain simplifications from music. I don’t really want to agree to that and in this case I tried to find a compromise. It’s hard to say what came out of it, but I certainly didn’t want it to be a criterion for determining work on the music.
It seems that Mr Krime will at last start to work hard on his authorial pieces. In the same interview, he mentions that in 2014 he would also like to publish another EP and later a whole album:
This material will be less electronic than Feel This Way, a lot of instruments and various guests. I think this upcoming material will be rather meant for quiet listening than for wild dancing at a disco. There’s still a lot to do, so we’ll see what happens, and whether the upcoming material will stylistically fit into the convention of U Know Me.
The aforementioned label specializes in electronic music stemming from hip-hop. These things are sometimes stronger and sometimes lighter, but Mr Krime and his music are situated on the “melodious”, not the “synthetic” side of the scale, considering the existing output of U Know Me.
Mr Krime also creates music for theatre. He has been on stage with such artists as Soul 2 Soul, Run DMC, DJ Qbert, Scratch Perverts, The X-Ecutioners, Goldie, DJ Vadim, Coldcut and Afrikaa Baambaata. He also collaborates with jazz musicians, amongst others with Sławomir Jaskułke, Jarosław Śmietana, Karim Martusewicz, Jorgos Skolias and Aga Zaryan. Additionally, he collaborates with Poland's greatest specialist in scratching – DJ Eprom. Mr Krime together with Daniel Drumz, the piano virtuoso Jim Dunloop, Pat Patent and Admiral DMC forms Mako Boko Crew.
2014 – Feel This Way EP
Author: Jacek Świąder, May 2014
Translated by: Marek Kępa