Kraddy Talks "Moment of Truth"
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:05:06
Everybody experiences a Moment of Truth, at one point or another.
It's the instance when you realize what you've got to do to win. Now, that can be related to pretty much anything from the miniscule, excelling at your day job, to the larger scale, vanquishing a horde of enemies with your bare hands. Regardless, there's a transformation which one undergoes in experiencing that realization. Kraddy captures that in his new dubstep epic, Moment of Truth.
The EP eclipses his signature sound, while infusing touches of trap darkness and dance floor bliss. It's everything fans have come to know and love from Kraddy and more. This is truly next level for electronic dance music as a whole too, but that's to be expected, he's reached the Moment of Truth.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Kraddy talks the EP, movies, remixing heavy metal, and so much more.
Did you have one vision or vibe in mind for Moment of Truth?
The concept for the song itself was definitely thought-out. It's associated with this mythological idea of the moment the hero decides to give up what he's been holding on to. He does so in order to do whatever it takes to make things right. You've seen it in a million movies, but it's also something you see in mythology, comic books, and the stories we tell each other. They're all based on that. The song has that meaning. The rest of the songs on the EP are pretty varied though. I had written Anthems of the Hero and worked with Ross Robinson. Writing an electronic album with great live musicians and working with Ross were dreams come true for me. I had cleaned the slate, so to speak. I accomplished everything I set out to accomplish with the last album. For me, Moment of Truth is what's next. In a lot of ways, this EP is more varied. There are newer dance floor songs, which I have shied away from in the past. "Moment of Truth" is a classic Kraddy song in the traditional sense. The last track is a really mellow pretty song. There wasn't a theme throughout the whole thing, other than I felt it was my opportunity to delve into different sounds and let my audience hear other things I've been working on.
What other styles did you experiment with?
There are songs in this trap style which is becoming really popular in the electronic dance music community. If you don't know, trap consists of simple beats, big 808 kicks, small snares, and a melody. In a lot of ways, I gravitated towards the sound because it's simplified. The whole idea is to be minimal. Everything I recorded in the past is very full with a lot of editing and sound design. For these tracks, I wanted to simplify everything. In some ways, that's the theme of this EP—breaking down my songs to their components.
Is it important for you to maintain a cinematic element?
"Moment of Truth" is very visual. A lot of my songs capture that. I love dramatic, cinematic trailer-esque music that feels impending. The battle is raging. When people hear it, I want it to bring ideas or fantasies to mind. That's one of my goals as an artist. I want to activate that within people. Mythology is built into us. I wanted to write the songs to tap into that. No matter what you're struggle is or what you're going through, this can be your song. It can be what you put on when you're working out, studying, or before you have a tough conversation. It makes you feel strong and realize you have the power to do whatever it is you intend to do.
Do you tend to watch a lot of movies?
I love movies. I'm a bit of a movie buff. Recently, I've been watching Boogie Nights and Pulp Fiction constantly because they've been on HBO. I like all different kinds of music. Those two are favorites. Then, I'd say GoodFellas. I'm huge into all of the superhero movies. I'm a comic book nerd. There's an Avengers and Iron Man feeling that's inspired the sound. I wanted it to sound classic by using orchestral arrangements. It can stand the test of time. There are melodies you can hum. There's more to it than sound system flash. There's a theme. Movies and comic books are our mythology.
If you were to compare Moment of Truth to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a good question! I was listening to it today. I know they're making Iron Man 3. I was listening to the title track, and that one is like rising to defeat the enemy. I was imagining Iron Man taking on all of these different enemies. I can see it cut to the song where he's shooting the rays out of his hand and flying around. It's the takedown. To name a classic movie, Blood Sport is cheesy, but it captures it so well. Take that end fight when Jean-Claude Van Damme is blind. That's his Moment of Truth. It's compelling because they get the mythology right in the movie. The character goes through the right trials to get there. When that stuff is thrown into his eyes at the end, he has to give up everything he's trained, known, and been and be in the moment and make it happen. I can see the song on that kind of thing. There's more of a technical edge to the music so I'd say there's a Terminator- or Iron Man-type look.
Is it natural blending metal and electronic dance music?
For me, it's so natural. Rob Zombie is one of my favorite musicians ever—especially in the metal genre. The opportunity to remix one of his songs was huge. I really went all out with it. I wanted it to be electronic and big and have the cool editing and the digital wizardry of my music, but I wanted to stay true to Rob's vision and the power of rock and metal. I thought his "Superbeast" was like The Creature from the Black Lagoon-style monster—a weird, genetic, freaky monster. My "Superbeast" is like the cyborg version. I'm taking the beast, and it's the half-robot, half-organic killing machine. Personally, I think this is where metal needs to go to stay alive. Look at what Korn's doing. They're picking up on that. It's a natural fit. It's about being able to hit on both aesthetics.
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