Of Ukranian descent but born and bred in Yorkshire, Krysko was brought up on a musical diet of funk, soul, jazz and of course house music - due mainly to the influence of his Uncle, who was a player in the early London house/techno scene.
Over the past decade Krysko has enjoyed residencies at Sankeys Soap and Tribal Gathering, recorded two Radio 1 Essential Mixes and acquired a list of 'played alongsides' that reads like a who's who of the Global dance scene. And now, of course, the boy from Yorkshire is a key component of the UK's biggest and most exciting underground music event - The Warehouse Project. Here he chats to Skiddle about Warehouse Projects past and future, what makes the event so special and life as a resident DJ.
How did you first become involved with the Warehouse Project?
From the beginning really. I was part of a team that left what was then Sankeys Soap, and went on to start the WHP. From its beginnings at The Boddingtons Brewery (where we were still finding our feet!) to what it has become today – the UK’s leading electronic and underground music event – it’s been amazing.
How would you describe your DJ style?
Ermm, I can beat match now – that helps doesn’t it? Seriously though, I’d just say not forced I suppose. I’ve always just played the music I like in a way that I think and hope will entertain. It really depends on who I’m playing before, after or if I’m playing a main set as well. Over the last 10 years holding the residencies I have (The Redlight / Tribal Gathering / Tribal Sessions / Warehouse Project) I’ve played with a pretty wide variety of acts, and the trick is to do the warm up (if that’s what you’re there for) very well, whilst still letting people know it’s you playing by carrying your own sound without ‘pushing it’. It’s tricky, but well worth it. I play house music predominately, is the other simple answer to your question.
Best WHP memory?
Probably Underground Resistance doing Los Hermanos at Boddingtons, musically it was amazing. That and Jamie Lidell on the same night. There’s been too many to mention underneath Piccadilly, or remember come to think of it.
Are there any nights that you're particularly looking forward to this year?
Caribou LIVE, Four Tet LIVE and Theo Parrish night for sure, Ricardo Villalobos - definitely, and the opener with Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Wolf and Lamb, Metro Area and my fellow residents Jamie Jones & Joy Orbison.
The WHP has attracted some huge names over the years. Have you had the chance to meet any of your heroes? Is there anyone that you've felt starstruck by?
Not in particular starstruck, but every time I play alongside Francois Kevorkian it does tug at the old heart strings. Oh, meeting ‘Mad’ Mike Banks the founding father of Underground Resistance. It was underneath Piccadilly a few years ago and he was there as the Interstellar Fugitives, he’s quite a legendary reclusive character and wasn’t really ready to engage at sound check. But one of my uncle's old friends (Dr Joyce Harper) wrote the sleeve notes on genetics on one of their first albums, and she asked me to say hi to him as they have always stayed in touch. After that we chatted for hours – it was the night Jeff Mills and Mike were on the same bill and hadn’t played together in over 10 years, and the story goes they had a massive fall out etc but in the end he went on to tell me stories on how his mum was friends with Jeff Mill’s mum and how it was all rubbish. Very surreal, in a very good way.
What do you think makes a good resident DJ?
Making your presence know by doing a proper job for the time you are playing, but knowing your place in the line… you get much more satisfaction knowing you did your job better than the 'big gun', even though he/she gets the credit.
What are your top tunes of the moment?
Oh god, this can change on a day to day basis at the moment – my current favourite producers are Bearweasel & Motor City Drum ensemble, to name but two.
What was the last album and single that you bought?
Last album was Matthew Dear and last single, Caribou I think.
What are the plans for the WHP in the future? We've heard rumours of events in New York and Chicago - anything you can tell us about that?
No. I know nothing of that, but if it does happen I’d fully expect to be doing it! *picks up phone…*
Why should someone who's never been to the WHP before give it a go?
No one likes to feel left out of something special… that won’t last forever.